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This time (well, on Thursday), Sergio Romo (knee pain) was not available, and Santiago Casilla (knee bruise) was. The San Francisco Giants' regular reliever in save situations received the call to get four outs in his first action in six days.
In the eighth on Thursday against the San Diego Padres, the right-handed Casilla relieved Jeremy Affeldt and induced an FC grounder. The bases were loaded at the time, so even with a four-run lead, it became a save chance for the club's closer, if he completed the task.
Casilla also conjured three ground-ball outs in the final frame - but not without some drama between them. He issued two walks and a single before setting down the Friars' final batter.
Give Casilla a pass - heck, a hand - given the likely rust. He may not be available on Friday but should be back to regular saves duty from here on out. Perhaps Romo will feel better by Friday; otherwise, Affeldt is a good bet, if Casilla rests.
On Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Aroldis Chapman yielded an earned run for the first time this season. It took no less a pair than ... Clint Barmes and Mike McKenry to come up with back-to-back doubles against the Cincinnati Reds' closer to break a 4-4 tie. The lefty took the L.
Chapman hasn't blown a save chance yet, but that'll come sooner or later, too. Dusty Baker isn't second-guessing his decision any time soon, regardless.
The Toronto Blue Jays will let Sergio Santos (shoulder inflammation) face live hitters sometime soon, it sounds like. Hopefully that means the closer is nearing a rehab assignment.
The slow development of his throwing program continues to push back dates anyone estimates for Santos' return. Mid-June seems unrealistic at this point, but perhaps in a couple of weeks - or at least by the end of the month? Fantasy owners should be used to operating without him by now, so if he stays healthy when he's back, hopefully he provides a shot in your team's arm.
Jeff Fletcher covers the main points of the quality campaign that Joe Nathan has quietly put together for the Texas Rangers. The right-hander has become comfortable with four pitches, undoubtedly a big reason for his 1.90 ERA, 10.65 K/9 and 0.76 BB/9 this season.
The New York Yankees expect to make a decision today about whether David Robertson (oblique strain) will throw another BP session or head out on a rehab assignment. The righty tossed 25 pitches in batting practice on Thursday. He should be back by next weekend, roto folks.
The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi seemed to confirm on Tuesday that D-Rob has missed his shot to close, however. Rafael Soriano saved one on Wednesday and has been stellar, as Joe Girardi notes in the piece.
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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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