Remember Gustavo Nunez? It would be understandable if you didn't recognize the name. Nunez was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft. The shortstop was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury back in January. Nunez injured the ankle while with the Detroit Tigers, and hadn't fully recovered from the injury.
He finally made his 2012 debut today, making a rehab appearance for the GCL Pirates. Nunez hit leadoff, going 1-for-2 with a triple and two walks. He tripled in his second plate appearance. In his third appearance he walked, and then was picked off and caught stealing. Nunez was replaced with a pinch runner after drawing a walk in his fourth plate appearance.
As a Rule 5 pick, the Pirates will have to keep Nunez on the 25-man roster through the end of the year. However, because he's missed so much time this year, the Pirates won't have an easy time protecting him. You might think that his time on the disabled list this year benefits the P...
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