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Joe Nathan is feeling better after a “dead arm” period

Apr 18, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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After a pair of ugly early season outings Tigers closer Joe Nathan talked last week about going through a “dead arm” phase, but now the 39-year-old is feeling much stronger.

Nathan pitched a scoreless inning Thursday, averaging 92 miles per hour with his fastball, and afterward told Jason Beck of that his arm “did feel like it was a lot livelier.”

Four days between appearances probably helped and it’ll be interesting to see if the Tigers and first-year manager Brad Ausmus make a strong effort to limit Nathan’s workload, at least early in the season. They’re paying him $9 million this season and $10 million next season, and as fantastic as Nathan has been 39 years old is still 39 years old.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    “For a while there I was very Valverde, but I am once again feeling Nathan.”

  2. happytwinsfan - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    maybe the pep talk from denny mcclain brought him out of it.

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I feel better knowing that Nathan feels better.

  4. alangyo - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    He finally rubbed some dirt on it!!!!

  5. moogro - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    “I was looking Detroit, but feeling Minnesota.”

  6. jollyjoker2 - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    he always starts bad early in the year…he is great by mid summer. MN had an idiot GM who gave him away almost for free. 39 or not. .He is still good.

  7. bostonfrogs - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    When that dead arm wakes up enough to realize that Fielder, Fister, and Leyland are all gone while Phil Coke is still there, it’s going to be mighty angry about being resuscitated.

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