Nunez hurt in winter ball


Via Enrique Rojas, Eduardo Nunez was “beaten in the face by a foul trying a bunt against Bartolo Colon” in a Dominican Winter League game tonight. I assume it’s a translation issue and Nunez just fouled a ball into his face trying to bunt, but Rojas’ description is pretty hilarious.

In all seriousness though, let’s all hope Nunez is okay. He could have taken it to the jaw or nose and broken something. Even worse, he could have gotten hit in the eye socket, when damage to his vision becomes a concern. Hopefully it’s nothing like that he can be back out there in a few days after walking it off.

Update (10:33pm): Apparently there is no fracture, which is good news (link in Spanish).

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Jimmy McNulty says:

    The bench needs him.

  2. bexarama says:

    I really do hope he’s okay but the poor translation of what was probably golpear into “beat” instead of “hit” just cracked me up.

    • radnom says:

      I thought golpear actually would correctly translate to ‘beat’? (warning, not a native speaker but google seems to confirm)

      Seeing as how Rojas probably speaks english as a second language it probably wasn’t a mistranslation but he probably just didn’t know the correct word in English. Still pretty funny.

  3. Plank says:

    Quick, trade him before other teams find out!!!

  4. Eric Young says:

    Think the Mariners will still take him?

  5. Stratman9652 says:

    No comments about this being what you get for bunting yet? Must have hurt like hell though, hope he’s alright.

  6. JGS says:

    Thank you for the image of the night

  7. icebird753 says:

    This bastard was the reason they didn’t get LEE! Nunez>Smoak

    • mbonzo says:

      Color me unimpressed with Smoak.
      He’s young but 348 ABs in the majors and he should have some better numbers. The way Montero and Smoak hit after that trade the Mariners have to be kicking themselves so far. Too early to tell so far but Smoak may be one of those guy that just can’t do it in the majors.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Seems like a pre-breakout Justin Morneau. Like a .290/.360/.480 type bat. Solid first basemen, nothing special. Good patience but not the type of minors performance I’d expect from a college first basemen.

    • bexarama says:

      We should actually all be really thankful for Nunez because if he really was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the Yankees probably give up Montero for just a Lee rental.

  8. radnom says:

    Whoa. I initially scanned that and read

    “Nunez was beaten in the face by Bartolo Colon”.

    That would’ve been a much more interesting story. haha

  9. Granderslam says:

    Can we assume that Nunez is trade bait with Jeter signing a 3/4-year contract? By that time, Cito Culver should be in the final stages of development and I am sure there will be other appealing external options at SS as well. Nunez only has a Bench role, which is useful, but if he can bring back decent SP in return (along with a package of course), then I don’t think he will be on the roster come Opening Day.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      I’m sure there’s teams lining up around the block to acquire a fringe starter.

    • Plank says:

      Minor quibble, but in 4 years Cito Culver will be between AA and AAA if he progresses a level a year. If everything breaks right, he’ll probably get a cup of coffee in 2014 and ready to play in 2015. Again, that is if his progress is everything that could be hoped for.

  10. YanksFan77 says:

    Pretty insensitive post considering we don’t know the extent of his injuries. We all know you don’t like the guy (for whatever reason), but this is a bit over the top, huh?

    I’d imagine the tone of this post would sound much different if Jeter or Montero got hit in the head with a baseball.

    • AndrewYF says:

      Well, the tone of the piece would be considerably different if it were Jeter, because the tone would be surprise that Jeter is playing in a winter league.

      And Montero? Doubt it would be much different, because the description is in fact hilarious.

      • YanksFan77 says:

        I just hope in the future, the word “hilarious” doesn’t make it into posts about possible career/life threatening injuries.

        • Stratman9652 says:

          He didn’t call the injury hilarious just the way it was worded in the report. No true Yankee fan would ever make fun of someone in the organization getting hurt regardless of thier personal feelings about the player, especially not the writers around here.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          “CC Sabathia tripped in the dugout and accidentely headbutted Kevin Youkilis in the groin”

          Would likely be career threatening but definitely hilarious.

        • Sleepykarl says:

          It’s not hilarious because a guy got hit in the face, it is hilarious because of how the awkwardly it is translated. Get that chip off your shoulder, dayum.

  11. Ghost says:

    Anyone sure Mike wasn’t the one on the mound firing a heater toward the plate? Can anyone get confirmation on this…

  12. AJ says:

    Wow beaten in the face trying to bunt against Bartolo Colon.

  13. Jorge says:

    Good think Russell Martin can play shortstop in a snap.

  14. Meh says:

    We all know you hate Nunez.

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