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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 5:41pm  

Francona: No closer controversy for Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Terry Francona attempted to silence any potential closer controversy Wednesday, telling the media that Jonathan Papelbon doesn't have to look over his shoulder should he run into early problems this season.


“He doesn’t need to [worry].” Francona said when asked if Papelbon felt any pressure with former closer Bobby Jenks and possible closer-to-be Daniel Bard in the bullpen. “I told him he doesn’t need to.”


Papelbon had his worst MLB season in 2010, setting worsts in ERA, walks and WHIP. His eight blown saves led the American League. He hasn't allowed a run in three appearances this spring.


Papelbon was asked earlier in the spring about the addition of Jenks and Dan Wheeler to the bullpen. 


"I think when you look at the equation of our bullpen the biggest thing that I see is that everybody is going to be able to go out there and do their job. Nobody will have to pick up extra innings," Papelbon said in February. "Nobody will have to feel like the load is too much on them. When you have that in place I think it makes everybody's job easier."


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