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36 Joe Nathan RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 11/22/1974 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Stony Brook | MLB Experience: 15 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 6/0 | Average Draft Position: 225.56
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Tigers move Joe Nathan to 60-day disabled list


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day, per MLive.com. Nathan had Tommy John surgery at the end of April and is out for the season. The move opens up a spot on Detroit's 40-man roster, as players on the 60-day disabled list don't count against the limit. 

Tigers closer Joe Nathan will try to play again following TJ surgery


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan, who underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, says he will try to play again. But, should he be unable to return, Nathan is happy with his career.

Nathan is out for the season following the surgery, and is currently ranked seventh all time with 377 career saves. He has spent time with the Giants, Twins, Rangers before signing with Detroit prior to the 2014 season.


Tigers' Joe Nathan has successful Tommy John surgery


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Nathan will miss the remainder of the 2015 season after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor pronator.

It remains to be seen if Nathan, 40, will attempt a comeback for the 2016 campaign or if he will call it a career. Though, it appears as for now, Nathan will try to work his way back.

“Already back in there doing some exercises,” Nathan said, per MLB.com.

Nathan is currently the active leader in saves (seventh all time) with 377 over his 15-year career.


Tigers closer Joe Nathan has torn UCL, ending his 2015 season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Tigers closer Joe Nathan was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and a torn flexor pronator, which will require season-ending Tommy John surgery, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported.

Nathan, 40, was working his way back from flexor elbow strain when he aggravated the injury after throwing 10 pitchers in a Triple-A rehab outing on Wednesday. After the outing he told reporters he felt as if he broke his arm.

"There's no good time to have an injury like that. I don't know that Joe's done pitching," manager Brad Ausmus said, per Jason Beck of MLB.com.

The news of his torn UCL comes minutes after the club announced that they recalled the closer from his rehab assignment. Nathan's 2015 season comes to an end with one strikeout in just one-third of an inning. He is not considering retirement and will rehab in attempt to return to the big-league roster next season. He added that he won't be able to pick up a ball for eight months, per MLive.com.

"I'm preparing myself to come back and be a major league player again," Nathan said, per MLive.com. "Regardless of what the future holds for me, I'm going to prepare myself to come back and play this game. Hanging my cleats never crossed my mind."


Tigers recall injured closer Joe Nathan from rehab assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) As expected, the Tigers recalled closer Joe Nathan from his rehab assignment on Thursday. May learn more about the severity of his arm injury later this morning.

Nathan, who was eligible to come off the disabled list, left the mound after throwing 10 pitches with an arm issue, possibly in the same region as his elbow flexor strain that landed him on the disabled list. After the game, he told reporters he felt like he broke his arm during his rehab assignment.

Detroit will know more about the severity of his injury later on Thursday, according to MLive.com.


Tigers closer Nathan: 'It feels like I broke my arm'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Tigers closer Joe Nathan apparently won't be returning to that role anytime soon. He told MLive.com that "it feels like I broke my arm" after his shortened rehab assignment Wednesday for Triple-A Toledo.

Nathan left the mound after throwing 10 pitches and consulting with a trainer. He was eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but the setback destroyed those plans.

It remains to be seen if the apparent right arm injury is related to the flexor elbow strain that motivated his placement on the DL.


Tigers closer Joe Nathan leaves mound in pain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Tigers closer Joe Nathan did not respond well to what was supposed to be about one inning of work for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

He was scheduled to throw 25 pitches, but tossed just 10 before grabbing his elbow, talking with trainer Chris McDonald and heading into the clubhouse.

Nathan, who is rehabbing from an elbow flexor strain, later told MLive.com that "it feels like I broke my arm." It remains to be seen if his new ailment is related.

He had been eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, but those plans have been ruined. His continued absence will solidify Joakim Soria in the closer role for Detroit.


Tigers' Joe Nathan to make rehab appearance Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan will make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo Wednesday after playing catch Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

"They told me the game time, and I was like 'Oh, man. Well, all right,'" Nathan said of the early Wednesday game, per MLive.com. "I can get it done and be back here, shoot, maybe before some of these guys even show up (for Detroit's game against New York at 7:08 p.m.)."

If all goes well with Wednesday's appearance, Nathan says he could be activated from the disabled list as early as Friday. The pitcher was able to throw his second bullpen session Monday without issue. He's on the disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain.

"I don't want to say we're out of the woods," Nathan said. "We still have bruising and stuff to deal with. But from where it was to now, it seems very minor."

Manager Brad Ausmus said recently he won't decide what to do with the closer role until Nathan is healthy enough to return from the disabled list.


Tigers RP Joe Nathan (elbow) throws bullpen session Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan threw a full bullpen session Monday, reports MLive.com. It was his second bullpen session since beginning rehab on his elbow.

Nathan is dealing with a right elbow strain and is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but manager Brad Ausmus said he isn't sure if Nathan will be activated then.

Ausmus added that he won't decide if Nathan will take over the closer's role until he returns from the DL, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Joakim Soria picked up his fifth save in as many attempts during Monday's win over the Yankees.


Tigers' Joe Nathan needs game work before he returns


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. Manager Brad Ausmus isn't sure if Nathan will be activated on that day, per MLive.

Ausmus did say that Nathan would need game work--either a simulated game or a rehab appearance--before he returned to the Tigers. 


Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan throws bullpen Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan was able to throw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday for the first time since landing on the disabled-list, reports MLive.com.

"I planned on just long tossing, but I felt awesome," Nathan said. "(Pitching coach Jeff Jones) might had a plan but I didn't know about it. But I said, 'Let's do it.'"

Nathan, who has been on the DL with a right elbow flexor strain since April 7, is eligible to be activated Wednesday. He is expected to throw a full bullpen session Monday.

"I'm eligible, but I don't want to speculate on what we're going to do." he said. "I assume they would want me to get some game action to make sure (I'm ready)."


Tigers closer Nathan has first bullpen session since going on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan threw a light bullpen session Friday, his first since being placed on the disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain. He is eligible to be activated next Wednesday.

Joakim Soria has thrived in the closer role since Nathan was sidelined. He has four saves and has allowed just one earned run. If Nathan does return as the closer, the performance of Soria could shorten his leash.


Joe Nathan to return to role as Tigers closer upon activation?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is still planning for veteran Joe Nathan to return to the closer's role when healthy, per MLB.com. However, he left the door slightly open Wednesday to Joakim Soria keeping the job once Nathan returns.

"We'll see what happens, but that's the plan," Ausmus said. "The most important thing, obviously, is to get him back."

Soria has been a perfect 3 for 3 in save opportunities since replacing Nathan, who is on the 15-day disabled list with flexor strain in his right elbow.


Tigers' Joe Nathan still a few days away from throwing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Tigers closer Joe Nathan will receive treatment for a few more days before he is cleared to resume throwing, according to MLB.com on Tuesday. Nathan was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 8 with right elbow flexor strain.

Tigers' Joe Nathan diagnosed with Grade 1 flexor strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Tigers closer Joe Nathan told reporters he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow, according to MLB.com.

"He probably won't pick up a ball for somewhere in the neighborhood of a week," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLive.com.

Nathan was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with the issue. Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Wednesday he would like to have Nathan back in a "few weeks." Joakim Soria will take care of all the ninth-inning duties while Nathan remains sidelined.


Joe Nathan lands on DL with flexor strain, Joakim Soria to close


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Tigers closer Joe Nathan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain on Wednesday, general manager Dave Dombrowski announced. Joakim Soria will serve as the closer while Nathan remains sidelined, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed, per MLB.com.

"Hopefully, we'll have Joe back in a few weeks," Ausmus said, per the Oakland Press.

The team did not reveal when Nathan sustained the injury, but Ausmus insisted that it was not related to his ulnar collateral ligament. His only appearance of the season was a one-out save on four pitches on Opening Day.


Tigers closer Joe Nathan nets one-out save on Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Tigers closer Joe Nathan picked up his first save of the 2015 season during a 4-0 win Opening Day against the Twins. 

Nathan entered the game in the ninth inning with two outs and two on after David Price threw 8 2/3 scoreless innings. Nathan needed just four pitches to retire Torii Hunter on a strikeout and record his 377th career save.


Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan pitches fine after hangnail issue


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) 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
(3/28/2015) 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 two earned runs over his last 2 2/3 innings of work in Grapefruit League play.


Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan breaks thumbnail Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) 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
(3/22/2015) 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
(3/21/2015) 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.”


Tigers' Joe Nathan gets back on track in appearance Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan threw one scoreless inning Tuesday after struggling to find his way in his last appearance. Nathan was able to work out of a jam after getting behind on a couple of hitters, reports MLB.com.

"It's kind of what I was hoping for after last time," he said. "Just after an extended inning and coming back quick … I was hoping doing that would allow me to feel good today and feel like I can get behind it a little bit more and have more on each pitch. I kind of got exactly what I was looking for today."

Nathan was able to strikeout Tony Gwynn Jr. after falling behind in the count.

"We went four-seam fastballs the whole at-bat," Nathan said, "and then I figured he saw enough four-seamers, so we tried to just mix it up. [I] started it exactly where the four-seamer started and dropped it out of the zone."


Tigers' Joe Nathan will get another crack at the Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Tigers pitcher Joe Nathan was scheduled to throw a side session on Saturday, but instead, he opted to pitch in a spring game against the Phillies, reports Jason Beck of MLB.com. Nathan was hammered for six runs -- four earned -- on five hits in just two-thirds of an inning against the Phillies on Thursday.  He has a 9.82 ERA this spring.

Tigers' Nathan not bothered by booing: 'I don't care to be honest'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Pretty much nothing went right for Tigers closer Joe Nathan during his relief outing in Thursday's spring game against the Phillies. When the dust settled, Nathan lasted just two-thirds of an inning. He was charged with six runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk.

Even though the Tigers were the home team, that didn't stop Tigers fans from serenading the veteran closer with a chorus of boos as he was removed from the game.

"I don't care to be honest," Nathan said, per MLive.com. "You know, those guys, to be honest with you, aren't even on my mind. Fans aren't in my mind. Only people that really matter to me is my family and the people in this locker room."

Nathan faced similar situations in 2014 as Tigers fans booed him on several occasions. Nathan has dealt with plenty of scruitny since signing a two-year, $20 million contract in Dec. 2013. He had an up-and-down year in 2014, going 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA and 35 saves. He also had seven blown saves last season.

"I don't want to make a bigger deal than it is," said Nathan when asked if he considered the crowd's response to be unusual during a spring training. "Fans are going to be the way they are and that's the way it is.

"It doesn't bother me. It's not a part of my life. They're not a part of my life. Period."