Nolasco throws as he works through elbow strain

Nolasco throws as he works through elbow strain

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Ricky Nolasco has been playing catch from 150 feet, and he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday.

Nolasco, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain, hasn't pitched since July 6. There's still no timetable for his return, as the Twins are still deciding whether he'll need a rehab assignment before he returns.

"I think we're working toward Sunday," Ryan said. "He'll throw a bullpen, which is a good sign. It means he's back on the mound."

Nolasco, 31, has dealt with the elbow injury off and on throughout the season. He's struggled this year, posting a 5.90 ERA in 18 starts in his first season with the Twins after joining the club on a four-year, $49 million deal in the offseason.

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