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Postby d18Mike » Wed May 12, 2004 2:24 pm

Royals: MacDougal sent down

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

As expected, the Royals sent struggling closer Mike MacDougal down to the minors on Tuesday and will protect what few leads they have with a committee of relievers. However, manager Tony Pena made it clear that he has not given up on MacDougal. "He's my closer," Peña told the Kansas City Star. "That's what I told this kid—for us to win the Central, I need to have my closer; I need to have MacDougal as my closer. But I need to have him where I feel fully comfortable, where I know he's ready, that he's my boy, that he's doing the job. I don't want to send him back out when I have doubts in my mind."

Pena suggested that perhaps MacDougal came back from his stomach virus too quickly, and it appears the team will give him a chance to work things out at Class AAA Omaha. Unfortunately, we don't share Pena's confidence in MacDougal. After opening last season with 10 saves in the first 21 games, he has just 18 in the Royals' next 172 contests. He has a 10.80 ERA this season and blew two of his three saves opportunities since coming back in late April.
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Postby matmat » Wed May 12, 2004 4:04 pm

shooot... no wonder he got tired. he pitched in a 193 game season....
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Postby acsguitar » Wed May 12, 2004 4:11 pm

Hes young..but hes finished...lucky last who's gonna start closing for them?
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