Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 Days

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 6 Days

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.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 9 Days

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) could throw off a mound by the end of the week.

Nolasco will play catch from 120 feet on Monday before progressing to mound work if all goes according to plan. The right-hander has been shut down the last couple weeks with flexor pronator stiffness in his right elbow, but he's coming along nicely and should rejoin the Twins' rotation sometime next month if he can avoid setbacks.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 20 Days

Ricky Nolasco has been diagnosed with flexor pronator stiffness in his right elbow.

Nolasco's ligament is intact, as the flexor pronator is on the outside of the elbow. There's no word yet on what the rehab for Nolasco looks like, but this qualifies as good news. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list earlier Tuesday and should be considered out indefinitely.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 21 Days

Twins placed RHP Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 7, with a right elbow sprain.

Nolasco has pitched through discomfort for most of the season and will go for an MRI on Tuesday. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Samuel Deduno is a candidate to take his place in the rotation.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 21 Days

Ricky Nolasco will undergo an MRI Tuesday due to soreness in his right elbow.

Nolasco has apparently been pitching through pain all season, which at least partly explains why he's been so awful. The Twins' right-hander has been arguably the worst starter in baseball this season, posting a 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in the first year of a four-year contract. Especially with the All-Star break coming up, Nolasco seems likely to be placed on the disabled list even if the MRI shows no structural damage.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 22 Days

Ricky Nolasco was shelled for six runs over two innings in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday.

Nolasco has had trouble stringing good starts together this year, as he limited the Royals to one run over six innings his last time out before Sunday's disaster. The right-hander gave up seven hits and walked one without registering a strikeout in the outing. He now owns a 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in the first of a four-year deal with the Twins. His next start doesn't get any easier, as they visit the Rockies on Friday.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 27 Days

Ricky Nolasco bounced back from a poor performance his last time out to hold the Royals to one run over six innings on Tuesday.

Nolasco certainly didn't need to be that fine, as the Twins put up 10 runs of support for the right-hander. He scattered eight hits and didn't walk a batter, striking out three in the start. The win moved him to 5-6 with a still-ugly 5.49 ERA through 17 starts, and until he strings together a handful more starts like it he can continue to be ignored outside of deep AL-only leagues.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 Month

Ricky Nolasco gave up six runs in six-plus innings Thursday in a loss to the Angels.

Nolasco was unlucky to give up one of the four runs through six, and since he was pitching well in the fifth and sixth and the Twins had a tired pen, he was sent back out for the seventh at 98 pitches. He ended up giving up back-to-back singles and getting pulled. Both of those runners came around to score off Matt Guerrier, leaving Nolasco with another ugly line in a season full of them. He's been better over the last month than he was early on, but even so, there's not much to like from a fantasy perspective.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 Month

Ricky Nolasco surrendered two runs in five and a third innings against the White Sox.

Nolasco allowed solo home runs to both Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu in the first inning. That would be all the damage that the White Sox would manage against the righty, as Nolasco settled down to allow four hits the rest of the way. The home run has been a problem for him, as he's now allowed 15 in 89.2 innings, leading to a 5.52 ERA.