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February 22, 2009

Orioles: Ray ready for anything

Reliever Chris Ray is very happy with the progress he's made since undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, but he's not getting ahead of himself. He said yesterday he has no problem with manager Dave Trembley's projection that George Sherrill will be the primary closer when the season begins.

"I haven't really talked to him about that, but I would assume so,'' he said. "I'm just trying to get in shape and get in some big league games. I haven't played in a year and a half, so obviously you're not going to go on what I did before. You've got to go out now and do it."

Ray said he's excited about the possibility of both he and Sherrill being healthy enough so Trembley can go to one of them if a potential game-saving situation arises in the seventh or eighth inning.

"Any time you have options like that -- as far as who can close -- I don't think it's ever a bad thing. I've got as much faith in Sherrill as everyone else."

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 11:59 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Just baseball


If Ray gets to where he was two years ago, this will could be a 'pen to be reckoned with. Ray as setup, Sherill closing. Setup just as important as closer, perhaps more so. How many games are decided in crucial, pre-closer spots in seventh and eighth? A season can hinge on those.

Platooning closers has NEVER WORKED. Pick one Trembley!

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