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Colorado Rockies demote closer LaTroy Hawkins

Colorado closer LaTroy Hawkins (32) was demoted after giving up homer run to Cubs’ Dexter Fowler. (Associated Press)
Colorado closer LaTroy Hawkins (32) was demoted after giving up homer run to Cubs’ Dexter Fowler. (Associated Press)

LaTroy Hawkins is being moved out of Colorado’s closer role for now, though manager Walt Weiss isn’t ruling out the right-hander returning to ninth-inning duties.

Weiss spoke with Hawkins on Monday and called it a “breather” for the 42-year-old, who is planning to retire after this season.

“We’ll mix and match,” Weiss said. “We have some pieces that can pitch late. ”

Hawkins blew a save in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Sunday at Coors Field, surrendering a two-run homer to Dexter Fowler with two outs in the ninth.

“My stuff is there. I’m making some not-so-good pitches, falling behind in the count,” Hawkins said. “It’s a recipe for disaster. It’s nothing I haven’t been through before.”

Colorado exercised a $2.25 million option for Hawkins this season, his 21st in the majors.

Suspensions raise concern

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Major League Baseball is investigating four recent positive tests for the steroid Stanozolol along “the same model” as its 2013 Biogenesis probe.

Injured New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia was suspended for 80 games Saturday, the fourth player in 16 days banned under the major league drug program following a positive test for Stanozolol, a steroid popular with body builders.

Mejia’s discipline came after positive tests and suspensions for Minnesota pitcher Ervin Santana, Seattle pitcher David Rollins and Atlanta pitcher Arodys Vizcaino.

Manfred said baseball will work to determine whether there is any link among the four cases.

Marlins pitcher on DL

Miami opening day starter Henderson Alvarez has been put on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Alvarez (0-2) gave up four runs in five innings and lost Sunday to Tampa Bay.

Miami also placed backup catcher Jeff Mathis and reserve infielder Don Kelly on the 15-day disabled list. Each broke the ring finger on his right hand in Sunday’s game.


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