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Sorting Out The Closer Mess for the Nationals

George Kurtz Staff Writer June 14, 2017 10:56AM EDT
One of the most frustrating things for a writer is to write a column, format it, submit it, and then almost immediately have to rewrite it because some sort of news comes out about a player. This happened to me again last week with the news about the Pirates changing closers. It also shows you the nature of just how quickly things can change in the ninth inning. I can’t say it enough; closers have the worst job security as everyone is calling for your head after you blow one save, never mind a string of them. There is more good news than bad this week, but I kind of have the feeling we are just building up to something, and not something good. Happy Father’s Day to all of those dads out there this weekend.

Baltimore Orioles: Zach Britton’s recovery from a forearm strain has taken another step, as he is ready to throw in games. He is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Thursday before embarking on a rehabilitation assignment. The Orioles haven’t stated how many rehab appearances they will require him to make before promoting him back to Baltimore, but a guess would be three or four, which should put him back with the team in late June or early July. Brad Brach’s days as a closer are quickly coming to an end.


Felipe Rivero is the pitcher you want for saves from the Pirates. Photo by Justin Berl/Icon Sportswire

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