Baker removes Treinen from role as Nationals’ closer
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.