Drew Storen RP WAS 7 Hrs

Storen (hand) is scheduled to pitch in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

It will mark the spring debut for Storen, who has been brought along slowly after he underwent surgery on his left (non-throwing) hamate bone a couple weeks ago. Storen was able to pitch in a minor-league game earlier this week without incident, and he should be able to get in a few more innings with the big club before spring draws to a close. With the Nationals bidding adieu to Rafael Soriano and Tyler Clippard in the offseason, Storen has a clear path to open the season as the Nationals' closer.

Drew Storen RP WAS 2 Days

Storen (hand) pitched in a minor-league game Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Storen threw a BP session last Friday, and following the minor league outing Wednesday should be rejoining the major league club assuming all goes well. He appears to be on track for Opening Day at this point barring a setback of some kind.

Drew Storen RP WAS 7 Days

Storen (hand) will throw a batting practice session on Friday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

The Nationals want to avoid having him field any ground balls until his non-throwing hand is fully healed, but Storen should be able to resume game action some time next week.

Drew Storen RP WAS 11 Days

Storen (hand) resumed throwing Monday, according to the National's official site.

Storen underwent surgery on his non-throwing hand late last week, and appears to be well on track in his recovery. At this point, there's little reason to doubt his availability to close games for the Nationals by Opening Day.

Drew Storen RP WAS 13 Days

Nationals manager Matt Williams says that Storen (hand) will only miss "three or four days" before resuming his normal throwing schedule, the Washington Post reports.

At this point it doesn't look like the surprise surgery on his non-throwing hand will prevent him from being ready for Opening Day and his duties as the Nats' closer. If the news allows you to get him at a slight discount at your draft table this weekend though, so much the better.

Drew Storen RP WAS 14 Days

Storen underwent surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone from his non-throwing hand Friday.

Luckily Storen's surgery was just on his non-throwing hand so it shouldn't cost him a large amount of time. Assuming all goes well with the procedure, he should be fine for Opening Day. He heads into 2015 slated as the Nationals closer, a job that he should retain despite the injury.

Drew Storen RP WAS 2 Months

Storen and the Nationals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.7 million contract Friday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Storen will receive a healthy raise in 2015 coming off the best season of his career, one in which he gave up just seven earned runs over 56.1 innings. Storen took over as the Nationals' closer last September and flourished, tallying 10 saves in the month. He will open 2015 with the job and should see ample save opportunities for a Washington team that figures to remain one of the best in the National League.

Drew Storen RP WAS 4 Months

Storen is currently positioned as the Nationals' closer, James Wagner of The Washington Post reports.

The Nats have received interest in Tyler Clippard, while both reliever are expected to see raises in 2015 as arbitration-eligible players. Storen had an excellent season in 2014, including a 46:11 K:BB in 56.1 innings, a 1.12 ERA and 0.98 WHIP along with 11 saves after taking over the ninth-inning role from the now-departed Rafael Soriano.

Drew Storen RP WAS 4 Months

Storen was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

The reliever turned his career around last season and eventually inherited the closer role from Rafael Soriano. He doesn't have a dominating K/9 rate, so expect some regression in his ERA and WHIP, but he should still have plenty of fantasy value in 2015.

Drew Storen RP WAS 6 Months

Storen pitched a clean ninth inning in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets to earn his 11th save of the season. He also had two strikeouts.

Storen has been phenomenal since taking over as Washington's closer, going 10-for-10 in save chances with a 10:0 K:BB ratio in 9.1 innings.