Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco landed on the disabled list about a month ago with a right ankle injury and now Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to undergo surgery next Monday. It’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined.
Nolasco originally hoped to avoid surgery and tried a cortisone shot and orthodics, but he still felt discomfort after throwing off a mound. After consulting with three different doctors, he has decided to have a bone fragment removed.
Nolasco, in the second season of a four-year, $49 million contract, owns a 5.40 ERA over his first 34 starts with the Twins.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.
When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.
With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.
Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.
“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”
Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.
Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.