The Washington Times - March 22, 2012, 01:15PM

JUPITER, Fla. — Nationals closer Drew Storen felt some discomfort after throwing for the first time in several days on Wednesday and the Nationals sent him for further testing on his biceps/triceps.

The Nationals were planning to take things slow with Storen this spring given his heavy workload in 2011 but after some initial soreness in his biceps and triceps in the early weeks of the spring, they decided to give him a bit more rest. That period was then elongated by about five days when Storen was hit with strep throat.


Storen said Wednesday that he was feeling much better — illness and soreness-wise — but he obviously felt a little something after throwing from flat ground on Wednesday. We’ll know more on Friday on Storen’s condition.

Right now, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said there was no timetable for him.

“The way he pitches, his arm is in tremendous shape,” Johnson said. “He’s my closer. With him, I want to make sure he’s 100 percent healthy and he doesn’t do too much, because he’s going to be my closer. And the way he’s throwing, he’s a throw-a-holic. He likes to throw. Hard. We’re just going to be very cautious on him.”

– Left-hander Sean Burnett, who was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday but was scratched with back spasms, was feeling better Thursday morning, Johnson said. 

Burnett was in the training room Thursday morning and Johnson estimated that he’d need just a few days.

“I know a lot about backs,” Johnson said. “I’ve had two back operations. It could kill you where you can’t even walk, then you get rid of the spasms and, all of a sudden, you feel like a million dollars.

“His arm is in great shape. He’s throwing great… Probably a couple more days.”

– Right-hander Brad Lidge was scheduled to make the trip with the Nationals to Jupiter on Thursday but Lidge has been throwing in minor league games and the Nationals had enough pitchers to bring on the trip so he stayed back.

– Michael Morse’s injury status, at this point, is the most concerning for the Nationals of all their injured players and Johnson seemed to feel that Adam LaRoche, who is expected to return to activity on Sunday, would be able to play if this was the regular season — a feeling LaRoche concurred with last week. 

The Nationals are currently at the start of a three-game road swing that will take them from Jupiter to Kissimmee and Sarasota before returning home on Sunday, at which point Johnson said he was hoping to have some more clarity on all of the Nationals’ injuries.

“I’m not in panic mode about it but after I come off this road trip and we’re at home, I’m hoping we’ll know who can do what, when and is there any danger of them re-injuring by playing,” Johnson said. “I’m going to really push for having more clarity by Sunday.”