Nunez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Detroit's alternate training site Monday.
Nunez failed to break camp in the big leagues despite posting an .816 OPS last year, though he was called up in mid-April and played seven games. Judging by his .148/.207/.444 line in those games, the Tigers were probably right not to include him on their Opening Day roster, and it looks as though the rest of the league agrees.
Nunez was designated for assignment Wednesday.
He was hitting .148 with two home runs, one walk and eight strikeouts through 27 at-bats. While this may make the big-league roster worse in the short term with Miguel Cabrera (biceps) likely out for another week, the Tigers are not prioritizing a journeyman designated hitter like Nunez as part of their rebuild. Zack Short was recalled from the alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Nunez isn't starting Saturday's game against the Athletics.
Nunez went 4-for-23 with two home runs and eight strikeouts while starting in each of the last six games. Wilson Ramos will serve as the designated hitter Saturday while Grayson Greiner starts behind the plate.
Nunez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Astros.
Nunez went yard for the second straight day, part of a barrage of five Detroit home runs in the 8-2 win. The 27-year-old didn't make the Opening Day roster, but with Miguel Cabrera (biceps) currently on the 10-day injured list, Nunez is getting a shot at regular playing time and making the most of the opportunity.
Nunez went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and an additional run scored in Monday's win over the Astros.
Both of Nunez's extra-base hits were off Zack Greinke sliders, as noted by Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The homer was Nunez's first with the Tigers. He replaced Miguel Cabrera (biceps) on the roster and has replaced Cabrera in the lineup the past two days, batting cleanup against a lefty Sunday and seventh against Greinke on Monday.
Nunez is the designated hitter and is batting cleanup in Sunday's game against Cleveland.
Nunez jumps into the heart of the lineup right away after having his contract selected from the alternate site earlier in the day. Miguel Cabrera (biceps) was placed on the 10-day injured list before Sunday's game, so Nunez could have a clear path to regular playing time for as long as Cabrera is out.
The Tigers selected Nunez's contract from their alternate site Sunday.
Nunez was called up after the Tigers placed Miguel Cabrera (biceps) on the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's series finale in Cleveland. Though he failed to secure a spot on Detroit's Opening Day roster, Nunez could end up serving as the primary replacement at first base or designated hitter for Cabrera, though it's possible manager A.J. Hinch takes more of a committee approach at both positions initially. Nunez posted a career-best .816 OPS in 216 plate appearances with Baltimore in 2020.
Nunez will report to the Tigers' alternate site when the regular season begins, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Nunez was notified Saturday that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster, and the veteran had the option to exercise an opt-out in his contract rather than accept a minor-league assignment. However, it seems like he'll stick with the organization and could be an option for the Tigers later in the season. If Nunez is able to earn regular playing time at some point, his power potential could make him an interesting fantasy option if he gets hot.
The Tigers informed Nunez on Saturday that he will not open the season on the major-league roster, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Nunez had been the favorite to open the season as the Tigers' starting first baseman, but a late start to the spring and the .592 OPS he posted during the exhibition season prevented him from coming away with a spot on the roster for Opening Day. Nunez has an opt-out in his contract, so he will decide whether to open the season in Detroit's minor-league system or pursue an opportunity elsewhere.
Nunez's chances of making the Opening Day roster likely improved when the Tigers optioned Isaac Paredes to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
The belief around Tigers' camp has been that Nunez and Paredes were competing for a single roster spot. With the club deciding to give the 22-year-old Paredes more seasoning in the minors, it would seem that Nunez has a clear path to making the team, though the versatile Harold Castro is also in the mix for a bench spot.
Nunez may be left off the Tigers' Opening Day roster in favor of Isaac Paredes, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Nunez has some power (31 home runs for Baltimore back in 2019), but Paredes is younger and offers more defensive upside, as he can play several infield positions. Nunez is probably limited to first base or DH, and the Tigers already have Jeimer Candelario and Miguel Cabrera likely in those roles. The team could opt to have Paredes start the year with Triple-A Toledo, but even in that scenario, Nunez might not stick around if Detroit decides to go younger sooner than later.
Nunez (visa issues) was fully cleared Tuesday to take part in workouts with the Tigers, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
According to manager AJ Hinch, Nunez will take part in live batting practice sessions over the next couple of days before making his first Grapefruit League appearance this weekend. Nunez's delayed arrival to spring training has him behind the Tigers' other healthy position players, but he has plenty of time to get ramped up for Opening Day. Despite attending camp as a non-roster invitee, Nunez should be in good position to win a bench role with the Tigers as a backup option in the corner infield and at designated hitter.
Nunez (not injury-related) is in Lakeland but has not yet been cleared to practice, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Nunez and several of his teammates faced delays getting back into the country to start camp. He's now gotten past that step but still has to complete the intake process before being allowed on the field. That shouldn't take long, though, leaving him with roughly four weeks to get up to speed by Opening Day.
Nunez's arrival at camp has been delayed by visa issues, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Several players on the Tigers and around the league have been delayed getting back in the country for similar reasons. As long as the delay doesn't stretch on too much longer, Nunez's preseason preparation shouldn't be significantly affected.
Nunez signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Wednesday as a non-roster invitee.
Nunez served as the primary first baseman for the Orioles over the past two seasons but was released by Baltimore in November. After slashing .247/.314/.469 with 43 home runs and 121 RBI over the past two years, the 26-year-old will compete for a major-league roster spot with the Tigers during spring training.
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.
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