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Joe Nathan loses closer job

Twins pitcher Joe Nathan has admitted he's still not at full strength after missing last season because of Tommy John surgery. After blowing his second consecutive save on Saturday resulting in a loss for him, Nathan has been temporarily removed as the closer and Matt Capps will take over. Nathan requested the change.

Nathan began the season with three consecutive saves, but his control has been shaky. Nathan will pitch in less stressful situations. Capps, acquired from the Nationals last season, saved 16 of 18 games after being brought over. In 5 1/3 innings, Nathan has allowed six hits, five earned runs, and walked five with just three strikeouts. His fastball is averaging 91 mph compared to 93 in 2009.

Capps should be owned in all leagues and was likely drafted in many. Nathan should get the job back at some point. I expected Nathan to struggle early on, especially with his control. Hold on to Nathan.

 

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