Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 week ago

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco will play catch Monday while recovering from an ankle injury, according to MLB.com. Nolasco is unlikely to pitch again this season.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Sunday that starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco may not return from his ankle injury this season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "That's a long shot - and it's getting longer every day," Ryan said. "We're starting to run out of calendar. It's not looking promising." The first two seasons of Nolasco's four-year, $49 million contract have been very disappointing, as he has struggled to stay healthy and performed poorly when he was able to pitch, posting a 5.40 earned-run average and 6.7 K/9 rate over 191.2 innings. The injury has sidelined him since May 31, and though he is starting to increase his exercise following surgery, it does not appear as though he will have enough time to return from the disabled list before the season ends. Despite getting little from Nolasco this season, the Twins are only two games out of the last wild card spot in the American League.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 month ago

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was fitted for a walking boot on Thursday after undergoing ankle surgery earlier this month, according to MLB.com. The Twins were initially hopeful Nolasco would be able to avoid surgery after a bone fragment was discovered in the ankle, but he needed to be shut down after experiencing a setback during a rehab session. There has been no update on his timetable for return after general manager Terry Ryan said Nolasco would need an extended recovery period following the procedure. "It’s disappointing that he’s going be out for a fairly lengthy stay," Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But we know what’s going on there, take it out, get him back and get him going.” Nolasco tallied a 5-1 record with a 5.51 earned-run average and 28 strikeouts in 32.2 innings prior to suffering the injury.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

Nolasco (ankle) was transferred to the 60-day DL Tuesday, the Star Tribune's LaVelle Neal reports.

This was simply to open up a spot on the 40-man roster and does not chance Nolasco's timetable, as he was already expected to miss a good portion of the second half. He underwent surgery on his injured right ankle Monday and will be out indefinitely.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

Twins GM Terry Ryan said Monday that Nolasco will undergo surgery on his injured right ankle and will face an uncertain recovery timetable, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

The Twins are less than two seasons into their four-year, $49 million commitment to Nolasco, and it's already looking like a colossal misfire. After performing terribly in his 27 starts with the Twins last season (5.38 ERA, 1.51 WHIP in 159 innings), Nolasco continued to struggle in his first seven outings of 2015 before he was shut down due to the ankle issue. There's a real possibility that the surgery sidelines him for the bulk of the second half, which may sap Nolasco of any value he might hold even in deep AL-only leagues.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

The Twins hope Nolasco (ankle) can avoid surgery, but nothing has been settled about a course of treatment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Nolasco has experienced pain each time he's tried to throw since landing on the disabled list, and a recent visit to Dr. Robert Anderson was reportedly met with increased concern about the bone fragment in the right-hander's ankle. Nolasco is unlikely to rejoin the Twins anytime soon, with season-ending surgery still a distinct possibility. He was unable to complete a bullpen session last Friday.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

Nolasco had a setback Friday when he couldn't complete a bullpen session despite being fitted with orthotics that Twins doctors hoped would help solve the pain in his ankle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "We just can't find the solution to get him heading back in the right direction. It didn't take long before they realized the symptoms were still the same," manager Paul Molitor said.

Nolasco has been on the DL since June 1 due to an impingement in his right ankle. The Twins don't know the next course of action and it sounds like he's out indefinitely.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

Nolasco (ankle) is expected to attempt to throw off a mound on Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Nolasco was also fitted for orthotics after a setback during a bullpen session, but with the plan in place for the pitcher to throw of a mound Wednesday, it appears surgery will remain out of the realm of possibilities. He's been held out longer than anticipated, but should he be able to throw without another setback, Nolasco could be set to return soon.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

Nolasco (ankle) is being fitted with orthotics after having a setback during a recent bullpen session, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

There's no timetable for his return, but it sounds like surgery isn't being considered in the short term.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

Nolasco is scheduled to visit an ankle specialist in the near future for further evaluation, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins seem to have some concern about Nolasco after the right-hander was forced to cut a throwing session short Sunday after his right ankle continued to feel sore. Nolasco has been out since June 1 with the injury, and had already received a cortisone shot to address the issue before suffering the setback Sunday. The team doesn't believe surgery is a necessity at this point, but it's looking like Nolasco is going to be out longer than initially anticipated.