Nationals closer Drew Storen (elbow) has setback



NEW YORK (AP) — Drew Storen still has discomfort in his pitching elbow and the Washington Nationals closer will be examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson says Storen’s elbow felt tender after the right-hander threw a simulated game Sunday at the team’s spring training complex in Viera, Fla. Storen, who saved 43 games last year in his first full major league season, is on the 15-day disabled list and Washington had hoped he would be able to return this month.

Johnson, however, said Monday that Storen’s setback “doesn’t sound good.”

Storen was one of baseball’s best closers last season, going 6-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 43 saves in 48 chances. He appeared in 73 games.

The 24-year-old reliever was selected 10th overall in the 2009 amateur draft out of Stanford.