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Coke to close while Valverde out

Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:36 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 6:58 pm
Jose Valverde Phil Coke is the new closer for the Tigers while incumbent Jose Valverde is out with a mystery ailment.

Manager Jim Leyland refused to divulge what is hobbling Valverde (pictured), instead choosing to say only that Valverde would pitch again when he is ready.

"He's off until he tells me he's able to pitch, and he's not able to pitch right now," Leyland said after Friday's game, the Detroit News reports . "I'm going to use Coke as the closer, hopefully temporarily. I don't know how long that will last."

Coke has a 2.88 ERA in 59 1/3 innings and already has one save to his name, grabbing it back on July 7. He now has three career saves, two coming with the Yankees in 2009.

Valverde, on the other hand, has 25 saves and a 3.10 ERA, clinching his fourth-straight season of at least 25 saves. He broke the 40-save barrier from 2007-08 before finishing 2009 with 25 in Houston due to injuries.

-- Evan Brunell

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