Reports: Nolasco will return to Minnesota to have sore elbow examined
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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.
Ricky Nolasco has been dealing with elbow soreness and will fly back to Minnesota tonight to get it checked out by Dr. Steubs— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 7, 2014
Nolasco hadn't mentioned anything about his elbow until today, Rob Antony said. #mntwins— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) July 7, 2014
"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."
Nolasco met with Gardenhire and admitted his elbow has bothered him throughout season but was something he thought he could pitch through— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 7, 2014
Nolasco never told the medical staff or anyone with the Twins about his injury until today. Thought he could pitch through it.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 7, 2014
Twins haven't considered options if Nolasco is shut down, but Gardy said there are options on the roster and in the minors,— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) July 7, 2014