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Ricky Nolasco placed on disabled list after revealing elbow injury to Twins

Jul 8, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Four months and 18 horrible starts into a four-year, $49 million contract Ricky Nolasco revealed to the Twins that he’s been pitching through elbow pain since spring training.

That apparently came as a complete shock to the Twins, who’ve placed the 31-year-old right-hander on the disabled list with a strained elbow.

Nolasco posted a 5.90 ERA in 104 innings before being shut down, allowing the most runs and the most hits in the American League while seeing his secondary numbers collapse and his velocity slip as well. Minnesota signed Nolasco in large part because of his durability, which included starting at least 30 games and logging at least 185 innings in five of the previous six seasons.

Sam Deduno figures to replace him in the rotation and if Nolasco’s injury proves to be a major one the Twins may turn to prospects Alex Meyer or Trevor May to fill his spot.

  1. philliesblow - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    The Twins seemed to score a lot when he pitched.
    http://www.sportingcharts.com/mlb/stats/pitching-run-support-per-nine-innings-leaders/2014/

    Maybe they thought he was pitching to the score. He does wear #47.

  2. JB (the original) - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    So, there’s a good chance he was hurt when the Twins signed him, nice.

  3. chc4 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Is there anyone that didn’t think the Twins would regret that contract? And that was without an injury.

  4. jsally430 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    If the twins don’t call up Meyer or May we riot

  5. vikings84 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Just let May and Meyer stay and develop. If you haven’t noticed we are not really in playoff contention.

  6. rgledz - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    @vikings84….let them develop for what!?! Another mediocre season next year or the year after? Stop letting the Twins off the hook and have some expectations for them to perform for a change. In case you haven’t noticed there’s no guarantee that Buxton and Sano will be super stars. So banking on letting May and Meyer develop to come up with them is
    a pipe dream. So really…….what are they saving them for??? Bring them up, if they are good….. pay them when the time comes rather than dumping them after arbitration like the twins always do. I’m so sick of the whole service time game the Twins play. Just field a good team already.

  7. nawlinssaints1956 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    You had to be at TF to appreciate the how crappy Ricky’s latest effort was. In the 2nd inning Gardy was as agitated as I have ever seen him, and that is saying something. If he was hurt and didn’t tell anyone, I don’t see how he can have any credibility in the Twins clubhouse…

  8. TBaySlim - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    @rgledz- completely agree with your take on this situation. The twins continueally state that the players need to develope in the minors and while this is true they do play the game with service time. Also prospects are no sure thing, so while we may have a good farm system, there is a decent chance that buxton, sano, may, or meyer dont pan out and the twins seem to be banking on these guys to turn around the team in the next few years. Honestly unless they make some better trades for MLB caliber players, work on better FA’s these team will continue to loose 85-95 games annually

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