Bullpen help on the way in Doolittle and Madson


"We leaned on him a little bit harder - which we probably will with some our starters - and he's a guy that's up for that now and had matured into that role". "It just shows you what we're going to bring in the second half".

The A's acquired reliever Blake Treinen and two of the Nationals' top 10 prospects, minor league left-hander Jesus Luzardo and minor league infielder Sheldon Neuse. A second-round pick in last year's Draft, Neuse has batted.291/.349/.469 with nine homers and 12 steals at Low-A Hagerstown this season.

Luzardo, 19, was a third-round draft pick in 2016 and is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA at the Gulf Coast Rookie League Nationals in his return from Tommy John surgery on March 22 previous year.

Our models project Treinen for a 3.62 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings pitched the rest of season. Luzardo fell in the 2016 draft because he underwent Tommy John surgery on March 22, 2016 during his high school career at Stoneman Douglas High (Fla.). He was a seventh-round pick in 2011 and was traded to Washington in a three-team deal that netted the A's John Jaso in 2013.

Serving nearly as Manaea's confirmation in the ace role, Melvin didn't even consider pulling the 25-year-old with two down and runners at the corners, following a walk, 111 pitches into the starter's afternoon in the seventh. He had a 3.62 ERA and 30 saves last season for the Athletics.

Rizzo said he wasn't sure when Madson and Doolittle would be joining the Nationals. Doolittle is 30 and has missed a great deal of time since 2015 with shoulder injuries, which are scary stuff.

But when both righty Ryan Madson and lefty Sean Doolittle became available, Rizzo couldn't pass up the opportunity to add a pair of pitchers who have worked high-leverage innings, closed games, and are capable of getting both right- and left-handed hitters out. Some believe that the Nats' window to win is closing, so Doolittle and Madson will benefit the Nats more than Luzardo.

"It's really surreal", Doolittle said. I knew my pitch-count had been up ...

Despite a career 3.39 ERA, Treinen is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 37 relief appearances this year, along with three saves.

Both pitchers remain under contract past this season. All it takes is for a problem to fester visibly for three months and enrage every single player and fan, I guess.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the news.

Madson, a right-hander, will be paid just over $15 million through next season. Madson, who is earning $7.5 million this season, is under team control through next season at $7.5 million, and Doolittle is on a five-year, $10.5 million extension that runs through 2018 with two club options.