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Storen ready for rehab, Wang to DL

Jul 3, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

Updated at 6:02 p.m.

Drew Storen is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on Thursday, putting the Nationals reliever on track to come off the disabled list for the club's first game after next week's All-Star break.

Storen (out since spring training with a bone spur in his elbow) will make four rehab appearances, manager Davey Johnson said, pitching every other day. That would make his final outing July 11 and leave him available to appear out of the Nationals' bullpen July 13 in Miami.

"That's the plan," Johnson said. "I think that would be enough."

The Nationals also announced shortly before tonight's game that Henry Rodriguez was activated off the disabled list, with Chien-Ming Wang placed on the DL with a right hip strain.

Rodriguez, who missed the last month with with a finger strain, has made seven rehab appearances for Class AA Harrisburg and Class AAARead more ยป

  1. phil dunton - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Time to pull the plug on Wang. Rizzo has wasted 3 years and a lot of money with no return.

  2. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Actually, last fall pretty much recouped the expenses up to that point. This spring was disappointing, obviously, but it was a reasonable shot.

  3. Will - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for HRod, Storen and Tracy!Nady, however, can take his time in rehab. Preferably until November.

  4. Grandstander - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Looks like Wang will earn himself a trip to the Disgraceful List right as Henry comes off it. It's uncanny how these injuries keep popping up right as Rizzo needs to clear roster space!

  5. Mr. Doggett - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    "Time to cut the Wang loose." Lorena Rizzo

  6. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Look, the guy hasn't pitched well, but not for lack of trying, or hard work. He may be looking at the end of his ability to do his chosen job. That totally sucks. Cut the guy some respect. When did he ever piss in your cornflakes?

  7. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    That wasn't aimed at anybody in particular, I'm just tired of people who think the fact they paid $25 to see a ballgame once gives them a blank check to kick a guy when he's down, which is a hotel move.

  8. Positively Half St. - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I felt sure that they would find a way to describe Wang as injured. I am fine with that, since it means they continue to pay his Major League salary. The Union would be fine with that, and the owners are willing to give each other a wink and a nod.Wang did perform pretty well last year, and probably earned the money up to that point, given how much money goes to people who did not have a winning record like he did. Even if it doesn't work to its best conclusion, the fact that he was close enough to pitch him means it was worth a try.Think about how far the club has come before you judge. Xavier Paul opted out of his contract with Syracuse with really great AAA numbers, because DC is not a place that can make room for him. That wouldn't have been the case in the past. Wang would certainly have been given a chance to work things out in rotations past, but we are past that now.All is good on July 3, 2012.+1/2St.

  9. Candide - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said… Look, the guy hasn't pitched well, but not for lack of trying, or hard work. He may be looking at the end of his ability to do his chosen job. That totally sucks. Cut the guy some respect. When did he ever piss in your cornflakes?+1

  10. Doc - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Rizzo obviously dialed a Wang number–it happens!

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    The problem with MPHRod has never been his issue with Low Leverage or AAA or Little Leaguers.What will be different in Henry 3.0

  12. Kevin Rusch - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    "Time to cut the Wang loose."Lorena Rizzo— This Is My Favorite Post Of The Week.

  13. JamesFan - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    And when Stras is shut down, we go to Lannan? I say keep Wang and let him work it out.

  14. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Strasburg has a couple of months left, by which time rosters expand, and they can call up anybody they want. A lot can happen between now and Labor Day. Sufficient unto the day is the rotation thereof.

  15. Feel Wood - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Rizzo: Yo, Wanger. It's time. Gotta DL you again. We're giving you the Hong Kong flu.CMW: Dude, that's not PC. Besides, I'm Taiwanese.Rizzo: Oh yeah. Sorry, all you guys look alike. How about SARS?CMW: Closer, but still rather Y2K.Rizzo: Ok, how about hip injury?CMW: Deal.

  16. bobfromalexandria - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Feel woodComments are out of bounds

  17. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Re: Henri…the good news is the Nats have discovered his acceptable stress level. The bad news is that it's as set up man in Harrisburg.

  18. UnkyD - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Get his hip stretched out… He may wind up being a late-season blessing, after all….

  19. JaneB - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Maybe the hip thing is true and fixable. That would be good for all of us. HRod scares me. Lincecum must be injured to be pitching this bad. Off to continue voting for The Kid.

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