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In typical Minnesota luck, Joe Nathan is likely to miss the 2010 season. This is the worst possible sports news since Brett Favre threw the ball instead of running back in January. Reports on ESPN say that he won't immediately opt for surgery, but rest for a couple of weeks and try again. But we all know how that goes. His season is over.
Nathan ended last season on a sour note, but he was still one of the top 5 closers in the game. Most teams would love to have a guy like Nathan to give the ball to in the 9th every night. We've seen teams like the Cubs and Indians spend years trying to find a guy half as good as Nathan. So this is a major blow to a team that had world series aspirations.
I'm sure they'll look inside the organization for his replacement. Neshek would be an option, but he's coming off major surgery himself, so who knows how much of a factor he'll be. I'm guessing Mirajes will be given a shot. One name I'd like to see given the opportunity is Liriano. That guy has great stuff, and if you remember last year, most of his problems came in the 4th,5th or 6th inning. So maybe he can be that dominate pitcher again for the 9th inning.
Teams have been successful in the past without one main closer, I remember the Tampa Bay Rays from a couple of years ago, they used a handful of guys. So this doesn't mean the Twins season is over before it starts, but it does mean that one of their strengths has become a weakness.

1 comment:

  1. Liriano would be interesting option if he can't make the starting rotation, but I'm hoping he can start. I think Rauch is the leading candidate. He closed with Washington before, and he was awesome as a late acquisition for the Twins last year. If Rauch closes, either Mijares, Crain or Neshek will need to step in as a reliable setup man.