Johnson sticking with Rodriguez as closer

Johnson sticking with Rodriguez as closer

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson told the media on Monday that Henry Rodriguez is still the closer, after Rodriguez blew his third save of the season and allowed the game-winning grand slam to first baseman Joey Votto in a 9-6 loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Rodriguez will remain the ninth-inning reliever until Drew Storen returns from the disabled list after the All-Star break. Entering Monday's action, Rodriguez had a team-leading eight saves with a 4.70 ERA.

Johnson doesn't want to hear questions about Rodriguez's role with the team. In fact, Johnson went so far as to say that Rodriguez is doing a great job.

"Don't be asking those questions to me [any more]," Johnson said. "If there is something that is going to change, I'll volunteer it. [Rodriguez] has done a great job. It was a muddy field yesterday. I don't know anybody who could have gotten Votto out yesterday. [Votto] was unbelievable."