Pirates Place Infielder Nunez on 60-day DL

BRADENTON — In order to make room for right-hander A.J. Burnett on the 40-man roster, the Pirates placed infielder Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury.

Nunez, 24, was selected from the Detroit Tigers in the Rule-5 draft in December by the Pirates.

During the 2011 season, Nunez hit .276 with 13 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 26 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 96 minor league games between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.

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  • salempirate

    The 60 day DL already? Why bother.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_46YTB5OO4O7UM2OVB44UZSTXNA Nate

      My guess is, he doesn’t really NEED the 60 day, but they needed the roster spot, and they are going to try and hang onto/hide him as long as they can.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGRPLJJRC5GNBYXDY6LHF2U6DU white angus

        the pirates still have to have a legitimate reason to do this.  the players’ union and MLB wont allow this to happen without a true cause.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_46YTB5OO4O7UM2OVB44UZSTXNA Nate

          oh, I’m sure he needs to be on the DL, just not bad enough for a 60 day stint

    • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

      Exactly.  Cut him loose, don’t play games.

  • JimEastTN

    Looks like the Pirates really like Nunez, and do not want to have to return him to Detroit. He will likely be in Pittsburgh a very limited amount of time, and will likely have “setbacks” in his health. I suspect he opens ’13 in Altoona

  • James S

    Who’d they hire to break his ankle, Paulie Walnuts?

  • http://twitter.com/yovanovich Jay Yovanovich

    hmmm.  I liked Nunez too.

  • http://twitter.com/yovanovich Jay Yovanovich

    Quality depth.

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