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.
DENVER — The Dodgers are flying home tonight and Don Mattingly will be waiting for them. The Miami Marlins visit Dodger Stadium for a four-game series beginning Monday, Mattingly’s only visit to Los Angeles this year with his new club.
I asked some players to weigh in on the topic of Mattingly’s reception today. Now it’s your turn.
Whether you’re going to one of the games, or just imagining yourself in your favorite seat, how will you receive Mattingly?
DENVER — Outfielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Louis Coleman will be added to the Dodgers’ roster for tomorrow’s game against the Miami Marlins. That means that two spots will have to be cleared after today’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers have carried eight relievers all this week, which manager Dave Roberts said would be the case prior to their road trip to Atlanta and Denver. It’s possible if not likely that this will change once the Dodgers return home. Zach Lee is an obvious candidate to return to Triple-A; I explained why in today’s notebook.
Three other relievers (Adam Liberatore, J.P. Howell and Luis Avilan) throw left-handed, and it isn’t often that a team keeps three lefties in a seven-man bullpen. Liberatore and Avilan can both be optioned to the minors. The Marlins have five left-handed hitting position players — more than most teams — so it isn’t inconceivable that Liberatore and Avilan both stay. It just seems unlikely based on precedent.
File all of this under the category of “educated guess.”