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2024 Pitching

Earned Run Average
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Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 0 0 7.71 2 2 2.14

Top Paolo Espino News

  • Blue Jays' Paolo Espino: Shut down at Triple-A

    Triple-A Buffalo placed Espino on its 7-day injured list Wednesday with an unspecified injury.

    Espino hadn't pitched for Buffalo since May 30 before he was deactivated. The 37-year-old right-hander made two appearances for the Blue Jays earlier in the season and still possesses a spot on Toronto's 40-man roster, but he's pitched exclusively at the Triple-A level since mid-April. He owns a 4.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 29:15 K:BB in 43.1 innings over his nine starts with Buffalo.

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  • Blue Jays' Paolo Espino: Optioned to Triple-A

    Espino was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.

    Espino gave up four earned runs on six hits, including two home runs, and a walk in 2.2 innings Friday against the Rockies, so he wouldn't have been available over the rest of the weekend anyway, and his poor performance could have punched his ticket to the minors. Yariel Rodriguez was called up to make his big-league debut in a corresponding move.

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  • Blue Jays' Paolo Espino: Contract selected

    The Blue Jays selected Espino's contract from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

    The 37-year-old right-hander will give the Jays a fresh long relief arm, taking Wes Parsons' spot on the roster. Espino has collected a 5.01 ERA in 94 appearances (41 starts) over parts of five major-league seasons.

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  • Blue Jays' Paolo Espino: Gets stretched out Saturday

    Espino allowed three runs on six hits over four innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. He struck out four without walking a batter.

    The 37-year-old right-hander built up to 65 pitches (47 strikes) as the Blue Jays keep their options open for the rotation with both Kevin Gausman (shoulder) and Alek Manoah (shoulder) expected to miss the start of the season. Espino's posted an impressive 16:2 K:BB through 12 innings this spring, but he's served up three homers, including a two-run shot by Giancarlo Stanton in the third inning Saturday. Bowden Francis seems locked into one of the available rotation spots, leaving Mitch White as Espino's main competition for the other.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Player Bio

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