No official closer named for D-backs

No official closer named for D-backs

PHOENIX -- Who is the closer for the Arizona Diamondbacks?

Apparently, it depends on the day.

On Tuesday, right-hander Juan Gutierrez came in to pitch the ninth with a 3-1 lead and allowed a homer before getting out of it. Gutierrez has been credited with both the saves the team has compiled since interim manager Kirk Gibson took over.

So that would make him the closer, right?

"I'm not naming a closer," Gibson said.

Instead, Gibson sits down 40 minutes prior to each game with pitching coach Todd Stottlemyre and bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock to go over how they will use their relievers that day.

"That was his call last night and I supported it," Gibson said of Stottlemyre's recommendation that Gutierrez close Tuesday's game. "I may overrule him tonight, I may go with him. In general, he knows a lot more about pitching than I do. I trust him and go with his feel quite a bit."

Gutierrez, Aaron Heilman and Chad Qualls have all saved games for the D-backs this year. Qualls started out the year in the role, but has struggled to find any consistency and entered Wednesday's game with an 8.35 ERA.