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Washington Nationals Move Henry Rodriguez Out Of Closer's Role, Will Go With Committee For Now.


After another adventure of an outing in the ninth inning of last night's game which saw 25-year-old Washington Nationals' reliever Henry Rodriguez come perilously close to blowing a 2-0 lead to the Philadelphia Phillies, Nats' skipper Davey Johnson told reporters, "It's frustrating. I have all the confidence in the world in [Rodriguez]. He's got a great arm. Great stuff. Sometimes he tries to do too much and gets a little excited out there. It's not easy. He learned a lot last year, came a long way last year and he's come a long way this year, but he's not quite there to be a polished closer." Though he wasn't ready to say so then, the right-hander's struggles finally had the Nationals' manager considering a change. "I'm going to sleep on it," Johnson said, suggesting it might just be a closer-by-committee for now but saying simply, "I'm looking at alternatives." When he spoke to reporters this afternoon, the 69-year-old Johnson announced that he'd made his decision:

Though Tyler Clippard told reporters that he was up for assuming the closer's role earlier this afternoon, as he has in the past, Davey Johnson said he'd prefer to keep the 2011 Nats' All-Star rep as a set-up man:

• Here's tonight's lineup for the second of three in Philly with Jordan Zimmermann taking on Roy Halladay: