by Bryce McRae
on June 30, 2010 @ 12:30:00
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: Alfredo Simon
Disabled list: Mike Gonzalez (shoulder)
The Orioles plan to ease Gonzalez back into the closer's role when he makes his return from the DL. Or so says one report. Another says the O's don't have any firm plan to use Gonzo to close.
Yesterday, he gave up three hits but struck out two in 1 1/3 innings for Single-A Aberdeen. He's expected to take today off before throwing another rehab outing tomorrow. After that, it's up in the air.
Not much you can do if you're an Alfredo Simon owner except start poking your Gonzalez voodoo doll. Or pick him up, if he's available. Simon should not be discarded in any leagues.
Job security score: 2
Health score: 4
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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