Nicolino, 24, made four starts at Triple-A this year. This will be his 2016 debut. In 12 games last year Nicolino went 5-4 with a 4.01 earned-run average, including a June 26 start at Dodger Stadium in which Nicolino allowed five runs in four innings.
Guerrero had an MRI exam today on his left knee, which he injured on a slide in a Cactus League game. The injury was originally diagnosed as a contusion. Roberts said the results of the MRI would be announced later today.
While the Dodgers have returned to Los Angeles for the annual preseason Freeway Series against the Angels, Guerrero remains at the Dodgers’ complex in Glendale, Arizona.
Dodgers minor league pitcher Adrian Salcedo received a 144-game suspension without pay following a positive test for a performance enhancing drug, a metabolite of Boldenone. His season is likely over.
Salcedo did not appear in the Dodgers’ major league camp this year. The 25-year-old was on the roster of Triple-A Oklahoma City. He’d pitched the entirety of his professional career prior to this season in the Minnesota Twins organization.
Salcedo was suspended 80 games under the minor league drug prevention and treatment program in April 2015, when he tested positive for a stimulant (Heptaminol) and a performance-enhancing substance (Tamoxifen).