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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:00 am


Treinen out as Nats' closer

Associated Press

ATLANTA – Washington removed Blake Treinen from the closer's role and will use what manager Dusty Baker says is a “mix and match” plan with right-handers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover sharing the job.

Kelley earned his first save of the season in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Atlanta after Treinen gave up a run, two hits and two walks while recording only one out in the ninth.

Treinen has a 7.11 ERA with three saves in eight games.

Baker said Wednesday that Treinen will return to the set-up role “he had success in.”

Baker said in spring training that he wanted to use one closer instead of a committee approach.

Around the leagues

Minnesota's game against Cleveland, scheduled for Wednesday night at Target Field, was postponed because of rain. The game will be rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 17, when the Indians return to Minnesota. Rain was falling by mid-afternoon, and the evening forecast for Minneapolis showed no sign of a letup that could create a dry window in which to play. They'll play again today, and the Twins announced Ervin Santana would pitch that game opposite Trevor Bauer for the Indians. Bauer was pushed back, and Santana skipped rookie Aldalberto Mejia in the rotation. ... Right-hander Jarred Cosart was put on the 10-day disabled list by San Diego. Cozart was injured while running the bases. He attempted to pitch after getting hurt but left in the fourth inning. Right-hander Kevin Quackenbush was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.