Open and closed

George Sherrill had another rough spring outing on Thursday and said he wouldn’t be surprised or dismayed if the Orioles elected to re-think his role. Sherrill was named closer early in camp in an effort to take some pressure off former relief ace Chris Ray, who is coming off an entire season missed due to surgery on his right elbow.

And while Ray has thrived, Sherrill has had a typically slow spring. With that in mind, the southpaw was asked if he’d understand if the Orioles made a change in plans.

“For sure. He’s doing good this spring,” Sherrill said of Ray. “If that’s something they want to do, they’re going to do it. All I want to do is win, no matter what my title is.”

Sherrill, who has been scored upon in three straight outings, said that his spring statistics are part of a larger trend that has been with him for much of his career.

“Up until last year, I’ve had to make a team every year. I’ve never really helped my cause,” said Sherrill. “There was probably one year, in ’06, where it went down to the wire. I ended up making the club, but I had like a 14.00 [ERA]. Obviously, I want to be better but it’s just a matter of going out there and getting it done.”

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One comment

  1. dcash4

    I still cant believe that Sherrill was/is our closer. He lets too many people on base. Rarely do you get a 1-2-3 9th with him. I really like him as a 7th-8th situational guy, but id rather have ray(if he is ready for it) as the closer.

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