MLive.com’s James Schmehl reports that Tigers closer Joe Nathan threw off a mound for the first time since being diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right elbow. Nathan threw 15 pitches and reported feeling “awesome”. He’s on track to throw a bullpen on Monday. If things go as planned, Nathan could be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Joakim Soria has been closing games out for the Tigers in the interim and has done a good job. In 5 2/3 innings, the right-hander has converted all four save opportunities with a 1.59 ERA and a 4/0 K/BB ratio. Per MLive.com’s Chris Iott, manager Brad Ausmus plans to put Nathan back in the closer’s role and Soria back as the set-up man. Nathan, now 40 years old, is coming off of a miserable 2014 campaign and struggled to open the season prior to his injury.