According to Joe Smith, Joe Maddon commented on the closer situation and how he might handle the last inning of the game for the first few weeks of the regular season. It sure sounds like he wants to get Jason Isringhausen in the mix, but isn’t sure yet if he will be ready.
“I don’t want to just get [Troy Percival] out there and start pushing him on a daily basis,” he said. “If we were to get hot and then you’ve got 3-4 wins in a row that are close situations, that would be counterproductive to get him out there that many days in a row. If we were able to figure out how to get (Jason Isringhausen) within the mix, then of course you’d be able to bounce it back and forth, and obviously that’s been in the back of my mind.
So either Izzy is the “backup” closer or he isn’t on the opening day roster at all. That is a ton of experience in the back-end of the bullpen, but there is also a LOT of mileage on those guys.
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