Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL
by Bryce McRae
on May 24, 2010 @ 14:30:00
In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for an entire season - injuries, poor performance and managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.
Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which relievers are climbing the depth chart? Are any injuries popping up? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.
Closer: Alfredo Simon (hamstring)
Simon pulled up lame after feeling "a little pop" in his left hamstring Sunday. He's expected to hit the DL tomorrow. The 29-year-old righty said he has taken around two weeks to recover from previous hamstring injuries. Where does that leave the O's, if that's the case?
The left-handed Ohman has done well; he has a 0.00 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 15 K's in 14 2/3 innings. His name has been mentioned as a fill-in. Meredith was used successfully in a save situation back in April; he has been shaky of late, though. His ERA in May sits at 7.60. Both are AL-only speculation - Meredith maybe slightly before Ohman, who could be reserved for lefties, but neither are great options.
Koji Uehara, a sleeper at one point, will have his right elbow examined tomorrow. He said the pain is similar to the injury that knocked him out prematurely in '09.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 3
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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