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  1. 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…

  2. Nationals put Henry Rodriguez on DL, activate Brad Lidge

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Henry Rodriguez initially remained on the active roster after slamming his finger in a door, but today the Nationals placed him on the disabled list and activated Brad Lidge to fill his bullpen spot. Lidge has been out since mid-April following sports hernia surgery and in his absence the Nationals turned to Rodriguez and then…

  3. Nats demote Henry Rodriguez, will go closer-by-committee

    May 22, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are switching things up at closer. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider, manager Davey Johnson announced Tuesday night that right-hander Henry Rodriguez has been demoted back to his old setup role. Johnson will open things up in the ninth inning, giving save chances to a combination of Sean Burnett, Tyler…

  4. 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…

  5. Nationals sign reliever Mike Gonzalez to minor league deal

    May 8, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez AP

    Mike Gonzalez‘s inability to land a bullpen gig this offseason always seemed weird to me. Certainly his lengthy injury history played a big part, especially since he underwent knee surgery shortly after last season, but he has a 2.94 career ERA and was effective last year with a 4.39 ERA and 51/21 K/BB ratio in…

  6. UPDATE: Jayson Werth suffers broken left wrist

    May 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It was announced after the game Sunday that Werth had suffered a broken left wrist. He’ll see a specialist on Monday as the Nats go about determining whether he has any ligament damage. If it’s a simple break, then 6-8 weeks is probably the best-case scenario. If there’s more damage, then…

  7. Brad Lidge to be placed on disabled list with abdominal strain

    Apr 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The latest development in a wild day for the Nationals, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Brad Lidge will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal wall strain. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but Comak compares it to a sports hernia, which certainly doesn’t sound good.…

  8. 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…

  9. Drew Storen to pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    After a spring training filled with elbow tenderness, this is not good news for Nats closer Drew Storen: Drew Storen will visit Dr. James Andrews after feeling tenderness in his elbow during a sim game. Nats fear bone chip. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 9, 2012   Storen began the season on the DL, of…

  10. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

  11. Drew Storen plays catch, says elbow “felt really good”

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Nationals closer Drew Storen hasn’t ruled out being ready for Opening Day after testing his injured elbow by throwing from flat ground yesterday and reporting no problems. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post he still “seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list” in part because Storen has pitched in…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Are the Nationals ready to contend?

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Stephen Strasburg

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the upstart Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Nationals ready to contend? After three straight last-place finishes, the Nationals…

  13. Drew Storen feels better, may be Batman

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider gives us an update on Nats closer Drew Storen, who hasn’t pitched in two weeks. The upshot: he’s feeling “way better.”  He had some arm soreness, which he believes was caused by throwing too hard. “I was trying to get after it too much,” said Storen. “But it’s nothing serious.” I…

  14. Drew Storen’s new nickname is “Tinkerbell”

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    I often lament the lack of interesting nicknames in baseball compared to decades ago, so this note from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post makes me very happy: Drew Storen overmatched all thee hitters he faced, striking out two and getting a ground ball using only 11 pitches. Afterward, [manager Davey] Johnson coined a nickname…

  15. Running down the rosters: Washington Nationals

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman

    The Nationals may have disappointed some by failing to make a big run at the top three free agents, but a vastly improved rotation could make them surprise contenders in the NL East. Rotation Gio Gonzalez – L Edwin Jackson – R Jordan Zimmermann – R John Lannan – L Stephen Strasburg – R Bullpen…

  16. Nationals add reliever Chad Durbin on minor-league deal

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Washington wasn’t exactly hurting for bullpen depth, but with so many veteran relievers still looking for homes and willing to sign cheaply Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Nationals have signed Chad Durbin to a minor-league deal. Durbin spent last season in Cleveland and struggled, posting a 5.53 ERA while serving up 12 homers…

  17. Nationals sign former Phillies closer Brad Lidge for setup gig

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal, as Lidge gets a one-year contract worth $1 million. ========== Longtime closer Brad Lidge is on the verge of signing with the Nationals as a setup man, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Lidge failed to save at least 15 games last season for the first time since 2003, as…

  18. Rays, Nationals have been talking about B.J. Upton

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    We heard Monday that the Rays would need to be overwhelmed in order to move B.J. Upton, but according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, they have had some recent conversations with the Nationals about their center fielder. Washington has long been a suitor for Upton as it seeks to fill a big hole in center…

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