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Elbow strain puts Nolasco on DL

The Minnesota Twins feared after that right-hander Ricky Nolasco’s elbow tightness during Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees might be a problem and on Tuesday announced he was going on the 15-day disabled list.

The move is retroactive to July 7. Nolasco was sent back to Minneapolis for tests after meeting with manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday in Seattle.

To replace Nolasco on the roster, the Twins recalled catcher-outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester. Herrmann was batting .291 in 22 games for Rochester.

In 18 starts this season, Nolasco is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA, 28 walks and 72 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings.

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported that Nolasco had been battling elbow soreness since spring training but that he had pitched through the discomfort without saying much to the team.

The 31-year-old starter signed a four-year contract worth a franchise-record $49 million in the offseason. He was coming off a 2013 season that included a 13-11 record and a 3.70 ERA with the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers.