The Orioles released Nunez on Monday after he cleared waivers. Since Nunez was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career and would have been due a hefty salary increase, the Orioles opted to cut ties with the 26-year-old and reserve his 40-man roster spot for another player. After slugging 43 home runs across the past two seasons, Nunez could find a home elsewhere as a bench bat or designated hitter option.
Nunez was designated for assignment Friday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. While Nunez offers fantasy value when he is playing every day, the rebuilding Orioles would prefer to use his 40-man roster spot to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft. Nunez is a first baseman/designated hitter, so his real-life value is minimal. He was worth 0.9 fWAR in 203 games over the past two seasons.
Nunez (knee) is batting cleanup as the designated hitter Sunday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Nunez was sidelined the past three games by knee soreness, but he'll rejoin the lineup for Sunday's season finale. He'll look to improve upon his .251/.318/.487 slash line for the year.
Nunez (knee) remains on the bench for the third straight game Saturday against Toronto. Nunez has been battling a sore knee, though previous reports indicated he was expected to play again at some point this season. Time is running out for that to happen, though he could still appear off the bench Saturday or as a starter Sunday.
Nunez (knee) is expected to be available off the bench Friday against Toronto and should play at least once more before the end of the year, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Nunez sits for the second straight game Friday due to a sore knee. It doesn't look as though his season is over, though it's unclear how large a role he'll play in the final few days of the campaign.