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The Washington Nationals have designated Rick Ankiel for assignment to make room on the roster for reliever Drew Storen.

Ankiel, who re-signed with Washington this off-season for $1.25 million, has a .228/.282/.411 slash line with five home runs in 68 games this year. The former member of the St. Louis Cardinals had trouble making contact this season, as his 17.9% swinging strike rate would suggest.

Storen, the Nationals closer last season, has been out all season after having minor surgery to remove a bone chip in early April. Last season, Storen recorded 43 saves for the Nats with a 2.75 ERA, 3.32 FIP and 3.14 xFIP. In his absence, the Nationals have used a closer by commitee, with five different players earning at least one save, before finally settling on Tyler Clippard.

Clippard is still expected to get the ball in the ninth until Storen shows the control and consistency he had last season is back on a full-time basis.