60DJoe Nathan RP DET 8 hours ago

Nathan (elbow) is working out at Chicago's Arizona complex, Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nathan, who is returning from Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss the 2015 season, is still knee-deep into his rehab program. At 41 years old, age has to be considered a factor in whether he can return to big-league form again, but the veteran closer has had success in the majors as recently as 2014 when he saved 35 games for Detroit. Nathan working out in Arizona indicates that he's serious about making a major league return but that likely doesn't have a chance of happening until sometime after the All-Star break.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 7 days ago1 Comment

Nathan (elbow) signed a major league contract with the Cubs on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nathan is still in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the Cubs decided to take a flier on the veteran reliever and sign him for bullpen depth. The 41-year-old had been an effective closer, saving 35 games as recently as 2014, but it's unclear when (or if) he'll return to appear in the Cubs bullpen. The Cubs moved him to the 60-day disabled list to avoid making any moves to their current 40-man roster.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 2 months ago

Nathan (elbow) continues to work out in hopes of pitching in 2016, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was announced in February that Nathan would attempt to pitch again, and this serves as confirmation that his pursuit continues. It's not exactly clear where Nathan stands in his recovery, or where he may end up, but his workouts are reportedly going well, so he could still see action in an MLB game at some point this season.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 3 months ago

Nathan (elbow) is progressing through workouts this winter with the hope of pitching in 2016, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

At age-41, Nathan is recovering from his second career Tommy John surgery. Most likely, teams interested in acquiring his services will be eyeing a return after the All-Star break, as it's reasonable to think that he'll need more than the typical minimum 12-month recovery window to get back on the mound in game situations after having the surgery in late April.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 7 months ago

Nathan's club option for 2016 was declined Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite his age (40) and his recent injury history (missed almost the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery), Nathan has went on record saying he will pitch again in 2016. If he's able to recover he could be a valuable bullpen piece for any team, but his fantasy value will likely be dependent on where he signs during the offseason.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 7 months ago

Nathan (elbow) has not begun throwing but is hoping to return before the All Star break, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery early in the season, but the 40-year-old is attempting to rehab his way back rather than call it a career. He'll become a free agent if the Tigers decline his option for 2016 as expected, but he could help out a bullpen in the second half of the season wherever he lands.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 1 year ago

Nathan has been moved to the 60-day disabled list, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.

The transfer is just a clerical move by the Tigers to open up a spot in the 40-man roster and doesn't really say anything about Nathan's long-term viability.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 1 year ago

Nathan has a torn UCL and tendon in his right elbow, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Nathan "felt a pop" in his elbow during what was supposed to be his only rehab assignment Wednesday, and his words afterwards didn't sound particularly encouraging. He's now scheduled for season-ending surgery, which may risk ending the career of the 40-year-old reliever. Detroit will turn to Joakim Soria at closer for the remainder of the season.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 1 year ago

Nathan (elbow) had his injury rehabilitation assignment recalled by the TIgers on Thursday.

Nathan will remain on the disabled list in what amounts to a procedural move for the team. There aren't any further details available regarding the injury just yet, but expect the 40-year-old's projected absence to be extended after he felt a pop in his elbow during his most recent rehab stint.

60DJoe Nathan RP DET 1 year ago

Nathan (elbow) said he felt a pop in his right arm during his rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, MLive.com reports. "It feels like I broke my arm," Nathan said. "I never have broken my arm, but I would assume this is what it feels like."

Nathan was scheduled to throw 25 pitches in what was expected to be his lone rehab outing, but the setback forced him off the hill after just 10 pitches. It doesn't sound good for the 40-year-old, but Nathan is expected to undergo a series of tests, including an MRI, to determine the true extent of the issue. Joakim Soria will continue to close for the Tigers for the time being.