Joel Hanrahan Loses Closer Role
The last straw came last night when Raúl Ibañez hit an eighth-inning Grand Slam off the big Righthander. It was Hanrahan’s third blown save in his last six appearances and raised his ERA to a staggering 8.64. Ladson is reporting that Garrett Mock, and his 9.82 ERA, is out as the primary setup man.
The Nationals will employ a Bullpen by Committee with veterans Julián Tavárez and Kip Wells will likely hold down the fort until Joe Beimel returns from the DL. Tavarez has a 3.12 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, Wells has a 2.08 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, and Biemel has a 1.23 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.
Earlier this month the Nationals optioned Saul Rivera, Steven Shell, and Wil Ledezma when they struggled in the bullpen.