Glover hasn't been used in a save situation since he got his first save of the year Aug. 16.
When Glover got his last save chance, Kelvin Herrera (foot), Ryan Madson (back) and Sean Doolittle (toe) were all injured. Madson has since returned, potentially moving ahead of Glover in the closer conversation, though the Nationals' last two saves have gone to Greg Holland and Justin Miller. There doesn't appear to be a clear leader at the moment, and Glover's 5.68 ERA and 4:6 K:BB don't make very good cases for him earning a greater role.
Glover may be unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals but could enter the ninth-inning mix in the near future with Ryan Madson (back) on the shelf, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
He probably won't be an option if a save situation arises Tuesday after pitching back-to-back days and three of four, but Glover is one of the top healthy options remaining in the Nationals' bullpen with Madson out along with Kelvin Herrera (shoulder) and Sean Doolittle (toe). Glover missed the first four months with a shoulder injury, but the velocity has been there since his return to the major-league team (96.4 mph average) and he has past closing experience, having saved eight games for the club in 2017. Justin Miller is another option, but he has slipped of late, allowing three homers while striking out five in his last 10 appearances (8.2 innings).
Sidelined all season with a shoulder injury that has bothered him since 2017, Glover finally seems to be healthy again after completing five minor-league rehab appearances and reportedly flashing a mid-to-upper-90s fastball in those outings. While the Nationals seem encouraged by Glover's progress, the team likely wants him to get some more innings under his belt in the minors after a prolonged absence. If Glover thrives in his subsequent appearances with Syracuse, he could re-enter the big-league bullpen at some point later in the second half.
Glover (shoulder) made a rehab appearance at Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, covering an inning and striking out two while giving up a run on three hits and a walk.
While the results weren't the greatest for Glover, who threw only 14 of 24 pitches for strikes, his fastball was clocked as high as 97 miles per hour, according to Syracuse play-by-play broadcaster Eric Gallanty. It's encouraging to see Glover's velocity roughly on par with where it sat in his smattering of appearances with the big club in 2017, but the right-hander will need several more outings in the minors before being activated from the 60-day disabled list. Glover has been sidelined all season after experiencing shoulder inflammation in spring training and has made four rehab appearances, with the first three coming for the Nationals' rookie-level affiliates.
Glover (shoulder) began a rehab assignment with the rookie-level GCL Braves on Saturday, Byron Kerr of MASN Washington reports.
Glover has been sidelined since spring training with shoulder inflammation so starting the minor-league rehab assignment is a significant step. The 25-year-old will likely need numerous appearances to build up his arm strength, but he could seemingly return before the end of July if all goes well.
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