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Nolasco (elbow) is scheduled to throw off a mound on Sunday if everything continues to progress, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

He played long toss Wednesday and emerged without any setbacks, so things seem to be slowly moving along. If his session off a mound goes well, he could progress to a simulated game and then a rehab assignment in the minors. A return to the Twins' rotation sometime in May should be what owners are hoping for.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 3 days ago

Nolasco (elbow) played long toss prior to Wednesday's game, and was able to emerge free of setbacks, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

Nolasco looks to be on the right track in his recovery from elbow soreness, but remains without a clear timetable for return. He'll likely need to complete a few successful bullpen sessions before seeing an opportunity to return to the starting rotation.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 5 days ago

Nolasco (elbow) plans to play catch Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins will have to wait and see how Nolasco comes through Wednesday's activity, and most likely, a couple bullpen sessions to follow before determining if he'll be able to come off the disabled list late next week when eligible. Trevor May took the turn in place of Nolasco on Monday's home opener the Royals, serving up five runs over 5.1 innings in defeat.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 week ago

Nolasco (elbow) has been placed on the DL, retroactive to April 9.

Nolasco will be replaced in the rotation by Trevor May. This is another hit against the Twins' rotation, which was already stretched thin after Ervin Santana's suspension. Nolasco will be eligible to return April 24.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 week ago

Nolasco (elbow) will likely be placed on the disabled list, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Nolasco felt something in his elbow during Wednesday's ugly start against the Tigers, and he then flew back to the Twin Cities to undergo an MRI. While results of the MRI are not yet publicly available, it's expected that Trevor May will replace Nolasco in the rotation.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 week ago

Nolasco felt something in his elbow and flew back to the Twin Cities on Thursday to have it checked out, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

The elbow pain popped up during a pitch to Alex Avila in the third inning Wednesday. Last year he tried to pitch through pain like this, but apparently he has learned his lesson. Obviously this is pretty concerning, and the Twins have to be crossing their fingers as they are already down a starter (Ervin Santana) for half the season. Manager Paul Molitor said it was "way too early" to speculate whether Nolasco would make his scheduled start Monday.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 week ago

Nolasco gave up six runs on six hits over three innings a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

After a pair of scoreless frames to start the outing, the Tigers chased Nolasco from the game during the fourth inning. In addition to getting knocked around, Nolasco also struggled with his control and issued four walks. He'll be considered as a streaming option in some leagues as a two-start pitcher next week, offering home matchups against the Royals (Monday) and Indians (April 19).

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Nolasco gave up one run over five innings with six strikeouts and one walk in Tuesday's spring training win over Toronto. He lowered his spring ERA to 3.95 with a 13:3 K:BB ratio in 13.2 innings.

Nolasco struggled at the start of last season, posting a 5.90 ERA and .330 BAA before he landed on the DL in July with a sore right elbow. He was better when he returned in August, with a 4.39 ERA and 43:10 K:BB in 55.1 innings over the final two months. He says his elbow feels a noticeable improvement this spring. He's a bounce-back candidate, as along with improved health, he's coming off a career-high .351 BABIP and was a frequent victim of Minnesota's poor outfield defense.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 months ago

Nolasco says he can feel a noticeable improvement with his elbow in bullpen sessions this spring compared to last year's injury-plagued season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It's been good these last couple weeks, just kind of toning things up a little bit, being able to let things go a tad bit more (with) a little more extension," Nolasco said.

Nolasco struggled at the start of last season with a 5.90 ERA and .330 BAA before he landed on the DL in July with a sore right elbow. He was better when he returned in August, with a 4.39 ERA and 43:10 K:BB ratio in 55.1 innings over the final two months. He's a bounce-back candidate as along with improved health he had a career-high .351 BABIP and was a frequent victim of Minnesota's poor outfield defense.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 7 months ago

Nolasco crashed back to earth Monday, allowing five runs in 4.2 innings agains the Diamondbacks.

Nolasco had been rolling before Monday's dud, allowing just three earned runs in his last three starts. The righty's first year in Minnesota has been troublesome. Nolasco holds a 5.47 ERA going into his final start this weekend against the Tigers.