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Cardinals remove struggling Ryan Franklin from closer role

Apr 19, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

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The Cardinals have finally done the inevitable.

While Tony La Russa wouldn’t say the change is permanent, he told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest this afternoon that struggling closer Ryan Franklin will not be used in the ninth inning for the time being.

Franklin has allowed six runs on eight hits — including three home runs — over 4 2/3 innings this season, blowing four out of his first five save opportunities.

“It’s a combination of things,” La Russa said. “He’s in a little bit of a rut. …You treat him like a hitter that’s struggling. You change his responsibility for a little bit.”

Ever-unpredictable, La Russa wouldn’t say who he would turn to should a save situation present itself tonight against the Nationals.

“Watch the game,” La Russa said. “We’ll see. I think the thing you do is you watch the game and see who comes out there. We can talk about it afterwards.”

Right-hander Mitchell Boggs is considered the favorite for the role, while 40-year-old Miguel Batista and fireballer Jason Motte are also possibilities.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 19, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    The Eck is probably sick of sitting in the broadcast booth.

    I’m sure Tony LaRussa could get him to grow that mullet back out and take the ninth inning reins in the Gateway City.

  2. nyjetsecody - Apr 20, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    ouch, four blown saves in five chances? the cards are 8-8 right now, but theyre batting like they should be 13-3. ryan franklin sucks ass

  3. nyjetsecody - Apr 20, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    ouch, four blown saves in five chances? the cards are 8-8 right now, but theyre batting like they should be 13-3. ryan franklin sucks ass

  4. nyjetsecody - Apr 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    yo ryan franklin sucks ass. this guy aint worth shit no more, why are they paying him $3,250,000.00 for no wins, two losses, an ERA above seven, and four blown saves? this guy is so bad now, he had that one good year in ’09 and thats it. get the ol forty year old in there, hes throwing a 1.29 right now.

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