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Torre removes Broxton from save situations

Torre removes Broxton from save situations

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre had been using Jonathan Broxton in save situations on nights when Hong-Chih Kuo was unavailable, and Torre said as recently as Saturday afternoon that Broxton would close when the matchups called for it.

No longer.

"I think we have to just put him in situations not in the ninth inning, I mean a save situation in the ninth inning," Torre said. "And just try to get some appearances under his belt. Wherever we go, whether we're going to get to the postseason or not, I think this is very important: that he finishes this season with a good taste in his mouth."

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Broxton met with Torre, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and bullpen coach Ken Howell on Sunday after Broxton let up a two-run homer to the Giants' Juan Uribe in the ninth inning on Saturday for his sixth blown save in 28 opportunities. The Dodgers dropped a crucial game, 5-4.

Torre said he did not again ask Broxton if he was healthy, something he has done multiple times.

"If he is less than 100 percent, I think I would have had some kind of hint from our trainers or something," Torre said. "Unless he's just not getting taken care of, which would be hard to believe, knowing him."

Torre mentioned Broxton's velocity as an indication that he isn't hurt, but that might not be the best evidence. According to fangraphs.com, Broxton is averaging 95.3 mph on his fastball this season. That's down from 97.5 last season.

With Kuo unavailable on Sunday, rookie Kenley Jansen would likely close.

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