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Joe Nathan said his arm felt a lot livelier while recording a save during a perfect inning Thursday.
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Joe Nathan thinks he's over 'dead arm' - Joe Nathan (R) Detroit Tigers

Joe Nathan said his arm felt a lot livelier while recording a save during a perfect inning Thursday.
Detroit News Apr 17, 2014

Joe Nathan says Tigers bullpen getting stronger

Nathan speaks of the bullpen as the cohesive unit it should be, and often is. But a closer can only save games if those who precede him keep a save situation stitched together, which the Tigers bullpen did in Thursday's 7-5 victory over the Indians at Comerica Park.
KFFL Apr 17, 2014

Tigers | Joe Nathan says arm feeling better

Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan said his arm felt livelier during his appearance Thursday, April ...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 17, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Joe Nathan pitches perfect 9th inning for save: 'Hopefully that's a sign of things to come'

Detroit Tigers' Joe Nathan pitches perfect 9th inning for save: 'Hopefully that's a sign of things to come'

Tigers closer Joe Nathan has repeatedly called his dead arm a non-issue. On Thursday, he showed critics why hes not the least bit worried. Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan points to catcher Alex Avila after their 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians in Detroit on Thursday.AP Photo  DETROIT -- There's been a lot of talk among Tigers fans about whether Joe Nathan can be relied upon to close out games for the Tigers after the 39-year-old reliever admitted last week that he's been battling a "dead arm." Nathan has repeatedly called it a non-issue, telling reporters...
Detroit News Apr 14, 2014

Tigers' Dombrowski: Worries about Joe Nathan's dead arm are 'overblown'

Dombrowski said Monday the reports of Nathan's 'dead arm' are 'way overblown,' so much so that no team in baseball would list such an ailment on an injury report.
Grand Rapids Press Apr 12, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Joe Nathan not offering hitting advice to fellow pitchers despite two career home runs

Detroit Tigers' Joe Nathan not offering hitting advice to fellow pitchers despite two career home runs

Nathan is the only Tigers pitcher who has a home run in the majors. He made 29 starts for the San Francisco Giants in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. SAN DIEGO -- On June 29, 2000, one of the best home run hitters the game of baseball has ever seen hit a home run for the San Francisco Giants in a loss to the Colorado Rockies. So did Joe Nathan. The closer for the Detroit Tigers hit two home runs in his career -- 17 days apart -- and is the only current Tigers pitcher to hit a home run. Someone jokingly asked whether Nathan was hoping to get an at-bat in interleague...
Bless You Boys Apr 12, 2014

The Tigers are not alone with bullpen woes

Joe Nathan and friends have struggled out of the gate. This is not unusual as seen by a quick look at other teams. The Tigers managed one measly hit on Friday night, so at least the bullpen took the night off from scorn.  Joe Nathan has two blown saves and has walked twice as many as he has struck out.  His 12.27 ERA is not the worst thanks to Phil Coke's 40.50, or even second worst with Joba Chamberlain at 13.50.  Many teams are dealing with bullpen woes, as a look around SB Nation reveals.  Two caveats:  all stats are as of the start of action on Friday night, and of course the...
Bless You Boys Apr 10, 2014
Oh Joe, oh no!

Oh Joe, oh no!

Joe Nathan is struggling, and he's not the only one. How soon can he right the ship? Joe Nathan has a problem, which means the Tigers have a problem, which means the fans have a problem. Oh, I know I crack wise and joke about the Tigers' bullpen elsewhere on this site, but there's really nothing too terribly funny about what we've seen from the 'pen so far this year. I'm sure most of us have seen the horrifying numbers: in seven games, the team has allowed thirteen runs from innings one through eight, and has allowed twelve runs in the ninth inning. It's mind-boggling to think that nearly...
Detroit Free Press Apr 10, 2014

Tigers bullpen woes: Nathan isn't worried ... but are you? Answer our poll

Phil Coke has a 40.50 ERA. Joba Chamberlain has a 13.50 ERA. The newly signed closer, Joe Nathan, has a 12.27 ERA, plus two blown saves in three chances (and he almost blew the third one, too). Are you, the fan, worried about this? Do the Tigers need to take action now on fixing the bullpen, or is it too early to tell? Or are we looking at the wrong problem here?
KFFL Apr 10, 2014

Tigers | Joe Nathan's struggles continue

Detroit Tigers RP Joe Nathan blew the save against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, April ...

Postgame 7: Tigers at Dodgers

I only watched enough of the 9th to become, in order, frustrated, worried, concerned, scared, enraged, relieved, excited, anxious, and finally, content. Joe Nathan is a problem. He has now allowed 5 ER in 3 2/3. Blowups will happen, I’m not worried about that. The problem is 4 walks. There is no excuse for not […]
Grand Rapids Press Apr 10, 2014
Despite blown save, Joe Nathan is encouraged by outing: 'I've got to feel good about the strides I made'

Despite blown save, Joe Nathan is encouraged by outing: 'I've got to feel good about the strides I made'

Nathan entered the season as the lone pitcher who didnt have any question marks hanging over his head. If he has a great season, the bullpen wont necessarily follow suit. But if he has a poor season, well, it almost certainly will. Victor Martinez crosses home plate Wednesday night after hitting a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning.AP Photo LOS ANGELES -- Closers do not want to pick up pitching victories. Joe Nathan knows this. The closer for the Detroit Tigers is in a hurry to get back into the save business. Nathan had his second blown save of the...
Bless You Boys Apr 10, 2014

Tigers 7, Dodgers 6: Victor Martinez's 10th inning home run bails out Joe Nathan

Tigers closer Joe Nathan blew his second save of the season, allowing three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Victor Martinez gave Nathan his second victory of the season with a tenth inning home run. The Detroit Tigers bounced back from consecutive losses to beat the the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in ten innings. Tigers closer Joe Nathan, who had allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extras, was bailed out by Victor Martinez's tenth inning solo home run. The Tigers and Dodgers split the short two-game series. Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter was not in the lineup...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 10, 2014
Tigers 7, Dodgers 6: Joe Nathan blows three-run lead in bottom of ninth; Victor Martinez homers in 10th

Tigers 7, Dodgers 6: Joe Nathan blows three-run lead in bottom of ninth; Victor Martinez homers in 10th

Before the game, Nathan said he was not concerned with the dead arm issue he has been battling. Then, the Dodgers scored three runs against him in the ninth inning to tie the game. LOS ANGELES -- Before the game, closer Joe Nathan said he was not concerned with the dead arm issue he has been battling. Then he went out and blew a three-run lead.In the end, it was Victor Martinez who saved the game for the Tigers.The Los Angeles Dodgers beat up Nathan for three runs in the ninth inning Wednesday night to send the game to extra innings before Martinez hit a solo...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 9, 2014
Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan shrugs off dead arm issue: 'It's not even newsworthy'

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan shrugs off dead arm issue: 'It's not even newsworthy'

Nathan has allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings pitched for the Tigers this season. He has one save, one blown save, a 6.75 ERA and a 1.875 WHIP. But Nathan said the only way to get through having a dead arm is to keep pitching. LOS ANGELES -- Anyone who has any concern at all over the dead arm Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan is battling is more worried about it than Nathan is. Nathan mentioned during a Sirius XM radio interview Wednesday that he is dealing with a dead arm. But when asked later in the day what his concern level...

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