Nunez has been working at third base during spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Nunez served as the third baseman for the Orioles in 2018 before serving as their primary designated hitter last season, but the team is reportedly looking to keep its options open at designated hitter by sharpening Nunez's defensive abilities. The 25-year-old hit 31 homers in 2019 and will likely have a starting role for the Orioles once the regular season begins, but more defensive versatility would help prop up his fantasy value slightly. Nunez has struggled during spring training, hitting .161/.206/.290 with one home run and 10 strikeouts over 34 plate appearances.
Nunez went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Friday's win over the Red Sox. Nunez delivered a three-run homer in the third inning to get his club on the board, and he came through in the top of the ninth with an RBI single to right field. The 25-year-old is slashing .246/.314/.461 with 30 homers and 89 RBI over 149 games this year.
Nunez is not starting Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Nunez is slashing .217/.290/.300 with one home run and seven RBI through 19 games this month. Trey Mancini is serving as the DH in his place Wednesday, with Chris Davis starting at first base.
Nunez is not starting Monday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Nunez has gone just 4-for-25 at the plate over his last eight games. Trey Mancini (leg) will be the designated hitter Monday, with Chris Davis starting at first base.
Nunez is not in the lineup Friday against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Nunez missed a pair of games after getting hit in the hand by a pitch Monday but was back in the lineup for Thursday's game. He'll return to the bench after going 0-for-4 in that contest, with Trey Mancini set to serve as the designated hitter.