Drew Storen continued his rehab back from elbow surgery at Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday afternoon and once again had a rough outing against a minor league lineup. Storen left the seventh inning with two outs against the Richmond Flying Squirrels after allowing four earned runs.
Storen was making his first appearance for the Senators this season after pitching in four games with the Potomac Nationals of Single-A. Through five rehab outings over the last few weeks Storen has a 9.53 ERA after allowing six earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. He has given up two home runs in those games and holds an ugly .318 opponents batting average.
The Nationals are bringing Storen back slowly in his recovery from bone chips in his elbow, but hope to have their closer relatively soon. The former first round pick saved 43 games in 2011 and was expected to play a large role in the teams goal of making the playoffs this season. In his place has been Tyler Clippard who has 14 saves and a 1.83 ERA on the year.