The elbow's grade: "F," as in "Frack, this hurts."
Because he felt pain, which wasn't unexpected, Nathan will proceed with Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. (It won't be done by Dr. James Andrews, who removed bone chips from Nathan's elbow this past offseason.)
Estimated recovery time for Tommy John: 12 months.
From Kelly Thesier's blog at MLB.com:
"It didn't go like we hoped," Nathan said. "We knew it was a long shot, but what this did do is clear my head. There was definitely no gray area."
Nathan was diagnosed with what the Twins called a "significant" tear in his ulnar collateral ligament on March 8, two days after he left a spring exhibition game against the Red Sox with stiffness in the elbow. Nathan held out hope that he could rehab the injury but said after the game of catch that it was not possible.
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