UPDATE: Koda Glover has indeed been called up and is with the Nationals. To make room, left-handed reliever Sammy Solis was placed on the 15-day DL with left shoulder inflammation.
WASHINGTON — The Nationals are calling up right-handed reliever Koda Glover, Chelsea Janes reports.
Glover, who appeared in two games for the big-league team in mid-July this season, has been dominant in the minor leagues over his two seasons in the Washington system. Over two years, hes gone 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA, 0.895 WHIP, 104 strikeouts and 16 walks over 86.0 innings. This season, he has flown through the minors, starting at high-A Potomac and having played in AA Harrisburg, AAA Syracuse and the majors.
At Potomac, Glover didn’t allow a run in 9.2 innings, and he struck out 15 of the 26 batters he faced. He allowed three hits and four walks, and he recorded two saves in seven games.
At Harrisburg, Glover pitched 22.1 innings, managing a 3.22 ERA and 1.209 WHIP while striking out 29 of the 93 batters he faced. He allowed just one home run in 17 appearances, and he walked seven batters while picking up four saves.
At Syracuse, he managed a stellar 2.25 ERA and 0.792 WHIP over 24.0 innings. He struck out 22 of the 88 batters he faced, walking just three, and he allowed just 16 hits. He also hit one batter, allowed two home runs and picked up two saves in 16 appearances.
Glover wowed in his two games with the Nationals, allowing one hit over 2.0 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 20 and 21. His first appearance was one for the ages: He needed just four pitches to get through the ninth inning. His second appearance was nearly as impressive, as he used 15 pitches to get through the ninth inning of a loss, allowing one hit while striking out one. All but two of his 19 major-league pitches to date have been strikes.
It isn’t yet clear what the corresponding move will be that will allow Glover to join the Nationals, but they’re desperately in need of bullpen help. In each of the past two days, Washington’s relievers have been forced to pick up the slack.
Max Scherzer lasted just four innings on Monday, leaving five relievers to pitch the final five innings, and a lengthy rain delay sent Gio Gonzalez to the clubhouse early on Tuesday, forcing Dusty Baker to pitch Yusmeiro Petit for three innings. Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen combined to pitch the final two innings of the loss. In all, Washington relievers have pitched 10.0 innings over the past two games, both in the elevated altitude of Colorado.
The bullpen hasn’t been bad, but it’s worn thin.
After his two excellent appearances for the Nationals, local fans have been clamoring for the 23-year-old righty to make his return to the majors.
If the reports are true, Glover could be called upon Wednesday afternoon if Stephen Strasburg can’t get through the eighth inning. Mark Melancon will likely handle the ninth if it’s a save situation.