Eduardo Nunez will start at second base to begin the season

Eduardo Nunez is set to start at second base to open the season with Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list.

With Dustin Pedroia set to open up the 2018 season on the disabled list, the Red Sox need someone to fill his role.  Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, announced Tuesday that Eduardo Nunez will start in place of Dustin Pedroia on Opening Day.

Most fans expected Nunez to start in place of the injured Pedroia.  But Nunez has been getting over a knee injury that he suffered late last season.

Nunez can play any position in the infield and played a big part in the team’s second-half success last season.  The Red Sox acquired the utility man at the July trade deadline from the San Francisco Giants.  Nunez played 38 games with the team last season and in his tenure, he hit eight home runs and had a slash line of .321/.539/.892.

Nunez provided a spark for the Red Sox late in the season last year.  The team simply played better with him.  In September, Nunez tore his posterior cruciate ligament.  His status for the playoffs was questionable.  He started Game 1 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros but ended up leaving the game when his knee gave out on him running down to first.

Eduardo Nunez will play a big part on the team this season and is hoping to stay healthy.  Nunez says that he feels like he is back to 100% health-wise and is confident going into the season.

Nunez made his first spring training start on Thursday playing second base.  He went 0-for-2 with a groundout and a strikeout.


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