Aaron Nola Returns Solid
Hidden behind Philadelphia’s monster performance on offense Saturday night was the return of Aaron Nola. It was his first start since July 28 of last season.
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The fact that Nola’s elbow didn’t flare up again made the start a success in its own right, but he had a solid outing as a whole. Nola went six innings, throwing 89 pitches as he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Nola’s health was the biggest question mark of the offseason, and even during spring training the questions persisted. After his start Saturday night, Nola told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly that those questions are answered:
"“I’m healthy. I know a lot of people are wondering, or have been wondering, or are still wondering, but I’m healthy. And I feel great. I just want to stay healthy and maintain that for the remainder of the year.”"
Nola’s next start will come on Friday against the Nationals again, and the hope is that he can build off his first outing of the season.