Jim Johnson rebounds, Edward Mujica recovers, Rafael Betancourt's diagnosis, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 27, 2013 @ 11:14:40 PDT

 

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KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series gives you no-nonsense ratings of performances, injuries and managerial decisions in MLB bullpens. Get your arm loose: Let's find fantasy baseball players in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league who'll get saves.

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Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson
JJ dy-no-mite Monday

Jim Johnson pitched in a save situation on Friday for the first time since Aug. 14, the date on which he blew his third of three consecutive failed chances in the ninth inning of a close one. He struck out one of the Oakland Athletics and didn't allow a base runner. The other two outs came via ground balls, and needed only nine pitches. It sounds like vintage Johnson.

Buck Showalter has wavered this month but has still remained supportive of his closer, who now has 40 saves. Tommy Hunter had saved a contest a couple of days before that, but it appears to be just to give JJ a mental break. Francisco Rodriguez has been pitching well lately, but he noted that JJ appeared as if he's back on track. Brian Roberts saw that look in JJ's eye.

So, whatever. Johnson gets a little breathing room, and he could ratchet up his job security pretty quickly. The Baltimore Orioles and fantasy owners need a few more outings like Friday's for that to happen, however. At least he's moving in the right direction.

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Edward Mujica seems to be past his period of manager-induced arm fatigue. He entered the St. Louis Cardinals' Monday game versus the Cincinnati Reds with a two-run lead and completed a perfect frame to notch his 35th save of the season.

This doesn't change the fact that Trevor Rosenthal is a good own in deep leagues, but the chances that ownership of him will pay off in saves this season continue to be small.

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Confirmed: Rafael Betancourt has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. No surprise. The Colorado Rockies certainly won't exercise the righty's 2014 option.

The 38-year-old is quite possibly facing the end of the line. He plans to undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy rather than Tommy John surgery in order to come back sooner and continue his career, though. He seemed to suggest that he'd retire if surgery became necessary, so, we've likely seen the last of him.

Naturally, Rex Brothers is again the man. It was clear that he would be, sooner or later, although this was a tad sooner than expected.

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Houston, Mets have problems....

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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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