Twins Closer Joe Nathan to Miss 2010 MLB Season

The Minnesota Twins will be without their reliable closer for the whole duration of the 2010 MLB season, which is scheduled to kick off on April 4. The Twins have confirmed that Joe Nathan will undergo surgery to repair an injured right elbow.

Nathan injured his throwing arm on March 6 in a spring training match against the Boston Red Sox. The 35-year-old Nathan, who earned his fourth All-Star last season, was hoping that the injury would not be that serious, but a 10-minute catching exercise with pitching coach Rick Anderson on Sunday morning confirmed the closer’s worst fear.

Despite the set back, Nathan is confident that he would be ready for the start of the 2011 season. “I’ve talked to the doctors. The percentages of coming back are very good,” he said. Nathan had one of his finest seasons last year, recording a personal-best of 47 saves to help the Twins reach the playoffs. However, he struggled against the New York Yankees in the AL Division Series, where he blew a 3-1 ninth-inning lead in Game 2.