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Blake Treinen to take Gio Gonzalez’s spot in the Nationals’ rotation

May 19, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT

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Now that Gio Gonzalez is on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, the Nationals will turn to right-hander Blake Treinen to take his spot in the starting rotation.

Taylor Jordan was also mentioned as a possible fill-in option for Gonzalez, but Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com this afternoon that Treinen will get the nod. He’ll take his first turn this Thursday against the Pirates.

Treinen, 25, owns a 0.77 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings at the major league level this season. That includes an impressive spot start against the Dodgers back on May 6. He’s a deserving choice to fill in, but the Nationals are surely hoping that they’ll have Gonzalez back soon.

  1. jss1330 - May 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    It appears Oakland gave up a lot to get a poor defensive catcher that doesn’t hit lefties.

    • kelsocarpenter - May 20, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      He’s got an awesome beard though.

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