Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez (oblique) is continuing to take dry swings in Tampa, Fla., according to Girardi. Nunez has been unable to play since May 5 due to the injury and subsequent setbacks.

"We've went through that a few times, so he's back down the road to recovery, I guess," Girardi said. "Hopefully this time it's for good."

• Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli (fractured right hand) has played catch at the Tampa complex and is also catching bullpen sessions while strengthening his hand. Girardi said he would expect Cervelli to return to the big leagues before outfielder Curtis Granderson (fractured right wrist).

• On this date in 1948, an ailing Babe Ruth made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees retired his No. 3 while commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Stadium. Ruth died at age 53 less than three months later.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.