Twins activate Ricky Nolasco from the disabled list


The Twins have activated starter Ricky Nolasco from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Yohan Pino to Triple-A Rochester to create roster space, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports. Nolasco had been sidelined since July 7 with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow. He’s slated to oppose Danny Duffy in tonight’s home start against the Royals.

Prior to landing on the disabled list, Nolasco struggled and posted a 5.90 ERA with a 72/28 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings spanning 18 starts. Not exactly the performance the Twins envisioned when they signed him to a four-year, $49 million contract back in November.

Neal notes that Pino could return to the Twins to pitch in one of the two games of August 23’s double-header against the Tigers. Pino struggled in 10 starts for the Twins this season, compiling a 5.37 ERA with a 44/12 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.