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47 Ricky Nolasco SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/235 | Birthdate: 12/13/1982 | Birthplace: Corona, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $11,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins SP Ricky Nolasco happy with how elbow is responding


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco has reported no issues with his elbow as he is at the beginning of his throwing program, per the Pioneer Press.

"It’s been really good. I’m happy about that," Nolasco said about how his elbow is responding.

Nolasco threw from 150 feet Friday and will do the same Saturday. He scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday. 

Nolasco is eligible to come off the disabled list April 24.


Molitor: Ricky Nolasco likely to throw off mound Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco appears to be making steady progress in his recovery from elbow inflammation that landed him on the disabled list.

Manager Paul Molitor revealed that the next step would be a mound session Sunday if Nolasco continues to move forward, per MLB.com.

"His long toss went really well if you can put a lot of stock into that," Molitor said. "I didn't think he'd have any problems with that. He's just continuing to extend. Saturday, he'll back off from throwing, and Sunday, if things go well the next couple days, he'll throw off the mound."

Nolasco will seek to improve his performance greatly upon his return. He was rocked for six earned runs in three innings in his only start of the season before going on the DL.


Twins' Ricky Nolasco (elbow) long tosses without issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that pitcher Ricky Nolasco played long toss with no issues Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Nolasco is on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He'll be first eligible to be activated next weekend for his team's series against the Mariners, but there's no indication from the team that he'll be ready to return by that point. He surrendered six earned runs in three innings in his only start before heading to the disabled list.


Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco to play catch Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to play catch Wednesday, but remains uncertain for when he will come off the disabled list, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Nolasco is dealing with elbow inflammation, which landed him on the 15-day DL, and was hoping to be back with the club for next week's series against the Mariners. Now, that return date is in doubt.


Twins place Ricky Nolasco on 15-day DL, recall Trevor May


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) The Twins placed pitcher Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to April 9, due to right elbow inflammation, the team announced.

Nolasco felt "a little spike" on a fourth-inning pitch Wednesday, but a subsequent MRI revealed only inflammation. The team is optimistic he'll need just the minimum 15 days to recover.

The Twins recalled pitcher Trevor May from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. May will enter the rotation in place of Nolasco and make his first start Monday in the team's home opener against the Royals.


Ricky Nolasco headed to the DL; Trevor May to start Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Twins will place starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list with elbow soreness, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday. The team will promote pitching prospect Trevor May from Triple-A Rochester.

Nolasco experienced "a little spike" on a pitch to Tigers catcher Alex Avila in the fourth inning during his season debut Wednesday, manager Paul Molitor said earlier in the week. He allowed six earned runs in three innings of work in his only start. He underwent an MRI on his injured elbow, which revealed elbow inflammation, according to MLB.com.

"Really good news," Molitor said. "I think we're all optimistic, if we can just back him off a little bit and get treatment and progress him along, it will only be the 15 days. We're optimistic that will be the case for now."

May threw a side session on Thursday, and is slated to start the Minnesota's home opener on Monday against Kansas City, Molitor confirmed.

"Great opportunity for him," Molitor said.


Report: Nolasco appears headed to DL; May will be promoted


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco appears destined for the disabled list with elbow soreness, a source told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday. The team will promote pitching prospect Trevor May from Triple-A Rochester.

May, 25, was scheduled to make a minor-league start on Saturday for Rochester. Nolasco was slated to pitch Monday before experiencing "a little spike" on a pitch to Tigers catcher Alex Avila in the fourth inning during his season debut Wednesday, manager Paul Molitor said earlier in the week. The Twins have yet to announce a date for May's first start of the season.


Twins SP Ricky Nolasco headed for MRI on elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco has left the team and returned to Minneapolis to undergo an MRI on his right elbow, manager Paul Molitor told reporters Thursday.

Molitor said Nolasco felt "a little spike" on a pitch to Tigers catcher Alex Avila in the fourth inning during his season debut Wednesday. He stayed in to pitch to two more batters before exiting the game. Molitor added it's too early to tell if Nolasco won't make his next scheduled start Monday against the Royals. 

Molitor said Nolasco's elbow was fine all spring. He also said it's too early to tell if this injury is related to the flexor strain he suffered last season, which forced him to miss five weeks.

Although Molitor gave no indication on what the team might do if Nolasco is sidelined, two options to potentially replace Nolasco could be prospects Trevor May and Alex Meyer, who are both on the 40-man roster and at Triple-A Rochester.


Twins' Ricky Nolasco can't make it past the fourth inning vs. Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco failed to make it out of the fourth inning and was hit with the loss in his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Tigers.

Nolasco surrendered a two-run single to Ian Kinsler and a run-scoring double to Miguel Cabrera in the third inning. He allowed a run-scoring triple to Anthony Gose before he was pulled for Tim Stauffer with no outs in the fourth.

"I put in a lot of hard work and all that, but one start isn't going to kill you as far as mental-wise," Nolasco said. "So I just have to go back to work and do what I have to do for the next one."

The right-hander permitted six runs and six hits in three innings, walked four and struck out two.

"The first couple innings, he came out and did a good job, but lost his command from that point forward," manager Paul Molitor said. "I'm not sure if the cool weather or slick baseballs affected him as the game went on, but obviously, he lost some of the things he had the first couple innings."

Nolasco will try to get back on track Monday at home against Kansas City. He went 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts against Kansas City in 2014.


Twins P Ricky Nolasco pitches three strong innings in Friday's win


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco rebounded after having a rough outing on Sunday. Nolasco pitched three solid innings on Friday in a 5-2 win over the Red Sox.

Nolasco gave up one run on four hits with one strikeout against the Red Sox. The 32-year-old has an ERA of 4.12 with 16 strikeouts and five walks in 19 innings pitched this spring.


Twins' Ricky Nolasco serves up two home runs Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks in six innings while striking out three in his team's 6-5 win over the Orioles Sunday.

Nolasco served up back-to-back home runs in the first inning but was able to settle down after, giving up just an unearned run over the last five innings of work.

"I kind of picked the wrong day to give up fly balls," Nolasco said after the outing, per MLB.com. "I'd been getting ground balls all spring, but gave up some fly balls today with the wind blowing. I just tried to limit the damage from there and get my work in."

Nolasco was able to retire 10 batters in a row during his best stretch of the game. He has posted a 4.12 ERA and 16:5 K:BB ratio in 19 2/3 spring innings.


Twins' Ricky Nolasco allows one run in five innings Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco allowed one run on three hits and one walk in five innings during Tuesday's spring start against the Blue Jays. He struck out six.

Nolasco allowed his only run on a solo homer to Josh Donaldson in the fifth inning.

"Curveball was going pretty good," Nolasco said of his outing, per MLB.com. "Trying to attack, throw strikes. It's definitely not a lineup you want to pitch behind to, so I was able to get ahead and put away some guys. Got a little sloppy there in the fifth with two outs, but I was able to get out of that, so it was OK."

Nolasco has allowed just one run in three of his four spring starts. He has a 3.95 ERA.


Twins P Ricky Nolasco gives up three runs in 4-2 loss to Rays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco pitched 3 2/3 innings against the Rays and gave up three earned runs and four hits in a 4-2 loss. 

Nolasco struck out two batters and walked one. He gave up a home run to Steven Souza in the fourth inning. In the game, Nolasco faced 16 batters. The Rays got two singles and a ground-rule double off of Nolasco as well. 


Ricky Nolasco goes three innings strong vs. Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco worked past a minor hiccup and was able to put together three solid innings of work Saturday against the Cardinals.

Randal Grichuk took him deep for a solo home run to left-center field in the second inning for his only blemish of the day. He allowed one run on four hits (three singles) and one walk while striking out two over three innings of work. He tossed 49 pitches, 29 of which were called strikes.

"It was fine," Nolasco said, per MLB.com. "Felt good the whole time. Had to make some pitches. They're always a tough team to pitch against. They're always grinding at-bats. It was a good test. Just work on things."


Twins' Ricky Nolasco strikes out three in first spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco made his first spring start Monday against the Pirates. He allowed one run on two hits, while striking out three in two innings. 

Nolasco retired the first two batters before allowing back-to-back doubles to Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker. He limited the damage to one run by striking out Starling Marte. 

Nolasco was much better in the second inning, striking out the first two batters and retiring the side in order.

"It was good," Nolasco said, per MLB.com. "Everything felt sharp. The sinker was running pretty good. I threw a couple sharp breaking balls. I wanted to get a lot of fastballs in early, and I was able to do that.

"I feel strong. It's not like I wasn't last year, but I just made a different approach to it this year. I feel strong and that my legs are under me. So it was a good first day."


Twins SP Ricky Nolasco likes how he is throwing at start of camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes came away impressed after watching fellow starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco throw a bullpen session Monday. Hughes was particularly impressed with the movement Nolasco got on his sinker, per the Pioneer Press.

"He was throwing some two-seamers that were just falling off," Hughes said. "It was one of the best sinkers I've seen. That was encouraging to see. I think he's really going to have a bounce-back year. If he gets back on track, and obviously having Ervin (Santana), we'll be in good shape."

Nolasco, who has been throwing bullpens for weeks, said he already feels a difference in his elbow following an injury-marred first half in 2014.

"It's been good these last couple weeks, just kind of toning things up a little bit, being able to let things go a tad bit more (with) a little more extension," Nolasco said. "I think that will help to know I'm not re-straining anything.

"I feel a lot better. I could get all the way out there and not have to think twice about it. It's a good feeling for now."


New Twins manager Molitor looking for improvement from Nolasco


(11/4/2014) Wanting to move past a disastrous 2014 season for Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco manager Paul Molitor still sees value in Nolasco.

"He can do some things out there," Molitor said, per FSN North. "We’re looking forward to him having a second shot.”

The Twins signed Nolasco after a solid 2013 season, when he produced a 13-11 record with a 3.70 ERA.  During his first season with the Twins, Nolasco went 6-12 with a 5.38 ERA.


Ricky Nolasco picks up win No. 6 in final start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco bounced back with a quality start for the win in his final start of the season Saturday night against the Tigers. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings of a 12-3 victory.

The right-hander ended his season 6-12 with a 5.38 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP and 115-38 K:BB ratio over 27 starts (159 innings).


Ricky Nolasco gets roughed up by Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco took another step back Monday night at home against the Diamondbacks, dropping to 5-12 on the year. He was shelled for five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Nolasco owns a 5.47 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 26 starts (153 innings). He will make his final start of the season Saturday at Detroit.


Ricky Nolasco delivers eight scoreless innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing just five hits and one walk in eight scoreless innings while striking out five in his team's 4-3 win over the Tigers.

Nolasco came through with his best start of the season Tuesday, but closer Glen Perkins surrendered a three-run bomb in the ninth to deny him the win. Nolasco has actually held the opposition to two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts, but he still owns a 5.34 ERA and 104:35 K:BB ratio in 148 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Diamondbacks Monday.


Ricky Nolasco pegged with tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco turned in a dominant outing but was not backed by any run support in a loss to the Indians, dropping to 5-11 on the season. The right-hander permitted one run on six hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of a 2-0 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 12 innings, Nolasco has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 5.64 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over 24 starts (140 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Tuesday against Detroit.

Ricky Nolasco picks up no decision Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco lasted five innings against the Angels Friday. 

Nolasco allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Nolasco had trouble immediately. Mike Trout singled to open the game, and would up scoring on an error later in the inning. He gave up three straight singles in the second, the last of which drove in the second run. After a scoreless third inning, Nolasco gave up his final run in the fourth. He was able to get through the fifth inning unscathed, and was pulled at that point. 

Nolasco exited with the game tied, picking up a no-decision. He’ll take on the Indians in his next start. 


Ricky Nolasco coughs up eight runs in loss to O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was hit hard Sunday against the Orioles in Baltimore, dropping to 5-10 on the season. The right-hander coughed up eight runs on 12 hits and two walks while striking out two over five innings of a 12-8 defeat.

Nolasco has allowed four-plus earned runs in four of his last five starts. He owns a 5.96 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP over 22 starts (128 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against the Angels.

Ricky Nolasco turns in fantastic start, but bullpen blows it


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco turned in a fantastic start Tuesday against the Royals.

Nolasco allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six and issued one walk during the outing. Nolasco wasn’t in danger much during the start. He did have some issues in the second inning, hitting a batter and giving up a single, but managed to pitch around it. He allowed three hits and one walk over the next five innings. Nolasco also hit another batter during his final inning, but again managed to get out of the frame unscathed. 

The Royals managed a big comeback in the ninth, giving Nolasco the no-decision. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start.


Ricky Nolasco saddled with the loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco had a tough start Wednesday against the Indians.

Nolasco allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Nolasco found himself in trouble early, as Zach Walters hit a solo shot against him in the second inning. Cleveland struck again in the fourth. A run scored on two straight doubles to open the inning. Mike Aviles was able to drive in the second run of the inning with a single. Nolasco would pitch into the seventh, but was pulled after giving up a single. That run would come around to score, and was charged to Nolasco. 

With the loss, Nolasco dropped to 5-9. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start.