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Drew Storen aiming to return around the All-Star break

May 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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As fill-in closer Henry Rodriguez continues to do his tight-rope act in the ninth inning Drew Storen said yesterday that he’s aiming to return from the disabled list and reclaim the Nationals’ closer job around the All-Star break.

Storen underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow on April 11 and has progressed to playing catch. The good news is that he reported no problems after making 100 throws. The bad news is that he still has a long way to go and lots of potential setbacks to avoid.

Rodriguez successfully converted his ninth save last night, but he’s blown three save chances and walked 12 batters in 17 innings. Of course, he’s also racked up 22 strikeouts in those 17 innings and opponents are hitting just .161.

  1. stlouis1baseball - May 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I am hoping my fellow Hoosier can make a full recovery. The kid has great stuff. Let’s hope he comes back fully healed.

  2. natstowngreg - May 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Last night, I couldn’t bear the sight of Henry warming up, then coming in. Tried blocking it out by covering my face with my Nats cap, but could see him through one of the ventilation holes. Wasn’t sure the lead was big enough if Bad Henry(tm) showed up.

    Happily, Good Henry(tm) showed up. Three batters, two ground balls (one booted by Desmond, the other a DP). Still, it’s Adventures in Closing until Storen returns. Get well soon, Drew.

  3. runteddyrun - May 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Pumped about Drew returning, but here is my worry: no spring training and missed half the season. Will he be able to return form this year?

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