After the tonight’s game – a cleansing, 3-0 victory for the Nationals achieved with a starting pitcher, Yunesky Maya, who arrived in Washington at 1:30 p.m. and threw five scoreless innings – Manager Davey Johnson talked about the futures of two relieves. He was definitive on Tyler Clippard, not as much with Drew Storen.
Now, Johnson is the manager, not the general manager. But the following exchange with reporters sure makes it seem like the Drew Storen-for-Denard Span could really be in the works:
How much do you want Drew Storen to stay here?
I want him to stay here. I like what he’s done. I like his attitude. We’ll just see what happens. That’s part of baseball. I talked to him. I said, ‘As far as I’m concerned, you’re aren’t going nowhere. So don’t even think about.’ He said, ‘Well, I want to be here.’ I’m glad he was here tonight. I wish he had made it easier.
Have you had a similar conversation with Tyler Clippard?
Tyler ain’t going nowhere. I’m going with him. I don’t know where we’d be without Tyler.
Can you say that as definitively about Drew?
I don’t know where we’d be without Drew.
The fact that he’s not going anywhere?
One thing I learned is, you can’t take anything for granted. And I don’t. I didn’t think Hairston was going anywhere.
For his part, Storen maintained his stance that he’s invested with the Nationals and wants to stay here. “This is where I want to be,” Storen said after he struck out Willie Harris with the bases loaded to earn his 26th save. “Emotionally, I feel like I’ve invested a lot in this. At the same time, I understand that Mike has a job to do.”
One more note, for now, from tonight’s game: Yunesky Maya strained an oblique running the bases, and while it seems to be minor for an oblique, Johnson said he’s likely headed to the disabled list. Maya earned a lot of respect in the clubhouse tonight. He in Washington from Syracuse arrived at 1:30 p.m., and he didn’t walk into the clubhouse until about an hour before first pitch.