During the regular season, the Closer Hot Seat will be your go-to guide for Major League Baseball's bullpen chatter. During spring training, KFFL's Fantasy Baseball Bullpen Session will get you tuned up for the fantasy baseball saves chase. Camp happenings don't always impact closer battles, but if there's MLB news you should know for your fantasy baseball draft, you'll find it here.
Holland in the running
According to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore, the Washington Nationals sent Drew Storen for tests on his throwing arm because he felt discomfort when he played catch on Wednesday. He apparently dealt with pain in his triceps and biceps before he came down with strep throat, too.
That explains the right-hander's absence from exhibition action for more than two weeks now and does put a roto manager on guard. It's worth noting because it popped up again right after a layoff. The Nats wanted to go easy on Storen this spring, but this isn't what they had in mind. They have no timetable.
This may not be a big deal, so don't panic and push D.C.'s closer down your cheat sheets just yet. We'll probably know more soon. But this news may serve as a tiebreaker for you between him and another player in your draft or enough to make you hesitate to top someone's bid in your auction.
Storen may not need much time to get ready, but it wouldn't be a shock if he wasn't available to Washington on opening day. Tyler Clippard heads the moochers.
Joakim Soria (partially torn UCL) is still debating whether to go under the knife. Here's how you can help: Don't draft him.
Meanwhile, The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton gave us plenty of quotes from Ned Yost and his troops. The takeaway: The Kansas City Royals' skipper could be inclined to use both Jonathan Broxton and Greg Holland to seal games in the ninth.
That changes little, in terms of fantasy baseball projections. If Yost chooses to play it that way, however, it'd make Holland a more attractive own, because he's already going to be a positive influence in three categories.
The hand cramp that Carlos Marmol experienced in the Chicago Cubs' exhibition game on Tuesday has given him no further issues. The right-hander also had an MRI - on his neck, mind you - which came out clean. "I felt a little tightness in my neck and that's the reason they did that. Everything was fine," said the right-hander.
This closer lives on the edge more often than others do, but he often pulls through. The Cubs continue to work with and express confidence in him. Marmol may not be the prettiest reliever you can buy, but he shouldn't make you sorry you bought him, either.
Rumor has it that the Baltimore Orioles are shopping Kevin Gregg. Barring total ineptitude in management, if it's true, this would just confirm that Jim Johnson is going to be B-more's closer. Not that you had much doubt.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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