Girardi prefers to see positives Nunez brings

Girardi prefers to see positives Nunez brings

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter was once again in the Yankees' starting lineup as the designated hitter on Saturday against the Rays, with manager Joe Girardi attempting to limit the workload of the 38-year-old, who is playing with a bone bruise in his left ankle. Girardi said that Jeter would likely not return to shortstop until Tuesday at the earliest.

Eduardo Nunez started his third consecutive game in Jeter's absence at shortstop, where Nunez made two strong throws deep in the hole to record outs during Friday's 6-4 loss to the Rays but also committed a run-scoring error in the ninth inning.

"The focus will be the error, and I understand that," Girardi said. "That's the play he didn't make, but you look at the plays he did make, and he made a lot of good plays for us the past two days. That's what we need to focus on and what he needs to focus on."

Nunez appeared at shortstop, second base, third base, left field and right field earlier this season for the Yankees, but he played shortstop only after being optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he and the Yankees believe his defense improved with his focus on only one position.

"I don't know if he got distracted by the runner a little bit or didn't get in front of it," Girardi said of Nunez's error on Friday. "To me, it looked like he might have gotten distracted by the runner, which is something you can't do. You just have to focus on the baseball."