Manager Don Mattingly made it clear Tuesday that Jonathan Broxton was the Dodgers' full-time closer. But when the speculation about Broxton's role resurfaced a day later, Mattingly did little to dispel suspicions that the team would switch to a closer by committee. Questions about Broxton's role were raised again because Vicente Padilla closed the Dodgers' 10-inning, 5-4 victory over the Florida Marlins. Mattingly reiterated that Broxton was still the Dodgers' closer and explained that the right-hander was available only in an emergency situation because he felt "barky." Broxton said his elbow was sore and that he was certain that he was still the Dodgers' ninth-inning man. "It happens every year," Broxton said. "Couple times. You pick your days to do it. With the off-day tomorrow, it could help tremendously." But the matter wasn't quite settled. Mattingly turned evasive — or, perhaps, smart-alecky — when asked whether there was a scenario under which Padilla could close a game for which both he and Broxton are available. The recently activated Padilla pitched a perfect 10th inning Wednesday to record his first save in 11 years. "Brox is my closer, I told you that," Mattingly said. So the answer is no? "What did I say?" Mattingly said. "I said Brox is my closer." Can you define closer? "I don't have to define closer," he said. "You know what closer is." Mattingly muttered, "You're really searching today, aren't you? You're such a pessimist. Unbelievable."
Don Mattingly says Jonathan Broxton is still Dodgers' closer
Los Angeles Times | Apr 28