Benoit tabbed to close for Phillies

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“I don’t want to designate anybody as the closer right now,” Mackanin said. “But I told Joaquin that I was going to use him for the time being.”

Of course, if Benoit succeeds, he will continue to close.

Hector Neris will remain the setup man, with Gomez, Edubray Ramos and Pat Neshek serving as the primary relief pitchers in the fifth through seventh innings.

“I don’t want to put any pressure on Neris at this point in time,” Mackanin said about keeping him in his current role. “Most likely, in his career, that time will come [to close].”

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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