Source: Nathan's surgery on Friday

Updated: March 23, 2010, 4:46 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN The Magazine

Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Friday in New York, a source familiar with the situation said.

The surgery will be performed by the New York Mets' team physician, Dr. David Altchek, according to the source.

Nathan, who felt discomfort in his elbow during a March 6 outing against the Boston Red Sox, made the decision to have surgery after playing catch with Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson for 10 minutes on Sunday.

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