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PHOENIX -- Nationals reliever Drew Storen hasn't seen much action lately. In fact, he has made three appearances in the team's last 13 games. There is nothing wrong with Storen, according to manager Matt Williams.

After Danny Espinosa tied the game Monday with a solo homer in the ninth inning, Storen was warming up to enter the game until Kevin Frandsen hit what would prove to be the game-winning home run a few minutes later. Then Williams decided to bring in his closer Rafael Soriano.

"I imagine there will be times during the season where Drew will be in eight out of 13 games a la [Tyler] Clippard," Williams said. "It's kind of the way we played early on. We had a lot of leads. We had an opportunity for Clipp to get in the eighth inning a lot early on. It's ebb and flow into the season. There is nothing wrong [with Storen]. There is no reason that he has been in three out of the last 13 games. It's a function of where we are at and how the games have gone. He is good with it. He is throwing a lot."

Storen is off to a good start, allowing two runs in 11 1/3 innings.

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.

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