Phillies rookie starter Aaron Nola was yet again sharp on Saturday night against the Nationals, scattering six singles over five shutout innings in a no-decision. He walked none and struck out five, hurling 44 of his 67 pitches for strikes.
That’s how his 2015 season will come to a close.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have shut Nolan down for the remainder of the season — one whole week — as a way to protect his overall workload. Nola had thrown 109 1/3 innings between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to his July callup. He then threw 77 2/3 innings for the Phillies, to the tune of a 3.59 ERA, 1.197 WHIP, and 68/19 K/BB ratio.
The 22-year-old right-hander will be in the Phillies’ Opening Day rotation in 2016.
ESPN has confirmed that Curt Schilling — suspended in late August for a tweet equating Muslims to Nazis — will return to the network’s airwaves for postseason coverage on Baseball Tonight. He will not be in the booth for ESPN’s live broadcast of the American League Wild Card Game.
They do not broadcast any other postseason baseball.
Schilling has one year left on his contract with ESPN and told reporters Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway that he doesn’t expect he’ll be moving on over the winter. But it’s not clear whether Schilling is going to return to Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts in 2016 or remain in a studio role.
Jessica Mendoza has been filling in with Dan Shulman and John Kruk. She seems pretty popular.
Ryan Braun made his first start since September 18 on Saturday night in St. Louis, but he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and his lingering back injury apparently didn’t respond too well.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers have shut Braun down for the remainder of the 2015 season. Braun could undergo surgery on his back within the next couple of weeks. It’s been an issue since July.
The 31-year-old outfielder will finish with a .285/.356/.498 batting line, 25 home runs, and 84 RBI after 140 games.
He is still owed $96 million from Milwaukee.