SURPRISE, Ariz. You wouldn't expect a closer with 261 career saves to be nervous heading into spring training.
But new Texas Rangers right-hander Joe Nathan had a few butterflies as he made his way to camp in Surprise for the first time.
"I feel like a rookie," said Nathan, who has the locker that used to be occupied by Darren Oliver. "It feels like the first year for me. It's been a while since I've been around a new environment, a new team. I've gotten lost a couple of times. It's been fun for me."
The Rangers are hoping the fun continues throughout the season for Nathan, who signed a two-year deal with the club in December.
Nathan will take over for Neftali Feliz as the club's closer and hopes to show he's all the way back from Tommy John surgery in 2010. He showed signs of that last year with Minnesota, as he allowed six earned runs over his final 14 appearances and recorded six saves.
The way he closed last season gave him c...