Coleman added to Cubs' closer committee

May, 29, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- Mild-mannered, shaggy-haired and generously listed at 6-feet, Casey Coleman can now add part-time closer to his list of recognizable qualities.

After closing out Monday’s four-run victory against the San Diego Padres, manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday to add Coleman’s name to the mix of guys who will get a chance to finish off victories much more in doubt than that.

With Rafael Dolis now down at Triple-A Iowa and Carlos Marmol still not under consideration to close games right now, Sveum has compiled a closer-by-committee group that includes James Russell, Shawn Camp and now Coleman.

“Yeah, he falls into that category,” Sveum said of Coleman. “I asked him, I said ‘Have you ever got the last three outs in a game?’ He said, ‘Yeah, spring training.’ Well that ain’t Wrigley Field with 30,000 people on a 12-game losing streak. But he handled it well.”

Because the wind was blowing out Monday and the teams had already combined to hit eight home runs, Sveum essentially considered it a closing situation.

“All you had to do was to get a couple of people on and a routine fly ball was a home run yesterday,” Sveum said. “He did a nice job.”

The reality of the situation is that the Cubs haven’t needed a closer that often. Dolis recorded the club’s last save on May 14, and they have received just four saves the entire month of May.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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