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    Twins Nathan eaves game with elbow problem

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan has left Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox because of a problem in his surgically repaired right elbow after walking two of the three batters he faced.
    Nathan was removed in the third inning for precautionary reasons after feeling soreness and tightness in the elbow. He is to be re-evaluated on Sunday.
    He struck out Mike Cameron then walked Bill Hall and J.D. Drew and left after throwing 20 pitches. Glen Perkins replaced him.
    Nathan was second in the majors last season with 47 saves, then had surgery in October to remove bone spurs and bone chips.



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    Re: Twins Nathan eaves game with elbow problem

    Too early to be certain, but maybe not a crisis?

    Nathan seemed to be in good spirits, as he spoke to reporters with an ice pack wrapped around his elbow.
    "They said with this type of operation, you’re going to have days where it’s not going to feel great," Nathan said. "There’s going to be tightness, going to be achiness in there, and it may be scary, but you’ve gotta understand that it’s something you’re going to have to go through and it’s a good thing. It means you’re getting through some things and turning the corner."


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    Re: Twins Nathan eaves game with elbow problem

    Boo freaking hoo....



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    Re: Twins Nathan eaves game with elbow problem

    Who do I drop to possibly pick up Nathans replacement? I have Nathan on my team as well as Street, Francisco Rodriquez, and O. Dotel as closers. SHould I drop Bronson Arroyo, Mark Buehrle, or Jorge DeLaRosa? I also have Carpenter, Wainwright, Edwin Jackson, Strasburg as starters.
    Its just a stab in the dark that Guerrnier will get the job.


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    Re: Twins Nathan eaves game with elbow problem

    The Twins are looking at a giant hole in their bullpen with closer Joe Nathan on the shelf thanks to a torn elbow ligament, though they haven't rushed into finding a replacement. ESPN's Buster Olney notes (via Twitter) that there is some hope Nathan will be able to pitch though the injury, but they won't know for sure until he tries to throw.
    In a second tweet, Olney opines that there's an experienced, veteran closer available on the free agent market that might be a good fit for Minnesota, and his name is John Smoltz. The caveat is that he and his surgically repaired shoulder/elbow would work a Trevor Hoffman-like schedule, pitching just 50 or so innings, far below the 70 IP per season Nathan has averaged since joining the team.
    The now 42-year-old Smoltz last worked out of the bullpen full-time in 2004, and as you know his performance while pitching in relief is quite good. He has said he's content to wait for the right deal, even if that means waiting until mid-season. Minnesota has some decent in-house options with Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch, Jose Mijares, and even Francisco Liriano, so they have the luxury of letting things play out early in the season. If no one steps up, Smoltz could be attractive to pass up during the summer.



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