Sveum to base closer decision on matchups

Sveum to base closer decision on matchups

CHICAGO -- The Cubs still don't have a designated closer, and manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday they'll probably stick to the closer-by-committee approach when Kyuji Fujikawa returns from the disabled list.

Fujikawa, sidelined with a strained right forearm, was to throw a bullpen on Thursday, and if all goes well, he would make a rehab outing Sunday for Triple-A Iowa.

On Monday, Kevin Gregg picked up his fourth save of the season. The Cubs have three pitchers with multiple saves, the first time that's happened in the first month in franchise history since the save became an official stat in 1969. Besides Gregg (four), Fujikawa has two and Carlos Marmol has two.

Sveum said he'll base his decision in save situations on matchups.

"I got [a closer]," Sveum said. "I just don't know who it's going to be every night."

Also available for late-inning duty are Shawn Camp and James Russell.

"Every given night it'll probably be three or four [pitchers]," Sveum said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.