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Angels remove Cody Allen from closer role

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Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Cody Allen is no longer the team’s closer, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports. Allen is currently on a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Angels.

Allen, 30, has allowed runs in four of his last five outings. He is still a perfect 4-for-4 in save situations, but owns an ugly 5.40 ERA with an uglier 9/7 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings.

The Angels figure to use a rotating cast of Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, Luís Garcia, Cam Bedrosian, and Justin Anderson to handle save situations. The game context will likely determine who gets the call from Ausmus.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.