Ryan Madson will close for Washington, at least until Sean Doolittle returns

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August 9, 2018

Washington Nationals — Dave Martinez confirmed that it’ll be Ryan Madson getting the ninth inning with Kelvin Herrera on the shelf. Justin Miller and Koda Glover will split the set-up role, with Greg Holland lurking as another potential high-leverage option, if he can figure things out. Meanwhile, Sean Doolittle (stress reaction in left foot) has been cleared to throw on flat ground, but is trying not to rush back too soon.

Updated hierarchy: Madson | Miller | Glover.

Cleveland Indians — Cody Allen isn’t making the most of his chances at the ninth inning. In a save chance on Wednesday, he gave up a leadoff home run and put two other guys on before escaping the inning and winding up with a walk-off win.

Hierarchy remains: *Hand | Allen | Miller.
* = closer-by-committee


1. Jose Alvarado — Sergio Romo has pitched in two straight, including a blown save on Wednesday.
2. Josh Hader — Corey Knebel threw 24 pitches on Wednesday and 46 pitches in outings over the weekend.
3. Roberto Osuna — An appearance today for Hector Rondon would mark three in four days.