Nunez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Nunez reclaimed an everyday role at second base earlier this month when Dustin Pedroia (knee) returned to the disabled list, but the consistent at-bats have yet to ignite the 31-year-old's bat. He has gone 4-for-24 over the Red Sox's past seven games to drop his season average to .247 and has further limited his utility by displaying poor plate discipline. Nunez's 3.6 percent walk rate is the second-worst mark of his career and his 17.9 percent strikeout rate is a career high.
Nunez is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Nunez had started Boston's previous eight games and has gone 2-for-14 over the last four contests, so manager Alex Cora decided it was a good time to give the infielder a break. With Nunez on the bench for the afternoon, Brock Holt will enter the lineup at second base and bat sixth.
Nunez went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 9-3 win over Houston. Nunez filled in for the slumping Rafael Devers, who was 1-for-12 with six strikeouts in the first three games of the series, and could get more opportunities going forward should Devers continue to slump. He'll also share at-bats at second base with Brock Holt after the Red Sox placed Dustin Pedroia (knee) back on the disabled list over the weekend. Nunez, who had an .892 OPS over 38 games for Boston last season, hasn't replicated that level of production this season, but with a semi-regular role in the middle of one of the baseball's most productive lineups, he may offer some value.
Nunez will start at third base and bat fifth Sunday against the Astros, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Nunez had been in line to transition to a utility role following Dustin Pedroia's return from the 10-day disabled list May 26, but it only took a week before Pedroia suffered a setback that landed him back on the DL. It's unclear how long of an absence Pedroia will face this time around, but his injury opens an everyday gig at the keystone back up for Nunez, who is only playing third base Sunday because Rafael Devers is getting a breather. Though he's getting on-base at a lowly .265 clip this season and hasn't been as active in the run game as usual (2-for-3 on stolen-base attempts), Nunez's placement in a high-powered lineup should inflate his run production even if he continues to struggle at the dish. Nunez may be worth a look in any AL-only or deeper mixed leagues where he may have been dropped shortly after Pedroia was activated.
Nunez went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Rays. Nunez has been the primary starter at second base all season, but with news that Dustin Pedroia (knee) will be activated Friday, Nunez's primary role shifts to that of a utility infielder. The Red Sox won't push Pedroia immediately, so Nunez will continue to get starts at second base, but he'll probably see more action at third as well, where the 21-year-old Rafael Devers is hitting just .159 over the last 18 games.
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