Joe Nathan returns to Giants nearly 13 years after trade

BY foxsports • September 3, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) Nearly 13 years after he was traded away, Joe Nathan is back with the Giants.

San Francisco promoted the 41-year-old right-hander from Double-A Richmond before Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Nathan was a sixth-round pick of the Giants in 1995 and began his career as a starter before moving to the bullpen. But after struggling in the 2003 playoffs, Nathan was dealt along with left-hander Francisco Liriano to Minnesota for catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

It turned out to a one-sided deal, as Nathan became one of the top closers in the game with 377 saves and six All-Star selections with Minnesota, Texas and Detroit. But he has appeared in only four major league games the past two seasons after a second Tommy John surgery.

Manager Bruce Bochy says the playoff contenders plan to use Nathan in the sixth and seventh innings.