Nathan (elbow) has not begun throwing but is hoping to return before the All Star break, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery early in the season, but the 40-year-old is attempting to rehab his way back rather than call it a career. He'll become a free agent if the Tigers decline his option for 2016 as expected, but he could help out a bullpen in the second half of the season wherever he lands.
Tigers reliever Joe Nathan was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day, per MLive.com. Nathan had Tommy John surgery at the end of April and is out for the season. The move opens up a spot on Detroit's 40-man roster, as players on the 60-day disabled list don't count against the limit.
Tigers reliever Joe Nathan, who underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, says he will try to play again. But, should he be unable to return, Nathan is happy with his career. Nathan is out for the season following the surgery, and is currently ranked seventh all time with 377 career saves. He has spent time with the Giants, Twins, Rangers before signing with Detroit prior to the 2014 season.
Tigers reliever Joe Nathan underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Nathan will miss the remainder of the 2015 season after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor pronator. It remains to be seen if Nathan, 40, will attempt a comeback for the 2016 campaign or if he will call it a career. Though, it appears as for now, Nathan will try to work his way back. "Already back in there doing some exercises," Nathan said, per MLB.com. Nathan is currently the active leader in saves (seventh all time) with 377 over his 15-year career.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and a torn flexor pronator, which will require season-ending Tommy John surgery, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported. Nathan, 40, was working his way back from flexor elbow strain when he aggravated the injury after throwing 10 pitchers in a Triple-A rehab outing on Wednesday. After the outing he told reporters he felt as if he broke his arm. "There's no good time to have an injury like that. I don't know that Joe's done pitching," manager Brad Ausmus said, per Jason Beck of MLB.com. The news of his torn UCL comes minutes after the club announced that they recalled the closer from his rehab assignment. Nathan's 2015 season comes to an end with one strikeout in just one-third of an inning. He is not considering retirement and will rehab in attempt to return to the big-league roster next season. He added that he won't be able to pick up a ball for eight months, per MLive.com. "I'm preparing myself to come back and be a major league player again," Nathan said, per MLive.com. "Regardless of what the future holds for me, I'm going to prepare myself to come back and play this game. Hanging my cleats never crossed my mind."