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Joe Nathan | Relief Pitcher | #36

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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Cubs activated RHP Joe Nathan from the 60-day disabled list.
Nathan has finished rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery and will see if he has anything left in the tank for the Cubbies. The 41-year-old held a 4.81 ERA in 2014 in his last full season, although he did strike out nearly a batter per frame. Nathan allowed four runs and struck out nine over 9 1/3 innings while on a rehab assignment. Jul 24 - 11:26 AM

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Joe Nathan will join the Cubs' bullpen Sunday.

Nathan walked three batters while recording only one out in his last appearance at Triple-A Iowa, but he had been very good before that outing and the Cubs feel the 41-year-old right-hander can offer an instant upgrade in middle relief. Nathan just finished rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since April 6, 2015.
Jul 23 - 5:39 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) walked three batters while recording only one out Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa.

There has been talk of Nathan joining the Cubs' bullpen this weekend, but it might not happen after such a poor showing Wednesday. Those three walks turned into two runs. Nathan, 41, now has a 3.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 9/5 K/BB ratio through 9 1/3 total rehab innings.
Jul 21 - 10:13 AM

Joe Nathan (elbow) could join the Cubs' bullpen this weekend.

Nathan, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, has posted a 2.00 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over nine innings during his minor league rehab assignment. The 41-year-old pitched in back-to-back games over the weekend, so he's getting close. The Cubs want to get a look at him before the trade deadline. "If the answer is in-house, it makes it a lot easier," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "It's important to get a look."
Jul 18 - 7:24 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) threw a perfect rehab inning Thursday night at Triple-A Iowa.

Nathan struck out two of the three batters he faced, throwing eight of his 11 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander is 15 months removed from the second Tommy John surgery of his career and aiming to join the first-place Cubs for the stretch run. Nathan, 41, owns an impressive 2.35 ERA and 0.39 WHIP through 7 2/3 minor league rehab innings.
Jul 15 - 10:49 AM

Joe Nathan (elbow) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.

Nathan pitched well in his seven-game stint with Double-A Tennessee, recording a 2.70 ERA with six strikeouts and no walks over 6 2/3 innings. The 41-year-old should begin working out of the Cubs' bullpen later this month.
Jul 14 - 5:52 PM

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

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

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