Nathan out as Twins closer

 

After only 15 games the Minnesota Twins have made the bold move of removing veteran, Joe Nathan, from the closers role. Prior to missing all of last year, due to a serious elbow injury, this 36 year-old was one of the most dominent closers in all of baseball. Nathan, who has 250 career saves, lost the closers job after blowing saves on Thursday and Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. “Until I start getting that back, and I know I will at some time, I don’t want to put this team at any risk, and cost them ballgames right now,” said Nathan, who is 0-1 with one save and an inflated 8.44 ERA. “I just thought it was the right thing to do for the ballclub and myself.” Moving into Nathan’s role will be Matt Capps, who has an impressive track record, which includes a combined 42 saves and a 2.47 ERA last season, when he was with both the Washington Nationals and the Twins. Showing the kind of person he is,  Capps admitted that he didn’t want to get the role at someone else’s expense. Still he stepped right in on Sunday and pitched a flawless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

 
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