Twinkie Town Interviews Injury Expert Will Carroll About Joe Nathan: News Still Really Really Bad

Don’t hold out much hope for Joe Nathan pitching in 2010, Twins fans.

Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus tells SBNation’s Twinkie Town that avoiding surgery would be a “miracle”:

Look, you’re not “shutting him down.” He’s got a sprained UCL and in all likelihood will need Tommy John surgery if he intends to pitch again. If Nathan has the surgery now - or in two weeks, that timeline really doesnt change much — then he’ll be throwing by this time next year. Ready to close? I don’t know. Billy Wagner isn’t a great comp, but he was back a bit under a year later. Having Nathan ready to pitch in December is irrelevant – it’s having him ready next April. Just look how long it took Neshek to come back and he’s not even all the way back.

Joe Nathan’s Town UCL: Questions for the Injury Expert, Will Carroll – Twinkie Town

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