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.
- Brandon League filled in for the dinged David Aardsma (oblique) last night, picking up the Seattle Mariners' save with a clean inning. Aardsma, meanwhile, will play catch Tuesday to determine if he can return this season. Rescue League from your free-agent pool if you haven't already.
- Returning to the mound was Kevin Gregg, who hadn't appeared for the Toronto Blue Jays since being removed during a rough save chance Friday. The righty set down the New York Yankees in order Monday for his 36th save. Looks like Gregg is in the clear for the rest of the year, so no reason to worry about this past weekend for now.
Chris Perez, now a papa, continued his brilliance Monday with another boring scoreless inning to earn another save. The Cleveland Indians' righty hasn't given up a run in his last 16 games (17 1/3 innings), during which he has compiled nine saves, 19 K's, only five walks and a 0.57 WHIP. Opponents, along with his new spawn, have to ... well, Pedro Martinez can tell you the rest.
Aardsma running out of time in 2010
A one-out single and a two-out walk didn't stop Fernando Rodney (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) from acquiring another save Monday.
It hasn't been a complete success story since Brian Fuentes was traded; Rodney has saved seven of 10 opportunities since Aug. 29, during which he has a 5.02 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. It's too late in the year to be concerned over his status, but the Halos have Jordan Walden and Kevin Jepsen to consider next year should they make Rodney their 2011 Fuentes.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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