Treinen was shipped Sunday from the Nationals to the Athletics along with prospects Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse in exchange for relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
Treinen was the first reliever to ride the Nationals' closing carousel this season, losing his job in mid-April after allowing runs in four of his first seven appearances. Things haven't gotten much better for Treinen since he transitioned back to setup duties, as he's still sitting on an abysmal 5.73 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 37.2 innings. While 2017 has been a disaster for the right-hander, he's shown the ability to be a solid contributor in the past, as evidenced by the 2.28 ERA and 63 strikeouts he churned out in 67 innings a season earlier. He'll likely work in middle relief for the Athletics initially, but if Treinen can start generating more groundballs and scale back his .377 BABIP, he could very well salvage his season in Oakland and emerge as a useful member of the bridge to closer Santiago Casilla.
Treinen (0-2) took the loss Thursday by allowing three runs in the ninth inning to the Cubs.
The Nationals' endgame woes continued Thursday with a ninth inning meltdown from Treinen. He fanned the first batter he faced before hitting Jeimer Candelario with a pitch and later allowing RBI base hits to Tommy La Stella and Jon Jay to blow the Nats' two-run lead. Treinen had started to turn things around of late with one earned run over his last 6.2 innings entering Thursday, but his rough go against the Cubs ballooned his season-long ratios to a 6.11 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. Even with Koda Glover currently on the shelf, Treinen may have to wait awhile before his next save opportunity.
Treinen is having a poor 2017 so far with a 6.66 ERA and 1.97 WHIP through 24.1 innings.
Treinen had a rough April and beginning of May, but has showed a righting of the ship in his last nine appearances. Since a May 8 game in Baltimore he has a 3.37 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with eight strikeouts and two walks. Last season, the 2011 seventh-round pick had an ERA of 2.28, a large reason he started this season as Washington's closer, and his recent improvement has shown promise that he's on his way to a return to last year's form.
Treinen struck out one in a perfect seventh inning Tuesday to notch his fourth hold of the season in a win over the Pirates.
Good outings from Treinen have been rare this season but he's showing faint signs of improvement, posting an 8:1 K:BB over his last five appearances (5.2 innings) despite being scored upon in three of those games. It's still too soon to risk having him active on a fantasy roster, but the 28-year-old might yet prove to be a useful contributor down the stretch for the Nats.
Treinen allowed the game-winning run on two hits and a walk to record his first loss of the season during Sunday's extra-innings loss to Philadelphia.
After opening the campaign as the Washington closer, Treinen is pitching his way off the 25-man roster by allowing a run in seven of his past eight appearances for an 11.88 ERA and 3.12 WHIP over 8.1 innings. He's currently off the fantasy grid.
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