Nolasco polishing up delivery
For Ricky Nolasco, getting season ready is coming in two stages.
First, the 28-year-old had to show he is healthy. He’s done that, recovering from a sprained right thumb, to get back on the mound. The injury caused him to miss the first half of Spring Training. He’s also recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Now, Nolasco is working on getting sharp. The off time set him back in terms of polishing up his delivery and getting hitters out. The rust showed in his first two Grapefruit League starts, where he’s allowed 11 runs on 12 hits in four innings.
Nolasco is back on the mound on Wednesday when the Marlins face the Braves in Lake Buena Vista. Atlanta is starting Tim Hudson.
Between his last start and now, Nolasco has worked with pitching coach Randy St. Claire. The two have watched video and detected some glitches in his delivery.
“Just stuff that Randy and I saw,” Nolasco said. “I felt like I was flying open early, which the video obviously showed. He wanted to point that out to me, to stay closed a little bit longer.”
Nolasco also is looking to get his legs more into his delivery.
“I wasn’t really using my legs as much, which is another thing that we noticed,” he said. “It was causing me, instead of going directly to the plate, I was falling off. Those little things will come with the more that I throw.
“It’s nothing we’re worried about, but it’s something we’re working on. When I’m using my lower half a little more, it helps me stay in line through the ball and through the target.”
1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Ozzie Martinez, 2B
3) Logan Morrison, LF
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Donnie Murphy, SS
6) Scott Cousins, RF
7) Brett Hayes, C
8) Matt Dominguez, 3B
9) Ricky Nolasco, P
— Joe Frisaro