Broxton Apparently Out As Full-Time Closer...Or Not

Jonathan Broxton's future role with the Dodgers is not quite clear.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was on The Peter Tilden Morning Show on KABC Tuesday morning in his weekly appearance, and indicated that Jonthan Broxton has lost his gig as full-time Dodger closer. The audio from the interview isn't yet up, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com heard the interview and has a quote from Colletti's interview:

"We hope to get [Hong-Chih] Kuo back Friday. [Vicente] Padilla's been back a few days. We hope to give [manager] Donnie [Mattingly] three choices or so at the end of the game and let him make up his mind based on matchups or whatever until Broxton can get his confidence back and get settled."

Broxton got his first blown save of the season last night against the Marlins, and has struggled all season. Broxton has allowed 19 baserunners in 10 1/3 innings, with eight strikeouts. Moving Broxton from the closer role could solve the Dodgers' bullpen woes, but the larger problem is that Broxton simply needs to pitch better. Even if he's not closing, Broxton will likely be used in high leverage situations, whether they are in the sixth, seventh, or eighth innings. A productive Broxton, in whatever role, is still a major key for the Dodgers to have an effective pitching staff.

Kuo, who pitched on back-to-back occasions just four times last season (twice facing one batter in the second outing, and once facing two batters), is scheduled to pitch again tonight for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment after pitching one inning last night. Kuo is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Padilla's last save situation came on September 28, 2000, while with the Phillies.

UPDATE: Per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Broxton was told in a meeting with Mattingly today that Broxton is still the team's closer.

Paul Claimed By Pirates

Following the Delwyn Young path (not to mention Andy LaRoche, James McDonald, and Andrew Lambo, who were traded), outfielder Xavier Paul was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates today. He was designated for assignment last Monday when the Jerry Sands era began. Paul, who was out of options, made the opening day roster this year and made two starts in left field, but quickly moved to the far end of the bench. He managed three singles in 11 at-bats, but only saw four plate appearances (all strikeouts) over his final 10 days as a Dodger.

Lineups

Juan Uribe (left thigh) is out of the fourth straight game, and Casey Blake (swollen left elbow) is out for the second straight night.

Marlins   Dodgers
CF Coghlan
3B Miles
2B Infante
SS Carroll
SS Ramirez
RF Ethier
1B Sanchez
CF Kemp
RF Stanton
LF Sands
C Buck
1B Loney
3B Helms

C Barajas
LF Bonifacio
2B
DeJesus
P
Volstad            

P Kershaw           

Podcast

I was a guest on The Replacement Level Podcast, with Jeff Creps and Chase Garrity. Full episode can be found here.

Game Time: 4:10 p.m.

TV: KCAL

MLB Gameday

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join True Blue LA

You must be a member of True Blue LA to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at True Blue LA. You should read them.

Join True Blue LA

You must be a member of True Blue LA to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at True Blue LA. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker