Nationals place closer Sean Doolittle on IL

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Sean Doolittle #62 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON– The bad news just keeps piling up for the Nationals’ bullpen.

The team has placed closer P Sean Doolittle on the 10-Day Injured List with right knee tendinitis.

While the injury isn’t expected to end Doolittle’s season, it does come at a time where the Nationals are in the thick of the NL Wild Card race.

Doolittle, 32, is usually a very capable reliever, but has struggled to a 4.33 ERA over 53 appearances for Washington.

He has still accumulated a career-high in saves (28) but has given up more runs than in any season in his career.

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