Drew Storen Injury Update: Reliever Returns To Active Roster

The Nationals have designated Rick Ankiel for assignment to make room for the former closer.

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Drew Storen Injury Update: Reliever Pitches Scoreless Inning In First 2012 Appearance

Washington Nationals reliever Drew Storen made his first major league appearance of the 2012 season Thursday afternoon, pitching a scoreless inning in a 9-5 loss to the New York Mets at Nationals.

Storen, who was recalled from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, retired David Wright, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Jason Bay on nine pitches in the top of the 9th inning. Outfielder Rick Ankiel was designated for assignment to make room for Storen on the roster.

The right-hander had undergone successful surgery to remove a bone fragment from his elbow back in April. In 2011, he recorded 43 saves to go with a 6-3 record and a 2.75 ERA in 75.1 innings pitched.

Also Thursday, the Nationals recalled catcher Sandy Leon from the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League (AA) and placed Jhonatan Solano on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

For more on this transaction and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. For more from around the majors, visit Baseball Nation.

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Rick Ankiel Designated For Assignment To Make Room For Drew Storen, According To Report

Via a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Rick Ankiel has been designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals so the team can make room for pitcher Drew Storen who has been on the disabled list for the entire 2012 season so far.

Storen, the Nationals closer in 2011, finished in a tie for sixth in the MLB in saves with 43 and sported a 6-3 record with a 2.75 ERA. However, given the success of Tyler Clippard in Storen's absence there are questions whether or not Storen will assume that role once again.

After early season injuries to the outfield earned Ankiel some starts, he hasn't started much since. The .228 batting average, .282 on-base percentage, and .694 OPS from the 33-year old veteran wasn't enough for the NL-leading Nationals and will likely spell the end of his career with the team.

For more on this transaction and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. For more from around the majors, visit Baseball Nation.

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