Nationals reliever Drew Storen has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. Storen suffered the injury when he slammed his locker shut after allowing a key home run in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday. Storen is unlikely to return this season. If indeed his season his done, Storen will finish 2015 with 29 saves and a 3.44 ERA in 58 appearances. His season went in a downward spiral once he was bumped from the closer's role following the team's acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon at the July 31 trade deadline. Storen will visit a hand specialist to determine the severity of the injury.
Nationals reliever Drew Storen saw his recent stretch of dominance fade on Friday night. With the Nationals up 4-1 on the Rockies, Storen served up a go-ahead grand slam to Carlos Gonzalez in the top of the eighth inning to give the Rockies the 5-4 lead, which would be the final score. Storen was saddled with his first blown save and first loss of the season. It was the first time he had been scored upon since June 24, spanning 14 appearances between runs allowed. His season ERA shot up from 1.52 to 2.34 with one swing of the bat.
Deposed Nationals closer Drew Storen is not taking his exile from that role lying down. But he's also not opening up to the media about his displeasure. Storen is now the setup man in the wake of the trade that brought veteran Jonathan Papelbon to Washington. He is displased, especially considering he has nailed down 29 of 31 save opportunities and boasts a fine 1.71 ERA. "Really, all I'm going to say is that obviously I'm aware of the move," Storen told MASN Sports. "I've talked to (Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo) about it. I've talked to my agent. We've had some ongoing discussions. I'm just going to leave it at that and no comment for now." Storen has not yielded a run since June 24 and is on a scoreless run of 8 1/3 innings.
With the Nationals reportedly set to acquire right-hander Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies, incumbent closer Drew Storen will be relegated to set-up duties, according to CBS Sports Baseball Inside Jon Heyman. Storen has had a terrific season so far as the Nationals' closer. He is 29-for-31 in save chances and has a 1.73 ERA this season. Still, the acquisition will give the Nationals a formidable back-end of the bullpen with a pair of stud closers at manager Matt Williams' disposal.
Drew Storen picked up his 29th save in style, striking out the side Wednesday to help the Nationals cap a come-from-behind win over the Mets. Storen now has the second-most saves in baseball, one behind Pittsburgh's Mark Melancon. He has registered eight straight saves since suffering only his second blown save of the season on June 24, which was also the last time Storen allowed a run.