The next time the Cubs find themselves in a save situation, it will be interesting to see who gets the call in the bullpen.

Jose Veras was demoted from the closer role after a poor start, but manager Rick Renteria continues to express support for the struggling right-hander.

"I still think we have a lot of guys in our pen that certainly can be managed through those particular innings," Renteria said before Sunday's game.

"We're going to continue to keep our eyes open. We certainly want to make sure that we still give Jose a chance to get back into the role and try to find situations that we can allow him to work. He needs to work. ... In baseball you don't eliminate guys. You need them all."

"In a perfect world, Veras would probably be our closer," Renteria said. "We just want to make sure he is given an opportunity. ... We talk a lot. Like he mentions, sometimes the light turns on and you feel good about yourself and you want to go out and do it. It is a special person who can close out those games. Do I think that all of our guys are potentially capable of doing it? Absolutely. But we still have to find ways to incorporate all of them."

Veras did not provide encouragement during his seventh-inning stint Sunday against the Reds. He gave up three runs on two homers as his earned-run average soared to 15.43.

"Obviously the results for him weren't, I'm sure, what he would have liked or we would have liked," Renteria said after the game. "But it was an opportunity for him to get out there in a clean inning and try to work."