Hensley closing for now

Closing time will have a new look for the Marlins.

Clay Hensley, who has been the primary eighth-inning setup reliever, has been switched to closer in place of Leo Nunez.

Nunez, who is 29 of 37 in save opportunities, will now be in a setup spot. The team is hoping he can fine tune things without the pressure of logging the final outs.

In August, Nunez saved three of six games, and he had a 9.31 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. Opponents batted .391 against him in the month.

Nunez worked a scoreless eighth inning in the Marlins’ 6-1 win over the Braves on Friday night.

Because it wasn’t save opportunity, Burke Badenhop finished up the ninth inning.

Hensley has never logged a save in his big league career. But the right-hander has been steady in the bullpen. In 60 2/3 innings, his ERA is 2.67, and he has struck out 66 while walking 23.

— Joe Frisaro


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