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Closer Nathan returning to Twin Cities for MRI

Posted on: March 7, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: March 7, 2010 1:34 pm
 

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's hold-your-breath time for the Twins: Closer Joe Nathan, who was removed from Saturday's Grapefruit League game against Boston, will return to the Twin Cities on Monday for an MRI on his surgically repaired elbow.

"We're going to repeat some tests," Twins general manager Bill Smith said Sunday morning. "We want to repeat some tests that we had done on him in September. Those were our baseline tests, and when we repeat those [and compare], then we'll have a much, much better idea of where it's at."

Nathan, following a season in which he had 47 saves, had surgery to clean out the elbow in October. Noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews removed two bone spurs and some bone chips, and Nathan said Saturday, in describing his elbow as "achy" and saying he felt "tightness", that doctors had warned him he would have moments like that along his recovery.

One of the game's top closers, the prospect of a Nathan-less Twins club -- for any amount of time -- would shake things up in the AL Central.

"He came out of the game, so we're a little concerned," Smith said. "But until we see how the tests compare ... our doctors have talked a lot about establishing baselines, especially with our pitchers' shoulders and elbows, and using that date into the future to evaluate."

Up next in that plan is Nathan.

The Twins are holding their breath.

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mnsportsguy
Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 11:21 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 9:53 am
 

Closer Nathan returning to Twin Cities for MRI

Now I get what your general point is and I understand that you want him at the end of the year so you can get ready for a potential playoff push, just nit-picking.
Then you're a better man then I.  Never in my life have I understood the logic people use on these boards and that was a perfect example.  There is absolutely zero difference between a win in April versus a win in September because a win is a win.  It's actually the only sport that exists where people say that.... I don't get it.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:50 am
 

Closer Nathan returning to Twin Cities for MRI

Nathan wasn't dominant towards the end of the year.  Maybe it was injury, maybe it was fatigue.. I hope we hold him out if he might be hurt because April and May hardly matter. Why do people always say this? Of course April and May matter. A win in April is just as valuable as a win in September. The only difference is you can better understand the signifigance of a win in September than April. But if you finish 1 game out of the playoffs, a loss in April could be pointed to just the same as a loss in September. They each mean the same.

Now I get what your general point is and I understand that you want him at the end of the year so you can get ready for a potential playoff push, just nit-picking.




Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 9:32 pm
 

Closer Nathan returning to Twin Cities for MRI

Nathan wasn't dominant towards the end of the year.  Maybe it was injury, maybe it was fatigue.. I hope we hold him out if he might be hurt because April and May hardly matter.



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2010 8:56 pm
 

Closer Nathan returning to Twin Cities for MRI

Nathan really struggled in the '09 postseason with both his velocity and command, and after the Twins were eliminated in the playoffs he revealed the elbow discomfort, the red flag was raised; He then had the surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, and I'm sure he was looking forward to using his 1st spring appearance as a barometer for how the surgery went. Don't be surprised if Nathan starts the season on the DL, or ends up on there for an extended period of time during the season. Matt Guerrier or Jose Mijares would likely take over closer duties if he does miss time.


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