Nationals Reliever Daniel Hudson Reinstated From Paternity Leave Ahead of Game 2

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Daniel Hudson #44 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the ninth inning of game five of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Five | Harry How/Getty Images

After being without their primary closer for the first game of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Washington Nationals have officially reinstated Daniel Hudson from the postseason paternity list ahead of Game 2. As a result, Wander Suero was taken off the NLCS roster.

While Sean Doolittle shut down the Cards during the NLCS opener, Hudson and his wife welcomed a baby girl on Friday, which should have him more than motivated to pitch lights out.

Hudson has pitched well in the postseason, going 1-0 with two saves through 3.2 innings of work. He's struck out five so far.

Washington's bullpen has ranked among the worst in baseball this year, as it had an ugly 5.66 ERA. Hudson provided a nice change of pace for the bullpen, as he put together six saves on a 1.44 ERA since the Nats acquired him from Toronto at the trade deadline.

Hudson will likely step back into his closer role, with Sean Doolittle going back to his important setup duties in the eighth innings of ballgames.