Vidal Nuno could step up for Yankees 

April, 27, 2013

The Yankees' victory Friday was costly, as Jorge Arangure writes, because they lost catcher Francisco Cervelli and starting pitcher Ivan Nova. Austin Romine will be called up from the minors to replace Cervelli, and it's possible that the Yankees could use David Phelps for their rotation, or maybe Chien-Ming Wang.

But every season, there are players who seem to come out of nowhere to play important roles. Think about Lew Ford with the Orioles last year, who opened the year in independent baseball and wound up in the American League playoffs. Think about Dan Johnson, who has bounced around baseball as a part-time player and yet has twice served as a crossroads in history, with home runs for the Rays in crucial moments.