Girardi: Nunez to play more vs. lefties

Attention New York Yankees fans: super utility man Eduardo Nunez is going to get more at-bats against left-handers.

That's what manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Eduardo Nunez

Eduardo Nunez

#26 3B
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM20
  • HR1

  • RBI6

  • R6

  • OBP.314

  • AVG.273

"I feel like this young man has a lot of upside," Girardi said of Nunez. "He’s swung the bat well for us. I think [he's] a young man that’s exciting whenever he goes out there, because of his speed and what he brings to the game. This is a kid that we have high hopes for, and he’s gonna see some time against left-handers.

"And we can DH Jeet [Derek Jeter] or Alex [Rodriguez] in a sense to give them that half-day off."

Nunez is starting at shortstop for Jeter and batting ninth on Tuesday night, which allows the captain to get a half-day off as the designated hitter.

"Kids like half-days," Girardi joked.

So do aging veterans.

As for Nunez potentially starting in the outfielder, Girardi said: "I’m not quite ready to do that yet, but we’ll see. He hasn’t had a ton of playing time in the outfield, but he has had some and he caught that big out the other day [in Baltimore].

"I’m not opposed to do it, but he hasn’t had a ton of time out there."

What this all means for reserve corner outfielder Andruw Jones? We'll see.

The 23-year-old Nunez, a right-handed batter, is 2-for-8 off southpaws this season with a home run and four RBIs.

He's already committed five errors this season, and owns a painful .737 fielding percentage.