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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Saito Won't Close, May Not Even Make NLCS Roster

Hard to believe, but maybe not so much after his awful performance in the NLDS.
Although Saito was promised the closer's role in the playoffs, with the former all-star still struggling to refine his mechanics after missing two months with a shoulder problem, Manager Joe Torre appears comfortable using hard-throwing Jonathan Broxton to save games. In Saito's absence, Broxton saved 14 games in 17 chances with a 2.76 ERA.

"The way Broxton pitched the other day, he certainly embraced the opportunity," Torre said of the pitcher, who appeared in all three games of the NL division series against Chicago, pitching 3 1/3 hitless innings and earning a save.

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