Nats’ Storen Breaks Thumb, Done For Year

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb and is likely out for the season, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

The injury is a self-inflicted one, by slamming his locker shut in frustration from allowing a Yoenis Cespedes home run in the 8th inning of Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets. Ouch.

 

That home run went on to be the deciding factor, not just in the game, but completed the three game sweep of the Nationals in the nation’s capital. Nats manager Matt Williams informed reporters yesterday that Storen attempted to throw on Friday and failed to do so.

Entering Saturday’s game in Miami against the Marlins the Nationals sat at a devastating eight and a half games back to the Mets in the National League East and 11 games back in the wild card standings. Storen, who has spent his six year career with the Nationals, was immediately demoted from the closer role after the club acquired Jonathan Papelbon from the division rival Philadelphia Phillies prior to the July 31st trading deadline. He’s posted a 3.48 ERA and 29 saves in 58 appearances in his 2015 campaign. It has been a roller coaster type season and a brutal second half for the Nats, as players have underperformed to their expectations, others have been bitten by the injury bug numerous times. Embarrassing distractions like this don’t help a team struggling to win games. This puts the icing on the cake for the Nationals and their meltdown over the past couple weeks they’ve had. With a bullpen as thin as it is, things won’t get better no matter how many home runs Bryce Harper hits from here on out.  

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