Tigers reliever Joe Nathan has torn UCL in right elbow, out for season

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Tigers closer Joe Nathan out for season
Thursday April 23rd, 2015

Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Nathan has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and flexor pronator tear in his right elbow and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, the team announced Thursday.

The Tigers announced earlier Thursday that they recalled the injury rehabilitation assignment of Nathan and that he would remain on the disabled list.


In a corresponding move, the Tigers recalled the contract of right-hander Alex Wilson from Triple-A Toledo.

Nathan is likely headed for Tommy John surgery after leaving his Triple-A relief appearance on Wednesday following just ten pitches. He was scheduled to throw 25 pitches.

Detroit placed Nathan on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season with a right elbow flexor strain. He only pitched in one game this season, earning a save for the Tigers before being placed on the DL.

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Nathan, 40, is in his second season with the Tigers after spending previous seasons with the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants.

He has a career record of 62-34 and is MLB's active leader in saves with 377.

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