Nunez falls out of Yankees’ plans

It may seem harsh, but the Yankees could hardly be faulted for designating Eduardo Nunez for assignment Tuesday to create space on the 40-man roster for Yangervis Solarte, who impressed the club this spring with his versatility. Nunez was once thought of as the heir apparent to Derek Jeter at shortstop but could not even be kept as a replacement for backup shortstop Brendan Ryan, who is on the disabled list because of a spinal nerve condition.

In his time with the Yankees, Nunez showed promise with a decent stroke and good speed, but he was a defensive liability and proved brittle. He had a golden opportunity last year when Jeter was shelved for all but 17 games because of two ankle injuries, but Nunez had a disappointing slash line of .260/.307/.372 and missed 72 games himself due to injuries.

There was talk of Nunez perhaps platooning at third base with Kelly Johnson this year, but he could not even make the team out of camp. His defense made Nunez a less than desirous utility player. He might have been an offensive upgrade over the Yanks’ utility infielder of the past two years, Jayson Nix, but as the Yanks showed by re-signing Ryan the need for a solid defensive backup was coveted instead.

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