Drew Storen plays catch, says elbow “felt really good”

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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.