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“I thought he looked good,” Speier said. “I was happy that when he was off the strike zone, it was down. That’s a good sign.

“I know he was anxious to get back out there. It was a good position for him to kind of have a soft landing, just go out and get that inning in because we’re going to need him in the playoffs.”

Speier planned to use him in a non-save role again before moving him back into the closer position.

“We’re definitely easing him back into that situation,” Speier said. “Maybe another time or two out of the bullpen and then we’ll see what happens.”

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