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Villanueva to Close with Hoffman Out

Journal Sentinel.

Carlos Villanueva once again is a leading candidate to fill in for injured Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman.

So decreed manager Ken Macha on Saturday.

When Villanueva struggled in the early stages of exhibition play, Macha had concerns about his effectiveness in any relief role. But Villanueva has rebounded of late with a pair of strong outings, and if Hoffman opens the season on the disabled list as expected with an oblique strain, that role could go to "Villa."

"That was kind of the plan until he wasn't getting anybody out," said Macha. "Now, that's back-to-back good outings for him."

Macha didn't mention Seth McClung's name in the discussion but has said in the past that McClung might be a closer alternative. Macha said he also is considering Todd Coffey, who is having a strong spring (2.53 ERA in eight outings).

If given the opportunity, Villanueva said he felt ready to close a game.

"Hopefully, we'll get Trevor back quick," said Villanueva. "But if I get the opportunity, of course I would consider it an honor to do that job.

"As long as I keep doing what I'm doing now, I'll be fine. I never panicked. I feel more comfortable out there now."

Macha will get a look at several relievers Sunday in an exhibition game against San Francisco. Because right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face the Giants in the second game of the season, he is being shifted to a minor-league game.
Villanueva has great stuff - I think he could be a solid closer. At the very least, he's better than Gagne.
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