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Joe Nathan | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (40) / 11/22/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: SUNY-Stony Brook
Contract: view contract details

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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. May 8 - 1:31 PM

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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.
Apr 30 - 11:31 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.
Apr 23 - 10:02 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.
Apr 22 - 12:39 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Wednesday with Triple-A Toledo.

Nathan expects to rejoin the Detroit bullpen after that one outing and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has maintained that the veteran right-hander will get his ninth-inning job back almost immediately. Nathan has been on the shelf since April 8 with a flexor strain in his right elbow. Joakim Soria has done a fine job filling in and should remain on most fantasy rosters in case Nathan again has issues.
Apr 21 - 4:00 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) is not expected to be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible on Wednesday.

Things are trending in the right direction for the closer, though. Nathan will throw another bullpen session Monday and, assuming he feels good the next day, could be cleared for a simulated game. It's possible Nathan could need a rehab assignment, but the veteran might not require one. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said that Nathan will resume his ninth-inning role once he's activated.
Apr 20 - 6:56 PM

It's uncertain whether Joe Nathan (elbow) will be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible on Wednesday.

Nathan threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday and said he "felt good." He could need to face hitters in a simulated game or possibly a rehab assignment before being activated, although it doesn't appear the Tigers have made that decision one way or the other. What manager Brad Ausmus has decided is that Nathan will resume his closer role once activated even though Joakim Soria has done a fine job filling in.
Apr 19 - 1:02 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) threw off a mound on Saturday.

He hadn't done that since suffering a flexor strain in his right elbow earlier this month. Nathan only tossed 15 pitches Saturday but said he felt "awesome." The next step will be a full bullpen session on Monday. If all goes well, Nathan could be activated Wednesday, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list. Joakim Soria has been filling in at closer.
Apr 18 - 8:03 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) threw a light bullpen session on Wednesday.

It was already known that he had played catch, but Nathan evidently threw a little off a mound, as well. It's not clear when he might be ready for a regular bullpen session, but it should come soon as long as he doesn't have a setback. Joakim Soria is closing while Nathan is on the shelf.
Source: Detroit News
Apr 17 - 1:31 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) played catch Wednesday.

It's the first time he's thrown since landing on the disabled list a week ago with a right flexor strain in his elbow. Nathan appears to be slightly ahead of schedule, as he hadn't been slated to play catch for at least a few more days. The reliever still has a long ways to go, but he took a nice step Wednesday.
Apr 15 - 3:29 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) has yet to be cleared to resume throwing.

He needs to continue undergoing treatment for a few more days before being allowed to pick up a ball again. Dealing with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow, Nathan figures to be sidelined for quite a while longer.
Apr 14 - 9:00 PM

Joe Nathan said Friday that he's dealing with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow.

That's the least severe, which could give him a chance to return without needing surgery. However, Nathan will be shut down until the tightness in his elbow is completely gone so it's totally up in the air as to how much time he might miss. Joakim Soria will be the Tigers' closer for now.
Apr 10 - 12:59 PM

Tigers placed RHP Joe Nathan on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain in his elbow.

Nathan earned a one-out save Monday in the Tigers' season-opening win over the Twins, but he apparently came out of that appearance with some discomfort in his throwing arm. Joakim Soria will serve as the fill-in closer for Detroit and could run away with the ninth-inning job if he pitches well and Nathan's absence is a lengthy one. Soria needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 8 - 4:48 PM

Joe Nathan earned a one-out save Monday in the Twins' season-opening blanking of the Twins.

David Price was looking to go the distance, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus decided to pull the ace after he yielded back-to-back two-out singles to Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer in the top of the ninth inning. Nathan finished off the combined shutout with a check-swing strikeout of Torii Hunter. The 40-year-old closer would like all his saves to be that easy.
Apr 6 - 4:06 PM

Joe Nathan struck out two in a scoreless inning of work against the Astros on Wednesday.

Nathan was consistently in the low-90s today, according to's Jason Beck. With Bruce Rondon looking iffy again, any chance of the Tigers releasing Nathan prior to Opening Day can be dismissed. He certainly hasn't had the most encouraging of springs, but he'll probably get the close until he gives them good reason to move on.
Apr 1 - 5:15 PM

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