Riggleman using closer-by-committee
Before Jim Riggleman took over as interim manager of the Nationals, right-hander Mike MacDougal was the closer.
Now, however, Riggleman is looking at a closer-by-committee with MacDougal and Joe Beimel pitching in the late innings. Riggleman hasn’t ruled out putting Sean Burnett in the late innings against quality left-handed hitters.
“I don’t think we really have a situation where we anoint someone as the closer,” Riggleman said. “There have been various people who have been successful in certain innings. But we are going to try to get outs.”