Nuno, who fired 3.1 scoreless innings in which he allowed a hit and recorded three strikeouts during Thursday's loss to the Yankees, now has three scoreless multi-inning outings over his six appearances with the Rays in 2018. The 30-year-old southpaw is proving increasingly valuable, particularly on a squad where the pitching staff is deployed as liberally as the Rays' is. Nuno boasts a big-league resume that includes 42 career starts, so he's able to essentially fill any role manager Kevin Cash can conjure up. He's been utilized exclusively out of the bullpen thus far in his brief Tampa tenure, although a "bullpen day" start certainly wouldn't be out of the question at some point. Factoring in Thursday's line, Nuno sports an impressive 1.35 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 13.1 innings.
Nuno (1-0) fired three scoreless innings in a win over the Orioles on Sunday, allowing three hits and four walks while recording a strikeout. The veteran southpaw provided three valuable innings after Sergio Romo flamed out in his latest start. Nuno has proven to be a timely callup from Triple-A Durham thus far, as he's now worked four scoreless innings over his first two appearances, both of which came in the weekend series versus Baltimore.
Nuno fired a scoreless ninth inning in his Rays debut Friday against the Orioles. The veteran southpaw was just summoned from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday after Jake Faria (oblique) hit the disabled list. Nuno is capable of working long relief and would be a likely candidate for a "bullpen day" start as well, considering he's opened 42 games over his five previous major-league seasons.
Nuno was recalled from Triple-A Durham ahead of Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. Nuno will head to the majors after Tampa Bay placed Jake Faria (oblique) on the 10-day disabled list. The 30-year-old left-hander has starting experience in the big leagues and sports a 3.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 38 frames with Triple-A this season, but it's not expected he'll get the first shot at replacing Faria in the rotation. Instead, Nuno should just offer some length out of the bullpen after Faria's abbreviated start Tuesday put extra strain on the Tampa Bay bullpen.
Nuno was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. Manager Kevin Cash added that Nuno will be stretched out to prep him for potential long-relief outings of up to 60-70 pitches. The Rays' skipper added that the veteran could be "really valuable early on in the season" and emphasized that the move to the minors will enable him to get the necessary work to build up to the endurance levels the team is looking for. The 30-year-old southpaw appeared in five spring games -- including one start -- and generated a 3.68 ERA along with an impressive 12 strikeouts over 7.1 innings.