Joe Nathan RP DET 11 hours ago

Nathan (elbow) threw his a bullpen session Monday, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.

Nathan threw off a mound Saturday, but Monday was his first full bullpen since landing on the disabled list two weeks ago with a flexor strain. The closer is eligible to be activated from the DL on Wednesday, but it appears as though he may need more than just the minimum 15 days before coming back.

Joe Nathan RP DET 2 days ago

Nathan (elbow) may not be ready to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible Wednesday, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.

Nathan was able to throw off a mound Saturday, but the Tigers would still like to see their veteran reliever work in a simulated game or rehab appearance before activating him. Joakim Soria, who is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities, will continue to close games until Nathan is healthy enough for a return.

Joe Nathan RP DET 2 days ago

Nathan (elbow) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday and reported no soreness, MLive.com reports.

Nathan showed up to the park Saturday expecting to just throw long toss, but the Tigers returned him to elevated ground and everything went smoothly. Next up will be a full bullpen session Monday. While Nathan will be eligible to return from the DL on Wednesday, he declined to speculate as to whether he will return that day, saying "I assume they would want me to get some game action to make sure (I'm ready)." Manager Brad Ausmus has indicated Nathan will reclaim the closer role from Joakim Soria once healthy.

Joe Nathan RP DET 4 days ago

Nathan (elbow/forearm) threw a light bullpen session Wednesday, The Detroit News reports.

Nathan isn't expected to miss much time, and he may even be ready after the minimum 15 days. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the 40-year-old will pick up right where he left off in the closer's role, which is currently being filled by Joakim Soria.

Joe Nathan RP DET 5 days ago

Nathan (elbow) is expected to resume the closer role when he's reactivated from the DL, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Nathan landed on the disabled list last week with a right elbow flexor strain and appears to be on track to return as soon as he's eligible. Joakim Soria has been closing in his stead, but manager Brad Ausmus indicated the plan for now is to reinsert Nathan when he's healthy. The 40-year-old picked up the save in his lone appearances in 2015.

Joe Nathan RP DET 6 days ago

Nathan (elbow) played catch on the field Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Nathan was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of the elbow flexor last week, but hopes to be ready when first eligible to come off the disabled list. He took a step in the right direction Wednesday, but will have to continue progressing without setbacks if that is to be the case.

Joe Nathan RP DET 2 weeks ago

Nathan said Friday he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of the elbow flexor, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Shortly after Nathan hit the DL on Wednesday, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told MLive.com that the team was "hopeful he will be fine at the end of that 15 days." While Nathan also seems optimistic with the diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain, he will not be allowed to pick up a baseball until the tightness is completely gone. Joakim Soria will get a chance to hold down the closer role in Detroit in the meantime.

Joe Nathan RP DET 2 weeks ago

Nathan has been placed on the DL with a flexor strain, Fox Sports Detroit's Tom Gage reports.

This is rough news for Nathan's owners, but excellent news for those who grabbed Joakim Soria at the end of drafts. It's hard to say how much time Nathan will miss, but any injury to the forearm like this could always lead to something much worse. Consider Nathan out indefinitely and look for Soria to immediately jump into the closer's role in Detroit.

Joe Nathan RP DET 2 weeks ago

Nathan delivered an efficient, four-pitch save Monday to seal a 4-0 victory over the Twins.

Four pitches, three for strikes including a called third on what former Tigers' outfielder Torii Hunter thought was a checked swing. You can't get much more efficient than that.

Joe Nathan RP DET 3 weeks ago

Nathan (thumb) is available to pitch Monday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

He was held out of action over the weekend, due in part to a planned period of rest, but also because of an apparently minor issue with a cut on his thumb. Nathan's leash as the Tigers' closer is shorter than ever, while Joakim Soria has pitched very well since mid-March.