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  • Blue Jays' Paolo Espino: Gets minors deal from Blue Jays

    Espino signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Saturday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Espino was a heavily-used swingman with the Nationals from 2021-22, collecting a 4.56 ERA over 77 appearances (29 starts). He spent most of the 2023 season at Triple-A Rochester while also missing time with a flexor strain in his right ring finger. The veteran right-hander will turn 37 next month and seems likely to open the 2024 campaign in Triple-A Buffalo's rotation.

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  • Paolo Espino: Cut loose by Washington

    The Nationals unconditionally released Espino (finger) on Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Espino hadn't started a rehab assignment in the minors since being placed on the 15-day injured list July 19 with a flexor strain in his right ring finger. The injury might not be anything severe enough to keep him out for the remainder of the season, but even once he's healthy, Espino looks like he'll have to find work in a new organization. After posting a 24.75 ERA and 4.25 WHIP in four innings with the big club this season before being deactivated, Espino will cede his spot on the 40-man roster to catcher Israel Pineda (oblique), who was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Double-A Harrisburg.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Placed on 15-day IL

    Washington placed Espino on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with a flexor strain of his right ring finger, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Espino was charged with eight earned runs while recording only one out in his last appearance Tuesday against the Cubs as his season ERA ballooned all the way to 24.75. He'll likely head out on a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment before the Nationals consider him an option again for their major-league bullpen.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Nightmarish outing

    Espino allowed eight runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one over one-third of an inning Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Espino only managed to retire one of the 10 batters he faced to start the eighth inning, surrendering seven singles and a pair of walks in what ended up being an eight-run inning for the Cubs. Though the outing was certainly an outlier, it was largely indicative of Espino's troubles in 2023, as the right-hander also allowed three runs across the 3.2 innings covering his other two MLB appearances this season while producing a 4.33 ERA at the Triple-A level.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Recalled from Triple-A

    Espino was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports.

    Espino made one appearance for the Nationals last month but has spent the bulk of the year with Rochester, holding a 4.33 ERA in 13 starts. He'll give the bullpen some length over the weekend while Patrick Corbin is on paternity leave.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Sent back to Rochester

    Washington optioned Espino to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Amos Willingham has joined the Nationals' bullpen in a corresponding roster move. Espino made only one appearance during his brief stay in the bigs.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Recalled from Rochester

    The Nationals recalled Espino from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    Espino hasn't been particularly special in Triple-A, accumulating a 4.56 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through 49.1 innings across 11 starts. Nonetheless, he'll head to Washington for his first MLB stint of the season after the Nationals designated Chad Kuhl for assignment Saturday. Espino is capable of starting for the Nationals if necessary, but he's been used more often as a multi-inning reliever throughout his career in the majors.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Bound for minors

    Espino was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    Espino may not have been able to do anything to win a big-league spot this spring, as he's been sent down despite posting a 1.13 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in eight innings. Rather than remaining in the majors in a relief role, Espino will stay stretched out at the Triple-A level.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Having solid spring

    Espino gave up one hit and struck out one over two scoreless innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins

    The 36-year-old right-hander had posted good numbers this spring with a 1.13 ERA and 6:1 K:BB over eight frames, but he's worked mainly at the end of games and faced minor-league hitters -- he didn't enter Saturday's contest until the eighth inning. Despite the fact he's made 19 big-league starts in each of the last two seasons, Espino doesn't appear to be in consideration for the rotation opening created when Cade Cavalli (elbow) was lost to Tommy John surgery. He might begin the year in the bullpen if the Nationals feel they need an extra long-relief option, however.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Crushed in final outing of year

    Espino (0-9) couldn't escape the first frame in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, surrendering seven runs on five hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks in only one-third of an inning.

    The 35-year-old right-hander saved his worst for last, giving up back-to-back-to-back homers to begin his final outing of the season. Espino helped hold an injury-wracked Nationals' rotation together down the stretch, but given his age and overall mediocre numbers, he likely won't factor into the team's 2023 plans other as an emergency depth option.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Remains winless

    Espino (0-8) took the loss Tuesday as the Nationals fell 8-2 to Atlanta, giving up four runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out five without walking a batter.

    The 35-year-old righty blanked Atlanta through three innings, but Espino got tagged for two runs in the fourth before serving up back-to-back homers to Orlando Arcia and Ronald Acuna in the fifth. Espino has a respectable 4.09 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 23:3 K:BB through 22 innings in September, but with MacKenzie Gore (elbow) set to join the rotation before the end of the year, it's not clear if he'll get one more chance to earn his first win of 2022.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Works four innings

    Espino allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out two across four innings Wednesday against Atlanta. He did not factor into the decision.

    Espino had worked out of the bullpen in each of his last three outings and completed only one inning on each occasion. Therefore, he was pulled after only 71 pitches in Wednesday's outing, though he effectively limited Atlanta's offense thanks to six groundball outs. It's unclear whether Espino will stick in the rotation to close the season, but he has a 4.17 ERA with an 87:22 K:BB across 108 frames for the campaign.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Set to start Wednesday

    Espino will start Wednesday's game against Atlanta, Paul Mancano of MASNSports.com reports.

    Espino has operated out of the bullpen the past couple weeks but will rejoin the starting rotation Wednesday, at least temporarily. The veteran right-hander has a 4.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 85:20 K:BB across 104 innings this season, and he could have a limited workload in Atlanta given he's covered only one frame in each of his past three outings.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Works in relief

    Espino allowed a run over one inning out of the bullpen during Wednesday's loss to the Orioles, and manager Dave Martinez said the right-hander will serve as a reliever for the time being, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    The 35-year-old made his last start Sept. 6 against the Cardinals and gave up three runs over five innings, and Wednesday was his second straight relief appearance. Espino has an 0-7 record this year, but he's been a solid swingman with a 4.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 82:20 K:BB across 103 innings. He could return to the rotation down the stretch but for now has shifted to the bullpen.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Five innings in loss

    Espino (0-7) took the loss Tuesday, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings against the Cardinals. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

    Espino was just one over the minimum through three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth. Brendan Donovan led off the inning with a home run, then Nolan Arenado singled, and Corey Dickerson and Nolan Gorman both doubled to give the Cardinals three runs in the inning. The outing was Espino's third straight without allowing a walk, but given the results in the strike zone, it's probably fair to say he's finding a bit too much of the plate. He will take a 4.28 ERA into his next start, tentatively scheduled for next week against Baltimore.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Punches out six

    Espino allowed one earned run on five hits and no walks while striking out six across five innings Thursday against the Athletics. He did not factor into the decision.

    Espino took advantage of a matchup against a weak Oakland lineup and racked up a season-best six strikeouts. He added six groundball outs, and the end result was his second start this season during which he's both completed five innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs. Espino has a 4.22 ERA with a 75:19 K:BB across 96 innings for the campaign.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Falls to 0-6

    Espino (0-6) took the loss against Cincinnati on Saturday, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out four batters over 5.1 frames.

    There were some positives to take from the outing -- Espino didn't walk a batter after issuing four free passes in his previous outing, and he fell two outs shy of notching his first quality start -- but the right-hander wasn't able to get his first win of the season. Espino made it through five frames with only one run on the books against him, but he allowed two hits in the sixth and watched from the bench as both runners came around to score following his departure. Espino began the season working out of the bullpen; he's been less effective as a starter but appears set in that role since he's started in all 14 of his appearances since June 12.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Shaky in no-decision

    Espino allowed three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four over 4.1 innings in a no-decision versus the Padres on Friday.

    Espino matched a season high with four walks in this outing. He threw only 44 of 84 pitches for strikes, and he put two of the first three batters in the fifth inning on base before reliever Victor Arano allowed them to score on a Manny Machado double. Espino has allowed at least three runs in five of his last seven outings. He has a 4.31 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 65:19 K:BB through 85.2 innings across 33 appearances (13 starts). The right-hander is tentatively projected for a home start versus the Reds next week.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Charged with fifth loss

    Espino (0-5) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in 5.2 innings to take the loss during Sunday's matchup against the Padres.

    Espino gave up just one run in five innings during Tuesday's start against the Cubs, but he was unable to generate the same production against the Padres on Sunday. Although Sunday's start was the right-hander's longest of the season, he allowed plenty of baserunners and didn't get any run support from the Nationals' offense. Over his five starts since the All-Star break, Espino has posted a 5.79 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 23.1 innings. He tentatively lines up to face the Padres again on the road Friday.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Effective in no-decision

    Espino allowed a run on six hits and a hit batsman while striking out five in five innings of a 6-5 win Tuesday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.

    The lone run against Espino came in the second inning when Seiya Suzuki led off with a solo shot. Outside of the homer, he managed to keep the ball on the ground and stay out of trouble. It marked just the second time in his last eight starts the 35-year-old pitched five innings or more. Since joining the rotation, he's posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 44 innings over 10 outings. His next start will likely be early next week at home against the Cubs.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 212 lbs
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Age: 37
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R