Joe NathanRP CHC 3 days ago
Nathan struck out the side in the sixth inning of his Cubs debut Sunday, earning the victory in the process.
Nathan came into the game trailing 4-1, but the Cubs scored five runs in the seventh inning to give him the win. He walked one and gave up one hit.
Joe NathanRP CHC 4 days ago
Nathan (elbow) was activated by the Cubs prior to Sunday's matchup against the Brewers, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Nathan will make his long-anticipated return after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2015. The 41-year-old allowed four earned runs in 9.1 rehab innings, but struck out nine and allowed opponents to post a sub-.100 batting average. He'll look to provide bullpen depth in Chicago -- a team that is widely rumored to be in search of high-profile talent to help bolster a struggling crew of relief arms.
Joe NathanRP CHC 5 days ago
Nathan (elbow) will be activated prior to Sunday's game against the Brewers, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
The 41-year-old righty has made an admirable return from Tommy John surgery, posting a 3.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 9:5 K:BB in 9.1 innings across Double-A and Triple-A on his rehab assignment. The Cubs have a strong bullpen that could get even stronger at the trade deadline so Nathan will likely be used in fairly low-leverage situations.
Joe NathanRP CHC 7 days ago
Nathan (elbow) will require at least one more rehab appearance before returning to the major league roster, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.
Nathan has faced a long road to recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he's nearing full strength as he continues to rehab at Triple-A Iowa. GM Jedd Hoyer commented Thursday that Nathan is close, but he'll require at least one more appearance before the team considers activating him.
Joe NathanRP CHC 1 week ago
Nathan (elbow) could return to the major league roster for this weekends' series with the Brewers,
Nathan, who is recovering from Tommy John surgury, is scheduled to pitch again for Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. The Cubs may move him up by the weekend as a means of figuring out what the have heading into the Trade Deadline. Nathan last pitched Sunday, and struck out one batter over a scoreless inning.
Joe NathanRP CHC 2 weeks ago
Nathan (elbow) pitched one shutout inning at Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, striking out two batters along the way.
Nathan has now thrown 7.2 innings between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa while rehabbing his elbow. During that time he's allowed two runs, both of which were home runs. The Cubs have yet to say when they plan to end his rehab assignment, but the expectation is that Nathan could be joining the Cubs' bullpen in the near future.
Joe NathanRP CHC 3 weeks ago
Nathan (elbow) is eligible to return from the disabled list July 16, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Nathan has been pitching at Double-A Tennessee while rehabbing his elbow. Thus far, he's pitched 5.2 innings across six games, during which he's allowed two runs and struck out six batters. While his official return date has yet to be set, Cubs' Manager, Joe Maddon, has indicated that Nathan's performance at Tennessee is encouraging the team to believe the 41-year-old righty will be a solid contributor when he eventually returns.
Joe NathanRP CHC 1 month ago
Nathan (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Nathan signed a major league deal with the Cubs in mid-May, as has been recovering from Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss all of last season. The 41-year-old could be a huge boost to the club's bullpen if he can work his way back from the injury, and could join Chicago around the All-Star break if he is effective and everything goes according to plan.
Joe NathanRP CHC 2 months ago
Nathan (elbow) is working out at Chicago's Arizona complex, Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago reports.
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.
Joe NathanRP CHC 2 months ago1 Comment
Nathan (elbow) signed a major league contract with the Cubs on Tuesday.
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.