Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen exited this afternoon’s game against the Cardinals in the middle of the sixth inning. Storen had entered the game to start the inning, and had recorded two outs before motioning to the dugout. After walking Kolten Wong, Storen made the motion and pitching coach Steve McCatty and the team trainer consulted with Storen and ultimately decided to remove him from the game.
The development could have represented a serious blow to the Nationals, who are already dealing with injuries to a laundry list of players, which includes Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Casey Jannssen, and Jayson Werth. Luckily, it appears the injury to Storen is not serious, as manager Matt Williams announced after the game that Storen was dealing with a blister on his right foot.
#Nats manager Matt Williams announced that RHP Drew Storen left today’s game with a blister on his right foot.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 30, 2015
This minor injury will not affect Storen come Opening Day. The Nationals’ closer did undergo minor surgery in his non-pitching hand this offseason to remove a hamate bone, but that will also have no bearing on his availability to start the season. The 2015 season will mark the return of Storen to the Nationals closer role full-time, after regaining the closing duties from a struggling Rafael Soriano late last season. Upon regaining the role of closer, Storen recorded ten saves in September and did not allow an earned run in 12.1 innings. For his career, Storen has 66 saves.