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Mike Scioscia plans to use a closer-by-committee system

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Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian told the media, including Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times, that manager Mike Scioscia informed him that he plans to use a closer-by-committee system in the bullpen. Moura says he’d be surprised, however, if Bedrosian wasn’t Scioscia’s regular choice to close while Huston Street is out with a strained right lat muscle.

Bedrosian, 25, impressed in spring training, tossing nine scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a pair of walks with 11 strikeouts. That comes on the heels of a much more impressive 2016 campaign, during which he compiled a minuscule 1.12 ERA with a 51/14 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. One could very reasonably argue that Bedrosian has earned the right to hold the closer’s role by himself.

In the event Scioscia does not call on Bedrosian during a save situation, Andrew Bailey figures to be the next-most likely hurler to get the chance.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.