Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Nats untucking Rafael Soriano? Angels in flight, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 30, 2013 @ 09:58:12 PDT

 

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The Angels were in position to win that Tuesday tilt because Tampa Bay's Fernando Rodney yielded two runs (only one earned) to the visitors in the final frame. His oft sordid control (two walks, one of them prior to the big blow) started the trouble, although an E8 just prior to Erick Aybar's two-run double certainly didn't help.

Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson
Rodney hanging on

Rodney threw 31 pitches on that night. But he came right back out on Wednesday and pitched a perfect inning, striking out two, to register his 31st save. Good to see.

As long as Rodney limits his disappointments to about two per month, as he's done since May, Joe Maddon is highly unlikely to make a switch. The Rays will probably search for a new bullpen reclamation project this winter, however.

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Jason Grilli (strained right forearm) threw a 25-pitch sim game on Wednesday at PNC Park and emerged without a problem. He used all his pitches. Assuming that he continued to feel that way yesterday, he's expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend with Double-A Altoona.

Grilli's rehab assignment would likely progress somewhat slowly, because neither he nor the Pittsburgh Pirates want him to rush back. Mid-September would seem to be a reasonable target, without setbacks.

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Danny Farquhar was saddled with a loss on Tuesday when, in the 10th inning of a tied game, he committed perhaps the silliest infraction in sports: a balk. The righty had already yielded two hits, but the slightest hesitation in his delivery, with a man on third, is what plated the go-ahead (soon-to-be winning) run. The Seattle Mariners lost to the Texas Rangers 4-3.

Farquhar recovered from that frustrating moment to pitch a scoreless inning on Thursday night for his 10th save. He'd walked the leadoff man, but a K and a ground-ball double play quickly ended the Houston Astros' hopes.

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Rafael Betancourt (torn ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow) has decided to go under the knife after all, according to multiple reports. Don't look for him until 2015, in what will be his age-40 campaign. The righty believes that he'll be able to pitch for a few more years once he's recovered, too.

Will he be doing it in a major league uniform? It's doubtful.

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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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