CHICAGO -- Nationals closer Drew Storen saved his 30th game of the season Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over the Cubs.
Storen, 23, became just the second pitcher in Nationals history to save that many games. Right-hander Chad Cordero did the trick in 2005 and 2007.
Saving 30 games is something Storen never really thought about until now.
"It has been a long year -- starting the year in a setup role and worked my way through the 'pen, it really means a lot," Storen said. "The nice thing about what I do is, when I do my job we win. That is the most gratifying thing about it. So you can kind of see, when things go well, I'm a happy camper."
Strasburg throws, ready for next rehab start
CHICAGO -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw a successful bullpen session at Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. That means he will have his second rehab start on Friday night for Class A Potomac.
Strasburg will throw 50 pitches and/or pitch three innings. The young phenom had his first rehab start Sunday for Class A Hagerstown, pitching 1 2/3 innings while allowing a run with three strikeouts.
Strasburg's fastball was clocked as high as 98 mph, which didn't surprise Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty.
"Anything he does, does not surprise me," McCatty said. "Watching him from Spring Training, if I didn't know what happened to him, I wouldn't have guessed that there was anything wrong with him.
"He feels great. That is the big thing. So he gave up an opposite-field home run to somebody. So what? Guys who throw hard are going to give up home runs."
At this point, the Nationals are not worried about Strasburg's stat line; they want to make sure that he is healthy before he returns to the big leagues. Strasburg's rehab assignments are expected to be in the home ballparks of Washington's Minor League affiliates.
"We are just looking for him to build arm strength, build up innings, build up stamina and we'll monitor the recovery," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "It's already been explained to him that his numbers are not going on the back of a baseball card. He is preparing to get to the ultimate level. We have to do it the right way. ... We need to control the environment. We have the capability when we are at home."
Strasburg is hoping to pitch in his first Major League game of the season some time in September. The last time he pitched in a big league game was on Aug. 21, 2010, against the Phillies before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Gomes pitching in since joining Nationals
CHICAGO -- Outfielder Jonny Gomes has been getting the job done since the Nationals acquired his services in a trade with the Reds on July 26.
Entering Wednesday's action against the Cubs, Gomes is 8-for-27 [.296] with two home runs and four RBIs, including a two-run shot in the sixth inning of Washington's 3-1 win over Chicago on Tuesday. Not bad considering he was hitting .218 before the trade.
Gomes said playing on a consistent basis is the reason he is off to a good start with the Nationals.
"One of the hardest things in the world is platoon. I know that. [Left fielder] Laynce Nix knows that," Gomes said. "To be able to get consistent at-bats, that's really what it is."
Jageler to get TV time this weekend vs. Phillies
CHICAGO -- Nationals radio broadcaster Dave Jageler will fill in for Bob Carpenter on television's Mid-Atlantic Sports Network this weekend as the Nationals face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, according to two baseball sources.
Jageler, who teams with Charlie Slowes on 106.7 The Fan, is a popular figure with his quick wit and baseball knowledge. Jageler will return to the radio booth on Aug. 16, when the Nationals play the Reds at Nationals Park.
It's not known who will team with Slowes this weekend. Calls to both Jageler and Slowes were not returned.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.