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Yankees activate Eduardo Nunez, place David Phelps on DL with forearm strain

Jul 6, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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The Yankees have activated infielder Eduardo Nunez from the 60-day disabled list while right-hander David Phelps has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a slight sprain of his right forearm.

Nunez has been sidelined for two months with a left ribcage strain. The 26-year-old batted .375 (6-for-16) with one RBI and four walks in seven minor league rehab games between Low-A Charleston, High-A Tampa, and Double-A Trenton. He’ll get a chance to fill in at shortstop for now, though Derek Jeter isn’t far off from a return.

As for Phelps, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com notes that he has been shut down for 10 days. The 26-year-old gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Twins in his most recent start on Thursday and holds a 5.01 ERA and 75/32 K/BB ratio over 82 2/3 innings this season. Ivan Nova, who struck out 11 in a complete game win over the Orioles last night, will keep a spot in the starting rotation for now.

  1. moe0594 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    The real news here is Phelps…

    • bigharold - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Losing Phelps is not good but the Yankees have pitching options. Offensively the left side of the infield has been terrible. Nunez coming back was the real news.

  2. clarenceoveur - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Hal Steinbrenner’s baseball people keep telling him “David Phelps, David Phelps”

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    With the way Ivan the Terrible has pitched lately, Phelps will probably not be missed.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      speaking of terrible, how many cy young votes you think dickey is going to get this year? LOL

      Dickey has allowed six runs or more in seven of his 19 starts this season.

  4. 13arod - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Cruz the guy the yanks signed a couple days ago was doing good

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      what does that have to do with throwing a big contract and big money at a 38 year old knuckleballer who is clearly on the downside of his career and was a flash in the pan? Oh that’s right, NOTHING!! Cruz is making what? league min? just for this year? Not so with dickey, jay fans are gonna live to hate the day they signed this guy if they already dont

      • badintent - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        All about the wind. I lived and played tennis near the U.S.Open facility.The wind is super strong at Citifield which is across the LIRR tracks from the Open.. Citifield gets super strong winds from the bay that borders the airport across the way. Wind helps a knuckleball pitcher. Not much wind in a partly or fully enclosed Rogers stadium.R.A. should have signed with Cubs. Lots of wind in Chicago

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:24 AM

        Dickey and the jays are nothing but full of WIND and his contract will be nothing more then a big bust. Take that to the bank says the trash can man!!

  5. uyf1950 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Well that’s one way to get Nova more starts, put Phelps on the 15 day DL.

    • pisano - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      uyf1950… I like both these guys, these two are going to be counted on in the future. If Hughes keeps doing what he’s been doing lately, he may be resigned, but that’s a big IF. People don’t realize the Yankees have a nice group of young and under contract control pitchers that are knocking on the door, and I don’t mean the so-called Killer B’s. What duds they turned out to be, but they’re still young and they may do something down the road. I honestly think the Yankees over hyped them, and people were expecting a fast rise with them.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        My friend, it’s just my opinion but whether or not the Yankees ultimately decide if they want to resign Hughes (assuming he pitches well from here on out) will depend on if Hal insist on sticking to his goal of getting under the Luxury tax threshold for 2014. My guess is the Yankees try and convince Kuroda to hang around 1 more year for about $15MM then they fill in with: Pineda, Nova and probably Warren. I think they look to trade Phelps at some point this season, assuming Pineda returns and is pitching well. Phelp would be an attractive trade piece he’s pitched well as both a long relief guy and starter and he’s under team control through 2018..

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:32 AM

        No way do I resign Hughes, I don’t care if he throws 5 no hitters the rest of the way this year, let this guy go now. Bullpen maybe but we don’t need that help, Phelps is a good backup or spot starter to have, no doubt about that and probably a ok trade chip, hey if nothing else he is an ACE on the bluejay staff that’s for sure!! Warren no way, this guy is middle relief at best or a #3 starter on the bluejays. Pineda is gonna be a STUDD in a big way for them next year and the jays will be in last place next year as well. You heard that first right here

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