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Postby Pepsi or Coke » Mon May 26, 2003 11:57 pm

Who would close for the Reds if Williamson is out for a great amount of time??
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Postby BobbyRoberto » Tue May 27, 2003 12:52 am

I was watching the Reds game today and Williamson breezed through an inning on 6 pitches, came out for the next inning and didn't start the inning. I thought the announcers said that he had developed a blister, but later I saw on ESPN that he had a hyperextended elbow or something like that. If anyone finds out if he's going on the DL, can they post it on here, please? Biddle's available in my league, but I have to get him before another guy in my league who needs a closer, and I can only get Biddle if Williamson goes on the DL.
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Postby jdh » Tue May 27, 2003 12:59 am

If he was going to be out for any length of time, it's probably possible that they would just move Graves back into the bullpen and let him close.
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Postby slomo007 » Tue May 27, 2003 1:09 am

I doubt they would move Graves, their starting pitching is weak enough as it is and he has been the only bright spot in an otherwise worthless starting crew. I would bet either Scott Sullivan or Gabe White (usually setup men) would become closer. That's just a guess, but it seems to make sense. White has pitched better so far this year, and that could mean he would win the job.
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Postby jdh » Tue May 27, 2003 1:22 am

However, White is a lefty and Sullivan is a righty and managers don't usually like to have to save their top lefty for the 9th inning, preferring to use them on a situational basis. This was the same reason Jeff Nelson, not Arthur Rhodes was the temporary closer in Seattle when Sasaki was out.
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Postby Guest » Tue May 27, 2003 3:46 am

Too bad Houston doesn't follow that theory with Dotel and Wagner. I think Dotel would make a great closer. He's as lights out as consistently as any reliever in baseball and he's a righty.
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Postby benjapage » Tue May 27, 2003 12:36 pm

jimmy haynes is coming off the DL--even tonight, i think--allowing the reds to move riedling into the closer's role. riedling has *great* stuff, and although boone/gullett see him as a starter, he's been pretty effective as a reliever.

i'll keep an eye on the situation.

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Postby benjapage » Tue May 27, 2003 12:46 pm

cincinnati post comes in handy again...

""(the Atlanta team doctor) just said I might have broken up some scar tissue," said Williamson, who had Tommy John surgery two years ago. "He said the same thing happened to (Atlanta closer John) Smoltz (another Tommy John recipient). It's not a big deal."

Williamson pronounced himself ready for normal action beginning tonight."
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Postby ukjohn » Tue May 27, 2003 2:05 pm

Got a chance to talk to Scotty on the phone this morning. He's ok, and will not miss any time. However if something were to happen to him in the future look for Heredia to be the closer.
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Postby EricF » Tue May 27, 2003 4:12 pm

Riedling has been talked about in the past as having closer stuff, but I'm sure the Reds liked what he did in his 100 pitches on Monday. The return of Haynes could move Riedling back to the bullpen, but just about any of the other starters could suffer a demotion, except (ironically) Graves. If any pitcher other than Riedling is demoted, they wouldn't close. In that case I would look to Heredia.

That said, let's hope Williamson is OK.
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