ARLINGTON -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that he's unlikely to use closer Brandon League in
anything other than a three-out save situation the rest of season. Such a
situation arose on Tuesday night, when League could have entered in the
eighth but wound up not pitching at all after the Rangers tied the
score that inning.
"I'm not saying it's beyond the realm of possibility, but I think
right now it's better to keep him in that ninth-inning role," Wedge
said. "But I think in the future he can be a one-plus guy."
Though League has appeared in 285 Major League games in relief, he is
still new to closing consistently, with a career-high 26 saves this
"One-plus [innings] is a big difference [from] just getting those
last three outs," Wedge said. "It's tough enough to get those last
three outs, but to ask him to come in in the middle of a situation in
the eighth inning, then sit back down and go back out there and run
through the ninth inning, it's a significant step."
League has pitched in 47 games this season, finishing 43, and has
recorded more than three outs only once, getting four in a loss on May