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Nathan has torn elbow ligament

Updated: March 9, 2010, 6:02 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins suddenly have a glaring concern about closing games for the first time since Joe Nathan took over in 2004.

Tests on Nathan's right throwing elbow have revealed a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that could require season-ending Tommy John surgery. Nathan's 246 saves over six seasons are the most in the majors during that span.

The Twins shared the grim news Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla., before their exhibition game against ...

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