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Marlins remove struggling Kyle Barraclough from closer’s role

Philadelphia Phillies v Miami Marlins

MIAMI, FL - JULY 14: Kyle Barraclough #46 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on July 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

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MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Marlins manager Don Mattlingly has taken Kyle Barraclough out of the closer’s role. The club will instead use a closer-by-committee until a suitable full-time candidate emerges.

Barraclough, 28, has overall had a solid season, carrying a 3.45 ERA with 10 saves and a 52/28 K/BB ratio in 47 innings. However, the right-hander has yielded runs in five of his last six appearances, blowing three saves in four attempts. That included four runs to the Phillies in two-thirds of an inning on Thursday and another run in a third of an inning against the Cardinals on Monday.

Frisaro suggests Drew Steckenrider, Adam Conley, and Tayron Guerrero are all in line to handle save chances in the near future. Mattingly said, “We’ll just try to piece it together.”

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