More than halfway through the season, Ricky Nolasco admitted to the Minnesota Twins that he has been struggling with elbow soreness since spring training, reports to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press.
The right-hander signed a four-year, $49 million deal as a free agent in November 2013. Berardino reported that Nolasco told manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson on Monday. The veteran flew back to Minnesota and was due to undergo a MRI on Tuesday. He will be examined by Twins medical director Dr. John Steubs.
Nolasco likened what he was feeling in his elbow to a similar problem in 2007, his second year in the majors. Nolasco threw just 55 innings that year, 21 of them in the majors with the Florida Marlins.
"(Nolasco) mentioned '07," Antony said. "He said that's the last time he's had some discomfort in his elbow like this. I think (the MRI) will give him some peace of mind as well. He's frustrated. We're frustrated. Everybody just wants some answers."
Nolasco was pulled after two innings on Sunday after giving up six earned runs to the New York Yankees. The pitcher is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA this season.
- Sarah Barshop