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Drew Storen undergoes minor procedure on right elbow

Apr 11, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

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As first reported by Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals closer Drew Storen underwent minor surgery Wednesday on his throwing elbow.

The procedure, performed in D.C., was designed to remove bone fragments and was deemed a success.

The Nationals aren’t saying for certain how long Storen will be out, but sources told Ladson on Wednesday evening that the team is confident he’ll be back in the major leagues sometime before the All-Star break. Henry Rodriguez and Brad Lidge are expected to continue handling ninth-inning duties for the time being.

Storen, 24, registered a sparkling 2.75 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 73 appearances last season, saving 43 games in 48 opportunities while fanning 74 batters across 75 1/3 innings. He’ll certainly be missed.

  1. natstowngreg - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Guess it’s the best outcome, under the circumstances.

  2. kelsocarpenter - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Luckily, the Nationals have a great 8-9 combination going right now with Henry Rodriguez, Ryan Matheus, Tyler Clippard, and Brad Lidge. Storen will be a luxury, not a necessity.

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