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Ricky Nolasco | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ricky Nolasco indicated feeling good after tossing 66 pitches over five innings in his minor league rehab start with Low-A Cedar Rapids on Sunday.
He'll need a few more outings to stretch out and build up his stamina before he's ready to rejoin the Twins rotation, but this was a nice step in the right direction for him. Trevor May is likely on the outs in the rotation once Nolasco returns. Apr 26 - 4:50 PM

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Ricky Nolasco's next minor league rehab start was pushed back to Sunday.

He had been scheduled to pitch Saturday, and the change doesn't appear to be injury related. He's expected to rejoin the Twins in mid-May.
Apr 24 - 7:13 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Wednesday.

Nolasco is all set for a rehab start with Low-A Cedar Rapids on Saturday. He'll likely throw around 75 pitches in that first rehab outing and should need a few before returning to the Twins in early May.
Apr 22 - 7:51 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said in a radio interview Sunday that Ricky Nolasco (elbow) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment.

He was given the go-ahead after getting through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues. His pitch count on Saturday at Low-A Cedar Rapids is expected to be around 75, so Nolasco seems likely to need a couple rehab starts. Trevor May is likely to be booted from the rotation when Nolasco is ready.
Apr 19 - 1:16 PM

Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday for the first time since landing on the 15-day disabled list with discomfort in his right elbow.

Nolasco played long toss Wednesday without issue. An MRI taken last week showed nothing more than inflammation in his elbow, so it seems feasible that the right-hander could be ready to rejoin the Twins' starting rotation before the end of April. He was shelled for six runs by the Tigers in his 2015 debut.
Apr 16 - 12:01 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) played long toss without issue Wednesday.

Nolasco is dealing with elbow inflammation that landed him on the disabled list retroactive to April 9, but it doesn't seem to be too worrisome. Nolasco may not be ready to return when his DL stint is up in a little over a week, but he should be back before too long. The Twins, who have already lost Ervin Santana to an 80-game suspension, will welcome the right-hander back with open arms.
Apr 15 - 7:55 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will play catch on Wednesday.

An MRI last Thursday revealed only inflammation, so Nolasco will be allowed to resume throwing after a week of rest. It's way too soon to know whether he'll be ready to return from the disabled list later this month, but the Twins aren't ruling it out. Trevor May will hold down a rotation spot until Nolasco is ready.
Apr 13 - 7:49 PM

Twins placed RHP Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with right elbow inflammation.

Nolasco felt something after his season debut against the Tigers, but fortunately an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. Trevor May has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester and will take his place in the rotation for the time being.
Apr 11 - 11:18 AM

Ricky Nolasco has been diagnosed with right elbow inflammation.

The good news is that an MRI revealed no structural damage, and the Twins hope Nolasco will be ready to go when his 15 days are up after he's officially placed on the disabled list Saturday. That's not a given, though, as the club will just have to wait and see how long it takes for the soreness to subside. Trevor May will occupy a spot in the Twins' rotation until Nolasco is ready.
Apr 10 - 1:15 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

The results of the MRI on Nolasco's right elbow are not yet known, but the exam evidently revealed something serious enough that he'll be out for a while. The Twins should provide more on the right-hander's status later Friday. Trevor May is set to replace Nolasco in the rotation.
Apr 10 - 11:33 AM

Ricky Nolasco flew back to Minneapolis on Thursday to undergo an MRI on his right elbow.

Nolasco got shelled for six earned runs over just three innings Wednesday afternoon in a loss to the Tigers at Detroit's Comerica Park, and he felt discomfort on one of his final pitches of that outing. It's been a disastrous opening week for the Twins.
Apr 9 - 10:39 AM

Ricky Nolasco was touched up for six runs over just three innings of work in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

Unfortunately for the Twins, Nolasco looked a lot today like he looked last season. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked four -- two intentional -- while striking out two. Nolasco had a nice spring and will surely be better in 2015 after last year's 5.38 ERA, but this start was obviously less than ideal. He'll try to get back on track next week against the Royals.
Apr 8 - 4:29 PM

Ricky Nolasco fanned six while allowing one run over five innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Nolasco has a 3.95 ERA and a 13/3 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this spring. It's hardly worth it for fantasy leaguers to get excited about it, but if he's just an adequate middle-of-the-rotation guy this year, it'll give the Twins quite a lift.
Mar 24 - 5:35 PM

Ricky Nolasco yielded three runs in 3 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Rays.

The reports on Nolasco's stuff have been good this spring, but it's yet to produce much in the way of results; he has a 5.19 ERA in his three starts. We expect him to be quite a bit better than he was last year, but even so, he might not possess more than minimal value in AL-only leagues.
Mar 19 - 5:08 PM

Ricky Nolasco held the Tigers to two runs over six innings Saturday to earn his sixth victory.

Nolasco gave up a solo homer to Nick Castellanos in the bottom of the second inning but was otherwise pretty sharp, yielding only five hits in all while striking out six. Minnesota's offense gave him 16 hits and 12 runs of support. Nolasco finishes his first year of a four-year, $49 million contract with a 6-12 record, 5.38 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 115/38 K/BB ratio in 159 innings.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 10:43:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
CF1Jordan Schafer
RF1Torii Hunter
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6Mike Pelfrey
7J.R. Graham
8Aaron Thompson
9Caleb Thielbar