Ricky Nolasco's first two pitches Sunday couldn't have gone much better. Strike One was followed by a quick Strike Two.

Unfortunately for the 28-year-old right-hander, his first start of spring training — and first since Aug.?28 — went south from there.

On his next pitch, Nolasco plunked the Nationals' Nyjer Morgan in the back. That was followed by a four-pitch walk to Alex Cora, a two-out, two-run single by Rick Ankiel, another single and another hit batter. It was a 37-pitch first inning.

Nolasco's rough outing ended after just 1 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits, four earned runs and a walk, struck out one, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch. He threw 53 pitches, 33 for strikes.

"I was just kind of all over the place," said Nolasco, whose spring debut was delayed until Sunday because he sustained a sprained right thumb while participating in offseason conditioning drills in Miami in early February.

"When I was going to my fastball, my body was speeding up and my arm couldn't catch up. The whole timing was off. I think I was a little too excited. That's what hurt me the most on my fastball command. It's nothing I'm concerned about, obviously. I know I'm going to fill up the strike zone. The more I throw, the better I'll feel."

Nolasco said he felt good throwing his offspeed and breaking pitches and felt no discomfort in his thumb or his right knee, which required surgery in September to repair a torn meniscus.