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Justin Nicolino | Starting Pitcher | #20

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 194
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (0) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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Justin Nicolino is being moved from the rotation to the bullpen.
In five starts this season, Nicolino had been pitching to a 4.95 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. Those numbers are poor enough, but just as concerning for the Marlins, he had managed just 20 combined innings in those five outings. With Nicolino shifting to the bullpen, the Marlins will need a new starter for Saturday's game against the Brewers. Tom Koehler is one potential option on that front. Jun 28 - 4:36 PM

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Justin Nicolino gave up three runs -- two earned -- in four innings against the Cubs on Saturday.

He surrendered seven base hits and struck out four batters without issuing a base-on-balls and did not earn a decision in the ballgame. He was making his second start after returning from a disabled list stint with a blood blister. The team seems to be babying him a bit in the hope the problem doesn't recur. He threw three innings in his last start and now just four frames on 64 pitches in this one. He has a 4.95 ERA and woeful 1.70 WHIP in five starts on the season.
Jun 24 - 7:16 PM

Justin Nicolino lasted three innings and gave up six runs -- three earned -- Monday versus the Nationals.

Nicolino's own error led to the unearned runs. Nicolino was making his first start since returning from the DL and fourth overall. He was off to a really strong beginning before getting hurt May 30, but just one of his other three starts has ended well. His hold on a rotation spot is pretty tenuous.
Jun 20 - 12:31 AM

Marlins activated LHP Justin Nicolino from the 10-day disabled list.

Nicolino will return to the Marlins' rotation Monday night against the Braves after missing two weeks with a blood blister on his left index finger. The 25-year-old left-hander allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings in his one rehab start with High-A Jupiter.
Jun 19 - 2:40 PM

Justin Nicolino (finger) allowed two earned runs over six innings Tuesday in his rehab debut with High-A Jupiter.

Nicolino struck out one, walked none, and scattered seven hits. He is expected to rejoin the Marlins' rotation this weekend in Atlanta after missing two weeks with a blood blister on his left index finger. The 25-year-old southpaw owns a 4.15 ERA in three starts with Miami this season.
Jun 13 - 9:52 PM

Justin Nicolino (finger) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Jupiter on Tuesday.

It's unclear whether he'll need any additional rehab starts. Nicolino isn't a given to be re-added to the Marlins' rotation once he's deemed ready.
Jun 13 - 3:37 PM

Marlins placed LHP Justin Nicolino on the 10-day disabled list with a left index finger contusion.

Nicolino suffered a blood blister on his left index finger Tuesday while laying down a bunt. He should only have to miss one turn in the Marlins' rotation. Jeff Locke (biceps) has been activated in a corresponding roster move and will make his season debut Thursday night against the Diamondbacks.
Jun 1 - 2:53 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Justin Nicolino will likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list with a blood blister on his left index finger.

Nicolino got pinched on an ill-advised bases-loaded bunt attempt Tuesday night and had to leave his start against the Phillies after three scoreless, no-hit innings. The blood blister probably won't be fully healed by his next turn, so the Marlins need to add another starter. Look for something more official before Thursday's series opener against the Diamondbacks.
May 31 - 11:54 AM

Justin Nicolino (finger) expects to take his next turn in the Marlins' rotation.

Nicolino suffered a blood blister on his left index finger Tuesday while trying to bunt in the bottom of the third inning and he was replaced on the mound to open the top of the fourth. "We’re going to take it day by day," the left-hander said after the game. "For me, I feel fine." Nicolino had thrown three innings of scoreless, no-hit ball against the Phillies before exiting on Tuesday. He holds a 4.15 ERA in 13 innings (three starts) this season for Miami.
May 31 - 8:55 AM

Justin Nicolino has been diagnosed with a left index finger contusion.

Nicolino suffered the injury while bunting in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night against the Phillies. Dustin McGowan took over in the top of the fourth. Nicolino, who had worked three innings of no-hit ball, will be reevaluated by the Marlins' medical team on Wednesday.
May 30 - 8:45 PM

Justin Nicolino was removed from his start Tuesday against the Phillies due to an apparent left thumb injury.

Nicolino appeared to injure the thumb while laying down a bunt in the bottom of the third inning. He ran the bases for himself, but Dustin McGowan took over on the mound in the top of the fourth. Nicolino had thrown three scoreless (no-hit) innings against the visiting Phils, lowering his season ERA to 4.15.
May 30 - 8:29 PM

Justin Nicolino yielded five runs in four innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Nicolino gets so few strikeouts that he just can't afford to give up homers with any frequency. He surrendered two tonight, bringing his career total to 18 in 163 1/3 innings pitched. That's not awful in this day and age, but it's not good enough to make him a quality starter.
May 20 - 2:43 AM

Justin Nicolino worked six innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Marlins' win over the Braves.

Nicolino walked four and gave up six hits, but five of those hits were singles and the other was a double. The left-hander could get another turn in the Marlins' rotation, but he's not a recommended streaming option in standard fantasy leagues. This was his first start at the major league level in 2017 and he had a 4.46 ERA through seven appearances at Triple-A.
May 14 - 3:46 PM

Marlins recalled LHP Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans.

Nicolino will start on Sunday against the Braves and could remain in the rotation for a while if he pitches well. The soft-tossing lefty posted a 4.46 ERA in his first seven starts for New Orleans.
May 14 - 10:08 AM

The Marlins will call up Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans to start against the Braves on Sunday.

As expected. If Sunday's start goes well, Nicolino should have a chance to stick around with Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) out indefinitely and Adam Conley working things out in the minor leagues. The left-hander went 3-6 with a 4.99 ERA in 18 appearances for the Marlins including 13 starts last season.
May 13 - 10:27 PM

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S1Wei-Yin Chen
2Edinson Volquez
3Dan Straily
4Jeff Locke
5Jose Urena
6Justin Nicolino
Relief Pitcher
R1A.J. Ramos
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6Dustin McGowan
7Nick Wittgren
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