The Miami Marlins announced Monday that they have reinstated left-handed pitcher Justin Nicolino from the 10-day disabled list. In order to make room on the active roster, the Fish optioned right-hander Drew Steckenrider to Triple-A New Orleans.
Nicolino landed on the DL back on June 1 thanks to a blister on his left index finger. He was forced to leave his most recent start against the Philadelphia Phillies in late May after just three innings because of the injury. In a rehab start with High-A Jupiter, Nicolino surrendered two runs on seven hits over the course of six innings. The 25-year-old has an ERA of 4.15 across three major league starts on the season. Nicolino is 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA in seven Triple-A starts in 2017.
Steckenrider has pitched in four games out of the Miami bullpen this season, the most recent of which came on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves. The right-hander allowed a run on three hits in 1/3 of an inning. For the season, Steckenrider has an ERA of 5.40 in 3.1 innings of action. He is 0-1 with a 1.65 ERA in 20 minor league appearances this season.
The Marlins dropped the last two games of a three-game weekend set in Atlanta to fall into fourth place in the NL East at 30-37. Nicolino will start Monday night’s opener of a three-game series at Marlins Park against the Washington Nationals. The Nats took two-of-three from the Marlins to open the season back in April. Right-hander Tanner Roark will take the mound for the Nationals Monday night.