All-Star Joe Nathan all the way back

Rangers closer, after Tommy John surgery, shows he's still among best in game

Updated: July 9, 2012, 1:06 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There was a time, during the long and arduous rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery in 2010 and 2011, when Joe Nathan wasn't thinking about returning to the All-Star Game for a fifth time.

The fixture in the Minnesota Twins' bullpen just wondered if he could even pitch in the big leagues again.

"I was answering questions, not from other people, but questions I had for myself," said Nathan, now the Texas Rangers' closer. "Can I get back to this level? Can ...

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