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.
Bobby Jenks (forearm) isn't expected back soon, per Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "He's not on my mind, that's how far away he is," skip said. The right-hander played catch on Tuesday and reportedly "felt all right," per ChiSox pitching coach Don Cooper.
Perez is high on 2011's list
Though Chicago has ample options to close, Guillen has been putting up Chris Sale lately in his rough bullpen waters; Sale should be owned everywhere. Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz, fresh off being smacked around in Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins, are the two options to follow in speculation with Jenks out.
- Luckily for the Detroit Tigers, Jose Valverde (elbow) was available Tuesday, but he wasn't needed. The righty last pitched Sept. 6 and has a 7.29 post-break ERA in 21 innings.
- The Texas Rangers' Neftali Feliz was away from the squad Tuesday due to the birth of his first child. Reports did not say when he would be back, but it's safe to think he'll back within the next few days, if not tonight.
- Chris Perez in his last 28 games (28 2/3 innings): 0.63 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 33 K's and a 55 percent ground-ball rate. The Cleveland Indians' righty is blossoming - potentially at the level of a No. 2 closer for the 2011 draft season.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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