Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Status quo (but with no Kuo)
By Tony Jackson
With Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo basically forgotten now, free agency having taken them to Kansas City and Seattle respectively, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said today that he plans on opening the season with the same back-end bullpen alignment he used most of the second half of last year. That means Matt Guerrier in the seventh, Kenley Jansen (he of the 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings last year) in the eighth and Javy Guerra in the ninth (he of the 21 saves in 23 chances).
Jansen said he would like to be a closer one day, but that he isn't worried about it right now. Guerra said he's just trying to make the team. Pretty much what you would expect a couple of young pitchers to say on the first day of spring training, and they naturally added that whatever they did last year is now irrelevant.