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Justin Verlander injury confirmed as triceps strain by MRI

Justin Verlander had an MRI, so did Victor Martinez, Joe Nathan and Bruce Rondon are progressing well, and the sky isn't falling just yet. DETROIT -- Justin Verlander recently received multiple opinions and tests regarding his right triceps strain, including an MRI. The Detroit Tigers are watching Victor Martinez's health closely, and while he can hit from the right side without pain, there is a plan in place if his knee does not improve. Meanwhile, Bruce Rondon continues his recovery and Joe Nathan felt fine after his latest throwing session. Verlander is still experiencing soreness and...
Bless You Boys Apr 18, 2015

Joe Nathan feels 'awesome' after throwing off mound, eligible to return from DL next week

Joe Nathan is eligible to rejoin the Tigers next week, but will the closer's role still be his when he returns? DETROIT -- Joe Nathan is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on April 22 after being retroactively placed on the disabled list for a right elbow flexor strain on March 7. The Detroit Tigers haven't determined whether he will be activated at that point, but so far things are going well for the 40-year-old righthander. At the time Nathan landed on the DL, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said it was something that had bothered the closer since the last week of spring...
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...
The Daily Fungo Apr 13, 2015

Week 1 in Review: Pondering Tigers’ Fast Start

A fast start to any baseball season is infinitely better than the opposite. Impressed by the Tigers’ 6-0 start in the first week of the season? Heck yeah. Good, fun baseball is good, fun baseball — even better when it includes the general destruction of two divisional pests. “Yeah, but it’s only the first week.” True enough. But it’s the first week of a season in which Detroit faces a lopsided intra-division schedule early, in which Justin Verlander, Bruce Rondon and, unexpectedly, Joe Nathan are on the disabled list. It has disaster written all over it, people. Instead, the...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 10, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Joe Nathan has Grade 1 flexor strain, not likely to throw for at least week

Detroit Tigers notebook: Joe Nathan has Grade 1 flexor strain, not likely to throw for at least week

Nathan said his elbow bothered him a bit on the first pitch he threw Monday and then a bit more on the next three. CLEVELAND -- Joe Nathan is feeling better. But it will be a while before he throws a ball again. Nathan said Friday afternoon that he has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 flexor strain. He said that he felt much better just 24 hours after his right elbow bothered him Monday in the season opener for the Detroit Tigers. "Fortunately everything came back real positive," Nathan said. "Structurally, everything looked good still." The Tigers placed Nathan...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 10, 2015
Analysis: Detroit Tigers better served with Joakim Soria as closer, but bullpen is far from fixed

Analysis: Detroit Tigers better served with Joakim Soria as closer, but bullpen is far from fixed

Tigers fans wanted Joe Nathan out as closer. They wanted Joakim Soria in. They finally got their wish. The bullpen has finally been fixed. Not quite. DETROIT -- A hoard of Tigers fans finally got their wish when it was revealed earlier this week that Joakim Soria would take over closer duties for the time being. The move was made in conjunction with the announcement that beleaguered closer Joe Nathan had been placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right elbow flexor strain. For many fans, the announcement couldn't have come soon enough. Nathan has been...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 8, 2015
Detroit Tigers place reliever Joe Nathan on disabled list; Joakim Soria named interim closer

Detroit Tigers place reliever Joe Nathan on disabled list; Joakim Soria named interim closer

The Tigers have placed beleaguered closer Joe Nathan on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain and Joakim Soria will take over closer duties for the time being. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have named a new closer. But it wasn't exactly by design. The Tigers have placed beleaguered closer Joe Nathan on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain, the team announced Wednesday. As a result, right-handed reliever Joakim Soria will take over closer duties for the time being, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Detroit's 11-0 win. The move...
Bless You Boys Apr 8, 2015

Detroit Tigers place closer Joe Nathan on 15-day disabled list

Joe Nathan has a right elbow flexor strain and is headed to the disabled list. Joakim Soria will close with Nathan out of commission. DETROIT -- Joe Nathan is the latest of three Detroit Tigers to land on the disabled list. The right-handed closer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday. Prior to Thursday's game Blaine Hardy will be officially recalled from Triple-A Toledo to fill in, and Joakim Soria will be closing while Nathan is on the disabled list. The injury is being classified as a right elbow flexor strain and has been bothering Nathan since the end of...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 7, 2015
Ask Schmehl: On Justin Verlander and long-term extension candidates J.D. Martinez, David Price

Ask Schmehl: On Justin Verlander and long-term extension candidates J.D. Martinez, David Price

The Tigers are undefeated, their starting pitching has looked flawless this season and closer Joe Nathan has struck out every batter hes faced. Whats there to complain about? DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are undefeated, their starting pitching has looked flawless this season and closer Joe Nathan has struck out every batter he's faced. What's there to complain about? OK, so it was just one game. And it was the Minnesota Twins. And Nathan was helped out by a bad call from plate umpire Joe West in the ninth inning. But why ruin a good thing? Tigers fans are on...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 2, 2015
Analysis: Bullpen problems only growing larger with Detroit Tigers on verge of new season

Analysis: Bullpen problems only growing larger with Detroit Tigers on verge of new season

The Tigers problems in the bullpen arent solved as simply as saying that Joakim Soria should replace Joe Nathan as the closer. The greater point is that the Tigers desperately need Nathan to pitch well. They need Bruce Rondon to be healthy and to contribute. KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers headed into spring training expecting Bruce Rondon, Joakim Soria and Joe Nathan to handle the bulk of the work in the back end of the bullpen this season. Tigers fans concerned about having those three pitching a ton of innings should be more concerned about something...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 1, 2015
Astros 3, Tigers 2: Kyle Ryan allows three runs in first inning; Joe Nathan strikes out two

Astros 3, Tigers 2: Kyle Ryan allows three runs in first inning; Joe Nathan strikes out two

Ryan, who is in the mix for a bullpen spot with the Tigers, said he had a difficult time getting comfortable prior to the game and had a hard time settling in. KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Kyle Ryan made the move from starter to relief pitcher after the Detroit Tigers promoted him to the majors. On Wednesday, he was back on the mound to start the game. It didn't go especially well for him. Ryan surrendered three runs in two innings of work Wednesday afternoon in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Six Tigers pitchers combined for six innings of shutout ball to finish the...
Bless You Boys Mar 31, 2015

Joe Nathan's arm, mouth putting pressure on Tigers' front office

Joe Nathan's digging the grave on his own Tigers career with the way he has handled himself both on and off the field this spring. There is nothing graceful about Joe Nathan. Not in the way he pitches. Not in his reaction to the fans. Not in the way he has handled himself this spring trainig. The three are interrelated. The first leading to the second, then on to the third. Because of that Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski has an $11 million problem on his hands that he's going to have to solve -- soon. Nathan is a public relations problem for an image-conscious...
Bless You Boys Mar 28, 2015

Detroit Tigers player preview: Can Joe Nathan bounce back in 2015?

Joe Nathan was not the "shutdown closer" that the Tigers had hoped he would be in 2014. Can he rebound in 2015? When the Tigers signed Joe Nathan, proven closer, to a two-year, $20 million contract, he was expected to be a "bullpen savior" of sorts. It seemed necessary given what the Tigers had been through in the two years prior. Jose Valverde self-destructed late in the 2012 season, leaving the Detroit Tigers without a closer heading to the playoffs. Bruce Rondon never materialized into a savior in 2013, and Joaquin Benoit left after the season as a free agent. Nathan was supposed to be...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
No competition: Detroit Tigers sticking with oft-criticized reliever Joe Nathan as their closer

No competition: Detroit Tigers sticking with oft-criticized reliever Joe Nathan as their closer

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shook his head no when asked Wednesday evening if there was a competition brewing for the teams closer role this spring. LAKELAND, Fla. -- There's no competition. It's still Joe Nathan. And only Joe Nathan. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shook his head no when asked Wednesday evening if there was a competition brewing for the team's closer role this spring. The question was posed to the second-year manager after Nathan and Tigers eighth-inning setup man Joakim Soria both made appearances, both with drastically different...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 24, 2015
Twitter Talk: On Joe Nathan, Angel Nesbitt, Central Division chances and David Bowie covers

Twitter Talk: On Joe Nathan, Angel Nesbitt, Central Division chances and David Bowie covers

Earlier this month, Bovada.lv sent out their latest baseball odds and listed the odds of the Tigers winning the World Series at 16-to-1. Those odds give the Tigers a 5.9 percent chance to win the World Series. LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's less than two weeks until opening day, so let's just cut to the chase. @Chris_Iott what is the biggest looming disappointment for tigers fans? -- Kenny (@kenny_D_B_P_23) March 23, 2015 Another season that will end without a World Series? Hope that helps. Of course, I'm kidding. Kind of. The Detroit Tigers have a chance to win...

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