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Girardi juggling a closer-less bullpen

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NEW YORK -- Juggling a bullpen without closer David Robertson has been more challenging than manager Joe Girardi would have liked, as heavy workloads dip into the availability of some of his relievers.

Girardi said that interim closer Shawn Kelley would not be available in a save situation on Thursday, one night after the right-hander threw 30 pitches and allowed two ninth-inning runs in the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the Orioles.

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NEW YORK -- Juggling a bullpen without closer David Robertson has been more challenging than manager Joe Girardi would have liked, as heavy workloads dip into the availability of some of his relievers.

Girardi said that interim closer Shawn Kelley would not be available in a save situation on Thursday, one night after the right-hander threw 30 pitches and allowed two ninth-inning runs in the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the Orioles.

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Right-hander Adam Warren, who, like Kelley, has pitched in three of the past four games, is also unavailable. Girardi could lean toward keeping left-hander Matt Thornton for a later inning, but circumstances might change that.

"You could have a situation where it might be the turning point in the game," Girardi said. "Obviously, you'd like to be able to do that, but I just have to see where we're at."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

 

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