Twins closer Joe Nathan has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. If it doesn't heal in two weeks (yeah, right), he'll have Tommy John surgery and be out for the season.
When the news that he left the game he was pitching in on Saturday came across the ESPN ticker Saturday night, I shared my concern with The Boy I Currently Like. He said Pat Neshek was looking good and he could take Nathan's spot no problem. I wasn't sure what I thought about that then and I'm still not sure now. He's coming off a serious injury, too. When he's on, though? Damn he's good.
Many commenters in the Strib story are talking about moving Francisco Liriano into the closer's spot. It's intriguing, to be sure. Last year, he'd look great for a couple innings. By the time he'd get to the fourth or fifth, it was all over. That didn't happen every time, of course, but it seemed to happen much, much more than it should have.
I suppose if it was going to happen, it's best that it happen now. They'll have time to pull together a back-up plan before the season even starts. Poop. This tempers my baseball excitement a bit, but I'm still ready. Or, I will be after next weekend.