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Nationals select the contract of Dan Jennings

April 30, 2019

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday and placed third baseman Anthony Rendon on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to April 27) with a left elbow contusion. Additionally, the Nationals designated right-handed pitcher Austin Adams for assignment. Nationals President of Baseball

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday and placed third baseman Anthony Rendon on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to April 27) with a left elbow contusion. Additionally, the Nationals designated right-handed pitcher Austin Adams for assignment. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Jennings, 32, joins the Nationals after going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA across three appearances (3.2 IP) out of Double-A Harrisburg’s bullpen. He struck out two batters, issued no walks and surrendered just one run on four hits (4-for-15) along the way. He spent the 2018 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, going 4-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 72 appearances.

Jennings has posted a 2.96 ERA in 382 games across seven Major League seasons with Milwaukee (2018), Tampa Bay (2017), Chicago-AL (2015-17) and Miami (2012-14). Since 2016, he has held opposing left-handed batters to a .219/.301/.314 slash line and has surrendered just 16 extra-base hits to lefties over that stretch (9 2B, 3B, 6 HR) in 306 at-bats.

Since the start of the 2015 season, Jennings has induced 35 double plays, tied for eighth among Major League Baseball relievers and tied for second among left-handed relievers.

Prior to suffering the injury, Rendon was in the midst of a 17-game hitting streak, the longest in the Majors this season, going 26-for-65 (.400) with 10 doubles, six home runs, 18 RBI, nine walks and 20 runs scored.

Adams, 27, went 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in nine games across three seasons out of Washington’s bullpen.