Ricky Nolasco threw 104 innings with a 5.90 ERA before informing the Twins that he’d been pitching through elbow soreness since spring training. Now, after spending five weeks on the disabled list, he’s scheduled to rejoin the rotation Friday against the Royals.
Nolasco struck out eight batters in a minor-league rehab start Sunday at low Single-A, but also allowed three runs in 5.2 innings against hitters a decade his junior.
Nolasco was supposed to headline the Twins’ rebuilt rotation, but instead he hid an injury from the coaching staff and allowed opponents to hit .330 through 18 starts of a four-year, $49 million contract.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.