According to reports out of Miami this afternoon, Washington Nationals' reliever Drew Storen is likely done for the season after he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb when he slammed his locker after a rough appearance against the New York Mets this past week in D.C.
Storen came on in relief of Stephen Strasburg with a runner on and one out in the top of the eighth inning of what was a tie game and gave up a two-run blast by Yoenis Cespedes that put the Mets up for good in a 5-3 win.
It was another in a series of tough outings for the 28-year-old right-hander, who gave up a base-clearing double and three walks against the Mets the previous night, continuing a stretch rough appearances over the last month.
In his last 13 ⅔ innings pitched, Storen's given up , 17 hits, three of them home runs, 16 runs, 14 earned (9.22 ERA), and six walks, with opposing hitters putting up a .293/.388/.534 line against him.
If he is indeed done for the season, Storen will end the year with a 3.44 ERA, a 2.80 FIP, 16 walks (2.62 BB/9) and 67 Ks (10.96 K/9) in 55 innings, over which he's put up a .217/.291/.312 line against.
Here's what MASN's Dan Kolko and Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes tweeted about Storen after meeting with Nats' skipper Matt Williams today:
Drew Storen has a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. Slammed his locker after the last game vs. Mets. Unlikely to return this season— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 12, 2015
Storen tried to throw yesterday, then told team when the thumb gave him trouble. X-ray revealed the fracture. Has flown out to see hand doc— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 12, 2015
Williams says Storen is "regretful that it happened & a little bit embarrassed. He's a competitor & he was frustrated & he made a mistake."— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 12, 2015
Drew Storen slammed his locker shut after allowing the HR Wednesday. Broke his right thumb. Likely out for the season, Williams said.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) September 12, 2015
Williams said Storen reported yesterday, tried to throw, couldn't. Told them what happened. He went back to DC today to see the doctor.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) September 12, 2015