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Tampa Bay Rays Sticking With Closer Fernando Rodney For Now

Apr 23, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) reacts after he gave up the game winning runs during the ninth inning as he walks back to the dugout against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There are no jobs more fickle in professional sports than that of a Major League closer. You certainly are allowed a hiccup here or there, but for the most part, only a small handful have any type of job security which is something Tampa Bay Ray closer Fernando Rodney is in the process of finding out.

Rodney, who saved 48 games for the Rays last season has struggled this season but, no worries says Ray manager Joe Maddon – he’s not ready to be concerned. Well, at least not yet….

Per the Tampa Bay Times:

“I’m not really concerned yet,” said Maddon. “I’m not running away from Fernando. We’ll get him right.”

For Rodney, it’s a no win situation as the dreaded “vote of confidence” almost is always the first sign of death, though, I’m personally inclined to believe Maddon in this instance despite Rodeny’s struggles.

The 36-year-old arm is coming off a game where he walked four and allowed a bases clearing double to Boston’s Will Middlebrooks, bringing his season ERA to a eye gouging 5.28. Still, despite walking 15 batters in just over 15 innings, Rodney is missing bats as opposing hitters are struggling at a .211 clip.

Rodney has three blown saves in ten chances, this after blowing two in 50 opportunities last year.

Topics: Fernando Rodney, Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays

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