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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%: 10/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins' Ricky Nolasco allows two runs in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco earned a win on Monday, giving up two earned runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 7-2 victory over the Red Sox.

"Normally, you go out there and challenge [hitters], but I tried that the past couple of starts, with so-so results," Nolasco said, per the StarTribune. "I know the scouting report on me is [to] swing early because I'm going to be throwing a lot of strikes."

Nolasco (5-1) was handed a 7-0 lead after two innings, and though he gave up a pair of runs in the top of the third, he was able to shut the Red Sox down over the remainder of the outing for his fifth straight win.

Nolasco owns a 5.12 ERA and 27:10 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Blue Jays on Sunday.


Twins' Ricky Nolasco scatters 10 hits in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Twins starter Ricky Nolasco moved to 4-1 on the season with a win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. 

Nolasco gave up 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs--three earned. He walked one batter and struck out eight. 

"I felt good getting back to that feeling where I can strike guys out when I want to," Nolasco said,per MLB.com. "It's nice getting all those runs with us having good at-bats. All I was trying to do was get us back to the dugout as quick as possible."

Nolasco threw 62 strikes in 93 pitches and lowered his ERA to 6.00. His next start is Monday against Boston. 


Twins' Ricky Nolasco strikes out seven in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco earned a win on Wednesday, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-2 victory over the Tigers.

Nolasco (3-1) picked up his third straight win with the excellent showing, enjoying a 6-0 lead by the middle of the third inning and allowing his two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth.

"It was a good game for us getting a win here in Detroit after four losses," manager Paul Molitor said after the game, per MLB.com. "We kept our optimism from Ricky from what we saw from him in spring training. He threw the ball well. He had a little more velocity out of the chute, and you could tell his breaking pitches, both his slider and curveball, were sharp early."

Nolasco owns a 6.38 ERA and 14:9 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings across four starts. He's slated to face the Pirates in Pittsburgh Tuesday.


Twins SP Ricky Nolasco battles to get second win on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Making his second start since returning from the disabled list, Twins starter Ricky Nolasco lasted five innings on Thursday against the A's. He allowed six hits and four runs, while walking one and striking out one, while earning his second victory of the season.

"I just tried to figure out a way to keep the team in there, and the boys picked it up today," Nolasco said, per MLB.com. "The offense and the bullpen came in and [I] got lucky enough to get a win."

Nolasco (2-1) labored, throwing 94 pitches (57 strikes) in the five innings and actually left the game with his team down by a run. But a two-run rally in the bottom of the fifth helped the right-hander secure the victory.

Nolasco, who missed nearly a month while recovering from elbow inflammation, will take a lofty 9.00 ERA into his next scheduled start on Wednesday in Detroit.


Twins starter Ricky Nolasco returns from DL to earn win Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (1-1) returned from the disabled list Saturday to throw five solid innings and earn the win against the White Sox.

Nolasco allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out four in the victory.

"I felt good," said Nolasco to MLB.com. "It was a huge sigh of relief to throw pain-free. That was the most important thing. It was a battle. I was pretty anxious to get out there but thought I settled down and got of a few jams there. But a couple two-out hits cost me a couple runs."

Nolasco was pitching in Class A for his rehab assignment because of right elbow inflammation.

Nolasco's next start is set for Thursday against the Athletics.


Twins reinstate Ricky Nolasco, Brian Duensing from disabled list


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Twins activated pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Brian Duensing from the disabled list Friday, the team announced.

Nolasco was pitching in Class A for his rehab assignment because of right elbow inflammation, while Duensing missed the last 14 games with a right intercostal strain.

In order to have Nolasco and Duensing on the 25-roster, the team sent pitchers Tommy Milone and Caleb Thielbar to its Triple-A affiliate.


Twins to activate, start RHP Nolsaco Saturday vs. White Sox


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco will be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday's game against the White Sox, per Fox Sports North.

Nolasco has made one start this season before going down with elbow inflammation. He allowed six earned runs over three innings against the Tigers on Opening Day. Manager Paul Molitor says Nolasco will be on a pitch limit of about 75-80 pitches on Saturday.

The Twins will shift Tommy Milone, who had been scheduled to start Saturday's game, to the bullpen rather than using a six-man rotation. 

Milone has made four starts this season, and currently has a 4.76 ERA and a 13:11 K:BB ratio.


Twins won't go with six-man rotation despite Ricky Nolasco's return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, will require one last rehab start before rejoining the club at some point next week. Nolasco, who is on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, tossed five innings without allowing an earned run with Class A Cedar Rapids on Sunday.

Although his return to the rotation could create a logjam, manager Paul Molitor said that a plan for his Nolasco activation is "coming together," but is still not "100 percent" decided, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Molitor added that he has no interest in having a six-man rotation once Nolasco returns.


Twins have yet to decide next step for Ricky Nolasco


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Twins have not yet decided if starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco will need another rehab start, manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday.

Nolasco, who is on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury, threw five innings for Class A Cedar Rapids on Sunday. He allowed one unearned run on three hits and no walks, while striking out five.


Twins P Ricky Nolasco says he passed 'every test' in rehab start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco said everything went well during his rehab start Sunday and he passed every test, reports Fox Sports North.

"I felt good," Nolasco said, per MLB.com. "I was able to throw free and easy, which was huge. We've been aggressive as trying not to lose out on what I did in spring with the build-up process. I've just been honest with myself and trying to push it. But I've passed every test and the big one was yesterday, obviously."

Nolasco is dealing with an elbow injury, which caused him to be placed on the 15-day DL. He threw five innings for the team's Class A affiliate Sunday, but he was not sure when his next assignment would be.

"I just came in [Monday] and they wanted to see how I felt today," Nolasco said. "But I felt good. Just some general soreness. But I played catch and it felt great. I think [Tuesday] we'll figure everything out."


Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco throws five innings in rehab start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was able to throw five innings with 66 pitches in his rehab start for Class-A Cedar Rapids Sunday, according to the team.

Nolasco, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury, said he felt good after the outing. Nolasco has appeared in just one game this season for Minnesota, posting an 0-1 record with four walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work. 

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he would discuss Nolasco's status with GM Terry Ryan. 

"Ricky threw the ball well," Molitor said. "Velocity was 91-93, settled in around 92 and had no physical restraint, so [a decision is] going to be coming around here pretty soon."


Twins' Ricky Nolasco has rehab start pushed back a day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Injured Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco will start his minor league injury rehab assignment a day later than expected. 

Nolasco was originally supposed to start for Class-A Cedar Rapids on Saturday. Instead, he'll take the mound on Sunday, per the Star Tribune.

There is a 90 percent chance of rain on Saturday, which led to the change in the schedule. 


Twins SP Ricky Nolasco throws bullpen session Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was able to throw 60 pitches without any issues during a bullpen session Wednesday, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Nolasco is dealing with an elbow injury, which landed him on the disabled list. He is expected to make a rehab start Saturday for the team's Class A affiliate.


Twins' Ricky Nolasco throws bullpen, rehab assignment next


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco threw a bullpen session on Sunday, as he attempts to come back from an elbow injury that has him on the disabled list. 

GM Terry Ryan said on Inside Twins that Nolasco's bullpen "went well". The next step will be a minor league rehab assignment at Class A Cedar Rapids, starting Saturday


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.