PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — After the last scheduled outing had been washed out due to rain, right-hander Ough Nolasco made his second Grapefruit League start for the Baby twins against the Rays on Tuesday.
Nolasco, which threw a simulated game upon Thursday to stay on his or her normal rest, tossed a number of innings, giving up two runs on a number of hits with one strikeout. He now has a 3.00 Years in six innings this early spring.
It felt good to go back out generally there in a game and get a number of that adrenaline, Nolasco explained. Everything feels great. I felt like I got a lot out of [the simulated game]. We didnt want to screw up the rotation in between or even skip a bullpen or everything like that. So it went good and so did today.
Nolasco included that one of the things he made an effort to mix into Tuesdays start seemed to be throwing first-pitch breaking balls ever since hes stretched out more.
Its only something I have to work on throughout spring, Nolasco said. Its many of my game. I desired to mix things up. I was able to do that going four innings. Its really a little tougher to do that heading two innings.
Nolasco is expected to be your clubs Opening Day beginner, although Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has yet to make it established. But the skipper has been impressed by Nolasco, exactly who signed a four-year, $49 million bargain this offseason.
He just knows what exactly hes doing, Gardenhire said. He goes about his enterprise pretty good. Hes pretty rough out there on the mound. You are able to tell he doesnt wish to [mess] around too awful much. He goes right at them, uses his pitches, can add and subtract, all of the things that you hope after you brought him over here.