DETROIT -- Joe Nathan could be ready to return from the disabled list by the end of the week. And the Tigers, in turn, could soon be forced to make a decision on their closer.
Nathan, who has spent the last couple weeks on the disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain, is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Wednesday for Triple-A Toledo. The Mud Hens have a 10:30 a.m. ET game scheduled as part of a School Celebration Day promotion, meaning much of the crowd at Fifth Third Field will be school kids on field trips.