By Evan Brunell
Another day, another closer for the Cardinals.
At least, that's what it feels like.
Pitching coach Dave Duncan announced, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that rookie Eduardo Sanchez has been removed as closer, both due to inefficiency and a loss of velocity. Sanchez blew a save Friday night against the Reds by allowing two hits and a walk to push over a run, in the meantime tossing up a fastball that registered 91.1 mph. Compare that to his career average of 93.5 mph. Salas also saw his walks spike and his pitch efficiency decline, indicating that he may not yet have the chops for the job.
Salas (pictured) is the fourth de facto closer of the season, following Ryan Franklin, Mitchell Boggs and Sanchez. Salas will get the majority of saves although Boggs could figure into a few.
"If you look at what he did and how he pitched before we put him in the role he's in now, he was really an effective pitcher," Duncan said of Salas. "So it may best serve him and us to put him back into that type of situation for the time being."
Salas, who has three saves on the year, was serving as a bit of a long reliever, fusing his duties with late innings. He tossed two strong innings Friday night between the seventh and eighth after Miguel Batista and Trevor Miller were unable to get a batter out in a two-run seventh against Cincinnati.
"I just don't feel comfortable right now," Duncan said of the bullpen as a whole." You've got [Jason Motte] basically a one-inning pitcher. You've got Boggs basically a one-inning pitcher. You've got Salas who you really don't want to use more than one inning. And you've got Sanchez, who is a one-inning pitcher. That's a lot of limitations on you. And you can't use them every day," Duncan said. "That's why Batista, or the person who plays that role, has to be able to go in and do that job."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.