Leyland: Valverde could close tonight
The first question asked of manager Jim Leyland Tuesday afternoon was whether Jose Valverde would be the closer for Game 3 if the situation warranted. The answer was maybe.
It could simply be managerspeak, leaving the opposing team guessing how his bullpen would unfold. Nevertheless, he wouldn’t rule it out.
“I’m going to wait and see how things play out,” Leyland said. “It could happen. I’ll wait and see how things play out, how the lineup looks, who’s coming up.”
Later, Leyland said he had “two or three plans in place” for how he’d go in the ninth inning. Valverde is part of at least one of those plans.
“I can tell you right now I don’t have a definite closer etched in stone tonight,” Leyland said.