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Storen not quite ready to rejoin Nats' bullpen

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The Washington Nationals want right-hander Drew Storen to work a little more before bringing him back to the big leagues.

Storen has been out the entire season after having surgery this spring to remove a bone chip from his right elbow. There had been some hope that he'd be ready Friday for the first game after the All-Star break, but the Nationals want him to continue his rehab assignment.

He's pitched for high Class A Potomac four times, including Thursday night, when he threw two innings and allowed one run. However, his arm felt tired toward the end that outing, and the Nationals are hoping he can benefit from at least one more rehab game.

Storen is going to pitch with Class AA Harrisburg, probably on Saturday, and the Nationals will then see where he stands.

He was the team's closer last year, but manager Davey Johnson has already said that Tyler Clippard is going to remain in that role when Storen returns. Johnson intends to ease Storen back into the bullpen hierarchy. Clippard pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday in Washington's 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Nationals are being careful not to rush Storen back. Johnson said they want him to be ready, and they don't want to put any extra stress on his arm.
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