St. Louis Cardinals closer says he's fine despite recent rough patch

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Jul 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Edward Mujica (44) celebrates after defeating the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Houston 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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(The Chirp) -- On Tuesday, Cardinals closer Edward Mujica preserved a 4-2 win for the Cardinals, allowing rookie starter Shelby Miller to earn his 13th win.  But before sealing the win, he did give up an  two-run homer to Brewers' pinch hitter Logan Schafer, prompting some to ask, "is Mujica alright?"

It has been reported that Mujica has been battling upper back and neck stiffness recently.  In his last four games, Mujica, has allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings. Mujica, who has 36 saves in 39 opportunities, had a similar stretch in mid-to-late June and early July when he permitted five runs in 7 1/3 innings over six games.

But is Mujica alright?

Hall of Fame Baseball writer Rick Hummell of the St. Louis Post Dispatch says some of that stretch was attributed to Mujica's lack of work in that time frame, which has been similar to Mujica's recent workload of just four outings in the last two weeks.

Hummel reports: Mujica said Wednesday that he was feeling "OK," but that he had thrown too many warmup pitches on a hot night in his excitement at getting a chance to pitch Tuesday. In essence, he had left his game in the bullpen.

"I'd gone a couple of games without throwing," said Mujica. "I just got a little bit excited and started throwing, throwing, throwing. I just threw too much in the bullpen.

Mujica did get a break on Thursday.  Trevor Rosenthal (2-3) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning.


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