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Marlins remove struggling Kyle Barraclough from closer’s role

2 Comments’s Joe Frisaro reports that Marlins manager Don Mattlingly has taken Kyle Barraclough out of the closer’s role. The club will instead use a closer-by-committee until a suitable full-time candidate emerges.

Barraclough, 28, has overall had a solid season, carrying a 3.45 ERA with 10 saves and a 52/28 K/BB ratio in 47 innings. However, the right-hander has yielded runs in five of his last six appearances, blowing three saves in four attempts. That included four runs to the Phillies in two-thirds of an inning on Thursday and another run in a third of an inning against the Cardinals on Monday.

Frisaro suggests Drew Steckenrider, Adam Conley, and Tayron Guerrero are all in line to handle save chances in the near future. Mattingly said, “We’ll just try to piece it together.”

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.