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Bullpen decisions coming

Jun 5, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

A string of injuries has forced the Nationals to reshuffle their bullpen several times over the last month, but the day is coming when those injured relievers all make their return, leaving the organization facing more reshuffling dilemmas.

Closer Drew Storen was back at Nationals Park today to be checked on by team doctors and trainers and said his rehab from elbow surgery continues to progress well.

"Everything feels great," Storen said. "Every day I've taken a step forward."

Storen worked out at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Fla., last week and continued his throwing program today at Nationals Park, throwing off flat ground for the second straight day for the first time since he had surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow in April.

The right-hander expects to start throwing off a mound in the "next couple weeks" and then should be able to begin a rehab assignment shortly after that. He continues to target the All-Star break for hisRead more ยป

  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Best three words I've heard today:"Everything feels great," Storen said.Come back, pal. We miss ya.

  2. SCNatsFan - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I've been in Henry's corner but I think its time for him to magically tweak his groin unless he wants to move from DC to another organization

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    If Lidge doesn't improve in the next two outings I would assume he is not ready to come back. Wangs had 30 days to rehab. Do starters get longer than relievers?

  4. Positively Half St. - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    It seems that Rizzo has to shift gears from draft mode to trade mode.+1/2St.

  5. peric - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Again, as I stated before this all by design … Davey's design.He wants a lefty long guy to come in after his right-handed starters. To throw off any "skewed" batting orders the managers throw up there. Because let's face it, the Nats have a great starting rotation, (sans Wang the jury is still waaaaaaaaaaaay out on that guy except in Taiwan), managers will be looking for ways to get every advantage.If the lefty medium/long guy comes in for the righty, the opposition managers may have to use their bench early. This serves to help Davey manage … its not necessarily an artifact of injuries, etc.

  6. SCNatsFan - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    I don't know, Lidge sounds like he's throwing in Potomac just like he was throwing here

  7. baseballswami - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Lidge needs the whole 30 days I think.

  8. phil dunton - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    I have absolutely no problem with Henry disappearing.

  9. phil dunton - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Same goes for Lidge, who is washed up.

  10. rogieshan - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Why not just send Maldonado down first? No one knows if Lidge can be effective when he returns. Give him a week up here and then decide which pitcher to delete.

  11. JaneB - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    It was nice to see Storen in the dugout tonight. It will be a grand day when he comes back,

  12. Scooter - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    lol delete

  13. Tcostant - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I agree, send Maldonado down for Lidge (and what the rush, more rehab time is good). Then HRod will be found to gave a "tired arm" and go on the DL when Mattheus needs to come off the DL.

  14. Doc - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Maldonado goes down, and MPHRod goes on the DL for recurring psychological stress. That should free up two positions.Having 3 C's was only a temporary roster situation to see how JFlo was going to do after his hiatus with the groin problem.All the lefties are contributing. Stammen was discussed by Davey a few weeks ago as being a probable 'Cuse returnee, but his performance has been exceptional and more valuable in the BP than either Mattheus or Lidge.

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