Nicasio was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Nicasio is travelling home to be with his family in the Dominican Republic, though he reportedly isn't opting out of the season. It's not clear when he's expected to return. Luis Garcia will join the Rangers' bullpen in a corresponding move.
Nicasio's contract was selected by the Rangers on Saturday.
The 33-year-old will be pitching in his 10th big-league season when he eventually makes his season debut. He owns a mediocre 4.64 career ERA and posted a 4.75 ERA in 47.1 innings for the Phillies last season.
Nicasio was reassigned to the Rangers' alternate training site Sunday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Nicasio worked through back tightness during spring training but appeared to be healthy this summer. He was able to pitch in intrasquad competition, but he'll play at the team's alternate training site to start the regular season. Even if he reaches the majors at some point this season, the 33-year-old is unlikely to play a significant role.
Nicasio (back) is serving as the starting pitcher in the Rangers' intrasquad matchup Monday.
Nicasio was experiencing back tightness during spring training, but his status as the starting pitcher for Monday's intrasquad contest signals that he's recovered. Although he's on the team's 60-man roster, he's unlikely to play a big role in the majors this year. The 33-year-old made 47 appearances for the Phillies last season, logging a 4.75 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over 47.1 innings.
The Rangers added Nicasio (back) to their 60-man roster pool Thursday.
Nicasio and Edinson Volquez both joined the 60-man pool, bringing the Rangers' total to 57 men. The 33-year-old made just two spring appearances before experiencing back tightness in early March. Nicasio recorded a 4.75 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, and 45:21 K:BB across 47.1 relief innings with the Phillies in 2019. As a non-roster invitee, he's not expected to have a spot in the Texas bullpen come Opening Day.
Nicasio was scratched from an appearance Monday due to tightness in his back, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The 33-year-old Nicasio has been limited to two spring appearances. As a non-roster invitee, he's not expected to be part of the bullpen come Opening Day.
Nicasio signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Saturday that includes an invitation to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Nicasio spent 2019 with the Phillies and picked up 10 holds, but his overall numbers were subpar with a 4.75 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 45:21 K:BB across 47.1 innings. The 33-year-old is a strong bet to crack the Opening Day roster with a solid showing in spring training.
Nicasio (shoulder) was activated from the injured list Tuesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Nicasio had been out for a month with a sore shoulder. It's unclear how much he'll help the Phillies' bullpen over the last few games of the year, as he has a 4.93 ERA and 1.64 WHIP on the season.
Nicasion (shoulder) will throw off a mound Tuesday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Nicasio has been out for two and a half weeks with right shoulder soreness. His return date is unclear, but he still has time to get back before the end of the regular season, assuming his shoulder responds well to Tuesday's session.
Nicasio (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Nicasio was officially diagnosed with right rotator cuff tightness after leaving Friday's game against the Marlins. He had pitched well of late, allowing only two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work in August. The Phillies called up Edgar Garcia and Austin Davis to help fill in during Nicasio's absence.
Nicasio left Friday's game against the Marlins due to right shoulder soreness, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Nicasio will likely head for further testing to determine his availability moving forward.
Nicasio left Friday's game against Miami with an unspecified injury, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
The details surrounding Nicasio's injury remain unclear, but he threw just two pitches prior to departing. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.
Nicasio (groin) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Nicasio wound up missing slightly longer than the minimum with a left groin strain. He recorded an unimpressive 5.24 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 34.1 innings prior to suffering the injury. Yacksel Rios was optioned in a corresponding move.
Nicasio was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left groin strain, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Nicasio has been nursing the injury over the last few days and will head to the injured list after struggling through one-third of an inning Wednesday. The severity of the injury remains unclear, but the 32-year-old will be eligible to be activated shortly after the All-Star break.
Nicasio has a left groin injury and could be headed to the injured list, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Nicasio has apparently been dealing with the injury for a few days but attempted to pitch through the issue, and he struggled Wednesday by giving up three runs on four hits while recording one out. The 32-year-old will be re-evaluated Thursday to determine whether an IL stint is necessary.
Nicasio (0-2) blew the save and was handed the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning Tuesday against the Cubs.
Nicasio entered with a 2-1 lead but had runners on second and third before he was able to record an out. The 32-year-old had the chance to secure saves on back-to-back days in the Windy City, but couldn't close the deal. The two save chances were Nicasio's first two of the season. He now has a 4.09 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 20:11 K:BB through 22 innings.
Nicasio allowed a hit in two-thirds of an inning to record his first save of the season in Monday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Cubs.
Seranthony Dominguez blew the lead in the eighth inning and Hector Neris worked a scoreless ninth with the game tied, leaving Adam Morgan and Nicasio to close things out after J.T. Realmuto launched a solo shot in the top of the 10th. The veteran right-hander hasn't given up an earned run since April 19, and the stretch of success has moved him into a more high-leverage role in Gabe Kapler's bullpen -- he notched his second hold of the season Sunday. Nicasio now sports a 3.32 ERA and 20:9 K:BB through 21.2 innings on the season.
Nicasio pitched two innings in Wednesday's 15-1 loss to the Nationals, allowing a pair of runs on four hits and a walk while striking out one.
It was certainly a poor outing, but Nicasio was far from the only Phillies pitcher to get knocked around. On the whole, he's been effective this season, as he hadn't allowed a run in any of his first three appearances, but his 4:3 K:BB isn't a particularly encouraging sign.
Nicasio's spot on the Phillies' Opening Day roster appears safe after Victor Arano and Yacksel Rios were optioned Saturday.
The Phillies have a deep bullpen, but Nicasio always seemed likely to make the team after being acquired from Seattle in December. The veteran stumbled to a 6.00 ERA last season, but his 2.99 FIP told a different story, and he's had a FIP under 3.00 for three of the last four years. He may be a pitcher whose peripherals always overrate him, as his ERA is 0.73 runs higher than his FIP over the course of his eight-year major-league career, but he should at least provide adequate middle-relief innings for the Phillies this season.
Nicasio (knee) was traded from Seattle to Philadelphia along with Jean Segura for Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Nicasio battled a knee injury throughout 2018 and struggled to a 6.00 ERA in 42 innings, but his underlying numbers are quite promising and he's expected to be good to go in 2019 following a cleanup procedure. His 2.99 FIP was a near match for the 2.98 FIP he posted in 2017, and he walked an incredibly low 2.7 percent of batters while striking out a career-high 29.0 percent. If he experiences positive regression back towards his peripherals in 2019, he could be in contention for a high-leverage role in a Phillies bullpen which lacks an established hierarchy, though he's unlikely to have an inside shot on the closer role.
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