Nolasco set for Sunday
Midway through Spring Training, Ricky Nolasco at last is ready for some game action.
The Marlins announced on Thursday that the 28-year-old right-hander would indeed make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. He is expected to throw three innings or about 55-60 pitches.
Barring any setbacks, Nolasco should make four Grapefruit League starts, and he is lined up to pitch Florida’s second game of the season, on April 2 against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.
Nolasco jammed his right thumb prior to Spring Training, and he has been working his way back. He was given the green light to start on Sunday after he threw an encouraging live batting practice session on Thursday.
“By the time that first start comes around on April 2, I should be at 90 pitches,” Nolasco said.
The Marlins will start Josh Johnson in the season opener on April 1, and Nolasco is on course to be the No. 2 starter.
Mechanically, Nolasco is still refining things.
“I feel good. There are things I could work on, but those come with innings,” he said. “I’m not really concerned about it.
“I’m not really concerned with the results right now. Obviously, I want to pitch well every time I go out. But as long as my finger doesn’t hurt, and I’m getting my pitch count up is all that matters right now.”
— Joe Frisaro