A Jackrabbit in Red: Former SDSU Pitcher Blake Treinen Gets First MLB Start Tuesday
Former Jackrabbit Blake Treinen will make his first major league start when he throws against the Dodgers Tuesday night in Washington DC.
Treinen is being promoted from AAA Syracuse, where’s he’s thrown just one inning in the last week. His last extended appearance came April 28th, when he threw four innings.
This will be his second stint with the Nationals this season. He served as the team’s long reliever in three games and allowed just one run while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings last month.
The former seventh round pick of the Oakland A’s in the 2011 amateur draft, has appeared in 72 minor league games since then, making 41 starts. His overall minor league record is 14-15 with an ERA of 2.71.
The Osage City, Kansas native was 7-3 at SDSU with a 3.00 earned run average during his senior season in 2011.
According to The Washington Post:
The Nationals were choosing between Ross Detwiler, a former starter in the bullpen, and Treinen.
Detwiler was held out of games as insurance and hasn’t pitched in six days.
He did warm up in the bullpen in the ninth inning of Monday’s game.
The Nationals chose Treinen because he has been starting while Detwiler and Craig Stammen haven’t.
The two also provide innings while Treinen can be a fresh arm for the one spot start.
Washington manager Matt Williams on his spot starter for Tuesday’s game:
He’s been in that regular rotation.
We certainly wanted to stay away from Stammer and Det as much as possible in the last couple of days and we got an opportunity to do that so we have some length.
Treinen’s first big league start won;t just come against any run-of-the-mill pitcher. He’s scheduled to be opposed by two-time National League Cy Young Award winner For his first major league start, Treinen will be opposed by Clayton Kershaw at 6:05pm Central time.