Yankees send Nunez to minors, activate Chavez from DL

This morning I wrote that the Yankees needed to do something with infielder Eduardo Nunez, who has been experiencing big problems defensively, but I didn’t think it would happen this quickly.

The Yankees have demoted Nunez to Triple-A Friday afternoon and activated Eric Chavez, who was on the 7-day DL with a concussion, in his place, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger.

“We’ve asked Nuney to do some things that you usually ask more of veteran player to do, to play third, short, second, left, right,” manager Joe Girardi told Carig. “And for the best interest of him and us moving forward, we thought it was probably more important that he goes down and play shortstop six days a week and maybe second a day a week. And getting back to playing every day.”

This comes as a bit of a surprise, but it is the right thing to do. Nunez can hit at a major league level, but his defense is awful, possibly one of the worst in the game. He has a lot of athleticism though so he has potential to grow out of this, but to do that he has to play everyday. Down in the minors he’ll be able to do that and can focus on just short and second.

Chavez will resume his role as the backup third and first baseman. Meanwhile, Jayson Nix will pretty much assume Nunez’s role as the super utility-man. Hopefully Nunez can work through his problems and re-join the Yankees down the road.

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