Could Jonathan Broxton be the next closer for the Cincinnati Reds – at least until Aroldis Chapman returns? It’s within the realm of possibility as manager Bryan Price suggested Broxton could be placed in the role once he returns from the disabled list.
Manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that if all goes well, Broxton could be activated off the 15-day disabled list during a series in St. Louis at the start of next week. Broxton is recovering from surgery on his pitching forearm last August.
Broxton saved 23 games for Kansas City in 2012 and four more for the Reds after a midseason trade. He was used in a setup role last season.
“Once he gets reacquainted with being back here, he’ll be that guy to hold down the fort until Chapman’s ready to go,” Price said.
Currently the Reds are going with a closer-by-committee approach with J.J. Hoover seemingly in the lead, though Broxton has the most closing experience as he spent a few seasons atop the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen.
Nearly recovered from his offseason surgery, it appears Broxton may be ushered into the closing role moving forward.
Chapman, suffering from a facial fracture, is not expected back until at least mid-May at the earliest.