Miami is expected to have Justin Nicolino start Friday’s contest against the Braves, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
The #Marlins haven't announced yet but all signs point to Justin Nicolino starting Friday at #Braves— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) June 29, 2016
Nicolino opened the season in the Marlins’ rotation but didn’t have much success. Over 55.2 innings, he posted a 5.17 ERA and 4.22 FIP.
The Marlins optioned Nicolino to Triple-A and he made six starts, pitching to a 2.82 ERA.
While it seems the Marlins are seeking pitching depth, the club doesn’t appear to be close to acquiring another starter. Miami has been linked to Drew Pomeranz, Bud Norris, and Jake Odorizzi in recent weeks.
After losing Paul Clemens on waivers to the Padres, the Marlins called upon Jo-Jo Reyes, who pitched out of the bullpen Wednesday in Detroit. However, it’s unlikely he will receive an opportunity to pitch in Miami’s rotation.
Nicolino’s performance over the next few weeks could determine how the Marlins approach the non-waiver trade deadline. If he thrives, it might not be necessary to add another starter.