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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Two spots to fill in the bullpen

By Richard Durrett

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Manager Ron Washington said now that his rotation is set that the club has two spots to fill in the bullpen.

Neftali Feliz is the closer with Alexi Ogando, Darren O'Day and lefties Arthur Rhodes and Darren Oliver locked into spots. But that leaves a long relief role and a right-handed setup man still to fill.

Brett Tomko and Dave Bush are fighting for that long relief job now that Michael Kirkman has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Mark Lowe, Pedro Strop and Mason Tobin are candidates for the other late-inning relief job.

"We'll see how it goes," Washington said.

Lowe was penciled in to a spot before spring training began, so he's now in a position where he'll have to fight for a job.

"He just has to start getting some outs," Washington said. "We certainly like his stuff. We like Mark Lowe real well. He just has to start getting some outs."