Nicasio, who was activated from the disabled list Monday, fired a scoreless inning in which he recorded a strikeout during a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old had dealt with some swelling in his knee recently, prompting the 10-day DL stay. Wednesday marked his first appearance since being activated, and Nicasio looked much sharper than he did his last time on the mound. That outing came June 6 against the Astros and apparently transpired at the height of Nicasio's knee problems, as he was officially sidelined the following day. That stumble notwithstanding, Nicasio had been in the midst of one of his best stretches of pitching of the season at the time of his injury, as he'd generated eight consecutive scoreless efforts before failing to record an out against the four Houston batters he faced.
Nicasio (knee) was activated from the disabled list Monday.
Nicasio will end up spending the minimum amount of time on the disabled list. Prior to his injury, Nicasio had recorded a 5.34 ERA in 28.2 innings, though his underlying numbers indicated that he was actually pitching quite well. His strikeout rate had spiked up to an impressive 31.4 percent, while his walk rate remained an incredibly low 1.7 percent. Those numbers result in a very solid 2.53 FIP, indicating that the veteran should be able to capably fill his setup role if he keeps pitching the way he'd already been pitching.
The report confirms what had been the expected next step for Nicasio after he faced hitters in live batting practice and took part in fielding drills Saturday without incident. Expect the Mariners to plug Nicasio back into a high-leverage role out of the bullpen right away, as his 37:2 K:BB and 2.64 FIP over 28.2 innings this season suggest he's one of Seattle's top relievers, even if his 5.34 ERA doesn't.
Nicasio (knee) threw successful live batting practice Saturday and could be activated from the disabled list as early as Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I feel really good," Nicasio said. "I didn't feel anything [in my knee]. I'm ready. I'm happy now that it doesn't hurt."
Nicasio also did some fielding drills. As long as his knee doesn't act up in the coming days, it sounds like the veteran reliever will be cleared to return from the disabled list when the Mariners begin a road trip in New York on Tuesday. Nicasio, despite struggling to a 5.34 ERA prior to landing on the shelf, should slide back into a high-leverage relief role upon reinstatement.
Nicasio (knee) threw a bullpen session before Friday's game and could be activated as early as Tuesday when the Mariners begin a road trip in New York, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I'm feeling good," Nicasio said after his first time throwing off the mound since he landed on the DL last Thursday. "I'm happy right now because my knee is fine. It's hard when you pitch with one knee."
Nicasio stated he didn't expect to miss more than the minimum 10 days when he first went on the disabled list, and he seems to be on track to meet that goal. The right-handed reliever's knee issues limited his fastball in his last outing on June 6 against the Astros, when he failed to record an out. The knee was considerably swollen by the following day, and a subsequent MRI led to the discovery of a pair of bone chips. The hope is the cortisone injection Nicasio has already received as part of his recovery process -- as well as the down time his knee has enjoyed -- will be sufficient to allow him to resume pitching without any limitations. Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports that Nicasio will throw a live batting practice session Saturday, which will likely serve as his final test before he's officially deemed ready for activation.
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