Roenicke was extremely encouraged by left-hander Manny Parra's 15-pitch, two-strikeout performance in a clean eighth inning Tuesday night. Parra is one of the relievers expected to pitch in setup situations now that Rodriguez is the closer.
"Seeing that, that was really important for us, especially when we're making decisions about who to bring in in the eighth inning," Roenicke said. "When you see [Parra] come out and do that, I feel good about any matchup."
So good, that Roenicke would consider using Parra against both left-handed hitters and righties. To start, Roenicke will try to match up Parra against lefties. "If he throws the ball like that, I don't care who it is -- he's going to be tough," Roenicke said.