SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will get the next two games off after his 48-pitch ninth-inning ordeal Sunday night, manager Joe Torre said Monday, although Broxton said it's not necessary.
"I could throw today, if that's what you want to know," said Broxton. "I've always been able to throw. You get sore, but you've got to get used to throwing sore. Ain't a reliever out there that don't get sore. It's just knowing when you need to take a day. Your manager is going to try to keep you fresh. But if something crazy happened and I had to pitch, I could pitch, put it that way."
Torre said Hong-Chih Kuo would be the closer Monday night.
"I'm going to give him two days whether he needs it or not," Torre said of Broxton. "It was a foregone conclusion once he went deep into the inning. I don't think he's overworked."
Broxton was charged with a career-high four runs in the ninth inning that tied the game the Dodgers lost in the 10th inning to the Yankees, 8-6.
According to MLB.com Gameday, Broxton's velocity remained relatively constant throughout the inning. He threw four pitches to Mark Teixeira leading off ranging from 93-97 mph. He threw four pitches to the last batter that inning, Francisco Cervelli, the fastballs ranging from 95-96 mph.
However, Broxton has yet to reach 100 mph on the radar gun this year, after having 42 such clockings last year.
"I think you need adjust the radar guns, because they're different at every ballpark," said Broxton. "It's hard to know if any of them are accurate."
The 48 pitches were the most Broxton has made in any of his 342 Major League appearances. According to Elias, it was the most pitches in an inning by any reliever this year and the most pitches in an inning from the ninth inning or later since 2000.