Twins closer Joe Nathan was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is out indefinitely. The Twins said Nathan has a "significant tear" and will decide whether to have surgery within two weeks, after resting and rehabbing. Surgery likely would mean the end to Nathan's season. The right-hander, who had a career-high 47 saves with a 2.10 ERA in 2009, was pitching against the Red Sox Saturday when he left the game with soreness and stiffness in his elbow.
“Without Nathan, our bullpen is really in trouble. It has been and it will be if we don’t have Nathan,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told WEEI.com on Friday, less than 24 hours before Nathan suffered his injury. “Not saying somebody can’t step in, but without Nathan, we’d be in trouble.”
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