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: J.J. Putz
Lurkers: Sergio Santos
Jenks, still trying to win back manager Ozzie Guillen's affection, hasn't pitched since Thursday and was unavailable Sunday due to back spasms. He's day-to-day, but Guillen expects Jenks to go on the DL soon, possibly before Tuesday's game.
Putz probably didn't make Ozzie happy with the five runs (four earned) he gave up in his back-to-back blown saves and losses this weekend; the righty pitched Friday, Saturday and Sunday and could use a break soon. Maybe he's gassed.
If Putz needs time off and Jenks goes on the DL, Thornton would probably step in; tuck him away if you need saves help, followed by Santos if you need to dig deep. Fast-traveling rook Chris Sale? A long shot.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 4
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