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.
Closer: Jim Johnson
Understudy: Kam Mickolio
Disabled list: Mike Gonzalez
Gonzalez (shoulder) will miss at least three weeks of action. Despite an MRI showing no new structural damage, skipper Dave Trembley said there's "some wear and tear" on Gonzalez's shoulder. Gonzalez will report to Baltimore's minor league complex to begin rehab.
Johnson will be the majority fill-in for save chances, but Mickolio is also an option. Hopefully, you were aware of these possibilities and have picked up Johnson everywhere and Mickolio in ALs and your saves-desperate deep mixed team.
Job security score: 2
Health score: 4
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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