- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Washington Nationals called up right-handed pitcher Koda Glover for his first career major league assignment on Wednesday.

The move comes one day after fellow minor league prospect Reynaldo Lopez made his major league debut, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs in an 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

The team optioned Lopez back to Triple-A Syracuse. Left-hander Nick Lee was also designated for assignment.

“I was pretty ecstatic,” Glover said. “It’s every kid’s dream, so when you get the call at 11 p.m. it’s tough to go to sleep … I barely got a wink.”

The 22-year-old owns a 3-0 record with six saves and a 2.18 ERA in 33 games, advancing through all three levels of the Nationals’ minor league system this season. On April 7, Glover, who was not in major league camp during spring training, threw his first pitches for Single-A Potomac. A little more than three months later he found himself with a locker and No. 32 jersey inside the Nationals’ clubhouse.

Selected in the 2015 draft, Glover made his last nine appearances in Triple-A Syracuse, where he boasts a 2.03 ERA and eight strikeouts in 131/3 innings pitched.

As with Lopez before Tuesday, manager Dusty Baker has never seen Glover throw. Baker said before Wednesday’s 8-1 win that he is unsure what role the Oklahoma State product will take on in the bullpen, but considers him “a more refined player” because of his college experience.

“[General manager Mike Rizzo] told me that [Glover] has got really good stuff,” Baker said. “He said he’s pitched later in games, set-up, and closed some games. And I heard that he has an attitude and I told him to keep that attitude. That’s one thing we need.”

Glover needed just four pitches to throw a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth inning in his major-league debut on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound rookie of Cherokee descent, whose name translates to “bear” in his tribe’s native tongue, described his attitude on the mound as a “bulldog mentality.”

Glover said he’s prepared to help the team wherever they may need him.

“To be completely honest I don’t care. Whatever the Nats want me to do,” Glover said. “If they want me at short relief, longer relief, close, set-up, whatever. I’m here.”


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