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Joe Nathan | Relief Pitcher | #74

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (42) / 11/22/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: SUNY-Stony Brook
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 6 (0) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Joe Nathan gave up both runs allowed by the Nationals in Thursday's tie versus the Marlins.
Nathan allowed three hits, walked one and struck out none in his inning of work. His odds of making the Nationals got quite a bit longer with the Joe Blanton signing, and things are looking pretty bleak now with him having allowed three runs in five innings. Mar 9 - 4:12 PM

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After pitching a scoreless inning in his spring debut, Joe Nathan allowed a run in an inning of work Tuesday against the Astros.

Nathan gave up two hits, walked a batter and struck out none. Nathan's chances of making the Nationals took a significant hit before the game with the news that the team was signing Joe Blanton. He might be willing to go to Triple-A for a spell, though.
Feb 28 - 5:24 PM

Nationals signed RHP Joe Nathan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the deal include incentives which could push the deal north of $3 million if he's in the majors. Nathan, who turned 42 in November, made his way back from another Tommy John surgery last season and tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings over 10 appearances between the Cubs and Giants. He's a low-risk flier for Washington's bullpen. The Nationals don't have a locked in closer for 2017, though Nathan would seem to be a long shot for that role.
Jan 31 - 2:30 PM

David Pepe, the agent for Joe Nathan, said that his client wants to pitch in 2017.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported likewise over the weekend, with confirmation now coming from Nathan's representative. The 42-year-old reliever saw 10 games with the Cubs and Giants last season, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless frames in that space. While Pepe referred to Nathan as the "Energizer Bunny," fantasy players would best be advised to steer clear given his age and injury history.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Joe Nathan is still looking to continue his career in 2017 and has received interest from several clubs.

Everyone is always on the lookout for bullpen help, so it's likely that the 42-year-old hurler will at least get a shot someplace. Nathan appeared in 10 games for the Cubs and Giants in 201, hurling 6 1/3 scoreless innings and posting a 9/4 K/BB ratio.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 09:23:00 PM

Giants purchased the contract of RHP Joe Nathan from Double-A Richmond.

Nathan's career has now come full-circle, as the right-hander broke in with the Giants way back in 1999. The 41-year-old will provide depth out of the bullpen for the stretch run but isn't a candidate to work his way into a high-leverage role.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 11:04:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Giants are signing reliever Joe Nathan to a minor league contract.

Nathan is going back to where it all started, as he was originally drafted by the Giants back in 1995 and played his first four major league seasons with the club prior to being traded to the Twins. The 41-year-old was designated for assignment by the Cubs earlier this month after making three scoreless appearances in his return from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. The Giants are willing to see what's left in the tank.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Cubs designated RHP Joe Nathan for assignment.

The 41-year-old right-hander made a nice comeback from Tommy John surgery, hurling two scoreless innings in three outings with the Cubs. Their bullpen is just too loaded that there isn't room for Nathan at this time. It'll be interesting to see if he's willing to accept a minor league assignment or will look to latch on elsewhere for the stretch run.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 08:45:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 11:26:00 AM

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.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 05:39:00 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.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 10:13:00 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."
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 07:24:00 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.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 10:49:00 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.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 05:52:00 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.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 04:38:00 PM

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