Aug 25, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jim Henderson (29) pitches during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Brewers defeated the Reds 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Brewers want to re-install Jim Henderson as closer


The Milwaukee Brewers shocked the baseball community on Monday afternoon when it was Francisco Rodriguez, not Jim Henderson who came in to preserve their victory over the Atlanta Braves.

While Rodriguez is more than qualified to do so given his 300 plus career saves, Henderson was thought to be the Brewers official closer.

However, manager Ron Roenicke was not happy with Henderdson’s recent performances and stated that Rodriguez would be his closer – for now.

But it appears Roenicke is attempting to instill some confidence in Henderson as he said today he wants to re-install Henderson as the closer when he gets his mechanics on point.

Roenicke said his plan at this point is to try and get Henderson back on track with a series of appearances in low-leverage situations, with an eye on eventually getting him back into the ninth inning.

“Ideally, I would like to get him a couple outings where the game wasn’t on the line. That’s ideal,” he said. “I’m not saying we can do that because if he has to pitch in a game where it’s an inning I need him to pitch, then he’ll pitch. We want him as a closer. That’s what we want.

While that might be the plan, it could be difficult to remove Rodriguez from that role assuming he’s pitching well.

If not, it should be an easy transition.

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