OUTJoe Nathan RP DET 4 weeks 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.

OUTJoe 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.

OUTJoe Nathan RP DET 6 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.

OUTJoe Nathan RP DET 6 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.

OUTJoe Nathan RP DET 12 months 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.

OUTJoe 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.

OUTJoe 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.

OUTJoe 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.

OUTJoe Nathan RP DET 1 year ago

Nathan (elbow) exited his rehab assignment early Wednesday after appearing to tweak something, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Nathan was expected to rejoin the team Friday, but a setback could push his return date back. He reportedly winced following a pitch to his third batter of the inning and was removed immediately. An update on his status is likely forthcoming, but the Friday return now appears more bleak.

OUTJoe Nathan RP DET 1 year ago

Nathan (elbow) will make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, and he expects to rejoin the Tigers for Friday's game against the Indians, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

While Nathan won't quite make it back after the 15-day minimum, he's only a couple of days behind. Joakim Soria has done well in the closer's role, converting all five of his save opportunities for the team with baseball's best record. Should Nathan suffer through a stretch of poor performances, the Tigers might be more inclined to make a change, having now seen Soria handle the role well.