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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||57.00||3.00||5.00||25.00||3.95||1.38||56.00||25.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Baltimore|| 3.2||0||0|| 2.45||4||1||1|
|vs LHB|| 32.1||0||0|| 4.45||0||19||22|
|vs RHB|| 25.2||0||0|| 5.26||0||10||32|
|12/26/2014||Kyle Seager, 3B SEA|
Albert Pujols, 1B LAA
Fernando Rodney, RP SEA
Jose Quintana, SP CHW
Alexei Ramirez, SS CHW
Chris Sale, SP CHW
Carlos Santana, 1B CLE
Tanner Roark, SP WAS
Glen Perkins, RP MIN
Rick Porcello, SP BOS
Jimmy Rollins, SS LAD
Salvador Perez, C KC
|Jake Peavy, SP SF|
James Paxton, SP SEA
Collin McHugh, SP HOU
Buster Posey, C SF
Jhonny Peralta, SS STL
Marcell Ozuna, CF MIA
Dustin Pedroia, 2B BOS
Joe Nathan, RP DET
Hunter Pence, RF SF
Shelby Miller, SP ATL
Hanley Ramirez, SS BOS
Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL
|12/26/2014||Clint Frazier, CF CLE||Joe Nathan, RP DET|
Drew Smyly, SP TB
|12/24/2014||Leonys Martin, CF TEX|
Kohl Stewart, SP MIN
|Clay Buchholz, SP BOS|
Joe Nathan, RP DET
|Last 10 Games|
Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan pitches fine after hangnail issue
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(3/30/15) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan felt just fine in his one scoreless inning of work Monday after dealing with a hang nail on his thumb a few days ago, reports MLB.com.
"He threw some good two-seam fastballs," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Really, the single was a swinging bunt. He did a good job."
Nathan has now tossed eight scoreless innings in 11 appearances this spring.
Tigers' Joe Nathan will make an appearance on Monday
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/28/15) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan is scheduled to make an appearance on Monday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Nathan suffered a broken thumbnail while pitching Thursday, which caused a cut on his thumb. He said the thumbnail affected the ability to throw breaking balls during the game.
Nathan has surrendered a home run in each of his last two Grapefruit League outings.
Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan breaks thumbnail Thursday
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(3/26/15) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan suffered a broken thumbnail while pitching Thursday, which caused a cut on his thumb, reports MLB.com.
"The thumbnail looked like it was cutting into his thumb," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "He was bleeding. He had [blood] all over his pants, so he must have been wiping it off the whole time. Certainly, that was an issue."
Nathan gave up a game-tying home run Thursday and he has surrendered a home run in each of his last two outings. Despite Nathan's struggles, Ausmus said he was sticking with Nathan as the team's closer, reports the Detroit News.
Nathan was already set to take the next three days off to rest, which Ausmus hopes will be enough time to allow the injury to heal.
"We hope it'll be healed by then," Ausmus said.
Tigers reliever Joe Nathan surrenders first run of spring training
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(3/22/15) Tigers relief pitcher Joe Nathan gave up his first run of spring training after surrendering an inning-opening double. Despite the early mistake, Nathan was able to keep his cool on the mound and finish the inning with just the one run allowed.
"He only had one bad pitch," manager Brad Ausmus said to MLB.com. "After that, he was OK."
Nathan knows he needs to work on his location heading into his next appearance.
"My mindset is there. That's where my sights are," Nathan said. "Each time out, I've just been concentrating on being down in the zone with every pitch and coming up by design when I want to. Hopefully I'm able to execute more."
Tigers closer Joe Nathan remains committed to changing approach
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/21/15) Following a disastrous outing March 12 against the Phillies, when he allowed six runs (four earned) in two-thirds inning, Tigers closer Joe Nathan has tossed three straight scoreless innings. He has allowed one walk and has three strikeouts in that span.
“It’s just continuing to learn and adjust,” Nathan said after a perfect inning Friday against the Yankees, per The Detroit News. “We preach it all the time. We’ve got to adjust. We are creatures of habit but we also have to be very good at adjusting.
“When your game adjusts, your arm changes and you have different pitches, you have to adjust with it and not just think you can pitch the same way you used to.”
Nathan is coming to terms with the fact he is no longer a pitcher than can constantly throw in the mid-90s and finish off batters with a devastating slider. He's been working with pitching coach Jeff Jones on making adjustments to his delivery after Jones discovered last year a flaw relating to Nathan's arm slot.
“When baseball players are successful, and Joe’s been extremely successful in his career, and successful doing things a certain way for years and even a decade, it’s tough to tell yourself to change,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing that Joe is looking at himself and trying to find ways to be better as he matures in his career."
Nathan said the adjustments have also had a lot to do with how he pitches to batters.
“Coming into this year, I’ve been concentrating on locating strikes, not just throwing strikes,” he said. “Before it was just go out and work ahead. Now it’s keep the ball down. I am way more effective when I am ahead in the count, but from there I have to keep the location down.
“When my fastball is down and my slider starts out at the same spot, it’s a much more effective pitch. And then from there, my curve ball opens up my other pitches.”
|2014 summary: Joe Nathan came to the Tigers off two successful seasons as the Rangers' closer, but little went well in his first season in Detroit. The 39-year-old got off to a difficult start, and by the All-Star break, he had already blown five of his 24 save chances while posting a 5.61 ERA. Nathan's control largely abandoned him in the second half, but because he held opponents to a .308 slugging percentage, he was able to convert 16 of 18 save opportunities with a 3.70 ERA.|
Playing time status: Nathan is expected to begin the season as the Tigers' closer, but with Joakim Soria hanging around in the setup role, the incumbent's job could be in jeopardy with another poor April.
2015 outlook: Even if Nathan improves enough that he keeps his job all season long, he is almost too risky to trust as a No. 2 reliever in standard mixed leagues. If you do gamble a late-round pick on Nathan, it will be worth your while to also get Soria as a handcuff.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/1/15||@ HOU||1:05 pm|| |
|4/2/15||NYY||1:05 pm|| |
|4/3/15||TB||1:05 pm|| |
|4/4/15||@ TB||12:35 pm|| |
|4/6/15||MIN||1:08 pm|| |
|4/8/15||MIN||1:08 pm|| |
|4/9/15||MIN||1:08 pm|| |
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