So given a rather agitated state upon waking today, I did what I always do in these situations: hit up the rags for a good laugh or seven. And when you’re pining for Ramiro Pena, you are most definitely not letting me down. And yes, I mean that quite literally:
But Girardi has made it clear the Yankees consider Nuñez a shortstop, and a shortstop only, and made it even clearer on Saturday they don’t consider him a very good one.
That means no more days off for Jeter or Cano the rest of the way. No DH days. No opportunities for a breather between now and the start of the postseason a week from yesterday.
Suddenly, Ramiro Peña — smiling, pleasant, harmless little El Niño — seems like a guy the Yankees would really like to have around these days.
There are four games left in the season and the Yankees are in a dead even tie for first place: Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano had darn well better be playing everyday! If anything, that was my only problem with Girardi’s move to replace Nunez with Jeter in the field yesterday. Given the expanded rosters they’re playing with, “losing the DH’ was completely meaningless given the number of potential pinch hitters on the bench, so from that vantage point I actually like that Girardi wasn’t afraid to push the envelope. But if you’re that uncomfortable with Nunez being out there, you really should have just started Jeter in the first place. I understand the concerns about playing Jeter on the turf, but this isn’t May or July or even August. You’ve got to put your foot down on the gas from here on out and not worry about nagging injuries or age quite so much.
But it gets better, so much better:
Obviously, the Yankees need a healthy Jeter, Cano and A-Rod to have any chance to advance very far into October.
But the fact that a team with the resources of the Yankees farm system and a $200 million-plus payroll can’t come up with anyone more reliable than Eduardo Nuñez to back those guys up with is not just alarming. It is mind-boggling.
Yes, obviously the Yankees couldn’t possibly replace Cano or Jeter if they got hurt now, but still, why don’t they have an All-Star on their bench ahead of Eduardo Nunez?! You know, like Ramiro Pena!