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.
Despite throwing a positive bullpen session Wednesday, Andrew Bailey (back) wasn't available for Oakland Athletics game action. In a patchwork save chance, Michael Wuertz allowed a run in one-third of an inning before southpaw Craig Breslow struck out the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz to preserve the win.
The waiting game: Bailey
Bailey remains day-to-day, and Wuertz remains the best bet for interim saves. Though Breslow can help with ratios in cavernous ALs, don't go chasing him in mixed leagues.
- In achieving his 21st save in 23 chances this season, Bobby Jenks frequently recorded fastballs between 97 and 99 mph while whiffing the heart of the Seattle Mariners' order in a perfect frame. It was the first time he had fanned the minimum opposition since Sept. 2, 2006. It appears manager Ozzie Guillen's challenge for Jenks to be more aggressive lit a fire under the righty.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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