Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Nicasio will be stretched out during spring training, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Signed to a one-year, $3 million contract in December, Nicasio will be stretched out for rotation depth and/or a long-relief role. He may also have some shot to make a run at a rotation spot, but such a scenario would likely involve at least one or two key injuries among the Pirates' likely starting pitchers.
Nicasio agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Pirates on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. While the walks were up significantly for Nicasio in 2015, so were the strikeouts, with his K-rate jumping almost 10 percentage points from 2014 (to 25%). His new approach resulted in a career-best season, as he was able to limit hard contact in addition to missing bat. In fact, he allowed only one home run in 58.1 innings with the Dodgers. He will likely only improve while working with renowned pitching coach Ray Searage.
Nicasio was non-tendered by the Dodgers on Wednesday. Nicasio pitched 58.1 innings in 2015 and was credited with 14 holds and a save. However, this will be his only year spent with the Dodgers as he will become a free agent for the 2016 offseason.
The Dodgers announced Monday they have optioned reliever Yimi Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma City and expect to activate pitcher Juan Nicasio upon the completion of his 15-day disabled list stint. Garcia is 3-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 46 appearances this season, including one save and one start. Nicasio is 1-3 with one save and a 3.06 ERA in 38 games.
The Dodgers placed pitcher Juan Nicasio on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain on Friday, per the Orange County Register. Nicasio was 1-3 with one save and a 3.06 ERA this year.