The Pendleton Panther

Nathan Out For the Year

Posted on: March 21, 2010

Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan will miss the entire 2010 season with an elbow injury. Nathan made the decision after playing catch with pitching coach Rick Anderson for about 10 minutes on Sunday. Nathan initially hurt his arm on March 6 during an outing against the Boston Red Sox. Nathan will hopefully have Tommy John Surgery within the next two weeks to replace his injured Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his right elbow. With advances in surgery techniques, the probability of returning to original form are nearly 100 %. However, there is always that slight chance that Nathan might never regain his original form. For instance, fellow Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano would consistently hit the mid to high 90’s with his fastball before having Tommy John in 2006. After the surgery, his fastball fell to the high 80’s to low 90’s and his off-speed pitches didn’t break as much. Hopefully for Nathan and the Twins, the surgery will go well and he will be back for the 2011 season. The 37-year old Nathan had a career-best 47 saves last season.

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