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*Congratulations to Joe Nathan on becoming the all-time saves leader for the Minnesota Twins. Joe surpassed Rick Aguilera last night by locking down the win over the Red Sox. I've always liked Joe. Ev... Posted on 8/11/11 at 10:22 AM
Joe Nathan became the Twins' all-time saves leader Wednesday night, locking down a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox with a 1-2-3 ninth inning that moved him past Rick Aguliera with 255 saves in a Minnesota uniform.
Former All-Star Joe Nathan will take over the closer's job for the Minnesota Twins, replacing the struggling Matt Capps. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire announced the switch before Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
Joe Mauer's return to the Minnesota lineup has been set for Friday. Mauer finished his minor-league rehabilitation assignment by facing teammate Joe Nathan in a live batting practice session in Florida on Wednesday. He hasn't played for the Twins since April 12, plagued by weakness and soreness in his legs and throwing shoulder.
The Minnesota Twins placed Nathan on the disabled list after Saturday's game, and on Sunday team trainer Rick McWane said that David Altchek, the surgeon who performed Nathan's Tommy John procedure last March, was not too concerned when the team spoke with him about Nathan's injury.
The Minnesota Twins have decided to place right-handed reliever Joe Nathan on the disabled list due to soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. He said he's prepared to miss between 10 days and a month.
Remember when relief ace Joe Nathan suffered what was diagnosed as a "significant tear" of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, and the Twins said they would let Nathan throw a bullpen session to see if he could pitch despite the pain and damage? It seemed crazy at first, but the Twins were playing it smart.
When Joe Nathan learned last March he needed Tommy John surgery, he sought the counsel of players who had been through the common ligament-replacement surgery. All were encouraging, but the one who made him feel the best was Billy Wagner.
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