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Nolasco: Knee Not The Problem


             ATLANTA -- If you saw Ricky Nolasco's clunker tonight at Turner Field, your instincts probably told you his injured knee probably had a lot -- if not everything -- to do with it. I certainly felt that way. Nolasco has a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, for gosh sakes.

             But after being lit up for six runs on seven hits and three walks, knocked out after only two innings and 62 pitches, Nolasco and manager Edwin Rodriguez said there's not a thing wrong with the knee, or at least anything that could be blamed for Saturday's dismal outing.

             In fact, they said, he'll be ready to go on schedule in five days.

             "The good news is that the knee is alright," Rodriguez said. "He was throwing in the low 90s, so the arm was fine. It was the location of his pitches."

            Said Nolasco: "Just stunk."

            No question about that. Nolasco's ineffectiveness was attributed primarily to the length of time since he pitched last -- 11 days ago -- that it was to any physical issues he has with his right knee. We'll see.