Is Joe Nathan Another Mark Prior?

Jason KimCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 11: Pitcher Joe Nathan #36 of the Minnesota Twins sighs after Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees scored in the ninth inning on a Robinson Cano #24 of the Yankees single RBI in Game Three of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 11, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Yankees defeated the Twins 4-1. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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Joe Nathan is maybe one of the best closers anyone has seen: his stuff is electric, and has posted consistent numbers every year, closing and saving 36 games or more the past 6 seasons. He never had any injury problems until now. 

The closer of the Minnesota Twins left the game on Saturday, with soreness reported in his right elbow, which was surgically repaired this offseason. Twins fans weren't worried much, until it was reported that he will go to Minnesota for an MRI, just in case there were any more problems.

Even though he's having a MRI as a caution, Twins fans should be worried, because of the fact that players have hard times rebounding back from elbow injuries, especially pitchers. Will Nathan struggle, and injure himself even more? If so, we might be looking at another Mark Prior, who had magnificent stuff but was always injured, never being able to prove himself.

Let's just hope that Nathan's injury doesn't mean much to his career.