TornHammy wrote:I would speculate sooner rather than later. An important distincition here is that Sherrill doesn't have to pitch his way out of the closer's role, because the O's want Ray closing. If Sherrill is decent (as he was to begin the season last year) he could still lose his job to a healthy Ray. Sherrill is a stopgap and a lefty specialist. Ray is the COTF.
Bottom line, if Ray shows that he is healthy and his velocity and command are comparable to where he was pre-surgery, then he'll be closing within 6 weeks, probably sooner.
I concur. This is Ray's job and everyone involved knows it. He just has to show he's healthy and capable of closing. Based on his spring, he's about three nice outings away at this point (this is only my opinion, no source to back it up).