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Ricky Nolasco may try to pitch through torn meniscus

Aug 23, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

Ricky Nolasco was diagnosed with a torn right meniscus over the weekend and scratched from his scheduled Sunday start in favor of Andrew Miller.  With such a serious diagnosis, and with the Marlins well out of contention, it felt like Nolasco might be done for the season.  But, alas, he could be ready to pitch again by Saturday.

Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports that Nolasco will play catch on Monday and throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.  If those go well, he is likely to be cleared to start against the first-place Braves this weekend.

“He wants to pitch, and he says he’s feeling much better the last two
days,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “At this point of the season, pretty much
everybody’s hurt. Nobody’s 100 percent. If he says he’s 90, 95 percent, I
think it’s good enough.”

Nolasco, 27, struggled through the first half of the season but he’s limited opponents to a .237 batting average and has racked up 53 strikeouts in 45 innings since mid-July.  Through 25 total starts this season, he owns a 14-8 record, a 4.22 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 147 strikeouts.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Dumb, dumb, dumb – and if that’s the extent of Edwin Rodriguez’ brilliance and solicitude, well, he’s proven that he’s no smarter as a strategic thinker than he has been as a tactical thinker. But as I’ve written a bit earlier, sure, if Nolasco either (a) can’t pitch more than a few innings or (b) makes the injury worse, it just lets Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua off the hook for their offer to negotiate an extension with Nolasco – an offer which, already no doubt aware of the injury, they never intended to follow through on in the first place.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Coda: just noticed this comment in the regular game reports section on MSNBC: “When Astros 3B Chris Johnson reached on a broken-bat single in the second inning, the barrel sailed into an empty section 15 rows behind the third-base dugout.”
    I guess you can let that stand on its own as a commentary on Feesh fans’ response to the “market correction” imposed on this team by Scrooge and his puppydoggie.

  3. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Rodriguez has done little if anything to distinguish himself as manager of the team. And someone needs to tell Nolasco to get the effing surgery done. All he needs is to screw up him arm by compensating in his pitching motion. No sense screwing around.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    You’re making the transition nicely, BC. Just don’t forget that you signed a non-attendance agreement.

  5. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Living approximately 1450 miles from Feesh Stadium will make compliance with the non-attendance agreement rather easy.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Generally true, but curiosity is a pretty ugly thing. All of human progress since we absorbed out prehensile tails (and by the way, I really wish we hadn’t) notwithstanding, it has been the bane of our existence and has led at least two or three Feesh fans who took the pledge to break it. Don’t be one of them. If you feel the urge, heavy drinking can repress it.

  7. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Heavy drinking. Hmm. Good idea. That’s the only way I got through my math major.

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