Giants back away from Casilla in closer role

August 6, 2012, 11:17 pm
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ST. LOUIS The Giants are getting a new relief pitcher, andits reflective of the new world order in their bullpen.

No longer is Santiago Casilla the closer in name and deed.Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged he is in more of a pure by-committeemode after the club was awarded left-hander Jose Mijares on a waiver claim fromthe Kansas City Royals.

The addition of a third lefty will free up Jeremy Affeldt tohandle some save situations, Bochy said.

With Casilla, trying to give him some needed rest, itforced us to change our minds and really do it by committee, Bochy said. Welike the way Jeremy has thrown the ball, and I do get concerned with how muchwe use him. Even the one game in Denver I didnt pitch him, he got up a coupletimes.

The Giants are even more concerned with Casilla, who converted19 of his first 20 save opportunities but has a 7.82 ERA in his last 17appearances. Casilla has dealt with a recurring blister issue.

Hes available today but if we throw him out there a lot, thisthing could flare up again, Bochy said.

The Giants had a vacancy on the 40-man roster for Mijaresbut havent announced a move to add him to the active roster. Mijares has 72hours to report but Bochy said its possible hell arrive in time for Tuesdaysgame at Busch Stadium.

Bochy expressed mild surprise that Mijares made it past20-plus other teams all the AL clubs and all those NL clubs with a worserecord to allow the Giants to claim him.

Hes had some success facing lefties, hes pitched a lotand he became available, Bochy said. He throws in the low 90s and he has agood arm. I dont know the whole situation (with waivers) but hes having apretty good year.

Mijares, 27, sports a chinstrap beard that covers one of histwo chins. Hes listed at 6-foot, 230 pounds.

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