Ricky Nolasco was making his first appearance Sunday since Aug. 28 of last season, and therust was evident.

"It felt like it has been a very long time and I was kind of nervous," Nolasco said.

"It was just good to see him out there pitching," said Marlins Get your Marlins Tickets now! manager Edwin Rodriguez.

In addition to giving up four runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings, Nolasco hit two batters, threw a wild pitch and gave up a walk. On the bright side, 33 of his 53 pitches against the Washington Nationals were strikes.

"I was all over the place. It is nothing I am concerned about. The more I throw the better I will feel," Nolasco said.

"He was having problem placing his fastball, but the breaking ball had the spin. That is a good start," Rodriguez said.

A torn meniscus ligament in his right knee ended Nolasco's season early last year and had to be surgically repaired.

With the knee fully healed, Nolasco, 28, injured his right thumb while working out in late February, and that pushed is first appearance of the spring back to Sunday.