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2012 Nationals Spring Training: Drew Storen Injury Has Closer Role In Flux, According To Report

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 has more insight:

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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