Thayer ready to transition out of closer's role

Thayer ready to transition out of closer's role

MILWAUKEE -- After filling in for right-hander Huston Street while he was on the disabled list, Dale Thayer has fond memories of his five appearances as a closer.

"It was fun," he said. "I wasn't expecting to be put in that position, but it's pretty much the same. When I was out there for an inning, it was just about going out there and getting three outs."

In those five opportunities, Thayer was perfect, collecting five saves. Pitching one inning in each appearance, he allowed six hits and registered six strikeouts. Thayer said he liked how batters were more aggressive when trailing in the ninth inning, making it easier to get guys to chase, hence the six strikeouts.

Thayer isn't needed as a closer anymore and hasn't been as sharp since his last save on May 19. But he said that's not because he needs to make any adjustments when switching roles.

"No, not at all," Thayer said. "I'm not worried if it's a save situation or not, it's just about doing my job and getting outs."