Twins' Ricky Nolasco to undergo ankle surgery

July 7, 2015

If you were hoping to see Ricky Nolasco back on the mound for the Twins anytime soon, think again.

The right-hander will undergo surgery to remove the bone fragment in his right ankle next week, the team announced Monday.

The injury has been causing Nolasco pain for weeks and hasn't improved with cortisone shots and orthodics. Nolasco had hoped to avoid surgery, but after getting three different doctors' opinions, he has decided to have a bone fragment removed.

It's unclear whether Nolasco will be able to pitch again this season.

I don't know the answer to that question yet," general manager Terry Ryan said when asked about the timeline for Nolasco's return.

"It's disappointing that he's going be out for a fairly lengthy stay,'' Ryan said via Star Tribune. "But we know what's going on there, take it out, get him back and get him going."

Nolasco, who is in the second season of a four-year, $49 million contract, has been a huge disappointment for the Twins thus far. He is 11-13 and owns a 5.40 ERA in 34 starts for Minnesota.

(h/t Star Tribune)