Nunez will serve as the Red Sox's designated hitter and will bat eighth Sunday against the Astros, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Though Nunez has been used largely as a utility infielder during his time in Boston, each of his last four starts has come at designated hitter with Michael Chavis having locked down a regular role at second base while Dustin Pedroia (knee) has been sidelined. With Pedroia and Brock Holt (shoulder) both in the midst of rehab assignments and nearing returns to the active roster, Nunez's opportunity to pick up semi-regular at-bats could soon take a hit.
Nunez (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Saturday's game against the White Sox, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. He will serve as Boston's top utility player, getting starts at second base when Michael Chavis is out of the lineup or starting at third base or first base. Tzu-Wei Lin was placed on the 10-day IL with a left knee sprain as a corresponding move.
Nunez (back) went 0-for-4 while serving as the designated hitter for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports. This was the first game of Nunez's rehab assignment. Manager Alex Cora wants to see him have at least 20 at-bats before he's activated.
Nunez (back) will begin his rehab assignment on Monday at Triple-A Pawtucket, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Cotillo also noted that Nunez is set to get about 20 at-bats prior to being activated, meaning it will be a relatively quick rehab stint for him. Prior to hitting the injured list, Nunez had earned regular playing time at second base, though he managed to hit just .159/.178/.182 through 46 plate appearances. With the emergence of Michael Chavis and eventual returns of Dustin Pedroia (knee) and Brock Holt (eye), there may not be much playing time left for Nunez.
Manager Alex Cora said Nunez (back) could begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the coming days, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Nunez resumed hitting over the weekend and "took, like, 300 swings" Tuesday, according to Cora. The utility infielder has been on the injured list since Friday with a mid-back strain but is anticipating a brief stay on the shelf.
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