- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Koda Glover said he rehabilitated the torn labrum in his hip the “old-fashioned way” in the offseason when he chose rest, physical therapy and exercise over surgery.

Glover was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday by the Nationals because of a left hip impingement. Matt Grace was called up to take his place.

Glover, 24, was elevated to be the co-closer, so to speak, with Shawn Kelley once Washington decided to remove Blake Treinen from the roll. Glover has made 11 appearances this season, including three in four days between April 22-25, before being placed on the disabled list.

Last season, his first in the major leagues after a rocket rise from Single-A Potomac where he started the year, Glover kept the news that he was having pain in his hip to himself. He made nine appearances after initially feeling the pain in his left leg. Glover said each time he landed it felt like an ice pick was jammed into his hip. He vowed to be smarter and shed the idea that blood was the only marker of injury, and he was to otherwise tough it out.

Glover is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.15 ERA in 11 relief appearances this season. His last outing was his worst of the season. Tuesday night, he allowed two runs in one inning in cold Colorado.

Losing Glover is another blow to the Nationals’ already ineffective bullpen. It came into Wednesday with the worst ERA in the National League. Three pitchers have been used as closers. Despite the bullpen’s failings, Washington came into Wednesday 14-6, tied for the best record in the major leagues.

Grace, 28, joins the Nationals for his first major-league assignment of the season. The left-hander has a 3.60 ERA in 31 career major-league games.

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