Na­tion­als get bullpen help

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Look­ing to for­tify a bullpen that has blown more than a third of its save chances, the Washington Na­tion­als ac­quired re­liev­ers Ryan Mad­son and Sean Doolit­tle from the Oak­land Ath­let­ics for righthander Blake Treinen and a pair of prospects.

Left-han­der Je­sus Luzardo and in­fielder Shel­don Neuse were sent to Oak­land as part of Sunday’s deal.

A 36-year-old right-han­der, Mad­son has a 2.06 ERA and is seventh among re­liev­ers in hits plus walks per in­ning at 0.79. He has not al­lowed any of the seven in­her­ited run­ners to score in his past 13 ap­pear­ances and has held op­po­nents to a .188 bat­ting av­er­age.

Doolit­tle, 30, is a left-han­der who has held left-handed bat­ters hit­less in 23 at-bats this year with 12 strike­outs and no walks. He is 1-0 with three saves, a 3.38 ERA and 31 strike­outs in 211⁄3 in­nings.

“We got two qual­ity hu­man be­ings who are great team­mates,” Washington gen­eral man­ager Mike Rizzo said. “They can pitch at the end of games and get three outs. We can sta­bi­lize our en­tire bullpen.”

Rizzo said he wasn’t sure when Mad­son and Doolit­tle would be join­ing the Na­tion­als.

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