While the Dodgers were on the other side of their country, their general manager went on a Los Angeles-based morning radio program and caused a commotion. Sound familiar? Visiting the same show on which he called out Matt Kemp last April, General Manager Ned Colletti said he was concerned about the form of closer Jonathan Broxton and made it sound as if the Dodgers would switch to closer by committee. Manager Don Mattingly, who heard of the comments on the MLB Network, put an immediate end to such talk. Mattingly phoned Colletti, then called Broxton to his office. "He told me I'm the closer," Broxton said. Mattingly later confirmed that was the case. Like Mattingly, Broxton heard on the MLB Network that the Dodgers had essentially demoted him. Broxton suffered his first blown save of the season Monday night. The report was based on an on-air conversation Colletti had with KABC's Peter Tilden in which he mentioned sidelined left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo and recently activated Vicente Padilla as alternatives to close. "Hopefully, we can give Donnie three choices or so at the end of a game and let him make up his mind by matchup or whatever until Broxton can get his confidence back and get settled," Colletti told Tilden. Colletti later clarified, or retracted, his comments. Colletti said he was simply pointing out that Mattingly would have more options when Kuo returns and Padilla works his way into shape. Colletti was critical of Kemp on the same program last year. His comments coincided with the start of a season-long slide for Kemp. Broxton has converted five of six save opportunities but has a 4.35 earned-run average in 11 games.
Ned Colletti suggests Jonathan Broxton's status as closer is shaky
Los Angeles Times | Apr 27