Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Bryce McRae on May 26, 2010 @ 12:00:00 PDT


Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.


Mound meetings

  • Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge
    Lidge might have SVO company
    The Philadelphia Phillies could have Brad Lidge (elbow) back in their bullpen by next week. The injured closer said he felt good after throwing 25 fastballs in a bullpen session Tuesday. He'll throw another bullpen session Thursday with an eye on returning after this weekend.
    Manager Charlie Manuel won't commit to putting Lidge back in his previous role right away, though. Jose Contreras' emergence has given Philly another option even with Lidge back: Manuel likes Contreras' talent and believes he can be a successful closer. They're trying to build him up so he can work multiple days in a row.
  • Trevor Hoffman will make at least one more appearance in a setup role before he's considered for a return as the Milwaukee Brewers closer. Villanueva is still your best speculative bet, if you aren't able to snag Hoffman, who's available on many waiver wires.
  • The Colorado Rockies' Huston Street (groin, shoulder) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session yesterday; it still hasn't been decided what his next step will be. It was Street's first time throwing off a mound since injuring his groin May 15. Street's shoulder is fine; that's good news.
    It would be expected, though, that the Rox will take their time bringing Street back. He has already had one setback. Manuel Corpas has done solid work as the interim stopper, too; he recorded his fourth save yesterday.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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