Joe Nathan's Tommy John surgery goes 'well'

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Joe Nathan

Kansas City – Manager Brad Ausmus said Joe Nathan had surgery in Dallas on Wednesday.

Nathan, 41, the Tigers' former closer, had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery and he had a torn flexor tendon repaired by Dr. Keith Meister. It was the second time he's had Tommy John surgery.

Nathan told, "Everything went well," and that he had already begun his rehabilitation process.

Nathan's season, and possibly his career, came to an abrupt end a week ago during what was supposed to be his final rehab appearance in Toledo. But he left that outing after 10 pitches.

Subsequent tests revealed tears in the UCL and the flexor.

Ausmus said he expects Nathan to come back to Detroit throughout the season and spend time with the team.

"He will be around from time to time when we are home," Ausmus said. "It will be on his schedule. Having him around specifically the bullpen guys wouldn't be a bad thing at all."

Nathan remains on the 15-day DL, though he will not pitch this season. Ausmus said the Tigers would most likely transfer him to the 60-day DL when or if they needed to add another play to the 40-man roster.

Players on the 60-day DL don't count toward the 40-man roster.

The Tigers have a $10 million option on him for 2016, which they can buy out of for $1 million.