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Phillies claim Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pirates

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The Phillies announced on Thursday that the club claimed pitcher Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pirates. First baseman Brock Stassi was designated for assignment to create roster space.

Nicasio is celebrating his 31st birthday on Thursday. This season with the Pirates, the right-hander has put up an impressive 2.85 ERA with a 60/18 K/BB ratio in 60 innings. Nicasio began his career as a starter but has mostly pitched out of the bullpen in recent years.

Nicasio is owed the remainder of his $3.65 million salary and can become a free agent after the season.

Stassi, 28, struggled in 51 games in the majors this year. He hit .167/.278/.295 across 90 plate appearances. Things didn’t go much better with Triple-A Lehigh Valley as he mustered a .682 OPS in 186 PA.

Jose Altuve leads all vote-getters in All-Star balloting

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The latest update to the All-Star voting is in and it reveals that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the leading vote-getter in all of baseball. Altuve, on his way to his sixth All-Star appearance and fourth starting selection in a row, has has 1,572,101 votes. Altuve leads the Majors with a .342 batting average and 102 hits.

At other positions Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has overtaken Gary Sánchez of the New York Yankees at catcher, José Abreu of the White Sox leads at first, third base is led by José Ramírez of the Indians, Manny Machado of Orioles leads at short, Boston’s J.D. Martinez paces the DHs and the Sox’ Mookie Betts, the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge round out the starters.

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