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Reds claim Justin Nicolino off waivers from the Marlins

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The Reds announced that the club claimed pitcher Justin Nicolino off waivers from the Marlins on Sunday.

Nicolino, 26, struggled in 10 1/3 innings of work this spring with the Marlins, yielding seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits and seven walks with eight strikeouts. The lefty has also struggled over parts of three seasons in the majors, owning a career 4.65 ERA. Nicolino was almost certainly headed for the bullpen if he remained with the Marlins.

The Reds need starting depth as Brandon Finnegan and Anthony DeSclafani have both suffered injuries this spring.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.