Johnson enjoying depth in Nats' bullpen

Johnson enjoying depth in Nats' bullpen

Johnson enjoying depth in Nats' bullpen
ATLANTA -- The Nationals' bullpen has been getting a little crowded lately, with more relievers demanding playing time due to their strong work on the mound.

Sean Burnett is back and healthy. Christian Garcia has looked outstanding since being called up. Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen are both capable of closing games. And the rest of the crew hasn't been too shabby, either. So, with what some might consider an overabundance of talent, has it been hard for manager Davey Johnson to find spots to use them all?

"Are you kidding me?" Johnson replied. "The way it's been going, they've been working to the max all year long."

Indeed, Johnson was able to use eight of his 10 relievers -- everyone but Zach Duke and Chien-Ming Wang -- during the Nationals' games against the Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday. Clippard picked up the save Tuesday, and Storen got the save Wednesday.

"Everybody is doing a great job in the roles they're in right now," Johnson said, "but I have no qualms if Clip went a couple days [in a row] going back to Storen."

Johnson was asked about Wang's role on the pitching staff the rest of the way, answering that the right-hander is a part of the bullpen. A starter most of his career, Wang missed 58 games with a right hip injury and struggled during his rehab assignment. Wang threw a bullpen session Wednesday in New York but hasn't pitched in a game since getting rocked for six runs over two innings in a Double-A rehab start on Sept. 1.

"He didn't finish up as good as we liked, so he's not beating anybody out in the rotation," Johnson said. "But I like his stuff, and I like his experience. He'll be coming out of the 'pen."