Tyler Clippard RP WAS 29 Days

Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Monday that Tyler Clippard will be his primary eighth inning reliever.

It's a little unusual to hear a manager announce their primary set-up man, but there you go. Clippard has been one of the game's best relievers in recent years and would be a natural alternative for the closer role if Rafael Soriano struggles or suffers an injury. Drew Storen appears to be third on the depth chart.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 2 Months

Tyler Clippard (back) threw a bullpen session Monday morning in Nationals camp.

Clippard took it easy for six days after tweaking his back last week. He should be fine for Opening Day.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 2 Months

Tyler Clippard (back) will resume workouts Saturday before throwing a bullpen session Monday.

Clippard has been held out of action the last few days because of tightness in his back, but it was a precautionary move and it shouldn't be an issue for him going forward. "I wanted to be out there, but they're not letting me," Clippard said Friday. "I just want be 100 percent, and they do, too. It's early. I mean, during the season, it would be nothing. They had to hold me down today. I wanted to get out there, and they wouldn't let me."

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 2 Months

Tyler Clippard has been limited the last two days in Nationals camp due to back soreness.

Clippard tweaked his back earlier this week, but he's not worried about it. "It's just early in spring and I didn't want to push it," Clippard said. "I felt a little something, so I was like, why push it? No big deal." He'll open the 2014 season in a setup role.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 2 Months

Nationals and RHP Tyler Clippard avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.875 million contract.

Clippard asked for $6.35 million and was offered $4.45 million from the Nationals when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The two sides settled about $475,000 north of the midway point. Clippard, 28, will serve as a setup man this year in Washington.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 3 Months

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he hasn't had discussions with Tyler Clippard beyond a one-year deal, per James Wagner of the Washington Post.

Clippard still has another year of arbitration in 2015 before becoming a free agent, and it appears the Nationals aren't in any hurry to get a longer deal done. Clippard recently filed for $6.35 million in arbitration while the Nats offered $4.45 million, and the 28-year-old said the two sides will "see how it all plays out" in regards to a hearing. The right-hander is widely considered one of the best setup men in the game.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 3 Months

Tyler Clippard requested $6.35 million and was offered $4.45 million from the Nationals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 28-year-old right-hander is an integral part of the Nationals bullpen, and coming off another strong season where he compiled a 2.41 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 73/24 K/BB ratio over 71 innings. He'll continue to work in a setup capacity in front of Rafael Soriano.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 8 Months

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday that he's not ruling out using Tyler Clippard at closer down the stretch.

Clippard has been the team's best reliever all season, posting a 2.01 ERA and 0.82 WHIP while striking out a batter per inning. With Rafael Soriano struggling, Johnson is considering other options. Clippard has yet to record a save this season, but he's worth stashing in case he sees some ninth inning time over the final month.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 11 Months

Tyler Clippard hasn't allowed a run in May.

Clippard is seventh in the National League with eight holds. He's collected three wins in 2013 and posted a 2.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 19/11 K/BB ratio over 19 appearances. The Yankee Clippard had a 6.33 ERA over six starts in the Bronx as a rookie in 2007. In the six years since, he owns a sparkling 2.83 ERA and 1.09 WHIP for the Nationals. It's time for a new nickname, though The National Clippard leaves plenty to be desired.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS Jan 18 '13

Nationals and RHP Tyler Clippard avoided arbitration by agreeing to a contract.

No word yet on the terms involved. Clippard was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter after earning $1.65 million last season. The Nationals have come to terms with six of their seven arbitration-eligible players, leaving only right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.