MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who is on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, progressed to throwing off a mound without any issues on Sunday and will start a rehab assignment with Class A Cedar Rapids on Saturday.
Nolasco, on the DL retroactive to April 9, previously played long toss this week before moving on to throwing a bullpen session on Sunday. There's still no exact timetable for his return, but everything went well enough that he's ready to take the next step to make a rehab start.
"Nolasco threw good today," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "So we'll send him out on a rehab assignment on Saturday."
Nolasco is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but with the rehab assignment, the earliest he'll return is April 30. Ryan said they thought about having Nolasco return without a rehab assignment, but decided against it.
"We thought about it," Ryan said. "But we think this is better. This will give him a chance to work any of the kinks out from being out for 15 days."
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