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Nats call up Treinen, option Mattheus

May 21, 2014, 9:07 PM EST

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Needing a starter for Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh, the Nationals have called up right-hander Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned reliever Ryan Mattheus back down to make room.

Treinen will now take Gio Gonzalez’ spot in the Nats’ rotation as the lefty serves a 15-day stint on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

“Ryan Mattheus, he’ll go back to Syracuse,” manager Matt Williams said. “He pitched really well, but we have to get Blake here to start.”

Treinen, a 25-year-old rookie, will join the Nationals for the third time this season. Through four appearances he holds a 0.77 ERA across 14 2/3 innings.

Treinen last appeared with the Nationals on May 6 in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made a spot start opposite former Cy Young-winner Clayton Kershaw, and pitched very well. The right-hander went five innings on a pitch count with zero earned runs and seven hits allowed.

Aside from his time with the Nats this season, Treinen has held a 1.96 ERA with Syracuse through six starts. He last pitched on May 16 and allowed two runs through 5 2/3 against the Toledo Mud Hens.

Mattheus leaves the Nats after his first stint with the team this year. He pitched four scoreless outings for a total of 5 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez will test his shoulder on Friday in Pittsburgh and from there hopefully have a timeline to return. It is not clear yet whether Treinen will remain in the rotation after starting on Thursday.

  1. Sonny G 10 - May 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Here’s hoping Treinen does really well. We are starting to get more good players than we can fit onto our 25 man roster. Should be some really good trading chips available.

  2. Joe Seamhead - May 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    +1, Sonny

    The knucklehead has looked real good. I predict that he will play an important, and positive, part for the Nats as the season goes on. Det is the one that I’m not too sure about.

    I have a lot of confidence in Blake Treinen.

    Let’s go Nats. You guys can do this!

    Has anybody heard from sjm308 since he returned from Italy?

    • scnatsfan - May 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      I was on the plane from Italy Monday that got turned over the Atlantic and forced to land in Dublin. In Italy I never saw anything but soccer on TV. Can’t imagine a baseball game.

      • tcostant - May 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        I was in Iceland during the playoffs in 2001 and could find a baseball score for two days, until I found a small coffee house with the internet. All the soda cans had soccer players on them. I know what you meant…

    • sjm308 - May 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Seam: I am here! Just reading mostly rather then commenting.

      Still getting settled.
      Was there today but obviously did not bring much luck back with me.

      Was a big fan of hiring Matt W. but I am not a fan of several of his moves lately.
      Thought Det could have just pitched the one inning yesterday and maybe gained a little of his confidence back but that didn’t happen.
      Thought Roark or any starting pitcher could have bunted in the 15 inning game instead of Lobotan striking out.
      Thought the bunt tonight was premature and I would have liked to have seen Span try and steal that base.
      I just don’t have that great feeling about this team yet but I am aware of what injuries can do to a club so I am just hoping things get better soon. What is the longest winning streak we have put together this season? It certainly can’t be that long.

      Anyway, thanks for thinking about me and I will try and get back into a routine soon. I have read pretty much all the comments and it looks like things are basically the same as when I left. Lots of impatience, frustration, “I told you so”, look what I wrote last hour/day/week etc etc. great thing about “Insiders” is that truly, everyone wants our lads to succeed and no one is rude (well, not that rude anyway). We get on a nice winning streak and it could prove boring here but the great thing about this game is there is always room for second guessing.

      Go Nats!! Salute(can’t figure out how to put that little accent thingy on the e)

      • Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        308, as it has been for the past couple of years, our partial plans are different so unless we go to games not on the respective plans we rarely end up at the stadium on the same day. Our plan is heavy on the Friday night games, though we did have yesterday’s game which was a treat because of seeing not just the win, but also Denard Span’s 5-5 night. Would love to meet up for a pre-game soda at Justin’s. Good to hear that you’re well and hope that your trip was all good.

        One of the great things about baseball is discussing it with heated emotion. And not just about strategy, either. Five people can watch the same play and give five different accountings as to what happened.Or perceive that a guy like Soriano has a nonchalant care-less attitude, or is a super competitive guy. Or believe that Davey was a great manager, or was he an idiot? Or go back 50-55 years and kids argued constantly over whether Mays or Mantle was the best player in the game. It’s all part of what makes it such a timeless source of entertainment.


  3. trom1 - May 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    The Nat’s gave option_less HRod a year and a half. Have to think Det will be here a while longer before the Nat’s consider cutting bait.

  4. Section 222 - May 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Welcome back sjm!

    I’m heading to Pittsburgh tomorrow. Have tickets to Thurs, Fri, and Sat’s games in three different locations, including with the NATS NATS NATS cheering section on Friday night. So I’ll see Treinen, JZnn, and Stras pitch in that beautiful park. Hope to file some first hand reports. I know you’ll miss me!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      I’m a little jealous, a Deuces. I’m overdue for a road trip.

    • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      Bring some Nats luck 222!

    • adcwonk - May 22, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Bring us back a report on the stadium. I’ve heard that Pittsburgh has one of the nicest ones.

      • wearenationals - May 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        I was at the PNC Park last year. Glad to knock PNC off my baseball bucket list. It truly is a great park to watch baseball, good eats and brew, even better views (be sure to sit between the corner bases to view the backdrop) of the Pittsburgh skyscrapers and the Roberto Clemente bridge behind centerfield (the bridge is closed on gamedays and for those who park across the river, people can walk through) . I went on a Saturday and Sunday, and there’s a festive atmosphere and lots to do outside the park, something Nats Park is lacking. The fans there were enthusiatic to finally see winning baseball last season. Hopefully, the Nats can avoid the Pirate fans from “Raising the Jolly Roger”.

  5. tcostant - May 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    BTW – Det doesn’t have a minor league option because of that stupid call up in Sept the year he was drafted, I think he pitched a inning that year in the majors. Just stupid.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM






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