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.
Nuno signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Nuno spent the 2017 season within the Orioles' system, and wound up appearing in 12 games for the big-league team. During those appearances, he posted a 10.43 ERA and 2.25 WHIP over 14.2 innings. He will likely see more time at Triple-A Durham next season, unless he's able to show that he can still be a viable reliever in the majors.
Nuno was sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. The 29-year-old appeared in 12 games for Baltimore, logging a 10.43 ERA and 2.25 WHIP. Nuno fared much better over 15 contests with Norfolk, managing a 2.82 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He'll now return to the Tides, but without a spot on the 40-man roster this time around.
Nuno was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. Nuno was terrible in his most recent stint with the Orioles. He served up eight earned runs on eight hits (three home runs) in just 2.2 innings pitched. Some of it might be a result of nagging injuries, as Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that his oblique, hip and knee have all been bothering him. Nonetheless, he'll return to the minors to hopefully get some of his stuff back, while Donnie Hart returns to the majors to fill his spot in the big-league bullpen.
Nuno was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The left-hander spent the past month in the minors, accruing a 3.86 ERA and an 11.6 K/9 in 14 innings out of the Tides' bullpen. Nuno will likely offer middle relief help in Baltimore, although his previous struggles in the big leagues certainly don't make him an attractive fantasy option despite his nice strikeout totals.
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