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Blake Treinen to start on Thursday

May 19, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT

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With Gio Gonzalez on the disabled list nursing his left shoulder, right-hander Blake Treinen will be called up to start for the Nationals in his place on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement before Monday’s game.

Treinen, 25, is currently in Triple-A with the Syracuse Chiefs, having last pitched on Friday. Pitching Thursday will give him one extra day of rest before he joins the Nats for the third time this year.

“We’re gonna call up Blake Treinen and he’s going to take that spot,” Williams said. “He’s on schedule, he’ll get one extra day. It’s hard to deny him that opportunity with how he pitched against the Dodgers. It’s really hard. He was on a limited pitch count and he pitched really well against them.”

Treinen has appeared four times at the MLB level with the Nats this season, holding a 0.77 ERA across 11 2/3 innings. His one start came on May 6 against Los Angeles where he pitched five innings without allowing an earned run.

Treinen has pitched in six games with Syracuse, all of them starts. He holds a 1.96 ERA in Triple-A this season, allowing only five earned runs in 23 innings.

Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list Sunday, May 18. It is not clear whether Treinen will remain in the rotation after Thursday’s game.

  1. Hiram Hover - May 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    ” It’s hard to deny him that opportunity with how he pitched against the Dodgers.”

    Amen!

    • Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Definitely the right call. If he doesn’t do well, they can always bring TJordan back for another try for the next start, if needed.

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Agree. Can’t wait to see those 9mph corkscrewing fastballs again. I think this guy is going to be special. Just needs to master his command.

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        *96mph

      • Doc - May 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Glad you up-graded the ‘9mph fastball of Treinen. veejh.

        Just the same a 9mph fastball would probably K a lot of batters, swinging several times just waiting for it!

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Doc….just like that Bugs Bunny episode. 1, 2, 3 strikes your out!

      • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        Corrections all over *you’re

  2. Section 222 - May 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Looks like Treinen made 72 pitches against the Dodgers, 77 in his first start afterwards in AAA, and 88 on May 16. Will his limit be 100 this time around?

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=treine001bla&type=pgl&year=2014

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/pfx.php?s_type=3&sp_type=1&batterX=0&year=2014&month=5&day=6&pitchSel=595014.xml&game=gid_2014_05_06_lanmlb_wasmlb_1/&prevGame=gid_2014_05_06_lanmlb_wasmlb_1/

    Fastball and slider is all he throws and he doesn’t throw many sliders. That has me nervous as a 1 trick pony. This is the repertoire of a closer or a reliever.

    I wish him luck but he HAS to develop a changeup or cutter or something with a slightly different twist.

    • unkyd59 - May 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      My thoughts, exactly, Ghost… I remember the two pitches from the Dodger game. The FB is special, but as a starter, he needs at least one more, to set up FB and slider…. Anybody know if they’re working on anything else, down there?

      • nats128 - May 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Reminds me of some games with Gio. Fastball + curveball and nothing else. Nibble nibble nibble. Long innings. Gio has made it work. Gio does have a changeup.

  4. thelatencn - May 19, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Darn, veejh, I just read your correction. I was really looking forward to seeing that 9 mph corkscrewing fastball.

    • veejh - May 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      He’s not Livo!

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