Mattingly: Guerra has makeup of closer

Mattingly: Guerra has makeup of closer

ST. LOUIS -- With Jonathan Broxton out since May and eligible for free agency, the Dodgers are feeling better about their closer situation for next year with Javy Guerra and Kenley Jansen.

Guerra passed another test Monday night, rebounding from his first blown save to lock down his 11th save.

"To me, everything says he can [be the closer next year]," manager Don Mattingly said. "Start with the stuff, 95 [mph fastball] and a 91 [mph] cutter. A curveball he throws for strikes, and he doesn't seem to get rattled. With Kenley and Javy, we have two legitimate late-inning guys.

"There is something about the ninth inning, I've seen it over the years. You can't really explain it. But there's something different about that inning. He makes it kind of simple. He's got good stuff and he's not afraid."

Jansen was scheduled to finish up a Minor League rehab assignment Tuesday night for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. The right-hander is on track to be activated Friday night after recovering from an irregular heartbeat.