WASHINGTON (WUSA-9)-- Washington National veteran pitcher Drew Storen has been sent down to AAA Syracuse, manager Davey Johnson announced Friday evening.
The 25-year-old has been a fixture for the Nationals' bullpen for the last four years. Just last year he pitched his best baseball of his MLB career, boasting a (3-1) record and just a 2.37 ERA.
Storen ended 2012 on a sour note. Pitching in game 5 of the NLDS last season, Storen allowed a painful 3 hits and 4 runs, was credited with the loss as the Nationals ended their season with a 9-7 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals.
He has struggled considerably throughout the 2013 season, in the month of July alone Storen pitched 12 innings and gave up 12 hits along with 11 runs.
Storen isn't the first National to be sent down to AAA- second baseman Danny Espinosa was sent just over a month ago, where still he remains.