4/12 Veras out as closer for now

Manager Rick Renteria had a long talk Saturday morning with Jose Veras, and told him that as of now, the right-hander is no longer the Cubs closer and will be used in other situations to try to get back on track. Veras blew a two-run lead on Friday against the Cardinals and is 0-2 in save situations so far.

“I was just telling him we believe in him and we’ll try to find spots where he can continue to work through things he needs to work to get better,” Renteria said.

Veras knows there’s a problem.

“I don’t have an answer,” Veras said. “I can’t find myself. It’s kind of tough. I feel I’m good, my body feels good. I’m not hurt, I’m 100 percent healthy, thank God. For some reason, I can’t get three down. I’ve got to get going. Today is a new day and find a way to get out of there.

“Everybody has been in that position. … I know how to handle it, I’m not going to put my head down,” he said. “A couple bad outings, hopefully it’s going to stop. If it doesn’t, I’m going to keep fighting, keep working. I’ll never give up, brother. My stuff is there. For some reason, I can’t get it done. I try to pitch inside, hit a guy, try to throw front door breaking ball, hit a guy. Make good pitches, and they don’t swing at them. Make good pitches, and I don’t receive a call by the guy behind home plate. There’s too much stuff at the same time. It’s no excuse. I’ve got to get the job done.”

Who will be the Cubs closer? That’s to be determined on a game by game situation. Among the Cubs options are Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm.

“Right now what we’re going to do is see who emerges,” Renteria said. “We’ll use some of our other guys. We need to help [Veras] work through some things right now. I told him I have all the confidence in the world in him and I think he’ll be back.”

Renteria made the decision after talking with Veras.

“You have to be able to talk to your players and kind of get a feel where they’re at before you make decisions,” Renteria said.

— Carrie Muskat


No doubt about it….Veras Sucks!

He is reminiscent of Marmol, is he not, Cubs Talk?

Carlos Marmol……Doug Jones……..Mel Rojas………..Goose Gossage…..Flash Gordon……Rick Augilera………Craig Lefferts………Kyle Farnsworth……Turk Wendell……………the list of Failed Closers just keeps on growing!

I REALLY like the way Rick handled this.He sounds like a good person as well as mgr.I ALSO glad Jose handled this. GOOD TO see team unity. Go Cubs sweep up the cards!!!!!

Aloha johnny- agree with you that Renteria handle it well plus showing respect for Veras. This is good for the players to see plus, hopefully Veras finds his way again. In the meantime they have their plate full trying to get setup folks in place and a closer. Mahalo!

Just got in,Kevin Gregg sure looks good about now.Villanueva has been a swingman his whole career,he is best suited for long relief,e.g. last year the same thing happened.Arrieta should be coming around soon,Villanueva will be needed seeing Rusin has been recalled.Have been against the Veras signing since day one.Gregg fell out of favoritism with the front office,what was his asking price?The Cubs lost today but the team is moving forward.Lets get the rubber game and keep moving forward.

Aloha Kenly, I was posting this on another thread about bringing up Rusin and here he is, then putting Villanueva in for setup spots or some closing. I was neither for or against the Veras signing as I thought he was just a stop-gap for the moment. It is too bad that Gregg fell out of favor. I wish there were a way we could get back Sean Marshall after trading him to the Reds, he would be good not only as a lefty but with a few years behind him I think he could teach some of the young guys a few things. Anyhow, we need setup folks and a closer. It would just be nice for someone to say “coach…I’ll take it” and let him run with it. Tomorrow is another game and we really could use it. Mahalo!

Aloha Again Kenly- You had me thinking about Gregg, I do not think he has been picked up and last year the Cubs signed him to a minor league deal and he came up pretty fast and got 33 out 38 opportunities. Not sure if both sides could reconcile but if it were worth it, why not if not much of a financial cost and one would have to send someone packing. Again, we do not know what happened between them but what we do know is that we need a closer. Take care now. Mahalo!

Aloha k.g.he must have really made some one mad.Doug would probably know more about specifics as far as contract talks or money involved,surprising no one else picked him up though,maybe burned many bridges in his career.I really think if they could clean up the closer role that everybody in the bullpens role could be solidified,Villanuevas play today was just a hiccup,he is much better than that,actually a asset,hope the F.O. CAN FIGURE IT OUT.mAHOLO!

sorry ,watching the Dodgers game,just scored ,confused with CAPS!

Aloha k.g. listening to Vin Scully makes me miss Harey Carey,he put Puig in his place about a fly ball!If you get a chance to read WHERES HARRY? with Steve Stone and Barry Rozner it is very comforting being a hiccup,older Cubs fan.

Aloha Kenly- Yes, I respect Scully very much and miss Harry. Remember my grandfather telling me how folks would get messages up to his booth and he would wish people happy birthday or well wishes. I think you make a good point about Villanueva having a hiccup. I agree, he can bounce back and with a stable starting 4/5 the closer is the other main part and you can fill in between. Hope for a great rubber game tomorrow! Mahalo!

Aloha k.g. i missed Mahalo!

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