Closer Joe Nathan and the Twins were hit with the news this morning that he has a significant tear if the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his right elbow, a potentially devastating blow to a team looking to make an extended postseason run.
While surgery certainly looms as a possibility, Nathan will take two weeks to let the swelling in the area subside. He'll work with the trainers to strengthen the muscles around the elbow. And then he will try to pitch.
If that doesn't go well, Nathan will have surgery that will end his season.
For the Twins, who were thought of being clear favorites in the AL Central, but if this holds true, could see themselves unable to get the final three outs of their games.
Jose Mijares, Matt Guerrier, or Jon Rauch are thought of to be the internal replacement for closer.