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Joe Nathan (RP)

Free Agent

Bats: R, Throws: R

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan requires season-ending surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament and tendon. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Tigers had placed Nathan on the 15-day disabled list. He recently suffered a setback, stating that he was experiencing discomfort in his throwing elbow. It's unclear at this time if the injury will end the veteran's career. While Nathan started the season as the Tigers' closer, it wasn't clear if he would resume the role even if he was able to return to health. Replacement Joakim Soria has done a great job since Nathan's injury, saving five games with an ERA of 1.35. It looks like he will be the team's closer for the remainder of the year, barring injury, and as such figures to be one of the top finishers in fantasy baseball.


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Joe Nathan has had a perfect season thus far. One game. One batter. One strikeout. One save. Unfortunately, on the final pitch of that strikeout he "felt it (elbow) grab," Coach Ausmus said. Nathan felt discomfort as he tried to play catch Wednesday. That was enough to shut him down for 15 days. (Source: Chris McCosky)

Fantasy Impact: Soria is the closer now. He could pitch perfectly and still relinquish his temporary role because of Brad Ausmus' loyalty. Soria is still a good stash once Nathan returns as it is certain he will get another opportunity to close through injury, poor performance, or rest.


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Nathan struck out former teammate Torii Hunter on a check-swing slider that ran out the zone. He only needed four pitches to collect his first K and save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: An easy save may be what he needed to start the season. It won't take much for Tiger fans to be asking for his removal, so the first save of the season must feel good to get on Opening Day.


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It wasn't pretty, but the Tiger bullpen didn't allow a run in 4 2/3 innings in an 8-4 win against the Marlins. It looked good on the scoreboard, but they combined for 5 hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Both Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain had to get out of bases loaded jams to secure the victory.

Fantasy Impact: It is not ridiculous to handcuff a closer like Joe Nathan on a team like the Tigers. They will produce runs, and Nathan isn't as "locked in" as the fans would like him to be. Joakim Soria may be worth a look, especially on a deep bench. Bruce Rondon also looks solid as he tries to return from Tommy John surgery. It is unlikely he will have closing value unless both Soria and Nathan drop the ball.


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Joe Nathan allowed 6 runs - 4 earned - in two-thirds of an inning against the Phillies on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Nathan came into the game with 3 scoreless innings pitched, but this game was a disaster. Nathan's fastball was thrown around 89-90 mph, so look for the velocity to increase as we get into April and May. With Nathan's atrocious season last year, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus may not be giving Nathan as long of a leash this season if he begins to falter.


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