Another setback for Nationals reliever Drew Storen as he tries to come back from a sore elbow that has sidelined him for the start of the season.
Bill Ladson of mlb.com tweeted this afternoon that the right-hander is headed to see orthopedist Dr. James Andrews after experiencing more tenderness in his throwing elbow following a simulated game yesterday. The team shut him down a few weeks ago after he had stiffness in the same elbow, and he was working his way back toward the roster when he suffered the setback.
Nats manager Davey Johnson told Dan Kolko of masnsports.com and other reporters that he hopes the injury isn’t serious, “but it doesn’t sound good….” Doctors believe there is no ligament damage, but Storen has a loose body floating in the sore elbow. Kolko reports that former Nats pitcher Jason Marquis had surgery for a similar problem and was out for about three months.
Brad Lidge and henry Rodrigues have each closed games for the Nats in Storen’s absence.