Hughes to make his next start on Monday vs A’s

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, who left his start on Wednesday with a minor left hip flexor strain, threw a bullpen session with no issues on Friday and will make his next start on Monday against the A’s.

Hughes left his outing after just five innings, as he said he felt tightness in his hip and it worsened as the game went along. But Hughes was confident it was just a minor injury and after throwing his bullpen on Wednesday, he will make his next start as scheduled.

“He reported he’s ready to pitch on Monday,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “That’s obviously good news for us.”

The Twins will also activate right-hander Ricky Nolasco (right elbow inflammation) and left-handed reliever Brian Duensing (right intercostal strain) from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Nolasco will start against the White Sox, while Duensing will head to the bullpen and will likely replace fellow left-hander Caleb Thielbar, who is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Rochester. The roster move for Nolasco is less clear, but the Twins could look to option Michael Tonkin or Ryan Pressly back to Triple-A. Tonkin was called up Thursday with reliever Casey Fien going on the DL with a right shoulder strain, while Pressly was recalled Friday with reliever Tim Stauffer being placed on the DL with a right intercostal strain.

Nolasco threw 67 pitches in a rehab start with Class A Cedar Rapids on Sunday, and is expected to be limited to about 85 pitches on Saturday. But he’s said he’s excited to be back, as he made just one start this year before being placed on the DL.

“I’m just glad to be getting back to normal and to being on my five days,” Nolasco said. “I want to start building on that and start pitching deep into games.”

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