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Ricky Nolasco | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ricky Nolasco threw seven scoreless innings but didn't factor in the decision Tuesday against the Royals.
It was possibly the best Nolasco has looked all season, giving up just three singles and a walk while striking out six. Alas, he was denied his sixth win when Alex Gordon hit a walk-off home run off Twins closer Glen Perkins. Starts like Tuesday's were what the Twins were hoping they were getting when they signed Nolasco to a four-year deal in the offseason, but his 5.62 ERA tells the story of his 2014 season. Perhaps he can string together a few good starts to end the year, beginning Sunday at the Orioles. Aug 26 - 11:11 PM

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Ricky Nolasco gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out six in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

Nolasco seems to be the same pitcher now that he was before going down for over a month with an elbow problem. In 20 tries this season, he's given the Twins a total of six quality starts. Maybe they could trade him for Edwin Jackson or something.
Aug 21 - 12:01 AM

Ricky Nolasco was tagged for five runs over six innings in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Royals.

Sidelined since July 6 with flexor pronator stiffness, Nolasco gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out three. He also hit a batter. The veteran right-hander was actually pretty good outside of a disaster fifth inning where five runs scored, but it's not like you can take that inning away from him. Nolasco now has a 5.99 ERA for the year and will look for better results next time out against the Indians.
Aug 16 - 1:43 AM

Twins activated RHP Ricky Nolasco from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll make his return to the Twins' rotation on Friday versus the Royals. Nolasco has missed the last five and a half weeks with an elbow issue and held a 5.90 ERA over 18 outings before the ailment, so he's not a recommended option in fantasy leagues.
Aug 15 - 5:45 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will rejoin the Twins' rotation on Friday against the Royals.

That's assuming he gets through a bullpen session with no issues. Nolasco allowed three runs while striking out eight over 9 1/3 innings during a two-start rehab assignment, clearing the way for his return. He posted a 5.90 ERA over 18 outings before going down with flexor pronator stiffness, so fantasy owners should steer clear initially.
Aug 12 - 8:58 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) has a rehab start at Low-A Cedar Rapids scheduled for Tuesday.

Nolasco, on the shelf since early July due to flexor pronator stiffness, is still on track to return to the Twins rotation on August 15 against the Royals. He logged a brutal 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 103 2/3 innings before he was shut down.
Aug 2 - 6:46 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is expected to return to the Twins rotation on August 15 against the Royals.

That is provided the veteran right-hander can avoid any setbacks on his minor league rehab assignment. He has been on the shelf since early July due to flexor pronator stiffness, and owned an ineffective 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 103 2/3 innings before he was shut down.
Aug 1 - 8:07 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment at Low-A Cedar Rapids next week.

It's not clear which day he'll make his first rehab start, but Nolasco will need two outings before rejoining the Twins' rotation. Nolasco has been out since early July with flexor pronator stiffness but has progressed well recently.
Aug 1 - 5:35 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday 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.
Jul 29 - 5:27 PM

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.
Jul 27 - 10:06 AM

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.
Jul 23 - 12:55 PM

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.
Jul 20 - 2:08 PM

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.
Jul 8 - 7:14 PM

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.
Jul 8 - 3:23 PM

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.
Jul 7 - 7:32 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Jordan Schafer
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Chris Parmelee
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Phil Hughes
3Kyle Gibson
4Tommy Milone
5Trevor May
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Ryan Pressly
8Aaron Thompson