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Reports: Nolasco will return to Minnesota to have sore elbow examined

Reports: Nolasco will return to Minnesota to have sore elbow examined

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Ricky Nolasco has a 5.90 ERA, and does not appear to be the same pitcher he has been for the majority of his career. 

Apparently, there's a reason for that.

According to reports from the traveling media that covers the Twins, Nolasco has revealed a sore elbow.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after Nolasco's latest ugly start that he hadn't heard anything about any health concerns recently from Nolasco.

"He hasn't said a word about it," Gardenhire said Sunday. "I'm not going to blame it on anything other than [redacted] pitching."

Gardenhire at that time said the Twins were "discussing a lot of options" in trying to solve the Nolasco enigma.

"It starts with him. He's got to do a better job. The bottom line is he needs to figure out something because today wasn't any good at all. He didn't do anything. He didn't locate anything."

When asked after Sunday's game if a move to the bullpen was under consideration, Gardenhire said: "We're going to figure it out. We're still talking about it."

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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