Nunez hit on hand; X-rays negative

Nunez hit on hand; X-rays negative

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez was hit on the right hand by a pitch in Monday's 9-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Phillies and had precautionary X-rays performed, which were negative.

Nunez was batting in the fifth inning against Philadelphia right-hander Austin Hyatt at Bright House Field when he was hit by an inside fastball. Nunez was diagnosed with a right hand bruise.

"I can move my hand -- a lot of pain, it's bruised -- but I think it's fine," Nunez said. "I hope it's not too many days."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that because of how many small bones can be fractured in the hand, he had some concern about Nunez. Girardi said that Nunez was not scheduled to play on Tuesday against the Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.

"When you get hit in the hand, you're always a little bit nervous about that," Girardi said.