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Twins move on without Nathan, unless . . .

Posted on: March 18, 2010 2:04 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2010 2:08 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sometime this weekend, Joe Nathan will pick up a baseball and try to throw it.

Everyone associated with the Twins will watch him and see how he reacts.

The assumption has been that this is a mere formality on the way to Tommy John surgery, one final "why not?" attempt to pitch before accepting the inevitable. But while no Twins people are raising hopes -- not even Nathan -- manager Ron Gardenhire said today that it's not out of the question that Nathan will be able to pitch without surgery.

"There's no sense in guessing," Gardenhire said. "Some of the doctors think he can pitch through this. Some very good ones said they don't recommend surgery."

It's not yet certain what day Nathan will attempt to play catch, but Gardenhire said it definitely won't be Friday, because the Twins are traveling to Port St. Lucie to play the Mets that day. Gardenhire will be on the trip, and he doesn't want to miss what could be the most significant day of the Twins spring -- maybe the most significant of their season.

Nathan has used the time since suffering the injury strengthening the muscles around the elbow, and he said today that the rest of his arm -- everything but the elbow -- is strong. Even his forearm, where he felt pain, has quieted down with almost two weeks away from pitching.

Gardenhire said Nathan told him he's ready to resume throwing now. But the team is waiting for a final OK from the medical staff before allowing him to test the elbow.

Even if Nathan is able to play catch without pain, it would only be the first step towards pitching this season. If there is pain, though, surgery is the obvious next step, and Nathan would miss the entire season.

The Twins overcame plenty to win the American League Central in 2009. Joe Mauer missed all of April with back trouble, and Justin Morneau was lost before the stretch run.

But even Twins players seem to understand that losing Nathan now would be a bigger blow.

"When we have the lead and give him the ball, the game is over," outfielder Denard Span said. "It's over."

Gardenhire won't talk much about who would take Nathan's place, although he admits that the Twins have spent time discussing their options. Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch and Francisco Liriano have all been mentioned as possibilities, and Gardenhire said a closer-by-committee is also an option. He doesn't expect anyone to be able to pitch four or five days in a row, as Nathan could, so he'll need multiple options, no matter who the primary closer is.

"I just know it won't be one of the four starters," Gardenhire said, naming Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker and Carl Pavano. "Those four will not be my closer."

Yes, but is there any chance it could still be Nathan?

Gardenhire said it's not a question of pain tolerance. He said that unless Nathan can play catch without pain, there's no sense in continuing to try to pitch.

"We'll know, when he starts throwing," Gardenhire said.


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Category: MLB
Tags: Joe Nathan, Twins
 
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Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Twins move on without Nathan, unless . . .

So basically no one knows anything, everyone can skip reading this article, they will write another one after he throws. Huh? This is a substantive update.  Before, we didn't know what Minn. would do if he has pain.  They might have tried to hold out longer, and hope he improves.  Now we know that if he has pain, they're going to assume he's lost for the season.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 8:01 pm
 

Twins move on without Nathan, unless . . .

and keeping within the trend of "No S--t?" sports reporting I'll be eagerly awaiting tomorrow's award-winning Prisco article "Favre non-committal on 2010 return to Vikings".



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2010 6:59 pm
 

Twins move on without Nathan, unless . . .

So basically no one knows anything, everyone can skip reading this article, they will write another one after he throws. 


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