Right-hander Ricky Nolasco exited Sunday’s game in the second inning with an ankle injury and the Twins have placed him on the disabled list, calling up left-hander Tommy Milone from Triple-A to replace him in the rotation.
This is the second DL stint of the season for Nolasco, who has been terrible, hurt, or terrible and hurt since signing a four-year, $49 million deal with Minnesota as a free agent last offseason. He has a 5.40 ERA in 34 total starts with the Twins, although he was pitching much better recently.
Milone was demoted to Triple-A last month because the Twins had a rotation logjam and he responded by dominating International League hitters with a 0.70 ERA and 47/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. Those numbers are absurd, but Milone has sliced up Triple-A hitters before and the combination of his mid-80s fastball and lengthy track record of mediocrity in the majors creates plenty of skepticism that he’s more than a decent fourth or fifth starter.