Nunez Makes His First M.L. Start
The Royals hand the ball to Leo Nunez tonight against Boston, giving the young right-hander not only his first big league action this season, but also his first career Major League start.
Last season, Nunez, 23, had four stints with the Royals but racked up just seven appearances – and a 4.73 ERA (13.1 IP, 7 ER) – out of the bullpen. In two seasons with the Royals, Nunez has tossed in 48 games and holds a 6.99 career ERA (67.0 IP, 52 ER). A Spring Training ball to the wrist put him on the D.L. to start this season and he has been recovering/rehabbing since. With Double-A Wichita, the righty made five starts, going 1-0 with a 0.54 ERA (16.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER). He struck out 10 and walked five, limiting opponents to a .132 average against him. Nunez then trekked North and made three starts with Omaha, posting a 1-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA (16.0 IP, 12 H, 4 ER). He had 14 strikeouts and walked only two. His last pitching appearance was this past Thursday when he tossed two innings of scoreless relief for the O-Royals against the I-Cubs.
Nunez is replacing the injured John Thomson in the starting rotation and becomes the 10th starting pitcher we’ve used this season.
Tonight, first pitch is 6:05 p.m. on RSTN or Sports Radio 810 WHB.