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Grand Rapids Press Apr 15, 2015
Joe Nathan throws for first time since going on DL; Brad Ausmus expects him to return as closer

Joe Nathan throws for first time since going on DL; Brad Ausmus expects him to return as closer

Will Nathan be the closer when he returns from the disabled list? Thats the plan. Well see what happens, but thats the plan. PITTSBURGH -- Joe Nathan is making progress as expected. Brad Ausmus also expects that he will return to his role as closer once he's healthy. "That's the plan," Ausmus said. "We'll see what happens, but that's the plan. The most important thing is to get him back. Our bullpen is stronger with Joe in it." Nathan did some long tossing in the outfield at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon and felt good afterward. "If he feels fine tomorrow the...

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