Minnesota Twins starter Ricky Nolasco’s 2014 struggles dragged into 2015 after dropping his first start of the season yesterday afternoon. Things may even be looking worse for the starter, as he is heading back to Minnesota for an MRI on his elbow, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Nolasco allowed six earned runs in three innings of work in yesterday’s loss. He faced three batters in the fourth inning but did not record an out. Nolasco felt a pain in his elbow during the first at-bat of the fourth inning and faced two more batters before getting pulled from the game, according to reports. The Twins currently have him scheduled to start the home opener against Kansas City next week, and no changes have been made to the rotation yet.
Nolasco was 6-12 in his first season with the Twins last year, and the team was hoping for a bounce back year from the veteran right hander. Ervin Santana was originally scheduled to start yesterday’s game in Detroit, but his 80-game drug suspension that he received last week bumped Nolasco up in the rotation.
The Minnesota Twins were the only team across Major League Baseball that did not begin the season with a player on the disabled list, but early injuries to starting pitching wouldn’t be ideal for a club that already has enough issues. The team has been shutout twice and they have only recorded one an extra base hit through their first two games.
Leadoff hitter Danny Santana and cleanup hitter Torii Hunter are both hitless on the season so far. First year manager Paul Molitor has made minor changes to the lineup heading into this afternoon’s game.