Baker re­moves Treinen from role as Na­tion­als’ closer

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AT­LANTA | The Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als re­moved Blake Treinen from the closer’s role on Wed­nes­day and will use what man­ager Dusty Baker said 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 four chances in eight games. He will shift to a setup role.

The Na­tion­als waited un­til the fi­nal day of spring train­ing to an­nounce Treinen as the closer. Ear­lier in the off­sea­son, Wash­ing­ton failed to sign free agent Mark Me­lan­con.

Baker said in spring train­ing he wanted to use one closer in­stead of a com­mit­tee ap­proach. He said Wed­nes­day Glover’s lack of ex­pe­ri­ence and Kel­ley’s his­tory of el­bow prob­lems pre­vent him from im­me­di­ately giv­ing ei­ther the job.

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