Nolin elected free agency after he was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Nolin made his return to the majors during the 2021 campaign and posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 26.2 innings across 10 appearances (five starts). The 31-year-old will now be free to seek out other opportunities during the offseason.
Nolin tossed three scoreless innings of long relief Saturday in the Nationals' 6-0 loss to the Rockies. He scattered three walks and a base hit and struck out two in the 51-pitch appearance. Before he was handed a five-game suspension for throwing at Atlanta's Freddie Freeman in a Sept. 8 outing, Nolin had picked up five starts for Washington, posting a 5.60 ERA and 1.70 WHIP across those outings. Rather than returning Nolin to the rotation once his suspension was completed, Washington elected to keep Josh Rogers in the fold as its fifth starter. Unless the Nationals lose another rotation member over the final two weeks of the season, Nolin looks like he'll work out of the bullpen down the stretch.
The Nationals activated Nolin (suspension) ahead of Wednesday's game against the Marlins. Nolin is back in the fold for Washington after he completed his five-game suspension Tuesday. Before receiving the ban for intentionally throwing at Freddie Freeman in his Sept. 8 start, Nolin had compiled a 5.60 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 17.2 innings. Those poor numbers make it far from a safe bet that Nolin will take back a rotation spot from Josh Rogers, who gave up two runs on 6.2 innings in his previous start last weekend in Pittsburgh. Rogers will get another starting nod Wednesday, and Nolin will likely be available in bulk relief if needed.
Nolin will begin serving his five-game suspension Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Nolin initially planned to appeal his suspension for intentionally hitting Freddie Freeman on Wednesday, but he'll be unavailable for the next five games after he dropped his appeal. The southpaw's suspension is unlikely to have a significant impact on his next turn through the rotation, as the team will be able to push him back a day. Nolin now tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Nolin was handed a five-game suspension Friday for intentionally hitting Freddie Freeman with a pitch earlier in the week, but he'll appeal the ban and will remain available until his appeal is heard, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Nolin appeared to be retaliating for an incident in which Juan Soto was hit by a pitch Tuesday, as he threw behind Freeman with his first pitch the next day and hit him with his second. Manager Dave Martinez was also handled a one-game ban and will elect not to appeal.
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