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Twins Send Pitcher Ricky Nolasco to DL

iStockphoto(MINNEAPOLIS) -- On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins placed starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow.

The 31-year-old Nolasco could only pitch two innings during his start Sunday against the New York Yankees before having to be pulled due to the injury. Nolasco was then flown back to Minnesota Monday where he was evaluated by Dr. John Steubs.

"It's good there is no major thing here, nothing structurally too awful bad," Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire said. " Now it's about getting the soreness out, getting the stiffness out, time probably better than anything else and we'll see. We'll see where it goes from there. Let him take some time, do some treatment with the trainers and see how he responds to that. Obviously the throwing is not making it better."

Nolasco, who says he's pitched with discomfort in his elbow all season, signed a four-year, $49 million deal with the Twins in the off-season. He's made 18 starts this year compiling a 5-7 record, a 5.90 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.

Catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

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