Storen was released by the Phillies on Sunday, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports. The veteran right-hander signed a minor-league deal in January and was pushing for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen before spring training was suspended, but the team won't be including him in its initial 60-man roster pool. Storen hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Reds and had 10.1 innings at the Double-A level last season.
Storen was making a decent case for an Opening Day roster spot before play was shut down, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Storen gave up two runs in five Grapefruit League innings, striking out five while walking none. It's been awhile since the 32-year-old has made an impact at the big-league level, as he missed all of 2018 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and threw just 10.1 minor-league innings last season. After spending four months at the famed Driveline Baseball development program following last year's struggles. However, he believes he's set for a much stronger 2020 campaign. It would be a surprise if the veteran gets anywhere near a ninth-inning role, but he's had success in the past, saving 99 games with a 3.45 ERA in the eight seasons prior to his injury.
Storen signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies which includes an invitation to big-league camp Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Storen hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors since 2017. He missed all of 2018 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and was released by the Royals in mid-June of last year after struggling to a 7.84 ERA in 10.1 innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. If the 32-year-old can pitch anywhere near his overall career numbers, which include a 3.45 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, he'll be a useful member of the Phillies' bullpen. That doesn't seem particularly likely, however, as he hasn't posted an ERA below 4.45 since the 2015 season.
Storen was released by the Royals on Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Storen signed with the Royals in February and made his way to Double-A Northwest Arkansas in late May, but he struggled with a 7.84 ERA and 1.98 WHIP over 10.1 innings. The 31-year-old missed the entirety of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and will likely have to prove himself in the minors if he manages to latch on elsewhere.
Storen (elbow) was assigned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Thursday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. He was singed to a minor-league deal in the offseason and will be given a friendly assignment to Double-A in an attempt to get him into a groove before bumping him up to Triple-A Omaha. Storen will serve as organizational bullpen depth going forward.
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