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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Ricky Nolasco, Joe Mauer


By on 7/31/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Minnesota Twins entered Wednesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals in last place in the American League Central with a record of 48-57. The Twins pitching staff, which is 27th in the league in ERA, has improved the past two games, allowing a combined four runs on Monday and Tuesday. On the injury front, there is good news regarding Ricky Nolasco and Joe Mauer.


Our own Darius Austin reported on July 23 that  Nolasco's timetable for return was unknown and would throw another bullpen session before the Twins decide if he needed a rehab assignment.

An update on Nolasco, as reported by Mike Berardino at TwinCities.com,  is that he threw in the bullpen for about 10 minutes on Tuesday. Although he threw only fast balls and change-ups, Nolasco was encouraged about his chances of returning soon.
“I feel good. I’ll be able to tell more (Wednesday), but I’m feeling good. That’s all that matters.”
Nolasco, who no longer has soreness in his flexor pronator, credits the Twins training staff, led by rehab coordinator Lanning Tucker.

Nolasco, in his ninth Major League season, is 5-7 with a career worse 5.90 ERA this season.  The veteran has pitched for the Marlins, Dodgers and Twins and has a career record of 94-82 with a 4.49 ERA.


Berardino also tweeted the following update on Mauer.
Mauer, in his 11th Major League season, is batting .271 with two home runs and 28 RBI this season. Mauer's best season was in 2009 when he batted .365 with 28 home runs and 96 RBI. Injuries have hampered him the last several seasons, holding him under 120 games in two of the past three seasons. Mauer has a career batting average of .320 with 107 home runs and 662 RBI.



 
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