Twins demote Tommy Milone to the bullpen to make room for Ricky Nolasco’s return

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Ricky Nolasco hasn’t been much good for the Twins since signing a four-year, $49 million deal last offseason, but he’s ready to come off the disabled list and Minnesota is bumping another starter from the rotation to make room.

Nolasco will rejoin the rotation Saturday after missing time with an elbow injury and Tommy Milone has been demoted to the bullpen after starting four games with a 4.76 ERA and 13/11 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.

Nolasco has a 5.61 ERA in 28 starts for the Twins, but the Twins weren’t going to cut bait on someone they still owe $35 million and they opted to keep Trevor May and Mike Pelfrey in the rotation over Milone.

Carlos Carrasco pitches during game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.