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Nationals' Drew Storen breaks finger following Mets' sweep

The righty had a tough series against the Mets earlier this week.

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The Nationals may be in free-fall at the moment, and the bad news continues to pour in. Drew Storen has been diagnosed with a broken thumb and is likely out for the remainder of the season. He reportedly suffered the injury when ge slammed his locker in the Nationals' clubhouse out of frustration after giving up the go-ahead homer to Yoenis Cespedes on Wednesday night.

The Nationals sit 8.5 games back of the Mets in the National League East at the moment. Storen had been the go-to guy in the eighth inning for Washington after they traded for Jonathan Papelbon. But Storen, who was unhappy about losing his closing role, struggled mightily after Papelbon was acquired.

The Nats will probably lean on Matt Thornton to replace Storen in high-leverage spots and could even experiment with Joe Ross. But it seems as though the playoff hopes for the Nationals grows dimmer with each passing day and each New York Mets win.