Rogers is likely to be used as Minnesota's closer in the short term after Brandon Kintzler was traded to Washington, MLB.com reports.
Minnesota's bullpen didn't have a clear option at closer after Kintzler, as almost every setup man has struggled recently. Rogers was given a save chance Saturday with Kintzler unavailable, but he blew the chance by giving up a two-run homer. However, the team hasn't made a formal announcement, and the closer role may be in flux the rest of the season. Even if Rogers does get the first shot at the role, he may not keep it as, he's given up nine earned runs in his last three innings, including issuing four walks and serving up two home runs.
Rogers was given a chance to record the first save of his career, but gave up two runs on a home run in the ninth inning of Saturday's loss to Oakland. Brandon Kintzler was unavailable after throwing 99 pitches in the prior seven days, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Rogers has struggled the past week by giving up home runs in key spots that led to two blown leads. He's given up seven earned runs in his last 2.1 innings with three walks and two home runs allowed.
Rogers (5-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits while striking out three in an inning of work Monday against the Dodgers.
Rogers' three strikeouts are little consolation for an outing that raised his ERA from 2.15 to 2.79. He was tasked with delivering a 4-3 eighth-inning lead intact to closer Brandon Kintzler, but failed to do so due to a three-run homer off the bat of Cody Bellinger. Rogers seems unlikely to move up to a ninth-inning role anytime soon given Kintzler's 27-for-30 conversion rate in save opportunities.
Rogers threw a scoreless eighth inning in Thursday's win over Baltimore for his 20th hold. He lowered his ERA to 2.20.
He leads MLB in holds and continues to thrive as the primary setup man for closer Brandon Kintzler. Rogers has improve significantly against right-handed batters by allowing a .614 OPS against righties to an .811 OPS last season.
Rogers has 15 strikeouts and five walks with an ERA of 2.82 over 22.1 innings.
It's been a great couple weeks for Rogers. In eight innings since May 24, he's given up seven hits and one run, which came off a solo home run. The four holds over that span brought his season total up to 15, good enough for a first-place tie for the AL lead, and he's also recorded two wins to push his record up to 3-1. The southpaw hasn't received a save opportunity yet this season, but it might only be a matter of time until his name gets called in the ninth inning.
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