ARLINGTON, Texas -- New Texas closer Joe Nathan hasn't exactly gotten off to the quick start that he would have liked this year but he's not panicking.
Neither are the Rangers, who have confidence that Nathan will find his stride soon.
He also doesn't have to worry about job security.
"Joe Nathan is proven and he's going to get his opportunity with the Texas Rangers to prove he can close games," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "I don't want him looking over his back. I don't want him doubting himself. I'm telling you guys right now he's my closer and when he's ready to go again he's going to get the ball."
Nathan, who has a 9.00 ERA and the team's only two losses, wasn't available Thursday after pitching in back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday. He recorded his second save Tuesday but was tagged for three runs on four hits in a 4-3 loss to Seattle Wednesday.
Nathan isn't concerned about his start either. In his first loss he got beat by Alex Rios on a pitch he wanted to t...