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Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Records win after blown save
Rainey (1-1) was charged with his second blown save of the season but picked up the win in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning victory over the Marlins, giving up a run on a hit and two walks in one inning of relief. He struck out one.
With the Nationals ahead 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, Rainey got the call but quickly loaded the bases with one out before a Jazz Chisholm sacrifice fly tied the game. Rainey has now blown his last two save opportunities and given up runs in three straight appearances after maintaining a 0.00 ERA through his first eight games. On the season, the right-hander now sports a 3.38 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB through 10.2 innings, and if he continues to struggle, it could open the door for someone like Kyle Finnegan to get a look in the closer role.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Takes loss, blows save Sunday
Rainey (0-1) blew the save and took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in a 5-4 defeat Sunday against the Angels.
Rainey entered the game with a two-run lead and struck out the first batter he faced. After a walk and a single, he punched out Mike Trout. Shohei Ohtani then smacked a two-run double off the wall to tie it and was plated on a walk-off single by Anthony Rendon. Rainey had been excellent in his first eight appearances, converting all three of his save opportunities and holding opponents scoreless. The 29-year-old is the lone National to record a save, and his status as closer should not change despite this hiccup.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Secures third save
Rainey collected his third save of the season in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.
Called upon to protect a 1-0 lead, Rainey managed to load the bases with nobody out before escaping the jam he'd created. The right-hander has an unblemished ERA and 4:1 K:BB through four innings to begin the season and has yet to blow a save chance, but Rainey has a long way to go before he should be considered reliable as the Nationals' closer.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Notches second save
Rainey gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to record his second save of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Atlanta.
The right-hander did give up a two-out single to Austin Riley to make things interesting, but Rainey is 2-for-2 in save chances to begin the season. As long as he keeps getting the job done, Nationals manager Dave Martinez will keep turning to him in the ninth, but Rainey still has a little more work to do before he can be considered the team's true closer.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Nails down first save of 2022
Rainey worked around a hit to throw a scoreless ninth inning and earn the save Sunday against the Mets.
Manager Dave Martinez didn't name a closer coming into the season, but he did tell MASN Sports back in mid-March that he would "love" for Rainey to show he's ready to close. The early returns are promising. Kyle Finnegan worked the eighth inning Sunday, setting up the save chance for Rainey.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Reaches deal with Washington
Rainey and the Nationals agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Rainey endured a turbulent 2021 campaign in which he struggled from both a performance and health standpoint, but he at least closed the season on a high note. Following a call-up from Triple-A Rochester for the final two weeks, Rainey made six appearances out of the bullpen and turned in a 1.41 FIP over that stretch while notching two saves. Rainey's strong finish to the season along with an impressive 20.1-inning sample in 2020 looks like it'll be enough to keep him in the closer mix heading into 2022, as manager Dave Martinez said early in spring training that he was hopeful the right-hander would seize hold of the job. The skipper may not formally name a closer heading into Opening Day, but Rainey should be in the mix for the gig if he turns in a productive spring.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: In closer mix
Manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that he would "love" for Rainey to cement himself as the Nationals' closer coming out of spring training, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Martinez's comments can't be taken as evidence that Rainey is penciled in as the team's ninth-inning man, but the 29-year-old's strong finish to an otherwise turbulent 2021 season appears to make him the early frontrunner for the job. In addition to sustaining a collarbone injury last spring, testing positive for COVID-19 in May, and then suffering a right tibia stress reaction in late June, Rainey struggled mightily when available for the first four months of the season with a 7.62 ERA while walking 16.5 percent of the batters. However, upon returning in mid-September from a one-month stint at Triple-A, Rainey recaptured the strong form he displayed in 2020, submitting a 29.2 K-BB% and holding hitters to a .150 average while notching a pair of saves over five appearances. Though the late-season sample was a small one, it might be enough to position Rainey atop the depth chart in a bullpen that's mostly lacking in upside arms.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Escapes with third save
Rainey allowed one run on a hit and a walk in one inning Sunday and recorded a save against Colorado.
Rainey gave up a two-out RBI double to C.J. Cron but escaped the threat to finish off the 5-4 win. He's converted his last two save chances, making him 3-for-6 on the year. Rainey has produced a 6.75 ERA and 39:23 K:BB through 30.2 frames.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Picks up second save
Rainey tossed a perfect two-thirds of an inning to earn the save in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
The Marlins put three runs on the board off Washington reliever Ryne Harper to cut the Nationals' lead to 7-5 with one out in the ninth inning. Rainey was called upon to put out the fire, and he quickly induced groundouts from Miguel Rojas and Jazz Chisholm to secure his second save of the year. It's been a lost season for Rainey, who owns a 6.91 ERA in 35 appearances, but he has managed to provide three straight scoreless outings since returning from Triple-A Rochester.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Strikes out side in return
Rainey, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, tossed a perfect inning in relief Sunday in the Nationals' 3-0 win over the Rockies. He struck out the side in the 13-pitch appearance.
Rainey was credited with his ninth hold of the season after blanking the Rockies in the sixth inning during his first outing with Washington since Aug. 12. The right-hander was a key part of the bridge to the ninth inning for the Nationals in 2020, but he's largely struggled on the rare occasions he's been healthy enough to pitch in 2021. Even after his strong showing Sunday, Rainey owns a 7.33 ERA across 27 innings on the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Back in action
Rainey (side) returned to the mound for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, walking one batter in a scoreless inning, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Rainey hadn't pitched because of side pain since being demoted to Rochester in mid-August. While he's now returned to game action, he's likely a ways away from being considered for a big-league roster spot. The right-hander was sent down to work on his command after posting a 7.62 ERA and 31:21 K:BB across 26 major-league innings.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Remains shut down
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday that Rainey (side) has yet to resume baseball activities at Triple-A Rochester, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
After being optioned to Rochester on Aug. 12 to work on his mechanics due to his poor results in the big leagues, Rainey didn't appear in any games for the affiliate before being shut down last week with left side soreness. Martinez is optimistic that Rainey will move past the injury and pitch again in 2021, but since the right-hander will need some time to ramp up once he's cleared to resume activities, he may be multiple weeks away from game action.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Shut down at Triple-A
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday that Rainey was shut down at Triple-A Rochester a few days ago after experiencing pain in his side, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
Fortunately for Rainey, an MRI on his side returned negative, so the Nationals won't shutter him for the season and are hopeful he'll recover from the injury after resting for a few days. The 28-year-old has endured a brutal 2021 campaign from both a health and performance standpoint; he's missed time due to collarbone, tibia and side injuries and COVID-19 protocols, and he submitted a 7.62 ERA and 1.81 WHIP over 32 relief appearances with Washington before being optioned to Triple-A last week.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Returns to minors
Rainey was returned to Triple-A Rochester following Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Rainey served as the 27th man Wednesday, and he remained in the big-league bullpen for Thursday's twin bill. The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits and no walks in a relief inning during Game 2 on Thursday, and he'll head back to the minors following his lackluster performance.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Called up as 27th man
Rainey was recalled by the Nationals to serve as the 27th man for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Rainey will provide a fresh arm out of the bullpen in Wednesday's nightcap after the Nationals and Mets concluded a suspended game in the afternoon. The right-hander has been in the minors since the beginning of August, but he's posted a 7.20 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 25 innings across 31 relief appearances in the big leagues this year.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Optioned to Triple-A
Rainey was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Rainey was activated off the 10-day injured list Thursday after recovering from a stress reaction in his lower leg, and he'll head to the minors after giving up a run on two hits and a walk while recording only one out Thursday against the Phillies. The right-hander has a 7.20 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 31:21 K:BB across 25 innings for the season. According to Zuckerman, Rainey is expected to pitch on a strict every-other-day schedule at Triple-A in an attempt to get him back on track.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Returns from injury
Rainey (lower leg) was activated off the 10-day injured list Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Rainey wound up missing a month with a stress reaction in his right tibia. He could be in the mix for saves down the stretch, as the Nationals dealt Brad Hand to the Blue Jays on Thursday. His 42.7 percent strikeout rate and 2.66 ERA last year would make him seem like a strong candidate, though his strikeout rate has fallen to 26.5 percent this season while his ERA has ballooned to 6.93.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Starts up rehab assignment
Rainey (lower leg) retired two of the five batters he faced in his first rehab outing with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. He was charged with an earned run on one hit and two walks during the 24-pitch outing.
Pitching in a game for the first time since June 27, Rainey struggled to find the zone, as he pumped in only 11 pitches for strikes. The outing wasn't all bad for Rainey, who recorded both of his outs via strikeout. if Rainey shows improved control in his next outing with Rochester, it could be enough for the Nationals to activate him from the 10-day injured list.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Tanner Rainey: Gets back on mound
Rainey (lower leg) tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
According to Dougherty, Rainey was throwing from a distance shorter than the standard 60 feet to home plate, so he has yet to complete a traditional bullpen session since landing on the injured list in late June with a stress reaction in his right tibia. That said, the Nationals believe Rainey is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the injury. A firmer target date for Rainey's return from the IL should emerge once he's facing hitters in live batting practice, but based on where he currently stands in his throwing program, he'll be hard pressed to make it back before the end of July.... See More ... See Less
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