Originally written on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 11/16/14
After missing most of spring training and the start of the season with elbow issues, Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen got the news no pitcher ever wants to hear, “it’s time to see Dr. James Andrews.”

During spring training, Storen had some discomfort in his throwing elbow, so he was shut down and was given a wet MRI to check for any ulnar collateral ligament damage.  Damage to the UCL typically requires Tommy John surgery; it was the ligament that caused Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann to go under the knife over the last few seasons.  Luckily for the Nats, the UCL appeared in tact, but unfortunately, they weren’t out of the woods yet.

After being shut down for several weeks, and having no issues throwing off of flat ground according to Charlie and Dave on the Nats broadcast on Monday, Storen experienced a setback when trying to throw off of a mound.  So off he goes, to see Dr. Andrews, the standard in elbow docs in baseball.

Typically, a trip to Dr. Andrews is a trip that ends under the knife, but there’s always a chance that the consultation goes better than expected.  Davey Johnson indicated that the Nats believe he may have “loose bodies” in his elbow.  If you remember back to 2010, former Nats pitcher Jason Marquis missed approximately four months after having surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.

The concern with Storen is his age.  As pitchers get older, it’s more likely that bone chips or loose bodies end up in the elbow fairly regularly.  For Storen, just 24, it’s another concern.  He has a high intensity windup and throws the ball extremely hard and with significant effort.  If Dr. Andrews does find loose bodies, it’s highly likely he could find them again in the future, and it’s not a pattern a young pitcher wants to go through.

As for the Nationals bullpen, they’re obviously weaker without their 43-save closer, but the Brad Lidge signing does a lot to mask that hole for a while.  Lidge probably can’t be an every day closer, but a platoon of Lidge and Henry Rodriguez can keep the back end going if Storen has to miss any significant time.  Despite Rodriguez’ loss on Monday in the 9th inning, he’s proven that he can close games for the team with his improved command and ridiculous stuff.

The Nationals are obviously better with Drew Storen in their bullpen though, and the Nats will do everything they can to make sure he becomes part of it this season.  With the trip to see Dr. James Andrews, it just makes everyone a bit more concerned about when that return will be.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Antonio Brown on contract: 'I've got enough' money

Kaepernick posts insensitive joke about Houston floods

50 Cent’s boxing company files for bankruptcy

Rangers-Lightning Game 6: Prediction for elimination game

Phillies GM says team's fans 'don't understand the game’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Adrian Peterson reportedly has considered retirement

Report: Bulls could cheat Tom Thibodeau out of coaching jobs

Report: Russell Wilson to skip Seahawks' first OTAs this week

Former NFL wideout Joe Horn calls Roger Goodell 'the devil'

Dolphins expect Ndamukong Suh to attend voluntary OTAs

Kyle Long has great reaction to Bears releasing Ray McDonald

WATCH: LeBron throws down huge dunk from inside FT line

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Robinson Cano's slump: The good news, the bad news

Joe Maddon unhappy over Cubs’ ‘awkward schedule’

Buck Showalter takes shot at Marlins over management

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with 'serious misconduct' issues

Cavs' Kevin Love cleared to travel with team

Four crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs thus far

The National League pack of first baseman is ridiculous

Everyone is a doctor when it comes to Steph Curry

LeBron gives praise to teammate Tristan Thompson

NFL OTAs: Learning, communication & camaraderie

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

WATCH: Curry leaves game after nasty fall

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Bears cut McDonald after incident

Report: Pierce could opt out of contract

The Talented Mr. Blatt

Is Dellavedova a dirty player?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.