Nationals activate Blanton from DL, send Glover to DL

The Washington Nationals recalled from rehab assignment and reinstated right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday and placed right-handed pitcher Koda Glover on the 10-day disabled list with lower back stiffness. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Blanton, 36, returns to Washington's bullpen after missing 21 games with right shoulder inflammation. In one rehab appearance, with Double-A Harrisburg on June 8, Blanton tossed a perfect inning, striking out two batters. Prior to being placed on the disabled list on May 17, Blanton was 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA in 14 appearances out of the bullpen.

The veteran right-hander was 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA in a career-high 75 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016.

Glover, 24, leads all Major League rookies with eight saves. He is 0-1 with a 5.12 ERA in 23 games this season. From May 13 to May 30, he offered scoreless relief in nine straight outings spanning 8.2 innings pitched, converting all five saves along the way.

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