- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Washington Nationals announced Sunday they reinstated reliever Koda Glover from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

Glover has been sidelined since spring training with right shoulder tendinitis. He began rehab assignments in early July and has featured five times with two starts. Overall, in 5 ⅔ innings, he has a 4.76 ERA. The right-hander has allowed eight hits, three runs, one home run while walking three and striking out nine.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said before Sunday’s contest against the Atlanta Braves that he has liked Glover’s progression. Most recently, Glover struck out one batter Friday in a scoreless inning for the Syracuse Chiefs.

“I heard he pitched really well,” Martinez said. “He’s getting close. Like I said, right now, this is Koda’s spring training, but he’s doing well so, you know, he’s got a few more outings in him before we figure out what we’re going to do next.”

Washington seemingly decided to cut his rehab assignment short. Initially, Martinez said he could pitch “eight or nine” times before he potentially returned to the big leagues. Instead, he will slot in with the Chiefs. With Sean Doolittle’s setback to his toe injury, Glover could be an option once he gets more innings in the minors.

This time, though, Washington isn’t in need of a closer. Glover stepped in last season when Blake Treinen struggled with the role. The 24-year-old compiled eight saves in 19 ⅓ innings before another shoulder injury ended his campaign.

With Ryan Madson, Brandon Kintzler and Kelvin Herrera, the Nationals have more than enough back-end relief options.

Still, Glover has a big arm with a power slider he can mix in. The 2015 eighth-round selection could be a valuable bullpen piece if he can remain healthy.

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