Leo Nunez is the closer du jour

With Matt Lindstrom hurt and Scott Proctor aching the late inning bullpen duties could fall to Leo Nunez.

It's unknown what will happen over the next few weeks as expected Marlins setup man Scott Proctor and closer Matt Lindstrom battle through injuries in the race to be ready by Opening Day.

But for now, it seems like a lot is going to fall on the 150-pound shoulders of Leo Nunez.

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In his four-year career, Nunez has never registered a Major League save, but he has held opposing hitters to a .203 batting average in 18 appearances in ninth innings. And he did spend some time closing out games in the Dominican Winter League in 2007.

As of now, Nunez is ready for whichever role is thrown at him.

"I feel comfortable doing anything," Nunez, who was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 45 appearances last season, said in Spanish. "Wherever they put me, I try to do my job.

 

 

Oh wow, he is more comfortable speaking Spanish than English, how will he ever fit into the Marlins club house and the city of Miami?  (I'm being facetious, in case you didn't know.)  Spanish is a beautiful language and one that I'm trying to learn.  (Albeit unsuccessfully, at this point.)

Back to the story at hand.  If the Marlins have to open the season relying on Nunez to be the stud in the late innings, I don't have a problem with that.  Personally, I think he will do a good job.  But if it is going to fall to Nunez at the start of season, he needs to be put into "pressure" situations in the spring.  Gotta get the young man ready.

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