"I think No. 1, we have to do what's best to get us on the winning track, and No. 2, I have to take a look at the situation and do what I feel is in the best interest of the team for today," Trembley said before Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in a game in which a save situation didn't arise. "Further than that, I'll probably take it day by day."
Sherrill isn't entirely out of the role, but he's certainly not in. It's day-to-day. Here's Trembley on the lefty's performance:
"George will keep you on the tightrope more times than not," Trembley said. "There is not a whole lot of save opportunities for him that come rather easy, but I would admit that the location of some of his pitches haven't been as good as they were last year."
Danys Baez and Jim Johnson have been effective for the O's so far, and either could enter the mix for saves. Former closer Chris Ray has picked a bad time to struggle; he's allowed four hits and three runs in his last 1.1 innings. Still, according to the Sun, "Asked about his other options to close games, Trembley wouldn't rule out Chris Ray."
There's still no clarity to the saves situation in Washington, since presumptive/interim closer Julian Tavarez was a wreck in his last appearance (0.1, 2 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K). The Nats just signed Mike MacDougal and sent him to Triple-A, but, well...if White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper can't fix you, then you might be hopelessly broken.
No one in the Nats' bullpen is pitching better at the moment than deposed closer Joel Hanrahan, and according to the team website, "manager Manny Acta has not given up on him. He believes Hanrahan will be back in his old role in the future."
If you're wondering about Joe Beimel's progress...
Nationals left-hander Joe Beimel, on the disabled list because of a left hip flexor strain, had his first rehab assignment on Friday and didn't pitch well for Class A Potomac. He started the game and pitched one inning, giving up five runs on seven hits against Frederick.
He's expected to make another rehab appearance, then return to the Nationals mid-week.
Brandon Morrow (shoulder) went on the DL against his wishes according to the Tacoma News Tribune:
“I was available the last two games of the Anaheim series, the entire Chicago series and last night,” Morrow said. “I didn’t want to go on the disabled list. I told them I’m ready to pitch. They argued, they won the argument.”
The Mariners said they’d been cautious with Morrow since he’d told them of the discomfort, not wanting to risk further injury. By placing him on the DL now, [Don] Wakamatsu said, they can build him back to full strength in non-game situations.
A's closer Brad Ziegler was unavailable over the weekend due to flu-ishness and high fever. He should be available today, but he's apparently eight pounds lighter than he was last week.
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