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Storen said he felt weak, not because there was anything wrong but because this was the longest time he could remember he’s ever gone without throwing. Teammates have urged him to be cautious, though, as difficult as it may be, and not rush himself back. The goal for his return is still around the All-Star break.

“Hopefully no setbacks or anything like that,” he said. “I try not to think about it too much, as much as I want to, because with this process you’ve got to go a day at a time.”

Storen said it’s been extremely difficult for him to watch as first reliever Brad Lidge went down with an injury and Henry Rodriguez has began to struggle in the closing role lately.

“It’s really difficult,” Storen said, citing his own transition to the ninth inning. “It is different than the seventh and eighth inning, but your approach shouldn’t be. Mentally, you should still work out of the same. … It’s just one of those things that — you can’t close in spring training. You can’t do it anywhere else. The only way you learn to close is to close in the big leagues in the biggest spots, and I think that’s one of the things that [Rodriguez is] learning.”

Around the horn

• Michael Morse made 60 throws from 30-40 feet on Wednesday, another step for the Nationals’ left fielder in his recovery from a torn right lat muscle that has cost him the first 36 games of the season and will keep him out until June. Morse, who was cleared to take dry swings on Tuesday, said the throwing went well. “I haven’t been throwing,” Morse said. “So it was kind of like a monkey riding a bike.”

• Sandy Leon said the Nationals told him he’d be sidelined for four weeks with his high right ankle sprain. In two weeks, he will be cleared to return to activity.