Storen activated, Ankiel DFA'd

Storen activated, Ankiel DFA'd
July 19, 2012, 3:49 pm
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The Nationals are activating reliever Drew Storen off the disabled list and designating outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment before today's series finale against the Mets, moves that leave the club at least temporarily with an eight-man bullpen and four-man bench.

Storen, out since spring training with a bone spur in his right elbow that required surgery, will be available today to make his season debut and could be manager Davey Johnson's best option to close after Tyler Clippard struggled each of the last two nights.

Ankiel's removal from the roster is a bit of a surprise, but Johnson may have telegraphed the decision by giving Roger Bernadina significant playing time in the outfield over the last week.

The Nationals also today placed catcher Jhonatan Solano on the DL with an oblique strain and recalled Sandy Leon from Class AA Harrisburg.