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08/17/08 3:37 PM ET
Torres' availability Sunday unclear
Closer treated for groin tightness prior to game time
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers closer Salomon Torres' availability was unclear Sunday morning after he spent an hour in the training room receiving treatment for groin tightness. Torres surrendered an unearned run in a 19-pitch ninth inning Saturday night and was not sent back out for the bottom of the 10th after J.J. Hardy hit a go-ahead single. Instead, David Riske closed the Brewers' 4-3 win. "It's been something I've been battling," Torres said. "It wasn't something I did last night." Manager Ned Yost said emphatically that Torres would be "totally" available for a save situation in Sunday's series finale with the Dodgers. But that was before head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger had a chance to examine Torres. Torres, who is 22-for-25 in save opportunities since taking over for an injured Eric Gagne in late May, was not sure whether he would be used. "They don't see anything threatening as long as we continue stretching it out," he said. "Sometimes if you work too hard, you tend to get tight. When you get tight, that's when you can pull something. It was preventive, taking me out [Saturday] night." Torres said he has been working on mechanical adjustments in the past three weeks to make better use of his legs. He intended to re-examine his stretching habits to avoid future problems. He's been a revelation this season for the Brewers, who acquired Torres from the Pirates in December. In a team-high 55 appearances, Torres has a 2.60 ERA and a 6-3 record. The Brewers have looked at the trade market for relief options but did not make a move in that area before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Gagne, who surrendered a pair of hard outs in his scoreless eighth inning on Saturday night, would be the most likely closer candidate on days that Torres is unavailable. Fans booed Gagne when he entered Saturday's game for his first appearance at Dodger Stadium since 2006. From 2002-04, Gagne was the Dodgers' record-setting closer. "I was not worried, but I was expecting worse," Gagne said. "Overall, I was expecting worse. I got a lot of good comments [from fans] when I was in the bullpen. That was pretty cool. One on one, everybody is awesome. ... It was exciting, emotional. I had a hard time feeling my fingers. It was worth the wait to me." Before he suffered a shoulder injury on May 20, Gagne was 10-for-15 in save chances and had a 6.98 ERA.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.