|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||4/4/1994|
|Height, Weight||6'1", 220 lbs|
|Nationality||Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of|
Nunez (biceps) will bat seventh and serve as the Orioles' designated hitter in Monday's exhibition game against the Mets, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Trezza suggests the lineup the Orioles are rolling out for their spring finale will be a good representation of what to expect in Thursday's Opening Day matchup with the Yankees. Nunez hasn't been cleared to resume action at third base since first reporting biceps soreness last week, but the Orioles should be able to hand him regular starts at DH with the top option for that spot (Mark Trumbo) slated to begin the season on the injured list. That paves the way for Rio Ruiz to see most of the early starts at the hot corner.
Nunez (biceps) will serve as the Orioles' designated hitter and bat fifth Saturday in the team's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Nunez came off the bench as the Orioles' DH in Friday's 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays, popping out and drawing a walk in his two plate appearances. Per Kubatko, Nunez acknowledged that his sore right biceps feels better Saturday, so he'll move into the starting nine and potentially pick up an extra at-bat or two. Nunez noted tha he still feels a twinge when he throws, however, so the 24-year-old may not be ready to handle duties at third base when the Orioles open their regular season March 28 versus the Yankees.
Nunez (arm) will return as a designated hitter Friday against Toronto, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Manager Brandon Hyde said Wednesday that Nunez will need to return soon if he's to make the team, and he appears ready to do just that. According to Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com, the 24-year-old won't start but is scheduled for two at-bats after Mark Trumbo exits the game. It remains possible that both Nunez and fellow third baseman Rio Ruiz could break camp with the team.
Manager Brandon Hyde said he needs to see Nunez (arm) play more before deciding if the third baseman will break camp with the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Nunez has been sidelined with a sore biceps recently. The third baseman has struggled when healthy this spring, slashing .226/.265/.452 with two homers and a 0:11 BB:K through 12 games. Nunez is hoping to return to action Thursday or Friday. He'll need to turn things around if he wants to beat out Rio Ruiz, who is slashing .297/.400/.541 this spring, for the starting gig at the hot corner.
Nunez (arm) remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Boston, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Nunez's arm soreness is reportedly minor, but he'll wind up missing at least three games. Rio Ruiz starts in his place again Wednesday.