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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nationals acquire Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle from A’s to bolster bullpen

The Washington Nationals moved aggressively Sunday to patch the glaring hole in their otherwise dominant ball club, acquiring relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics for their opening-day closer, Blake Treinen, and two high selections from their 2016 draft class.

It’s a significant jolt for the beleaguered Nationals bullpen and it comes a full two weeks before baseball’s non-waivers July 31 trade deadline. It certainly came plenty late for both Nationals manager Dusty Baker and fans who grew accustomed to late-inning pratfalls from their relief crew….

Oakland also receives a pair of prospects, most notably pitcher Jesus Luzardo, the Nationals’ third-round pick in the 2016 draft. Luzardo, who has a chance to become the major league’s first Peruvian native, was a projected first-round pick who underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2016. He’s made three starts this season for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League rookie team.

Sheldon Neuse, 22, was Washington’s second-round pick - 58th overall - in 2016 out of the University of Oklahoma. He’s having a strong first full season at low Class A Hagerstown (Md.), with nine homers, 51 RBI and an .818 OPS.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2017 at 01:55 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Tinkering with split-finger gave A’s Madson a sore arm - SFGate

“I was working on a new pitch, a split-finger fastball,” Madson revealed after his Cactus League debut Tuesday. “Either I overdid it, threw too many, or it’s just a nasty pitch on my elbow.”

Madson, 36, is a key part of the A’s bullpen plans. He saved a team-high 30 games last season — albeit with seven blown saves — and is in the late-game mix this season, though manager Bob Melvin hasn’t announced a closer.

Why try to add a split-finger fastball?

“I’m always trying to come up with something new to get the hitters seeing something new,” Madson said. “I was feeling strong, so I thought I’d just try it out. That’s it. Just curiosity. I had time to work on it.”

The right-hander worked the fourth inning of Tuesday’s wild 21-13 win over the Diamondbacks and surrendered two runs on three hits, including two doubles. He threw a fastball, curve, changeup and “a cutter that didn’t cut.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
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