Storen inching closer to a return

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Plenty of news from manager Davey Johnson’s pregame press conference on Tuesday. The bullpen is slowly returning to full health with the news Henry Rodriguez has be reinstated from the disabled list (right index finger).

Closer Drew Storen threw a simulated game on Tuesday and will likely start his minor-league rehab assignment on Thursday at Single-A Potomac. He will pitch every other day for four games. That should put him in line for a return after the All-Star break. Storen, who had 43 saves last season and a 2.75 ERA, has been out since spring training. He underwent surgery on April 11 to have bone chips removed from his right elbow.

Storen likely won’t be lonely at Potomac. According to Johnson, outfielder Xavier Nady has a 90-percent chance of starting his own rehab assignment at Potomac this week and Chad Tracy, the pinch-hitting star from early in the season, will be there as well. Tracy is recovering from a torn right adductor muscle and a May 31 surgery that was expected to keep him out 6-to-8 weeks. Nady is dealing with wright wrist tendonitis that sent him to the disabled list on June 25.

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