Nationals closer Drew Storen hasn’t ruled out being ready for Opening Day after testing his injured elbow by throwing from flat ground yesterday and reporting no problems.
However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post he still “seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list” in part because Storen has pitched in just two games all spring.
Tests have shown no structural damage and Storen told Kilgore that his elbow “felt really good” the morning after throwing and any problem “is gone.”
If he does begin the season on the DL the Nationals are likely to go with veteran free agent signing Brad Lidge as the fill-in closer, leaving Tyler Clippard in his familiar setup role.
The Pawtucket Red Sox, obviously the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox, have come up with an interesting promotion for the weekend of May 5 and 6, when they host the Yankees’ Triple-A team from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
This, of course, references last week’s benches-clearing fracas between the Red Sox and Yankees that involved Joe Kelly and Tyler Austin. Kelly slid hard into second base, which upset Brock Holt. The benches emptied as the two jawed at each other, but no punches were thrown. Later in the game, Kelly threw at Austin and the benches emptied again. Punches were thrown this time and both players were given suspensions.
The major league Red Sox visit the Yankees May 8-10. As far as we’re aware, people named Joe or Kelly are allowed to attend.