Found May 27, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Chicago Cubs' revolving door at closer took another spin Sunday. Out went right-hander Rafael Dolis. In went, well, whomever manager Dale Sveum feels right for the situation. In other words, it appears to boil down to either right-hander Shawn Camp or left-hander James Russell to close out games. With a 12-game losing streak after Sunday's 10-4 loss at Pittsburgh, the Cubs haven't had many save chances. However, they were tied in Saturday night's game before Dolis hit Matt Hague with a pitch to force in the winning run. Dolis hasn't been getting hit around. He's just had no command, with 17 walks in 25 1/3 innings. That includes walks to the only two batters he faced Sunday. "That's the frustrating thing," manager Dale Sveum said. "The back end of the bullpen is giving it up because of walks and hit batters. Nobody is hitting the ball and doing things. We're imploding by walking guys and hitting guys." This is the t...

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