Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:34:15 -0700
Although Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano has made progress with his mechanics, there is no timetable for his return to the closer's job.
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:12:10 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano allowed two hits in an inning of work against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Sept. 10. It was his first outing since Friday, Sept. 5, when he was demoted from the closer's role after blowing save chances in his last two appearances.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:53:43 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano is expected to pitch Wednesday, Sept. 10, according to manager Matt Williams. Soriano has been refining his mechanics and has not pitched since Friday, Sept. 5.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:07:18 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen earned his third straight save over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Sept. 9. However, manager Matt Williams hasn't declared Storen the new closer after demoting RP Rafael Soriano in favor of a committee approach recently. Storen is unlikely to pitch in four straight games Wednesday, Sept. 10, even if he has secured the job.
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:19:54 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen has pitched very well the last couple days has been magnificent with RP Rafael Soriano temporarily demoted from the closer's role. Storen wrapped up a save by striking out all three batters he faced Monday, Sept. 8, after striking out two in a save opportunity Sunday, Sept. 7, in which he struck out two hitters. Manager Matt Williams won't give any clues about Storen claiming the closing job, but Storen has been great this year, with a 1.31 ERA, 41 strikeouts, 11 walks and just two home runs allowed in 48 innings pitched.
Storen is a new pitcher after imploding in the playoffs two years ago and being demoted to the minors. He developed a changeup late last year and has used it twice as often this season, on nearly 20 percent of his pitches. "Any time you can go to three different pitches in a two-strike count, that helps," Storen said. "Adding that changeup has been huge for me. I can throw it against righties and lefties. It's really paid off for me recently."
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:29:57 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano threw a bullpen session with the hopes of fixing his mechanics Monday, Sept. 8. Soriano was temporarily taken out of the closer's role last Friday. Manager Matt Williams was encouraged by the session and said Soriano is looking at film to find differences in his arm slot. Williams refuses to commit to an interim closer in the meantime, and he'll likely go with matchups late in games. Soriano is expected to get into a game soon, likely in a low leverage spot.
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:06:03 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano has posted a 6.98 ERA and blown five saves in 21 appearances since the All-Star break, with opposing hitters batting .325 with a .917 OPS against him over that span. He lost his job as closer following a blown save against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, Sept. 5, and will not pitch for the remainder of the series. In an attempt to fix his mechanics, Soriano watched video of his performance after Friday's game and determined that he should focus on throwing his slider during a bullpen session Monday, Sept. 8. Scott Boras, Soriano's agent, suggested that his elbow was dropping too low whenever he threw that particular pitch, causing it to remain flat in the strike zone.
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 11:46:09 -0700
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams will determine his closer based on match-ups and game situation for the immediate future, using the trio of RP Drew Storen, RP Tyler Clippard and RP Matt Thornton. RP Rafael Soriano was removed from the closer's role after blowing his fifth save since the All-Star break Friday, Sept. 5.
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 09:56:08 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano will take a few days off so he can work on his mechanics and slider. Soriano is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, Sept. 8.
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 07:26:29 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano could lose his closer job after he blew a three-run lead Friday, Sept. 5. Manager Matt Williams will talk to Soriano Saturday, Sept. 6, before deciding what to do at closer. Williams indicated the team may want to use Soriano in less stressful situations for the time being.