Aaron Nola wanted to go to the mound one more time in 2015, but the Phillies have decided differently. Nola, 22, will be skipped during the Phillies final turn through the rotation because of concerns over his innings pitched. Nola's innings have slowly pushed up since he joined LSU. In 2012, he threw 89 2/3 innings for LSU, followed by 126 the next season. Between LSU and the minors, Nola threw 171 2/3 innings and topped that this season with a total of 187 innings during his climb from Double-A Reading to the majors.
The Phillies also announced that next season, there won't be any innings restrictions on the young right-hander who finished the major league portion of his season with a 6-2 record and a 3.59 ERA in 13 starts, covering 77 2/3 innings. In the minors, Nola was a combined 10-4 with a 2.39 ERA at Reading and Lehigh Valley. His overall numbers were a 16-6 record, with 2.89 ERA. In his 187 innings, he walked 37 and struck out 160 batters.
Earlier this season, the Phillies shut down lefty Adam Morgan at 152 2/3 innings, but he was coming off a season where he didn't pitch at all because of a shoulder injury.Morgan finished the season 0-6 with the Phillies, posting a 4.74 ERA after going 5-7, 4.48 at Lehigh Valley this season.
In other news, Domonic Brown won't play again this season after suffering a concussion on September 2nd. Brown hit .228 in 63 games with the Phillies this season. He was on the DL to start the season when he suffered an Achilles injury late in spring training and he also spent time at Triple-A Lehigh Valley during the season. Meanwhile, both Ryan Howard (knee contusion) and Maikel Franco (wrist fracture) are getting close to playing during the final homestand of the season for the Phillies. The New York Mets come in for three games starting Tuesday and the Miami Marlins wrap up the season at Citizens Bank Park with a three-game series starting Friday.