With incumbent closer Drew Storen suffering joint inflammation in his elbow, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson is considering fill-in alternatives to finish games when the regular season begins. Storen has not pitched in a game since March 7, but is expected to resume throwing Tuesday or Wednesday.
As for those closer alternatives? Mark Zuckerman of CSNwashington.com has more insight:
Storen hopes to begin throwing middle of the week. Davey proceeding as though he may not be ready for Opening Day.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) March 24, 2012
If Storen isn't ready, Davey says his closer will be Lidge or Rodriguez. Clippard too valuable as setup man/guy who puts out fires.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) March 24, 2012
Lidge, a new addition to the Nationals bullpen this season, has the most experience closing, saving 223 games in his nine-year career. The youngster Rodriguez, known to hit 100 mph on the radar gun, did save two games for Washington last year and is also a viable candidate if Storen can't go to start the season..
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