Fresh off a thrilling victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, it looks like the Nationals will be without a key member of their bullpen for a time.
The team announced that closer Daniel Hudson is on paternity leave after his wife gave birth to their third child on Friday. He will miss Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.
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Right-handed pitcher Wander Suero will replace Hudson on the Nats' roster for the time being.
"Apparently the baby didn't want to come out until later this morning," Nationals manager Dave Martinez joked. "But we're going to miss him today, he's going to try and get back here possibly tomorrow. But for me I told him ... 'Hey, family's always first.'"
While Sean Doolittle closed out Washington's win over LA in Game 5 of the NLDS, Hudson has been the anchor of the Nationals bullpen this postseason.
In four appearances in the playoffs, Hudson's recorded two saves and posted a 1-0 record in 3 2/3 innings of work. He's allowed four hits and no runs while walking two and striking out five over that same span.
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In the regular season, Hudson sported a 1.44 ERA in 24 appearances for the Nationals after being acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline.
The Nationals take on the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday at 8:08 p.m. ET.