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Nats RHP Barrett suffers major setback in recovery from Tommy John

Nats RHP Barrett suffers major setback in recovery from Tommy John

Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett has suffered a significant setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

While rehabbing in Viera, Fla. on Friday, Barrett broke his right elbow. He will now see Dr. James Andrews on Monday to have his elbow fracture repaired and his ulnar collateral ligament examined.

Barrett had his UCL repaired last September by Andrews. He is eight months into the recovery, which generally takes 12 to 18 months. Barrett had at one point expressed hope of returning to the Nationals bullpen this September, but that is now in question.

Barrett also had bone chips removed from his elbow in September. And this past winter he had bone chips removed from his ankle. It has been a tough year for the right-hander, who broke onto the scene as a rookie in 2014.

Barrett, 28, has pitched in 90 total games for the Nationals. He posted a 2.66 ERA in 50 games in 2014. In 2015, Barrett held a 4.60 ERA through 40 outings.

The Nationals announced Barrett's elbow fracture on Sunday afternoon.

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Drew Storen designated for assignment by Toronto

Drew Storen designated for assignment by Toronto

Former Washington Nationals pitcher Drew Storen has been designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays, thus likely ending his brief tenure with the team.

Storen was traded to Toronto by the Nationals in excahnge for outfielder Ben Revere in January. He has struggled this season with a 6.21 ERA in 33.1 innings pitched.

The right-handed reliever was a reliable pitcher for Washington, but his career with the Nationals was marred by the ninth inning collapse against the St. Loius Cardinals in the 2012 playoffs. Handed a two-run lead in the ninth inning, Storen came within one strike of the win. Instead, he blew the save giving up four runs.

Storen eventually recovered, but Mike Rizzo's faith in him never did. In 2015, the Nationals traded for Jonathan Papelbon despite a strong season by Storen as closer.

Now perhaps the same thing could be playing out this year for Papelbon as the Nationals target New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.

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Dariel Alvarez got the call when Rickard was hurt

Dariel Alvarez got the call when Rickard was hurt

BALTIMORE—Joey Rickard’s thumb injury has given another opportunity to Dariel Alvarez. The 28-year-old Cuban defector, who signed with the Orioles in July 2013, made his major league debut in Aug. 2015. 

He batted .241 with a home run and an RBI in 12 games last year.

Alvarez was hitting .280 at Norfolk with four home runs and 40 RBIs. He was recalled earlier this month when Pedro Alvarez went on the bereavement list and walked in his only at-bat.

“I have one more year experience, and it’s helped me find my approach,” Alvarez said through Einar Diaz, the Orioles’ coach who served as his translator. 

“I’m going to try to keep working and going to a different level.” 

He may not be here for long because the Orioles are carrying both he and Julio Borbon while Rickard and Hyun Soo Kim are on the disabled list. 

If Kim is activated on Tuesday, Alvarez may go because Borbon’s defensive skills and pinch running ability are valued. 

NOTE: Yovani Gallardo, Chris Tillman and Dylan Bundy will pitch for the Orioles in the Colorado Rockies series that begins Monday night. Colorado has scheduled Jorge De La Rosa, Chad Bettis and Jon Gray.