Joe Nathan
RP CHC
1 week ago

Nathan will sign a minor-league contract with the Giants, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nathan is set to hook up with one of his former squads after being designated for assignment by the Cubs earlier in August. He appeared in just two games with the Cubs but did not give up a run, and has a chance to be added to a big-league roster again before the season comes to an end.

Joe Nathan
RP CHC
3 weeks ago

Nathan was designated for assignment Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cubs needed to clear a roster spot after activating Jorge Soler (hamstring) earlier Friday, and their recent additions to the bullpen made Nathan an expendable piece. Nathan had made just three relief appearances since Jul. 24 and none of those appearances were in August. He'll now be subject to waivers and could return to the Cubs organization if he goes unclaimed.

Joe Nathan
RP CHC
1 month ago

Nathan struck out the side in the sixth inning of his Cubs debut Sunday, earning the victory in the process.

EDGE Analysis

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 Nathan
RP CHC
1 month ago

Nathan (elbow) was activated by the Cubs prior to Sunday's matchup against the Brewers, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 Nathan
RP CHC
1 month ago

Nathan (elbow) will be activated prior to Sunday's game against the Brewers, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 Nathan
RP CHC
1 month ago

Nathan (elbow) will require at least one more rehab appearance before returning to the major league roster, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 Nathan
RP CHC
1 month ago

Nathan (elbow) could return to the major league roster for this weekends' series with the Brewers,

EDGE Analysis

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 Nathan
RP CHC
1 month ago

Nathan (elbow) pitched one shutout inning at Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, striking out two batters along the way.

EDGE Analysis

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 Nathan
RP CHC
1 month ago

Nathan (elbow) is eligible to return from the disabled list July 16, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 Nathan
RP CHC
2 months ago

Nathan (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.