Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Nathan uh-oh

Joe Nathan left today's exhibition game with Boston after three batters and 20 pitches with stiffness in his right elbow.

The closer had bone chips removed from that elbow soon after last season ended, and he's had problems early in spring training in the past. You may remember that he dropped out of the World Baseball Classic last spring citing arm issues.

He's to be re-evaluated Sunday. If the Twins are fortunate, this will be just another slow start to his spring — and if they aren't, their apparent surplus of right-handed relievers will be tested.

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