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Monday, May 17, 2010

Storen gets call to join parent club

The Nationals promoted reliever Drew Storen from Class AAA Syracuse and he will join the team Monday night in St. Louis, Manager Jim Riggleman said.

Storen, the No. 10 overall pick in last year's draft, becomes the first half of the Nationals' pitching prospect duo to make the major leagues. Stephen Strasburg will have to wait until, most likely, June 4 to rejoin his teammate and close friend.

To make room for Storen, the Nationals designated struggling Brian Bruney for assignment. Storen's role for the moment is unspecified, but the Nationals want to start his career with low-pressure situations.

"We'll see where he fits in, what role," pitching coach Steve McCatty said. "We'll try to make it easy and get his feet wet at first and go from there. We're going to try to make it easier. You don't want to throw somebody right into the fire."

Storen began the season in Class AA Harrisburg and has pitched for Syracuse since April 30. After retiring the only two batters he faced Sunday against Pawtucket, Storen has a 1.08 ERA in 16 2/3 innings, allowing 15 base runners while striking out 15.

Storen signed with the Nationals the day after they drafted him out of Stanford in hopes he would make the major leagues as fast as possible. Storen immediately reported to Class A Hagerstown, from where he began his rapid ascension. He hoped to make the major leagues out of spring training, but instead the Nationals wanted to give him more seasoning in Class AA and Class AAA.

-- Adam Kilgore


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