Sean Doolittle went on the 10-Day Injured List with right knee tendinitis this past Sunday, after the latest in a series of rough outings for the Washington Nationals' closer, but the reliever's skipper Davey Martinez wanted the left-hander to know that he would still have the job when he returned to the bullpen. Martinez told reporters the same before the start of the Nationals' four-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night in PNC Park. Doolittle appreciated the support, but said he had to be better than he had been before the IL stint, when he gave up 13 hits (five home runs), and 10 earned runs in four innings (22.50 ERA) before acknowledging that he needed a break to get things right. “I mean, that's awesome to get that vote of confidence from your manager,” Doolittle said.
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