Nathan injured in rehab appearance

Tigers closer Joe Nathan injured his right arm in a rehab appearance with the Toledo Mud Hens today.

James Schmehl is reporting that Nathan was throwing well before his apparent injury.

Prior to his exit, Nathan threw seven of his 10 pitches for strikes, and consistently hit 88-89 mph with his fastball. He was spotted wincing after a strike to Louisville’s Bryson Smith and received immediate attention on the mound from Mud Hens pitching coach Mike Maroth and Toledo’s head athletic trainer Chris McDonald.

While the extent of this latest injury is unclear, Nathan was clearly in pain.

Nathan or the Tigers don’t want to jump to any conclusions though until a clearer picture is painted.


Nathan recorded a save on Opening Day in Detroit striking out Torii Hunter to end the game. In his absence, Joakim Soria has stepped up with five total saves.

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