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Storen recalled, Mattheus to AAA

Aug 15, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

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Desperately in need of some late-inning relief help, the Nationals today recalled Drew Storen from Class AAA, optioning struggling right-hander Ryan Mattheus to Syracuse.

Storen, who had been demoted only three weeks ago, returned to Washington this morning and is available to pitch in this afternoon's series finale against the Giants.

The Nationals didn't intend to bring Storen back so soon, preferring the right-hander spent more time in Syracuse as part of an overhaul of both his mechanics and his mental approach. But with the big-league bullpen struggling mightily right now in spite of the club's five-game winning streak, general manager Mike Rizzo made the decision to bolster his relief corps with the only available option he had with a proven track record.

Storen was sent down three weeks ago after posting a 5.95 ERA in 47 games, a move made to clear space in the big-league bullpen for Mattheus, who was returning from a broken hand. Storen struggled in his first three outings in the minors, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, but he bounced back to toss three consecutive scoreless games without putting a runner on base.Read more »

  1. PChuck - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Pick your poison.

  2. M.E.P - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Did he change his mechanics at all Mark? I'm interested to see if he has gone back to the leg kick or he stuck with the stiff leg and toe point slide step thing.I really like the idea of him going to a leg kick as it will make his slide step more deceptive when runners are on. A true stretch vs. windup.

  3. Doc - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Well speakin' of the devil!Welcome back Stor!!!!!Hey kid, it's 2011 deja vue all over again, when you saved 43 big ones!!!!GooooooooooDrew!!!! GoooooooooooNats!!!!!!!!!

  4. BigCat - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    They should ship Abad out as well. He's been liquid propane as of late.I'm glad for Drew. I hope he's got his sh#t together.

  5. BigCat - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Soriano should stop with that "untucking" nonsense. He's been getting ripped lately. His closing days are numbered. Personally, I'd move Clip to closer and put Drew in the 2 spot.

  6. Unknown - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Fully agree with BigCat. And welcome back to Drew. I hope he's back for good.

  7. natsfan1a - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Welcome back to Druuu.

  8. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    M.E.P. yes, he changed his mechanics, I saw from watching video from Syracuse games. I didn't realize a pitcher could change so quickly.

  9. MicheleS - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    yea DRUUUUU!!! glad he is back.

  10. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I'm going to say it again. Soriano hasn't been getting "ripped" lately. Prior to last night he had six scoreless appearances, with 2 hits, 1 walk. (I agree on the untuck, which I'm not fond of, but he's been effective.)

  11. Tcostant - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Wow 18 men on base in only 6 2/3 innings. I knew he wasn't pitching well, but didn't realize it was that bad.Hope Storen pitches well. I hope.

  12. Theophilus T. S. - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    As I said elsewhere, "Desperation; spin."

  13. Donald - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    @NatsLady — it sounded like Storen was reverting to his old mechanics. Could you tell? If that's the case, it would probably be an easier change for him then trying to go to a whole new delivery.

  14. waddu eye no - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    on my way to my first game this year. anyone around? don't know where i'm sitting yet (freebies)gyfng.

  15. Candide - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Hope Storen doesn't pitch today because Haren has a two-hit shutout going into the top of the ninth and the Nats are leading by two touchdowns and a field goal.

  16. MikeinDC - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Thank G-D, I was wondering if Storen was the new Lannan, in Rizzo's permanent doghouse. I'll be cheering extra loud if he gets a shot today. Welcome back!

  17. Candide - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    waddu – I'm going to be in section 224, but will be hanging out at the picnic tables until a couple of minutes before first pitch. Blue Nats Jersey, red curly W cap, and a burgundy backpack. We're looking for MicheleS to be there, too, but she won't be there until at least 3:00 pm.

  18. Candide - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Forgot to mention – leaving for the park now.

  19. ChiefWJ - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Storen in Syracuse (if I'm reading milb.com correctly):vs RH batters: 12 batters faced. 1 H, 0 BB, 8 Kvs LH batters: 14 batters faced. 6 H 0 BB, 3 KSmall sample, but I think we have some idea of how he might be used.

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I said if Storen's correction this was the.move.Now Mattheus go work on your mechanics so you can help in September.

  21. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Donald, I don't know what his old mechanics were. Currently, he is using a windup that looks pretty standard with a high kick.

  22. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Byron Kerr ‏@masnKerr 8mDavey says he would use up his 3 challenges by 5th inn. There are bang bang plays all the time.

  23. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Of course, you wonder where Davey will be using those challenges in 2014.David Wright with a clever take. Do you get an extra out if your challenges are successful?

  24. UNTERP - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    NatsLady said… Byron Kerr ‏@masnKerr 8m Davey says he would use up his 3 challenges by 5th inn. There are bang bang plays all the time.From my understanding, Davey wouldn't be able to use up his three challenges before the 7th inning. My understanding is that the Manager will get one challenge 1-6 innings and 2 challenges 7-until…

  25. Get Your Re(n)d On - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Tell Wright that a successful challenge is always going to result in an extra out. Because if Wright thinks a manager should be challenging a safe call, then he's probably not manager material.

  26. Nats106 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    ChiefWJ said… Storen in Syracuse (if I'm reading milb.com correctly):vs RH batters: 12 batters faced. 1 H, 0 BB, 8 Kvs LH batters: 14 batters faced. 6 H 0 BB, 3 KSmall sample, but I think we have some idea of how he might be used. Good info-let's hope that's how he is used.Welcome back Drew-we're all are pulling for you!

  27. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Davey's public comments about Mattheus in the post-game presser said a lot about what could happen. That was a real "no confidence" vote.Good for Storen and he needs to show he can do it. Clippard's vote of confidence was warm and fuzzy but in the end this is about getting the job done.

  28. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Glad to hear about the instant replay. This is almost exactly what I proposed several weeks ago. What I like is taking any bias out of the game. I hope the challenge can be done on a ball/strike call as there are those critical calls that can change a game.I think UnTerp had most of the details correctly.

  29. JD - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Ghost, I like more replay potential but I don't like the challenge idea because what if the umps make 3 bad calls before the 6th inning? or a really bad game deciding call after the call after the challenges have been exhausted? I like how they do it in hockey. When there is a questionable cal it is automatically reviewed in a central location. The key is that it's quick and just about 100% accurate. Who can complain about that?

  30. JD - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I think that the bullpen was terribly mismanaged from the get go this year: 1)Instead of giving Storen a vote of confidence after his great 2nd half last year (game 5 notwithstanding) they signed a pitcher less talented than he is, gave him barrels of money and handed him the closer's job unchallenged. 2) Kept an inept Henry R. until it became completely untenable. 3) Did not identify and execute consistent bullpen roles causing an erosion of confidence and confusion not to mention down right distension. I think Rizzo and Davie get get equal responsibility here and matching failing grades.

  31. JD - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    I think Storen knows the level of confidence management has in his abilities (or lack of same) and I think it's critical that he is judged fairly and be given appropriate rope. It is in everyone's best interests to resurrect Drew's value and confidence.

  32. Doc - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Thanks for the stats ChiefWJ!

  33. bowdenball - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    JD-I agree with you on #2- they stuck with Henry too long. But I disagree on #1 and #3. If your psyche is so fragile that you fall apart when you lose your closer job or you can't handle being moved around and used in different spots, you shouldn't be closing in the first place. Mariano Rivera was a setup man to John Wetteland for years, and his team used to go to him in the 8th inning all the time when the situation demanded it, yet somehow he was able to still be effective. Closer to home, Tyler Clippard has been used as a closer, setup man, 7th inning guy and two inning pitcher in his years with the Nats. And he's thrived in every role.A reliever's only job is to get outs. If he can't do it in the 6th or the 7th or the 13th, I don't want him doing it in the 9th either.

  34. JaneB - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Welcome back Drew. I wish they'd trotted you out instead of Sori.

  35. SonnyG10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Welcome back Drew!

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