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Drew Storen could return to the Nationals on Thursday

Jul 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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Nationals reliever Drew Storen hasn’t appeared in a major league game this season due to problems with his throwing elbow. But that’s about ready to change.

According to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, the 24-year-old right-hander made a dominant one-inning rehab appearance Tuesday night at Class A Potomac and could be cleared to return to the Nationals’ bullpen as early as Thursday afternoon.

“I feel confident out there and I feel comfortable,” Storen told Zuckerman. “I think that’s the main thing. That’s what you try to get in spring training. I treated these rehab appearances like they were spring training, and I’m really happy with where I’m at.”

Storen posted a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74/20 K/BB ratio across 75 1/3 innings last season for the Nationals, converting 43 saves in 48 opportunities. He owns a 3.10 career ERA and 8.68 career K/9.

Tyler Clippard has been acting as the Nats’ closer for the past several weeks and will remain in that role.

  1. rcali - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Tyler Clippard may be pitching in the minors soon.

    • dcfan4life - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      Says someone who knows nothing about the Nationals, their bullpen, and Tyler Clippard. Clippard has been great this year and last. Has converted 15/16 save opportunities and is arguably the best 8th inning guy in the game. He will go back to being the 8th inning guy, with probably Rodriguez being sent down. I expect they will try to trade Wang and if so, will bring Rodriguez right back up.

      • kkolchak - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:04 AM

        They can’t send Rodriguez down. He’s out of options. But you are spot on about the OP not knowing anything about how good Clippard is. He’s been one of the best relief pitchers in the game the past three years.

  2. caps247 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Maybe. Quite another nail biter tonight.

  3. jon623 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    If this kid comes back and throws the way he is capable, then some more coal could be thrown into this already fast-charging freight train in the NL East. Man, it’s going to be awesome watching this year close out. You put a kid throwing like that out in the pen of an already first-place team, without having to go pay for talent not already on the team? That’s a good day for any GM.

  4. raindog - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Shhh.. Don’t tell the Twins.

    • kkolchak - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      Why, are things not going well with Mat Capps? :)

      • natstowngreg - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        That might be a reference to last summer’s Storen – for – Denard Span drama.

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