Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 19 Hrs

Nolasco was tagged for 12 hits and eight runs over five innings in a loss to Baltimore on Sunday.

Nolasco has an ugly 7.76 ERA over his last five starts and has failed to get a winning decision in any of the outings. He'll take a 5.96 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 89:33 K:BB ratio into Friday's scheduled assignment at home versus the Angels.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 6 Days

Nolasco stymied the Royals over seven shutout innings Tuesday, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out six batters. He didn't factor into the decision in the 2-1 loss.

Nolasco's finest outing as a Twin ultimately went for naught, as closer Glen Perkins surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Alex Gordon, spoiling the shutout bid. The 31-year-old is still sitting on a disastrous 5.62 ERA on the season, but with a few more solid outings down the stretch, the Twins will probably feel a little better about their $49 million investment heading into 2015.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 12 Days

Nolasco gave up four runs over 6.2 innings on eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk to fall to 5-9 in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.

Nolaso saw his ERA fall slightly, but it's still a staggering 5.96. He's continued to struggle since returning from the DL with nine earned runs in 12.2 innings. He has a 9:2 K:BB ratio in those two outings, so at least there's some hope he can improve the final month of the season.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 17 Days

Nolasco (5-8) gave up five runs on seven hits over six full innings on Friday facing the Royals as he took the loss.

The recent activation for Nolasco off the DL means that he'll at least get another start or two to prove himself. Nolasco has seen his ERA balloon to 5.99 on the year.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 18 Days

Nolasco was activated from the disabled list and confirmed as the starter Friday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

Nolasco will rejoin the rotation Friday following two rehab starts with Low-A Cedar Rapids. He allowed three runs over 9.1 innings between the starts, and pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent outing. Nolasco likely won't be on a strict pitch count, but it wouldn't be surprising if the staff has a shorter leash for him in his first outing back from the disabled list.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 22 Days

Nolasco (elbow) gave up three runs over 5.2 innings Sunday for Low-A Cedar Rapids. He's expected to be activated from the DL and start Friday against Kansas City, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Nolasco gave up three runs in 9.1 innings with a 8:1 K:BB ratio in two starts for Cedar Rapids. He looks healthy heading into his next start.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 27 Days

Nolasco (elbow) threw 3.1 scoreless innings Tuesday for Low-A Cedar Rapids while striking out two and walking one batter.

Nolasco didn't look overpowering, but had a productive outing that was cut short by a 50-pitch limit. He'll make at least one more start for Cedar Rapids on Sunday before the Twins decide on the next step of his rehab.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 Month

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon.

Nolasco has another bullpen session scheduled for Thursday and will probably throw another few after that before being cleared for a minor league rehab start. The right-hander has been out since July 7 with an elbow injury. He's on track to return in mid-August.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 Month

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is expected to throw 3-4 bullpen sessions before beginning a rehab assignment.

Nolasco will throw off a mound Sunday for the first time since being shut down with flexor pronator stiffness. He'll need 2-3 additional bullpen sessions after that before being cleared for game action, though it's not clear how many rehab starts he'll need. Nolasco should rejoin the Twins' rotation sometime in August if all goes well.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 Month

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

Nolasco has been long-tossing this week as he works his way back from flexor pronator stiffness and is ready to test things out from the bump. There's no timetable for his return, but his situation will clarify if Sunday's 'pen session goes well.