Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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.