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Washington Nationals call Michael Blazek up to work out of bullpen...

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You’re forgiven if you didn’t know Michael Blazek signed with the Nationals just last week and is up already... Don’t act like you know, he actually signed back in May.

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As they searched for ways to help their struggling bullpen earlier this season, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo said the team was, “looking for all avenues to improve ourselves bullpen-wise.” That search included signing a number of available veteran arms, including Francisco Rodney, Javy Guerra, Dan Jennings, George Kontos, Jonny Venters, and Michael Blazek, among others, all of whom were added to the organization over the first months of the 2019 campaign.

Three of those pitchers, (Rodney, Guerra, and Venters) have contributed at the major league level, while Jennings came up but didn’t last long in the Nationals’ bullpen.

According to multiple reports Saturday night, including an initial post on Twitter by 106.7 the FAN and The Athletic’s Grant Paulsen, Blazek was going to be the next reliever to get a shot to show he can add something to the big league pen after 23 appearances at Triple-A Fresno in which he posted a 5.54 ERA, a 4.92 FIP, 3.46 BB/9, and 9.69 K/9 in 26 IP for the Nats’ top minor league affiliate.

The move didn’t happen on Sunday, but this afternoon reporters in the nation’s capital noted that Blazek was in the Nats’ clubhouse in advance of the series opener with the Colorado Rockies and the official announcement came out shortly after the first tweeted reports of his presence.

Blazek, a 35th Round pick in 2007 by the St. Louis Cardinals, hasn’t pitched in the majors in two years, after putting up a 4.39 ERA, a 4.89 FIP, 4.32 BB/9, and 7.61 K/9 in 123 innings with the Cards and Milwaukee Brewers.

He’ll be the 20th reliever the Nationals have used this season when/if he gets in a game...

UPDATE: The Nationals had to make room on the roster for Blazek’s addition. They appear to be willing to try any and everyone they think can contribute as they also continue to look into potential trade targets with the trade deadline approaching at the end of the month.

In order to make room, the Nationals’ 40-Man roster for Blazek, the Nationals transferred right-hander Justin Miller to the 60-Day Injured List in a series of moves this afternoon...