Nunez scratched in return to lineup

Eduardo Nunez has missed about a week since being hit with the hand by a pitch and was set to make his return to the lineup this evening, but was a late scratch instead.

Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reported that Nunez was in the initial lineup, but after taking batting practice to make sure he was pain free he felt a little soreness and Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi made the decision to pull him.

It sounds like his hand was better, but still not 100 percent and they decided not to rush him back. There is still enough time before opening day that he should be ready. If not the Yankees could go with Bill Hall instead. They may decide to go with Hall as the 25th man on the roster anyway just to be safe, but in that case he would have to beat out a lefty reliever and spare outfielder as well.

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