Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Brandon League, Francisco Rodriguez, more

by Tim Heaney on June 11, 2013 @ 13:00:00 PDT

 

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Mound meetings

Next, on "Law & Order: CHS," Chris Perez and his wife pleaded not guilty to charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The Cleveland Indians' closer tried a less legal form of rehab for his present shoulder woes. Don't expect significant legal or MLB-sanctioned discipline to affect him this season or at all. For however long he needs to weed out his injury, Vinnie Pestano will continue closing. Dun dun.

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It doesn't look like Rafael Betancourt (groin) will be activated on June 16, the first date for which he's eligible. He admitted he may not return to the Colorado Rockies until the end of the month. The vet received two shots this past week, the last one on Friday, to relieve pain and inflammation. He's played some light catch and was slated to begin aquatic workouts yesterday.

Rex Brothers has had just one save chance (June 4) since Betancourt went down. At least the lefty converted it. He's worked around his walk issues so far, thanks to his dominance, and it wouldn't surprise if Betancourt had to miss even more time thanks to his 38-year-old body.

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A recent rough patch hasn't corrupted the Seattle Mariners' confidence in Tom Wilhelmsen. The club said as much last week, with pitching coach Carl Willis noting that he thought Wilhelmsen was aiming pitches. That looks like a probable cause for the right-hander's velocity dip. They also echoed his issues with first-pitch strikes that CHS recently identified.

During Wilhelmsen's spotty but eventually successful Monday wrap-up (his fourth straight conversion), he touched 98 mph with his four-seamer. He reached 93 on Saturday, so this is a positive. The Carter Capps speculation should wane now that Wilhelmsen looks like his old self.

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Huston Street (calf) threw a simulated game on Monday. San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Street threw well and seems to be fine physically. Street deployed all of his pitches in the work-through, but he's focused on getting his slider in order before he ascends from the disabled list. He'll probably throw a game for Class A Lake Elsinore tomorrow.

Dale Thayer tied Monday's game in a bow because Luke Gregerson had pitched Saturday (scoreless closure) and Sunday (blown save, three runs allowed). This pairing may not have much time left for the role; Gregerson, however, will remain worth owning in many mixed leagues after Street returns.

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After a one-day breather following his 55-pitch outing last Wednesday, Addison Reed pitched three straight days, culminating with Monday's scoreless frame. Reed's 18th and 19th saves preceded last night's non-closing appearance. He threw 46 pitches combined over that trio.

The Chicago White Sox's stopper has eased the minimal concerns brought up last week. But if his workload keeps piling up, more frustrating outings could come.

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