As you're certainly aware, Joe Nathan will miss the entire 2010 season as he is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery in order to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He joins the litany of recent and current Twins pitchers to have the devastating operation, from Francisco Liriano and Pat Neshek to Carl Pavano and Brian Duensing to Bobby Korecky and Philip Humber. Pavano was on the Yankees when he had his surgery, Duensing was in college, and Humber was with the Mets, but all of them experienced the same situation Nathan will be in now.
With the loss of their All-Star closer, the Twins' chances of winning the AL Central this year definitely took a hit, but I am still very confident. The key additions of Orlando Hudson, Jim Thome, and Clay Condrey, the promising performance of Francisco Liriano, and the return of Kevin Slowey and Pat Neshek from injury have me very excited for the coming season. On paper, this would have to be one of the best teams the Twins have fielded in a while, even without Joe Nathan.