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Nathan opts to undergo Tommy John surgery

Mar 21, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

Joe Nathan headshot.jpg9:36pm: Christensen passes along word that Nathan has opted to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss all of the 2010 season.  The throwing session apparently ran less than smoothly:

“It didn’t go like we hoped,” Nathan said. “We knew it was a long shot,
but this will help clear my head.”

8:48am: Joe Nathan finally got around to playing catch Sunday morning, a final test before he decides whether to undergo season-ending elbow surgery.  Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is awaiting word from the Twins, as are we.

Nathan was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament last week and will miss a large chunk of the 2010 season no matter what course he takes.  After all, rehab for such an injury would almost certainly last several months.

The 35-year-old closer collected 47 saves last season while posting a 2.10 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 89/22 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings of work.  The Twins haven’t announced who will fill in for him this season, though it’s safe to guess that Jon Rauch and Matt Guerrier are the front-runners for the substitute gig.  Rauch has closing experience and Guerrier is one of the finest setup men in the game.

  1. Jack Meoffer - Mar 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    You have an error here Drew. You mean he will miss a chunk of the 2010 season, not 2009.
    Sorry to be a pest. But for a major internet news website like MSNBC I see frequent errors here.

  2. David Brent - Mar 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    I agree with you Jack. It’s a simple thing they should get right. Basic errors like this are unacceptable. Get it together MSNBC.

  3. Jack Meoffer - Mar 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    I remember last year when a writer got Tiger Woods major totals and number of PGA (major, not total) victories wrong. He actually wrote me back thanking me. Still, it seems like there is no fact checker or editor here. More errors than an issue of the National Enquirer.

  4. Dr. Rosenpenis - Mar 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Actually, it’s NBCSports.com, not MSNBC. Which means it’s hardly a “major internet news website.”

  5. Jack Meoffer - Mar 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    It’s still bigger than most of these jerk off opinion only websites. When you think of NBC or anything attached to it you expect less errors. It’s like a high school website and they don’t care. And where did you get your doctorate from “Dr.Penis”

  6. Drew Silva - Mar 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Sorry about that, guys. Thanks for the heads-up.

  7. Jack Meoffer - Mar 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    No problem.

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