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.