Nunez hit by pitch, exits with bruised wrist

Nunez hit by pitch, exits with bruised wrist

NEW YORK -- The injury bug struck again for the Yankees on Friday night, with shortstop Eduardo Nunez leaving the series opener against the Orioles early after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch. He was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after X-rays came back negative.

Nunez, who missed two starts with a bruised right bicep last week after being hit by an 88-mph Doug Fister fastball, was struck Friday by a Miguel Gonzalez changeup in the bottom of the second inning.

Though he remained in the game to run the bases, Nunez couldn't field his position in the third inning. He initially remained on the field at the end of the second to test his arm, but was lifted for Jayson Nix after struggling to make a warmup throw to first base.

Entering play Friday, Nunez was hitting .250 (5-for-20) with one double and one RBI in seven games replacing Derek Jeter.

Paul Casella is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.