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.
Understudy: Jerry Blevins (shoulder)
Bailey will receive word from Dr. James Andrews on his elbow today, but the Athletics' bullpen is now even more battered. Wuertz is day-to-day because of a recurrence of his recent thumb injury and, along with Breslow (workload) and Blevins, was unavailable to close it out against the Chicago White Sox yesterday.
Ziegler didn't fill in well. Right after he entered in the eighth, Chicago's Juan Pierre stole home. In the ninth with a one-run lead, Ziegler allowed a one-out walk, a two-out, RBI single and a run-scoring double, blowing the lead.
The A's might use Breslow and Ziegler based on matchups, though Breslow has done well against each hitting handedness - unlike Ziegler, whose lefty opponents are hitting .333 against him this year. That makes Breslow the better option if you're speculating.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 3
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