By Sam Bush

Sean Doolittle won’t be able to hurt the Nationals for awhile.

That’s because they’ve put him on the injured list!

Doolittle was placed on the 10-day IL with right knee tendinitis yesterday, hours after coughing up four runs in one-third of an inning and failing to protect an 11-8 lead in the ninth inning. The Nationals went on to lose 15-14 in 14 innings Saturday night.

Manager Davey Martinez and Nationals medical personnel met with Doolittle this morning and made the decision to send him to the sidelines in the middle of a pennant race in hopes he can return to form for the September stretch run.

“It came to a head when I talked to him (and he said) that his right knee’s bothering him,” said Martinez. “So we want to get it right. So we put him on the IL. Hopefully, it won’t take as long, he’s back in 10 days and when he does come back, he’s our closer. And I reiterated that to him. He’s our closer, but we got to get him right.”

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