Dodgers remove Broxton from closer’s role |

Dodgers remove Broxton from closer’s role

ATLANTA – Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre demoted Jonathan Broxton from the closer’s role on Friday and said the All-Star will have to win back the job.

Torre said Hong-Chih Kuo “would be our closer at this time.”

Kuo was not available for Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves after pitching in back-to-back games, though. Torre said Octavio Dotel and rookie Kenley Jensen also could be asked to close out games.

The move by Torre came after Broxton did not record an out while giving up four runs, including three earned, as the Dodgers blew a late 9-2 lead in a 10-9 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

“He just needs to have a couple of good innings,” Torre said. “He understands that you have to earn it back. … He was the All-Star closer, for crying out loud.”

Broxton has 21 saves and five blown saves.

He is 4-4 with a 3.50 ERA overall, but is only 1-4 with a 10.13 ERA and three blown saves in eight chances since the All-Star break. He has walked 11 batters with only five strikeouts over that time period.

Torre says he wants Broxton “out of the spotlight” while he works to regain his form. The manager said he would use the right-hander in close games, including in late innings.

Kuo, a left-hander, is 3-1 with three saves and a 0.90 ERA. Jansen, recalled from Double-A Chattanooga on July 23, has one save in eight appearances.

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