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Nolasco shut down for the rest of the 2010 season

Sep 1, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

Bad news for the Marlins tonight, but news they should have seen coming. According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco is going to be shut down for the rest of the season and will undergo...

Bad news for the Marlins tonight, but news they should have seen coming.

According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco is going to be shut down for the rest of the season and will undergo knee surgery next week.

Nolasco was diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee five days ago but was given clearance to pitch through it.  He probably shouldn’t have been given that clearance — when you consider the severity of most meniscus tears — and it would be a shame if it affects his readiness for the 2011 season.

The 27-year-old has fanned 53 batters in 47 innings since the All-Star break and shown signs of real development.  Let’s hope he can pick up where he left off when next season rolls around.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    It was so utterly idiotic not to do this in the first place that it’s difficult to imagine what the Feesh were thinking when they sent him out a couple of days ago – to get shelled, no less. They’re out of contention. They’ve unloaded two of their core players, Jorge Cantu and Cody Ross, in classic Scrooge McLoria salary dump fashion. They knew he was going to need the surgery during the offseason anyway. What the hell was the point of trotting him out there? Trying to get him laid up long enough so that the insurance policy kicks in and pays a chunk of his salary?

  2. Buccofan - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    It sounds like it was a player decision. Whether anyone leaned on him to do it, we’ll probably never know, but it was his decision. The tear probably wasn’t going to get any worse, and I admire his dedication to his team in trying to pitch through it. Dumb, but admirable.

  3. Joe - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    The players don’t fill out the lineup card. Management could have said, “no point in risking further injury.” The tear might not get any worse, but it’s pretty well documented that lower body injuries = altered mechanics and altered mechanics = arm injuries.

  4. doctorfunke - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    OG – You’re in Florida, right? Why don’t you hop on that Rays bandwagon? I can’t imagine being a Marlins fan, it would drive me insane. Wait, that may explain some things…

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