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Contending Dodgers acquire reliever Madson from Nationals

WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Dodgers have bolstered their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher.

The playoff-contending Dodgers made the trade Friday. They have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he’s been shaky since coming off the disabled list.

Madson was 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. The 38-year-old recently came off the disabled list after being sidelined by nerve irritation that caused pain in his neck and back.

Madson, who helped Philadelphia and Kansas City win World Series titles, was acquired by the Nationals with fellow reliever Sean Doolittle from Oakland in July 2017. For his career, Madson is 61-48 with a 3.45 ERA and 91 saves.

Los Angeles (72-62) began the day two games behind Arizona in the NL West and 2 ½ games back in the wild card chase.

Washington, which unloaded second baseman Daniel Murphy and first baseman Matt Adams at the July 31 trade deadline, received right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler from the Dodgers. Istler, 25, went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles’ minor league system.

Additionally, the Nationals recalled left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse.