Bill Ladson

Treinen has shot to make Opening Day roster

Treinen has shot to make Opening Day roster

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals manager Matt Williams has not ruled out right-hander Blake Treinen making the team as a reliever. Treinen entered Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Mets in the ninth inning, retired the side in order and picked up the save.

Last year, Treinen was an emergency starter and performed well with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts. Treinen also appeared in eight games as a reliever and allowed two runs in 14 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts.

It seems unlikely Treinen will be a starter this year because the rotation is set with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez.

"He has filled that role before [as a reliever]," Williams said about Treinen. "He had done the multiple innings role and the starting role for us as well. He is pretty versatile guy in that regard."

Treinen doesn't seem to mind what role he is in.

"It's always fun to have opportunities to save a game -- coming in big situations," Treinen said. "It's spring and everybody is trying to work on stuff. It's still early, but it's still fun of course."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.