Now that K-Rod is gone, Collins will handle the closer’s job by committee, mixing and matching relievers Jason Isringhausen, Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato with the possibility of using lefty Tim Byrdak against lefthanded batters. All are ready for the challenge even if set roles are up in the air.
“If nobody gets an ego, it’ll work just fine,” said Isringhausen, the veteran of the group with 293 major-league saves. “I don’t think any of us will have one. I know I won’t and they won’t. It’ll work out the way Terry wants it to work out.”