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Shortstop Nunez returned to Tigers from D-backs

Shortstop Nunez returned to Tigers from D-backs

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Shortstop Nunez returned to Tigers from D-backs
Shortstop Gustavo Nunez, picked by the Pirates in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft, returned to the Tigers organization on Friday, as the D-backs outrighted his contract to Triple-A Toledo.

Nunez, 24, spent the entire season on the Pirates' disabled list while recovering from right ankle surgery. He played only 14 games last season, all in the Minors as part of a rehab assignment, and combined to hit .273 with three doubles, a triple and five RBIs on his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, Class A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona.

Signed by the Tigers as a non-drafted free agent on May 3, 2007, Nunez was picked by the Pirates in the Major League phase of the 2011 Rule 5 Draft and claimed off waivers by the D-backs on Oct. 26.

Nunez has spent six seasons in the Minor Leagues, none of them above Double-A. He owns a career .266/.321/.349 batting line with 26 doubles, 27 triples, 13 homers, 170 RBIs and 111 stolen bases in 478 games.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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