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Lance Berkman Heads To DL, Prospect Eduardo Nunez Gets Chance at Last

Jason KimCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Eduardo Nunez #12 of the New York Yankees completes a ninth inning double play after forcing out Ramon Santiago #39 of the Detroit Tigers on August 19, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 11-5.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees prospect shortstop Eduardo Nunez has been called up to the big leagues after first baseman Lance Berkman was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Berkman has wanted to play, but he understands the move as part of the game.

Nunez, 23, has been hitting .289 and stole 23 bases in 118 games for the Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He has only been caught five times trying to steal.

Nunez made his Major League debut when he replaced Derek Jeter at shortstop in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement. He also made his first plate appearance of his career and fouled out. 

To make up for that out, Nunez made a nice double play in the ninth inning (shown in the picture) to show that he is ready for this.

Manager Joe Girardi now has some depth with the young infielder, who can also play second and third base. That gives hope that Nunez will stick around with the Yankees at least for a while.

But there was a rumor before the trade deadline that he would be traded along with another prospect for Ty Wigginton.

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As we know, that never happened, which makes us wonder: Will Nunez one day replace Derek Jeter for good?

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