Joe Nathan to make rehab appearance Wednesday at AAA Toledo, might return this week

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Some positive news on the Joe Nathan front.

According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, the veteran closer has been cleared to make a rehab appearance Wednesday and Triple-A Toledo and he anticipates rejoining the Tigers after just one outing.

Nathan was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 8 with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his elbow. He’d made just one appearance for Detroit this year, earning a one-out save on Opening Day against the Twins.

Joakim Soria has picked up five saves in Nathan’s absence, but he’ll be moved back to a setup role.