During the regular season, the Closer Hot Seat will be your go-to guide for Major League Baseball's bullpen chatter. During spring training, KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Bullpen Session will get you tuned up for the fantasy baseball saves chase. Camp happenings don't always impact closer battles, but if there's MLB news you should know for your fantasy baseball draft, you'll find it here.
Longer delay possible
Davey Johnson said that Drew Storen (right elbow inflammation) should face hitters in seven to 10 days, and afterward, he'll be ready for a short rehab assignment, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. The Washington Nationals could have him back at close to their best-case scenario, in about two weeks.
Fantasy owners can be hopeful, but a difference of a few days to a week isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things, so they should be patient. The only news that would qualify as bad would be a delay because of setback. The manager told the press that he's looking for Storen more toward the end of the month.
Related, of course, is how Johnson plans to handle save chances while Storen isn't available. Kilgore's early Thursday tweet covers that base: "Davey says Lidge will close today, and alternate daily between him and Henry Rodriguez."
Brad Lidge was and is your first target, if you're chasing, but there may be little difference in value between the two relievers for the next couple of weeks, unless one falters.
On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays placed Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow strain) on the DL. The reliever said that it's similar to the ailment that shelved him for a couple of weeks in September 2011 and he shouldn't be out for long.
Farnsie doesn't sound concerned, but considering that his offseason and spring were very light, it's a little disconcerting that a like injury has developed. No need to project TJS or anything, but he may miss more than the couple of weeks he implies. The Rays will take it slowly.
The Tampa Tribune piece from Roger Mooney indicates that John Maddon plans to use Joel Peralta, Fernando Rodney and J.P. Howell in save situations, based on matchups. Prior to his injury troubles, the southpaw Howell was actually more effective at retiring righties, interestingly. Given the job that Peralta did last year and the likelihood that he'll get first crack, he's really the only mixed-league target of the trio.
Yesterday afternoon, Boston Herald beat writer Scott Lauber tweeted that Andrew Bailey's thumb surgery went well, according to the Boston Red Sox. Some reports suggest that the righty could be out for as long as four or five months, though. If you're in a shallow mixed league, there's no reason to hang on to him. In deep formats, if you have the room, you might as well use it.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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