by Bryce McRae
on July 7, 2010 @ 12:45:00
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)
Simon blew his second save of the year yesterday. Manager Juan Samuel used him to get out of a jam in the eighth (one out, runner on third), which Simon accomplished. In the ninth, he walked Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon and gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera one batter later. After the blown save, Simon escaped without any more damage.
His biggest competition for saves is still on the DL. Gonzalez said he felt no shoulder discomfort in his Tuesday rehab appearance. He threw 13 pitches in a 1-2-3 inning with one K. His fastball velocity has been clocked as high as 94 mph.
Gonzalez's injury is also a bit more serious than the listed strained left shoulder. He has two tears in his rotator cuff and some fraying of the labrum. He said he's making progress physically and that mentally he feels ready. Tears in the rotator cuff are worrisome, though.
He'll throw on consecutive days Friday and Saturday. His final rehab appearance could be next Tuesday. If that goes well, he's hoping to be activated coming out of the All-Star break. Speculate on him in deep mixed and AL-only.
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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