The news that should have happened before his last start was finally delivered: Ricky Nolasco is being shutdown for the season.
Ricky Nolasco's season is over and the Marlins pitcher said he will have surgery next week to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.
"It's just not letting me do what I want to do. I can't be trying to go out there to get big league hitters out and risk my career and my arm,' he said.
Nolasco expects to recover in time to be ready for spring training. Left-hander Andrew Miller will start Friday in Nolasco's place.
Hopefully, Ricky didn't further injure himself in his last start. Trying to play on a bum knee as a pitcher can have its consequences and adding an arm injury to the mix was a possibility, should he have tried to compensate for his weakness. He really should have never been allowed to pitch in the game on August 28. But maybe he didn't extend the tear in his knee and thankfully he may have not have been in the game long enough to hurt his arm.
If he his just going under the scope for his knee, he should recover more quickly than if he is going under the knife or trying to put his arm back together in the process.
Ricky is, sadly, no stranger to rehab so we are sure he will do everything that needs to be done. You always hate to lose a pitcher the caliber of Nolasco, but losing him for the last month of a not-so-hot season is a lot better than trying to piece together a rotation at the start of the next one without him.