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Topic - drew storen
The 2013 season is a warning to the organization that acted as if last season's 98 wins and division title were the first of many such postseason runs. That, somehow, landing one strike away from advancing to the NLCS in 2012 meant those October opportunities will always be there in Washington.
Drew Storen was about 15 years old when he got a chance to talk to Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Cincinnati Reds' medical director talked to the young right-hander about pitching — and about how it is simply not something the body is really built to do.
After a two-hour rain delay at the start, Strasburg was one out away from a complete game with a 4-1 lead before Chicago rallied to tie it.
Pick through the debris from the Nationals' busted season and few scraps elicit more head-scratching than Monday's acquisition of David DeJesus.
Three times in Atlanta this past weekend Drew Storen was summoned from the Washington Nationals' bullpen to pitch high-leverage innings. Three times Storen, fresh off a three-week stint in Triple-A to work through some issues, came in and posted scoreless frames.
Early in Wednesday's broadcast of the Nationals' latest loss to the Braves, color man F.P. Santangelo made a point. It wasn't about the division or the playoffs anymore. It was about showing a little heart, about not letting a team come in and sweep you at home.
Left fielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Ian Desmond are back in the slumping Nationals' lineup after missing a game.
For everything that went on at Nationals Park on Saturday, the five pitches Drew Storen threw might have gone unnoticed. His boss definitely noticed.
As Ramos stood at the top step of the Nationals' dugout in the seventh inning of Washington's 8-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and basked in the curtain call that followed his go-ahead three-run homer, all he could do was smile.
Starting, Steve McCatty said, "always has been the Cadillac job in the big leagues. Everyone wants to do it. That's where most of the glory is and, if you can be a good starter, that's what you want." But you can't always get what you want. Someone has to pitch in relief.
Major League Baseball spent Sunday awash in blue as it celebrated Father's Day by using the day to bring awareness to prostate cancer. And spurred by the annual day to celebrate Dad, a few Nationals players were kind enough to share some of their favorite memories of their fathers.
Two pitches after his foul popup fell between Nick Swisher and second baseman Jason Kipnis, Rendon homered into the Nationals' bullpen off Vinnie Pestano (1-2) to stun the Indians and the crowd of 33,307.
Sunday was the latest example of how the Nationals' bullpen may be a bit off-kilter as they pass the quarter mark of the 2013 season. The personnel is exactly the same as it was when the Nationals opened the season, but the way they've been used hasn't always been consistent — and neither has the performance.
The moment Gio Gonzalez walked off the mound in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon, he figured his day was probably done. So it was that Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson pulled his left-hander in the hope of adding some offense, and watched the game devolve into a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs over the final two innings.
"I met a guy today who had been through 49 surgeries," said Chad Tracy. "I've been through four of five myself, just to imagine a guy going through almost 50 surgeries, to see he was still a driven, confident, leader of a man really touched me."
"[Kremchek] was the one who told me how unnatural everything is," Storen said. "That's why we work so hard ... to make everything strong around it."
"We're essentially going through physical therapy everyday," Storen said. "There's no right answer to any of it. ... That's why you err on the side of caution."