|Washington Nationals – No. 46|
August 31, 1979 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 20, 2005 for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||4.00|
|Career highlights and awards|
Clayton Allen Hensley (born August 31, 1979) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals organization. Hensley has played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres, Florida Marlins, and San Francisco Giants.
On April 5, 2005, he was suspended 15 games for testing positive for steroids while pitching in the minor leagues. Later that season, he was called up from the Triple-A Portland Beavers. He emerged as a vital figure in middle relief, not allowing a home run in 47.2 innings.
Hensley began the 2007 season as the Padres' #5 starter, but was placed on the disabled list in May. After struggling in his minor league rehab starts, Hensley was optioned to the Triple-A Portland Beavers.
Hensley was signed by the Houston Astros on December 23, 2008, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training worth $550,000. In May 2009, Hensley was released by the Astros and signed by the Florida Marlins.
In 2010, Hensley took over the closer role from Leo Núñez. For the start 2011 season, Hensley was once again being used as a setup man. However, after injury problems to both himself and Marlins ace Josh Johnson, the Marlins promoted him to the starting rotation.
Hensley signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals on January 24, 2014.
Although Hensley lacks premium speed on his pitches, he uses his upper-80s sinker to induce weak contact. To right-handed hitters, Hensley adds a slider averaging about 80 mph and a big curveball averaging about 70 mph to the mix. To lefties, Hensley uses the curveball and a changeup in the low 80s. He also occasionally throws a four-seam fastball. He delivers his pitches with a nearly straight-overhead throwing motion.
Hensley lives in San Diego during the off-season with his wife Danielle and their two children.
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