Manager Dave Martinez said Monday that Rainey (forearm) is "probably" finished for the regular season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Rainey was placed on the 10-day injured list Sept. 15, and he should remain sidelined for the rest of the regular season. The right-hander pitched well during the abbreviated 2020 season prior to his injury as he recorded a 2.66 ERA and 0.74 WHIP over 20.1 innings.
Rainey landed on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
The move was made retroactive to Saturday, so Rainey could theoretically rejoin the team Monday for the final week of the season, though that would only be possible if it's a mild strain. His loss will be a blow to the struggling Nationals, as he owns a 2.66 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 42.7 percent strikeout rate in 20.1 innings this season. Aaron Barrett was recalled in a corresponding move.
Rainey is dealing with forearm tightness Saturday and won't pitch for several days, Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports.
Rainey underwent an MRI on his forearm that came back negative, but manager Dave Martinez said Saturday that he'll get a few days off to recover. The right-hander carries a 2.66 ERA and 0.74 WHIP over 20.1 innings this season.
Rainey struck out two over 1.2 perfect innings Tuesday to record his fourth hold of the season in a 2-1 win over the Mets.
With Sean Doolittle struggling to begin the year and Will Harris (groin) out since late July, Rainey has stepped up and emerged as a dependable high-leverage arm for manager Dave Martinez. Through eight appearances and 8.1 innings, Rainey has a win to go along with his holds, and his 1.08 ERA, 0.36 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB are all elite. The 27-year-old won't maintain a .000 BABIP forever -- the only hit he allowed was a solo homer, accounting for the only run against him so far -- but Rainey has become a fantasy asset in formats that value holds.
Rainey (1-0) walked one in a scoreless inning of relief to record the win Saturday against the Yankees.
Stephen Strasburg (hand) was a late scratch for this one, and as a result Erick Fedde was pressed into duty in the rotation. Fedde was able to give the Nats four solid innings, and Rainey was the first reliever out of the 'pen afterwards -- and thus the beneficiary of the 5-2 lead he inherited. Rainey was expected to push for a setup job this season rather than work in scenarios such as the one he faced Saturday, but bullpen roles could be very inconsistent all over the league during a chaotic 2020 campaign.
Rainey has posted a 3.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 3:3 K:BB through 5.1 spring innings.
While the right-hander hasn't been dominant, he also has yet to allow a home run this spring, an encouraging note after he surrendered 10 long balls in his first 55.1 big-league innings over the last two years. Rainey is expected to open the regular season in middle relief for the Nats, but his high-90s fastball and sharp slider could allow him to work his way into a late-inning role if his command takes a step forward.
Rainey has made the Nationals' wild-card roster.
Rainey will be one of nine pitchers the Nationals are carrying Tuesday. He'll make the cut over Wander Suero as the team's fifth reliever, with the team's top four starters each making the roster as well.
Rainey has a 4.74 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 27:14 K:BB with a win and six holds through 19 innings this season.
The strikeout rate is nice, as is his 97 mph fastball, but there isn't much else in Rainey's numbers to suggest he'll become a reliable part of the Nats' bullpen in the second half. Other than in deep NL-only formats that score holds, the 26-year-old has little fantasy value.
Rainey gave up a hit and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday to record his first hold of the season in a win over the White Sox.
He entered the game in the sixth inning after Anibal Sanchez has served up a solo homer to Yoan Moncada and got the job done, fanning Eloy Jimenez to end the frame and keep the Nats' 2-1 lead intact. Rainey's been sharp since his promotion, posting a 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 14:4 K:BB through eight innings, but as yet he isn't seeing many high-leverage opportunities. Given the shape of the team's setup crew in front of closer Sean Doolittle, though, that could change quickly if he continues shutting down the opposition.
Rainey was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.
Rainey will take the bullpen spot which had belonged to Justin Miller (shoulder), who was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move. Rainey was hit hard in his big-league debut for the Reds last season, posting a 24.43 ERA and a 7:12 K:BB in seven innings.
Rainey was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Rainey was acquired by the Nationals in exchange for Tanner Roark this offseason. Known as a hard-thrower who lacks control of his pitches, Rainey struggled this spring allowing seven earned runs and three walks in 4.2 innings of work.
Rainey allowed four runs on four hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning during Tuesday's spring loss to the Cardinals.
Rainey was acquired from the Reds for Tanner Roark in December and his first unofficial outing in a Nationals uniform was forgettable. The hard-throwing right-hander has historically struggled with walks (6.2 BB/9 at Triple-A Louisville in 2018), but that was of no concern Tuesday as he fooled no one and threw 12 total pitches to the seven batters he faced.
Rainey was traded from the Reds to the Nationals on Wednesday in exchange for Tanner Roark.
Rainey made his major-league debut in 2018, though he struggled in his small sample, allowing 19 runs while posting a 7:12 K:BB in seven innings of relief. The 25-year-old fared much better in his first taste of Triple-A, notching a 2.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 65:35 K:BB across 51 innings with Louisville. Rainey has the makings of a future high-leverage arm with a fastball that can touch triple digits, but he'll need to improve his control if he's to reach that ceiling.
Rainey was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Rainey made a pair of appearances during his latest stint with the Reds, giving up an incredible 10 runs in a total of just one inning. His season ERA now sits at 24.43 through seven innings. He's given much more reason for optimism at the Triple-A level, though, tossing 28.2 innings with a 1.57 ERA, but even there, his walk rate sits at an untenable 18.3 percent. Austin Brice was recalled in a corresponding move.
The Reds recalled Rainey from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.
Cincinnati will bring up a pair of relievers in Rainey and Cody Reed from Triple-A to bolster the bullpen after long reliever Dylan Floro was traded to the Dodgers prior to Wednesday's game against the White Sox. Rainey has previously made six appearances for the Reds, surrendering nine runs on six hits and nine walks over six innings. Those poor numbers will likely force him to settle for a low-leverage relief role while he's up with the big club.
Rainey was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The Reds decided to swap Rainey out for a fresh arm in Jesus Reyes after Rainey threw 37 pitches Monday. Rainey has bounced between Triple-A and the majors three times already this season and will likely continue to ride the shuttle, providing depth to the bullpen as needed.
Rainey was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.
He has given up seven earned runs in two big-league innings this year, but has been much more successful in 17.2 frames at Triple-A (2.04 ERA, 31 strikeouts). Raisel Iglesias (non-throwing biceps) and Austin Brice (back) were placed on the disabled list as corresponding moves. Look for Rainey to be used in low-leverage situations.
Rainey was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
Rainey's stint with Cincinnati lasted only three days after he was summoned from Louisville to provide an extra arm out of the bullpen while Amir Garrett was on the bereavement list. The hard-throwing right-hander should recapture a late-inning role at Louisville, where he had struck out 17 batters in 9.2 scoreless frames prior to his promotion.
Rainey was called up Friday to replace Amir Garrett, who was placed on the bereavement list.
Rainey was up briefly in mid-April, allowing seven runs on three hits and five walks in just two innings. He'll likely be up just a few days while Garrett remains on the bereavement list and is unlikely to have much fantasy value.
Rainey was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Rainey was recalled earlier in the week, but his performance in the big leagues was poor at best. He allowed seven runs in two innings pitched, prompting the Reds to send him back to the minors for more seasoning. He received lots of praise from manager Bryan Price during spring training, however, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the majors later in the season. To take his spot in the major-league bullpen, Dylan Floro was promoted from Triple-A.
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