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Ricky Nolasco to undergo MRI for sore elbow

Jul 7, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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Ricky Nolasco has been a bust after joining the Twins on a big-money contract over the winter and it turns out that he’s been pitching through an injured elbow.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Nolasco is dealing with elbow soreness and will go for an MRI tomorrow. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire suggested that he’s been pitching with discomfort for quite some time, though assistant general manager Rob Antony said the veteran right-hander didn’t mention anything until today. It doesn’t sound promising, as Nolasco said it feels similar to the issue he had in 2007 when he missed most of the year.

The Twins were hoping that Nolasco would help lead their rotation when they gave him a four-year, $49 million contract, but his 5.90 ERA is worst among qualified pitchers (93 out of 93) and no pitcher has allowed more hits (140 in 103 2/3 innings). The injury helps explain the struggles, but this contract could soon look a lot worse.

  1. peopletrains - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Shut him down for the next 4 years.

  2. weaselpuppy - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Twins last two offseasons-

    Add starting pitchers that have no business being a MLB player

    Promote young players not ready for the bigs

    Lose 95 games…. again.

    2015…more of the same.

    • Cris E - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:08 AM

      Oh please. Pelphrey was a reach, but Nolasco and Hughes are both fine starters.

      Nolasco is hurt, which is what happens to most pitchers at one time or another. They were fine until the offense fell over.

      • JB (the original) - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        Nolasco has been atrocious. There has been ZERO word/talk/whatever of any elbow soreness at all–until now, just coincidentally after another game so bad that even Gardenhire won’t cover for him in the media.

  3. TBaySlim - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    while nolasco has been a walking disaster so far i think there is a decent chance he turns it around in the next few years, however i would have to question from here on out the twinks strategy of grabbing pitchers from the N.L to pitch in the A.L. It seems to me there is a large learning curve, learning the hitters of the A.L, ect. Vance Whorley was an example last year. It would be nice to see A. meyer up or T. May up here soon as we all know the twins are winning this year. Also in the off season the twins really need to up grade their offense- I for one was all for a N. Cruz signing and look at him go now

  4. rbj1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Just go and get the Tommy John surgery.

  5. twinfan24 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I’ve never quite understood players that won’t reveal injuries. Fine if you try to play through it, but at least make the team aware so that if you continue to struggle the team can suggest treatment methods. This season is looking like another bust for the Twins, so get Nolasco fixed up, so he is good to go for the next three seasons. I don’t expect more than mid-rotation starter, but that would be sufficient if they young kids start to pan out as expected when they get up.

  6. rhodesclosed29 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    LOL!!! sure he has….*WINK*WINK*

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