Sunday, April 02, 2006

Dan Micelli, Fernando Rodney Win Closer Spots

Dan Micelli, a 35-year-old veteran whose best year was '04, when he struck out 83 in 77 innings with a 6-6 record and 3.59 ERA for Houston, has won the closer's job for Florida. Fernando Rodney, 29, who struck out eight in six innings with a 3.00 ERA for Detroit this spring, will get a chance to close at least for a minimum of 15 days with the sidelining of regular Todd Jones, 37, because of a sore hamstring. It remains to be seen who will pick up the majority of saves for San Francisco while Armando Benitez spends at least a couple weeks on the DL.