Cubs to have Dolis close against Brewers

May, 11, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs' current two-headed closer setup isn’t always dictated by what batters are due to hit in the ninth inning.

With left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis to choose from when a victory is on the line, manager Dale Sveum said he might make his decision long before the moment of truth arrives.

For this weekend’s series against the Milwaukee Brewers, for instance, Sveum has already informed Dolis that he will be the closer if the opportunity arises and Russell will be used in a set-up capacity.

“It’s probably going to be Dolis just because they don’t have the [Joey] Vottos, the [Jay] Bruces, the [Brian] McCanns, guys lined up that way,” Sveum said about above-average left-handed hitters around the National League. “We’ll probably use [Russell] in more of a situational seventh or eighth inning depending on what’s going on to keep the left-hander on the bench.”

Since Carlos Marmol was removed from the closer role last Friday, Dolis has two saves and a victory in three outings. Russell has two holds over that time and has given up just one run in 4 2/3 innings (four appearances).

“I’ll let them know during batting practice,” Sveum said. “I’ll say ‘It’s not cut and dry but a pretty good chance tonight you’ll be closing the game.’ ”

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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