Atkins: Blue Jays won’t demote struggling Osuna from closer’s role

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins tells Blair and Brunt that despite recent struggles, Roberto Osuna is still the team’s best option to close, and we’re trying to win baseball games.

The Toronto Blue Jays plan to stick with struggling right-hander Roberto Osuna as their closer this season, but may reconsider using him on consecutive days, according to general manager Ross Atkins.

“We are not going to adjust his role,” Atkins said during Baseball Central on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Wednesday morning. “But do you think about and talk about how we can put him in the best position? Absolutely. And we will discuss the potential of him maybe not going back-to-back on certain situations, dependant on where we are in the season.”

Osuna blew his league-leading 10th save of the season on Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. He allowed two runs as the Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the ninth in what ended up being a 19-inning, 3-2 loss for the Blue Jays.

Since July 29, the 22-year-old all-star has an 8.10 ERA and .286 opponents’ average over 16.2 innings. That’s a stark contrast to his work earlier in 2017 — during the first half Osuna was enjoying what was arguably the finest season of his three-year MLB career.

“He’ll find better routines and we are certainly working on that with him,” Atkins told hosts Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt. “He’ll find better plans of attack for all of the league as he gets more mature as a professional closer and an elite closer.”

Atkins also shared his thoughts on shortstop Richard Urena, second baseman Devon Travis and right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Listen to the full interview in the player below.

 
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