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Knee sidelines Eduardo Nunez once again

Rob Bradford
September 20, 2018 - 1:27 am

NEW YORK -- As if the scoreboard wasn't bad enough.

With the game already out of hand in what turned into a 10-1 Yankees win over the Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez raced down the first base line while legging out an infield single. But upon arriving at the bag Nunez determined it was time for a pinch-runner, with his balky right knee acting up once again.

"Kind of like he felt it a little bit when he was running to first so decided to make sure we treat him," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "He’s not going to play tomorrow obviously, we’re going to take care of him. Should be something minor nothing too serious. But the first thing he said is, 'If they hit a ball in the gap I'm going to get going and I don’t want to get hurt.' So I think it was the smart thing to do."

Nunez was making his return to playing in the field after exiting last Thursday's game thanks to his aggravated right knee. He did serve as the Red Sox' designated hitter in the series opener Tuesday.

The third baseman is hitting .264 with a .677 OPS, having gone 2-for-4 Wednesday night.

Rafael Devers is expected to get the start at third base Thursday night.