Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/10/14
No longer will the Texas Rangers turn to Joe Nathan to protect four- or five-run ninth-inning leads, even if manager Ron Washington considers them the equivalent of save situations. The Rangers think Nathan's arm is too precious to potentially foul up with extra use. The decision came in light of Nathan's recent minor health scare in which he had a bit of shoulder inflammation, received a cortisone shot and ended up getting four days off afterward. The shot came just after Nathan was asked to protect a 15-9 lead last week against the Los Angeles Angels, one day after he'd thrown 32 pitches. "I changed my thinking," Washington said. "If we happen to get a bigger lead, with the workload Joe has had, I'm going to try and stay away from him. I'm going to try to save every bullet we can for him for as long as we hope we will be going." It's a change from the previous school of thought, which had been that if Nathan got up to warm up, he was going to pitch in the game. Washington ...
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