Drew Storen is back on the mound following elbow surgery

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The Nationals have relied on Tyler Clippard as their primary closer in recent days, but he could return to his familiar set-up role before long.

According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Drew Storen recently began throwing off a mound following April surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow. He threw for the first time on Friday and again today.

While Nationals manager Davey Johnson sensed that Storen was a little disappointed by the results today, he also said that the 24-year-old right-hander “had no problems after throwing” and is “right on track.” We should getting a better sense of his timeline in the next week or two, but he currently hopes to rejoin the Nationals’ bullpen around the All-Star break.

Storen, who was selected 10th overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, owns a 3.10 ERA over his first 127 relief appearances in the big leagues.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.