MLB

Balfour out as Rays' closer, team to fill role by committee

{eot}
The Canadian Press
6/9/2014 12:48:56 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Grant Balfour is out as the Tampa Bay Rays' closer.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Monday's game against Seattle the team will use a closer by committee instead of the struggling Balfour, who gave up five runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Mariners. It was the second time the right-hander has had a five-run inning this season.

Balfour entered Monday 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA in 24 games, and had nine saves in 11 opportunities. He has walked 20 in 23 2-3 innings.

"It just hasn't worked out," Maddon said

Jake McGee and Juan Carlos Oviedo could get regular time in the closer role. Maddon expects Balfour to rebound and close games later in the season.

Longoria and Balfour (Photo: The Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: The Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story



Baseball Canada

Keep up with the latest on Canada's national programs from the governing body for amateur baseball in Canada.


Baseball Canada Website

Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Baseball Podcast : Episode 17 - Aug. 6th

Scott MacArthur, Richard Griffin & Gregor Chisholm discuss quiet trade deadline for the Blue Jays, struggling rotation & potential Biogenesis fallout.

TSN 1050: The Baseball Podcast: July 30 - Episode 15

Scott MacArthur & Toronto Star's Richard Griffin preview the trade deadline, Blue Jays' needs & being on Boston as Jon Lester rumours ramp up.

TSN 1050: Blue Lunch: July 9 - John McDonald

LA Angels infielder, John McDonald joined Blue Lunch to discuss his career from the time he left Toronto to the present.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television