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Joe Nathan | Relief Pitcher | #76

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (41) / 11/22/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: SUNY-Stony Brook
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 6 (0) / SF
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Joe Nathan (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Thursday.
He's close to returning from his second Tommy John surgery. Nathan is allowed to rehab for up to 30 days and could need the whole month. When he's ready to return, the 41-year-old will slide into a setup role ahead of closer Hector Rondon. Jun 23 - 4:38 PM

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Cubs signed RHP Joe Nathan to a one-year contract; placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The deal was initially reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Nathan is 41 and coming back from his second Tommy John surgery, but he managed to land a guaranteed major-league deal. Recent reports suggested that he's hoping to be game-ready by the start of July. It's a low-risk flyer for first-place Chicago.
May 17 - 2:01 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) is beginning a throwing program.

Nathan is currently making his way back from his second Tommy John surgery and is looking to make a comeback at the age of 41. He's hoping to be game-ready by the start of July, but he'll likely have to throw for teams before landing a contract.
May 9 - 7:04 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Joe Nathan's workouts are progressing well.

Nathan is in the process of rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. While he has yet to sign with a team, the veteran closer is hoping to return to the mound this season. At 41 years old, there are reasonable questions as to how much he has left in the tank. As a low-risk flier, though, he would make for a nice speculative bullpen add once he is ready to return.
Apr 6 - 10:53 PM

Dave Pepe, the agent for free agent Joe Nathan said Friday that his workouts are going well and that the right-hander definitely plans on pitching this season.

Pepe also added that they're not necessarily in a rush to sign a contract, moreso seeking the best overall opportunity. The 41-year-old hurler owns 377 career saves and could be a nice low-risk addition to team's looking to bolster the back end of their bullpen.
Feb 5 - 8:40 PM

According to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, there are about 10 teams in the mix for Joe Nathan.

But the offers are probably of the non-guaranteed minor league contract variety and the rehabbing right-hander isn't close to settling on an organization for 2016. Nathan underwent his second career Tommy John surgery last April and isn't expected to be ready to pitch until sometime in late May or early June. It's quite possible he remains unsigned through spring training. Nathan turned 41 years old in November.
Jan 18 - 2:36 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) told MLB Network Radio that he's anticipating a return to the major league mound in May or June.

Nathan's working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery. He underwent the procedure in late April. Now 41, the right-hander's a free agent. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported during the winter meetings that Nathan had met with eight teams regarding a potential contract for 2016. Given his injury history, any contract would likely be of the incentive-laden variety. In his last relatively complete season, he tossed 58 innings for the Tigers in 2014, ultimately finishing out with a 4.81 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 54/29 K/BB ratio. Even if he is able to return healthy, there's no guarantee that he'll still have the stuff to effectively pitch at the major league level.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 01:40:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that eight teams have met with free agent reliever Joe Nathan.

Heyman's reporting that the Tigers, Rangers and Giants--three of Nathan's former teams--have checked in on the 41-year-old reliever. Nathan's recovering from the second Tommy John surgery of his career, but is committed to a return to the bigs, so much so that he's in Nashville for the Winter Meetings. He likely won't be ready to pitch until June or July and would probably have to settle for an incentive-laden contract from whatever team ultimately opts to roll the dice on the veteran.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 07:34:00 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that a half-dozen teams are showing interest in free agent reliever Joe Nathan.

Nathan, who turned 41 last month, is at the Winter Meetings this week to let teams know that he's planning to make a comeback after his second Tommy John surgery. He's reportedly aiming for a return around mid-season next year and will almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden deal.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 11:06:00 AM

Joe Nathan's agent, Dave Pepe, told Joel Sherman of the New York Post via text that his client "definitely plans on playing" in 2016.

Nathan, who turns 41 later this month, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late April and is aiming to make his return to game action next July. Pepe said he has already had preliminary discussions with a few teams regarding Nathan, who became a free agent when the Tigers declined his $10 million option for 2016 last week. However, he'll likely have to audition before signing a contract. Chances are he'll have to accept an incentive-laden deal.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 01:26:00 PM

Tigers declined RHP Joe Nathan's $10 million option for 2016.

They'll pay him a $1 million buyout instead. Nathan missed most of the season following Tommy John surgery and will turn 41 later this month, but he's vowed to make a comeback attempt rather than retire.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 04:24:00 PM

Tigers transferred RHP Joe Nathan from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Nathan, of course, is done for the season after having Tommy John surgery late last month.
Fri, May 8, 2015 01:31:00 PM

Joe Nathan underwent season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday.

The procedure could also be career-threatening considering Nathan turns 41 years old in November. He made just a single appearance this season for the Tigers, securing a one-out save on Opening Day against the Twins. Joakim Soria has taken over at closer in Detroit and appears poised to flourish in that role all year.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 11:31:00 AM

Joe Nathan has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and tendon in his right elbow and will require season-ending Tommy John reconstructive surgery.

His career might also be over, given that he's 40 years old and turns 41 in November. Nathan made just one appearance for the Tigers this season, earning a one-out save against the Twins on Opening Day. Joakim Soria has been solid as Detroit's fill-in closer and obviously gets a massive boost in fantasy value with this news.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 10:02:00 AM

Joe Nathan (elbow) had to leave a rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday after appearing to aggravate his elbow injury.

Nathan retired the first two batters he faced, but he winced while throwing an offspeed pitch on his 10th offering of the game. He appeared to clearly be in pain as he walked off the field with Toledo's trainer, as it looks like he's aggravated the flexor strain in his elbow. The Tigers should provide an update on Nathan's status later Wednesday, but obviously he's not going to come off the disabled list anytime soon now. Joakim Soria will continue to close for the Tigers.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 12:39:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2David Ross
3Willson Contreras
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Chris Coghlan
3Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Travis Wood
6Spencer Patton
7Gerardo Concepcion
8Carl Edwards Jr.
9Clayton Richard
10Zac Rosscup
11Joe Nathan