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Drew Storen is back on the mound following elbow surgery

Jun 11, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

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The Nationals have relied on Tyler Clippard as their primary closer in recent days, but he could return to his familiar set-up role before long.

According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Drew Storen recently began throwing off a mound following April surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow. He threw for the first time on Friday and again today.

While Nationals manager Davey Johnson sensed that Storen was a little disappointed by the results today, he also said that the 24-year-old right-hander “had no problems after throwing” and is “right on track.” We should getting a better sense of his timeline in the next week or two, but he currently hopes to rejoin the Nationals’ bullpen around the All-Star break.

Storen, who was selected 10th overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, owns a 3.10 ERA over his first 127 relief appearances in the big leagues.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The rich get richer

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      That’s nouveau riche, buddy

  2. rakattack98 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Music to my ears. Nats still in first place after all these injuries and now we are starting to get everyone back.

  3. wizskinz - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Baseball in DC!!! Luv it!

  4. dexterismyhero - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    his Dad is an ass…………..just sayin

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Hahaha! I hear you Dexter. Many people fell the same way.
      Regardless…I am hoping Storen makes a complete recovery (gotta’ root for the fellow Hoosiers).
      On a separate note:
      Where are you from? Your comments about Mark Patrick indicate Central Indiana.

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