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Vidal Nuno named Yankees’ new fifth starter

Apr 22, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

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Ivan Nova was diagnosed Sunday with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. That leaves a big gap in the Yankees’ starting rotation — one that will be filled, at least initially, by left-hander Vidal Nuno.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi officially named Nuno the club’s new fifth starter on Tuesday evening, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti. The 26-year-old southpaw tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six batters in what was thought to be a spot start Sunday versus the Rays.

His next start will be this Saturday at Yankee Stadium against the visiting Angels.

Nuno owns a 3.68 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 20/11 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 career major league innings. He had a 1.14 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 30/2 K/BB ratio in 25 frames last season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  1. yournuts - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Works for me.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      And me.

  2. NYTolstoy - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    The good thing is Yankees have choices in Nuno Phelps or Warren. Nuno pitched well in his 5 innings of work so I too would like to see how he fairs in the rotation. He’s numbers as a starter are much better then as a reliever. Plus the guy is as quick to the plate as Burhle is.

  3. pisano - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I like it, as NYTolstoy said if he doesn’t work out there’s Phelps, or Warren.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      Nova has been so erratic, that Nuno, Phelps or Warren might be an upgrade.

      • NYTolstoy - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        the reason he has been erratic this year was probably because of the injury. If your speaking over all Though his sophomore slump was bad I will disagree

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Do you have an update on Pineda? I understand that he was tossed due to a foreign substance and is subject to being suspended.

  4. dickclydesdale - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    D0uche name!

    • mikhelb - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Actually no:

      Vidal comes from the latin word “vital” (surely you know what that means); and Nuño is a word that means “the 9th son” in latin (nunnius), it derivated to the Núñez surname, which means the son of Nunnius. In either arabic or hebrew it also means “somebody who lives or works in a mountain”, but since Vidal’s roots are hispanic (in part Mexican) the most likely origin is latin.

      Other surnames that you might encounter:
      Hernández, means “the son of Hernando”
      Fernández means “the son of Fernando”.

      Overall a surname ending in EZ means “son of”. A person who calls people “douche” based on their names, means (more likely than not), that said person’s surname is Bitchez.

      • tuucamaron - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:59 AM

        EZ pass,son of a pass?

  5. tuucamaron - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    Shouldn’t he be the new number 3 since he’s replacing Nova who was the previous 3,tanaka 4 and Michael pineda 5,

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