Struggling Johnson removed from closer's role

Struggling Johnson removed from closer's role
April 10, 2014, 9:30 am
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In five appearances this season Jim Johnson is 0-2 with two blown saves, an 18.90 ERA and 4.50 WHIP. (USATI)

Jim Johnson is out for now as the Oakland A’s closer, manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday morning.

Melvin said he will use a closer-by-committee approach for the time being in light of Johnson blowing his second save of the season Wednesday against Minnesota. Johnson, acquired from Baltimore in the offseason for second baseman Jemile Weeks and catcher David Freitas, holds an 18.90 ERA after five appearances. He has allowed nine hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings.

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Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook, Luke Gregerson and Dan Otero all figure to be candidates in save situations for the time being. Otero pitched the final 2 2/3 innings of Wednesday’s 7-4 victory over the Twins, so he figures to be unavailable for Thursday’s series finale.

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