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MLB News: Mattingly Says Broxton to Get Closer Role Back

| by Off The Record

Oh what to do with Jonathan Broxton. He was the Dodgers closer, then he wasn’t. Then he looked to lose the job again this year before going on the DL May 6th.

But, manager Don Mattingly says that when he returns he’ll eventually get the closer role back…..until he loses it again?

“The ball was coming out pretty good,” Mattingly said of Broxton’s rehab stints. “I think he was at 94 to 97 (mph). It was encouraging because the velocity was there.”

His ERA when he went on the DL was 5.68, so we’re not sure why Mattingly is so encouraged.

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“Usually, when a guy is normally 98 to 99 (mph) and a year later he’s at 91, something is wrong,” Mattingly said. “That usually doesn’t lie. You can say it’s mechanical this or mechanical that, but at some point, that is a huge difference. We felt like seeing it jump in his first outing back was a sign something was going on.”

While Mattingly thinks that the injury was the problem, he said he wasn’t going to immediately be the closer again.

“I think we’ll try to get him into some games first,” Mattingly said. “(But) I think it would be best (for him to close) if he is throwing the ball the way he is capable of. Again, right now, we have to get him in there and see what it looks like.”

Broxton should be picked up in all fantasy leagues in leagues that give you points for blown saves.

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