closer's role

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ATLANTA -- As he grabbed a bat and helmet before the eighth inning Friday night, Michael Morse stopped to let manager Davey Johnson his hamstring was acting up a little bit and that he might need a

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BOSTON -- Brad Lidge made seven relief appearances for the Nationals in April, before he required surgery to repair a sports hernia, and all seven came in the ninth inning or later.

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Davey Johnson gave an emphatic vote of confidence for Henry Rodriguez, insisting he has given no consideration to removing the 25-year-old from the closer's role despite three blown saves in h

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Any ballclub that has visions of serious contention is going to have to prove its mettle at various points of the season.

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Drew Storen had surgery today to remove a small bone chip from his right elbow, a procedure that is expected to sideline the Nationals closer for most of the season's first half.