Brewers’ Hader happy with more defined ninth-inning role

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Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Phoenix, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader expects to remain more of a traditional ninth-inning closer this season after occasionally working multiple innings earlier in his career.

That’s just the way the two-time All-Star likes it.

Hader acknowledged that working multiple innings can be a grind and said he appreciated having the more defined ninth-inning assignment last season.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Hader will “largely do the same role” that the left-hander filled last season.

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