Exactly one week after tearing his UCL and flexor tendon during a rehab appearance, reliever Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery,
If his career is over, Nathan will be remembered by teammates not for his troublesome 2014 season but for everything that came before that.
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“I am preparing myself to come back and be a major league player again.”
Tigers closer Joe Nathan will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow.
“I thought he was real close,” Ausmus said. “I think he thought he was close until that one pitch.”
“One day, it literally feels like you may never pitch again, and then one day you can,” Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan said Tuesday.
“I had my high hopes, knowing if I do my job I’ll make it back,” Hardy said. “I didn’t know I wasn’t even going to get to pitch in Toledo.”
Brad Ausmus said Joakim Soria will take over the closer role for Nathan, and Chamberlain and Ian Krol could be used in the setup role.
Ausmus said Nathan felt okay before he pitched Monday, but when Nathan threw Wednesday, Ausmus could tell the elbow was troubling Nathan.