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Brewers | Ron Roenicke wants defined bullpen roles

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he would love to have defined roles in the bullpen for his relievers. For now, RP Jim Henderson is the closer after RP John Axford was demoted, but the rest of the bullpen roles are to be determined. "I'll try to use 'Ax' in a place where it's not always on the line; try to get him right," said Roenicke. "I've said it all along. Guys, however they pitch, is how we're going to use them. If we find somebody that's really doing a great job, they're going to be seventh, eighth, ninth (innings)."

Fantasy Tip: Basically, Axford will control his own fate as far as if he's pitching in the sixth or seven innings, as compared to being a setup man for Henderson. This is similar to what Roenicke did with Axford last year before he regained the closer gig at the end of the season. Axford could conceivably earn the right to pitch in the ninth again, but this time it may take Henderson pitching himself out of the role to do so. We wouldn't blame you for dropping Axford in mixed leagues, but if you own him and are holding onto hope, it's probably safest to keep him riding your bench for a while longer.

2013-04-12 17:23:18 | Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Haudricourt

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