Nolasco likely for Saturday

After completing a series of fielding and running drills on Thursday, Ricky Nolasco said he expected to return to the Marlins rotation on Saturday at Atlanta.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez agreed.

The last hurdle before the team officially announces their intentions is to see if Nolasco has any swelling in his right knee on Friday.

Nolasco has a torn medial meniscus in his knee. Once the condition was detected last Saturday, Nolasco was scratched from his scheduled Sunday (Aug. 22) start at home against the Astros.

If he is ready for Saturday, it means he will miss just one start.

Nolasco is 14-8 with a 4.22 ERA.

Rodriguez said the team will monitor him closely, but that Nolasco would not be on a pitch count limit. Because the Marlins are unsure how long Nolasco will be able to pitch, Andrew Miller is being held as a backup option to throw multiple innings on Saturday.

If possible, Nolasco would like to stay in the rotation for the rest of the season. But he noted if he had any setbacks, he will shut things down.

After talking about his situation with three or four doctors, Nolasco said he became more encouraged that he could pitch through the ailment.

Nolasco added that he may have been pitching with the tear without even noticing it. He anticipates having surgery after the season. Recovery time for the procedure is three to four weeks.   

— Joe Frisaro



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