Nathan shows no ill effects from hangnail

Right-hander notches eighth scoreless appearance out of 11 spring outings

Nathan shows no ill effects from hangnail

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joe Nathan left no drama hanging from his thumbnail issue of a few days ago, delivering a scoreless ninth Monday against the Braves.

Nathan, who struggled with command and gave up a game-tying home run to Jayson Nix last Thursday when a hangnail cut into his thumb, had no apparent issues Monday. He retired three of four batters, the lone exception being an infield single on a slow roller from Todd Cunningham.

The single might have been the softest contact of the inning, softer than the fly balls Jesus Flores and Pedro Ciriaco hit to medium range center field.

Nathan's fastball topped out at 91 mph on the Joker Marchant Stadium radar gun.

"He threw some good two-seam fastballs," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Really, the single was a swinging bunt. He did a good job."

The scoreless appearance was the eighth Nathan has posted in 11 outings this spring.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.