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Twins closer Nathan leaves game because of elbow

Posted on: March 6, 2010 2:42 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins closer Joe Nathan left Saturday's outing against Boston early when his surgically repaired elbow became "achy" and he felt "a little tightness."

Nathan faced three batters and threw 20 pitches. He walked two batters and was removed following a walk to J.D. Drew.

He was upbeat after the shortened outing and said doctors had warned him that the type of surgery he had would bring days like this in his recovery. He said he will be re-evaluated Sunday and, as of now, does not expect his spring training regimen to change.

"They said it may be scary, but you've got to understand that you're going to go through moments like this," Nathan said.

Though he was relaxed and seemed to take it in stride, he confirmed that the doctors were right, and that it is scary.

"Definitely," he said. "It's never fun when you get pulled out of a game, especially by the training staff. It's just a little speed bump here. We'll see where it goes."

Nathan said he felt "awesome" in the bullpen warming up. But, as he noted, while everything has gone smoothly in his rehab and recovery, he hasn't reached the intensity level in bullpens and live batting practice -- especially with his hard, biting slider -- that he did in Saturday's game.

Nathan, 35, had surgery to remove two bone spurs and some bone chips from his elbow in October. He revealed shortly after a season in which he had 47 saves that his elbow was not right for much of it.

Category: MLB

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 7:51 am

Twins closer Nathan leaves game because of elbow

I'm a huge Twins fan and surprisingly, I agree with your comment.  I think the Twins should trade Joe Nathan as soon as possible and let Guerrier or a healthy Neshek close.  The Twins could really use a #1 starting pitcher at the top of the rotation.  Also Joe Nathan has mostly been impressive during his tenure as a Twin and doesn't blow many saves, but when he tends to blow a save it seems to be in a crucial game.  Such as last year against the Yankees in Game #2 of the playoff series.  I think Joe Nathan is a very solid closer but the money could be used somewhere else.  I have a bad feeling that this year may not be as successful as past years for Joe Nathan but I hope I'm wrong.  With that being said I still think the 2010 Twins have a great lineup top to bottom and may score the most runs in the majors this year if the majority of the guys stay healthy. 

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 12:46 am

Twins closer Nathan leaves game because of elbow

The 2009 postseason was the beginning of the end for Joe Nathan.  The Twins were foolish to give a closer that much money.  Good closers regularly come out of nowhere (see Brian Wilson, David Aardsma, and Heath Bell).  Starting pitching is where the Twins should put their money.  Their rotation is just good enough to win the division, but not good enough to win a playoff series.  A closer can't do much when his team is down 5 runs.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 4:26 pm

Twins closer Nathan leaves game because of elbow

Miller is a baseball fan first, but because he spent several seasons as a Twins beat reporter in the Twin Cities, he still has close ties to the organization.

However, being a Twins fan that I am, I hope that a good reporter is getting as much information to the public. Nathan and his elbow is pretty significant news.

With that being said, and with you being a White Sox fan, I am excitedly looking to see the impact that Jake Peavy has for your club this year, a full season from Gordon Beckham, and how the squad adapts without Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome (Twins), although aged verterans. It should be a good season for the Sox. If not, I enjoy Ozzie going off!! 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 3:03 pm

Twins closer Nathan leaves game because of elbow

Figures that Miller reports this, he's a HUGE Twins fan.  I wonder how Joe Nathan will be this year. He's an elite closer and I hate when the White Sox have to face him.   He's 35 though, not 25, but still.  Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman are both 40 and up and don't seem to be slowing, so maybe Joe Nathan will do the same, it wouldn't shock me. We will see

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