Joe Nathan

#36 RP / Detroit Tigers / EXP: 15YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 lb Age: 41 College: Stony Brook Bats/Throws R/R

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      Tigers' Joe Nathan: Aiming for midseason return

      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.

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Tigers move Joe Nathan to 60-day disabled list

      Tigers reliever Joe Nathan was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day, per 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.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Tigers closer Joe Nathan will try to play again following TJ surgery

      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.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Tigers' Joe Nathan has successful Tommy John surgery

      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 Nathan is currently the active leader in saves (seventh all time) with 377 over his 15-year career.

    • by Igor Mello |

      Tigers closer Joe Nathan has torn UCL, ending his 2015 season

      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, 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 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 "I'm preparing myself to come back and be a major league player again," Nathan said, per "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."

    • by Igor Mello |

      Tigers recall injured closer Joe Nathan from rehab assignment

      As expected, the Tigers recalled closer Joe Nathan from his rehab assignment on Thursday. May learn more about the severity of his arm injury later this morning. Nathan, who was eligible to come off the disabled list, left the mound after throwing 10 pitches with an arm issue, possibly in the same region as his elbow flexor strain that landed him on the disabled list. After the game, he told reporters he felt like he broke his arm during his rehab assignment. Detroit will know more about the severity of his injury later on Thursday, according to

    • by Marty Gitlin |

      Tigers closer Nathan: 'It feels like I broke my arm'

      Tigers closer Joe Nathan apparently won't be returning to that role anytime soon. He told that "it feels like I broke my arm" after his shortened rehab assignment Wednesday for Triple-A Toledo. Nathan left the mound after throwing 10 pitches and consulting with a trainer. He was eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but the setback destroyed those plans. It remains to be seen if the apparent right arm injury is related to the flexor elbow strain that motivated his placement on the DL.

    • by Marty Gitlin |

      Tigers closer Joe Nathan leaves mound in pain

      Tigers closer Joe Nathan did not respond well to what was supposed to be about one inning of work for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. He was scheduled to throw 25 pitches, but tossed just 10 before grabbing his elbow, talking with trainer Chris McDonald and heading into the clubhouse. Nathan, who is rehabbing from an elbow flexor strain, later told that "it feels like I broke my arm." It remains to be seen if his new ailment is related. He had been eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, but those plans have been ruined. His continued absence will solidify Joakim Soria in the closer role for Detroit.

    • by R.J. White |

      Tigers' Joe Nathan to make rehab appearance Wednesday

      Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan will make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo Wednesday after playing catch Tuesday, reports. "They told me the game time, and I was like 'Oh, man. Well, all right,'" Nathan said of the early Wednesday game, per "I can get it done and be back here, shoot, maybe before some of these guys even show up (for Detroit's game against New York at 7:08 p.m.)." If all goes well with Wednesday's appearance, Nathan says he could be activated from the disabled list as early as Friday. The pitcher was able to throw his second bullpen session Monday without issue. He's on the disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain. "I don't want to say we're out of the woods," Nathan said. "We still have bruising and stuff to deal with. But from where it was to now, it seems very minor." Manager Brad Ausmus said recently he won't decide what to do with the closer role until Nathan is healthy enough to return from the disabled list.

    • by Sean d'Oliveira |

      Tigers RP Joe Nathan (elbow) throws bullpen session Monday

      Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan threw a full bullpen session Monday, reports It was his second bullpen session since beginning rehab on his elbow. Nathan is dealing with a right elbow strain and is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but manager Brad Ausmus said he isn't sure if Nathan will be activated then. Ausmus added that he won't decide if Nathan will take over the closer's role until he returns from the DL, reports the Detroit Free Press. Joakim Soria picked up his fifth save in as many attempts during Monday's win over the Yankees.

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