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Brewers to use closer-by-committee approach

Jul 26, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

Francisco Rodriguez AP AP

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was hoping for some stability when he removed John Axford from the closer role early last week, but he hasn’t had any such luck. Francisco Rodriguez blew two save chances against the Phillies this week while allowing six runs on five hits and three walks over just 1 1/3 innings, so the Brewers are going back to the drawing board.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Roenicke plans to use a closer-by-committee approach for the time being.

“We’re going to go with whatever we see in the game and who fits that slot,” said Roenicke. “Unfortunately, it’s come to that. I’d rather have a set bullpen. But we’re going to match up and see how we do that way.”

As for who may get the ball in a save situation, Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that everyone is under consideration, including veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez. Livo, who is in his 17th season in the big leagues, notched his first career save back on May 5 as a member of the Braves.

While seeing a crafty junkballer like Hernandez try to lock down some save chances would be pretty entertaining — and likely terrifying for Brewers fans — it might not be long before Axford gets his old gig back. He has tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings since being removed from the closer role, including three strikeouts over two shutout frames in the Brewers’ extra-inning loss to the Phillies yesterday.

  1. 700lb - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Oh boy..it would be hilarious to see livan come in for the save with his 60 MPH pitches

  2. natslady - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Nats up 7-0, so could see Livo. Guy they brought up from the minors, Henderson (at age 29, ten years in the minors), made his ML debut with a 1-2-3 inning. He was closing down there, 15/16 saves. You wonder what took them so long to bring him up.

  3. derklempner - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    “…it might not be long before Axford gets his hold gig back.”

    Enough already with all the spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors in the HBT blog. Every day I read three or more entries with mistakes. For a bunch of “professional bloggers”, there are numerous mistakes on a daily basis; anything more than one mistake per month is too many. Do all of you write these posts from your smartphones using autocorrect?

    Perhaps you need to find new editors as well. Hopefully ones with who completed grade school.

  4. ermur22 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    What did Rodriguez have to say on his twitter after this blown save??

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