Tyler Clippard RP WAS 6 Days

Clippard was unavailable in Tuesday's game after working the past two days, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

Drew Storen picked up the save Tuesday, but this may not tell us anything about the pecking order in the Nationals' bullpen, as Clippard was unavailable. Still, there's reason to believe that manager Matt Williams may prefer Storen in that role after Rafael Soriano was ousted earlier in the month. Clippard is a valuable weapon to come on in the middle of an inning, or to get more than three outs, whereas Storen fits more into a traditional closer mold of a three-out shutdown reliever.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 10 Days

Clippard was named by manager Matt Williams as a candidate to see save chances with Rafael Soriano removed from the closer role, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.

While Williams has opted against naming a new closer, Clippard seems like the clear favorite to see opportunities in place of the struggling Soriano, though Drew Storen and lefty Matt Thornton could also see chances depending on the matchups. Clippard, who saved 32 games for the Nats in 2012, has posted a 2.04 ERA this season and has held opposing hitters to a .147 average since the All-Star break.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 10 Days

Clippard, Drew Storen and Matt Thornton were all mentioned by Nationals manager Matt Williams as possible ninth-inning replacements for a struggling Rafael Soriano after Friday's game, the Washington Post reports.

Williams hasn't officially taken Soriano out of the closer role just yet, but indications are strong that the veteran reliever will get at least a temporary break from high-leverage use. If Williams makes the switch on Saturday though look for Storen, who only faced one batter on Friday, to get the nod.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 28 Days

Clippard blew the save opportunity Monday against the Diamondbacks as he allowed one run and two hits in one inning.

The Nationals regular closer Rafael Soriano blew a save Sunday and even though manager Matt Williams said he has not lost his job, Clippard was given the opportunity Monday. Although it was likely just because of Soriano's recent work load, Clippard did not come through Monday when he had a chance to maybe work his way into the conversation. Unless Soriano continues to struggle, Clippard will likely remain in a setup role.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 1 Month

Clippard tossed a perfect eighth inning Sunday, striking out two, to pick up his 25th hold of the season.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 2 Months

Tyler Clippard has been added to the National League All-Star team.

It's not clear whose spot he's taking, but there are four NL starters Sunday that need to be replaced. There are others that are more deserving, but there's no doubt Clippard has had a great year, posting a 2.03 ERA with 53 strikeouts over 40 innings.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 3 Months

With Rafael Soriano needing the day off, Tyler Clippard struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the year Monday against the Brewers.

It's Clippard's first save since he notched 32 in 2012. He has a 2.12 ERA while being used mostly as an eighth-inning guy this year.

Tyler Clippard RP WAS 6 Months

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 7 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 7 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."