Nolasco shut down for the rest of the 2010 season

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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.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.