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JUAN NICASIO RUMORS & GOSSIP

Pirates reinstate Nicasio, put him in bullpen; Frazier up

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio was reinstated from the restricted list and moved to the bullpen as Pittsburgh made a number of roster moves prior to Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates also selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to the same club and...
Via Associated Press
June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Pirates place Nicasio on restricted list for family matter

CHICAGO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-hander Juan Nicasio on the restricted list to tend to a family matter. Manager Clint Hurdle says the move isn't ''punitive'' and that Nicasio was encouraged to go. The Pirates made the announcement prior to a game Saturday night against the Cubs. It's unclear when Nicasio could return, though he's expected to miss his scheduled...
Via Associated Press
June 18, 2016  |  Discuss

It’s time for the Pirates to move out of their comfort zone with their young pitchers (or: Games 65 and 66: Locke and Nicasio suck)

This week is the entire Pirates’ season in a microcosm: on Tuesday night, Jameson Taillon spun a gem against the Mets, shutting them out for eight innings and giving their offense plenty of time to wear Jacob deGrom out to build a lead. It was a great win and it was great because it was one of the reminders of what the Pirates are supposed to look like, which is something that’s...
Via WHYGAVS?
June 17, 2016  |  Discuss

The Juan Nicasio project continues against the Braves

I will admit that the Juan Nicasio project has, to this point, gone better than I thought it might after his first few starts this year. He obviously hasn’t dominated the way that he did in spring training, but he’s more or less kept the Pirates in games and turned in an occasional very good start. I don’t know what his long-term future in the rotation is once the minor leaguers...
Via WHYGAVS?
May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Phase One of Juan Nicasio’s Reclamation Is Complete

Moreso than any of their other coaching brethren, pitching coaches develop rather specific reputations for the influence they exert on their respective clubs. Don Cooper of the Chicago White Sox, for example, is known for teaching his pitchers the cutter. The Mets’ Dan Warthen is known for the slider. Dave Duncan, in his time with Oakland and St. Louis, developed a reputation for...
Via Fangraphs
April 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Juan Nicasio: Ray Searage’s Newest Success?

In a spring-training game on Wednesday afternoon, Juan Nicasio struck out 10 Orioles. In fairness, everybody who pitched in the game for the Pirates struck out 10 Orioles, and I just struck out 10 Orioles while I was writing this sentence, but Nicasio is opening some eyes after what was a pretty quiet arrival in Pittsburgh. When he was brought in, the thought was he’d serve as...
Via Fangraphs
March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

The Juan Nicasio Relief Experiment, Already In Progress

When the Dodgers claimed Juan Nicasio off waivers last month, it was assumed that he was acquired mostly to pitch in relief. Ignoring the fact that the depth chart would currently have him start, it’s not necessarily a bad idea. Nicasio struggled significantly as a starter for Colorado in the first half of last season. He relies heavily on two pitches, so sustained success as...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nicasio acquired by the Dodgers

Juan Nicasio will no longer be wearing a Rockies uniform, but he still might be a familiar sight on the mound at Coors Field. Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the 28-year-old right-hander, whom the Rockies had previously designated for assignment, for a player-to-be-named later or cash. Nicasio will reportedly ostensibly be competing for a back-end spot in Los Angeles...
Via Mile High Sports
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Life as a Colorado Rockies fan

When you hear New York Yankees, what do you think of? Championships, Steinbrenner, Jeter? What about the St. Louis Cardinals? Overachievers, winners, consistent? What about the Colorado Rockies? The Colorado Rockies have once again begun their annual descent to the bottom of the NL West. Plagued by injuries and the same problems as last year, and the year before that, and the before...
Via isportsweb.com
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals drop third straight with 10-1 loss to Rockies

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Juan Nicasio thinks he's headed for the best season of his young career. Nicasio pitched four scoreless innings, Kyle Parker drove in five runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 10-1 on Sunday. Nicasio allowed one hit, struck out three and walked one. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has struggled with injuries since he made his major league debut for...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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