Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan will have surgery to repair his right elbow and will miss the entire 2010 season, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
The 35 year-old Nathan had been dealing with pain in his throwing elbow since the start of Spring Training. He initially attempted to rehab the injury, but opted to go under the knife after feeling pain while playing catch Saturday. He is expected to have his surgery within the next few weeks once swelling in the elbow goes down.
Nathan, who has emerged as one of the best closers in the game, should be ready for the start of next season. The Twins could try to move him in the offseason to free up cash in the quest to keep Joe Mauer in the Twin Cities.
The giant Jon Rauch is the most likely candidate to save games for the Twins, who open Target Field on April 10th.
We’ll have more baseball thoughts in the next couple weeks one March Madness begins to subside.