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Brian Wilson won't pitch again this season. The San Francisco Giants shut him down because they're out of playoff contention and they don't want to risk another injury to his pitching elbow. Santiago Casilla, who closed out their Monday win, is the pickup here.
FLA CL up in the air
- Juan Carlos Oviedo, recently known as Leo Nunez, won't face criminal charges in the Dominican Republic for using a false identity. It remains to be seen when he can return to the United States or Major League Baseball - and whether he will be disciplined by either. His future with the Florida Marlins is uncertain.
As for Florida's current save setup, Steve Cishek entered in the eighth inning last night and protected a one-run lead. Edward Mujica yielded three runs on four hits and a walk to blow the save. Cishek has pitched on back-to-back days and might not be available until the final day of the season. Mujica could be given another shot, but he threw 36 pitches Monday. Keep both in your lineup, though Jack McKeon could use someone else if a save chance arises.
- Sergio Santos was named the Chicago White Sox's 2012 closer near the end of August. Not a great reaction: 9.72 ERA, 12 hits, three homers, four walks in 8 1/3 September frames. At least he fanned 15. Santos' Monday closure, his 30th of 2011, came with two runs, two hits and three walks allowed. Fatigue is probably to blame ... but don't forget his struggles versus lefties and the possibility he was becoming more predictable with his arsenal.
Chris Sale is slated to shift to the rotation, but Addison Reed is a saves threat. Ozzie Guillen, who gave Santos the future blessing, is leaving town; maybe the new manager, possibly pitching coach Don Cooper or St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, will have a different direction for the back end. Santos' job isn't cemented.
- Another day of rest for Drew Storen, another save for Henry Rodriguez with a scoreless frame Monday. The Washington Nationals could have another long-term, late-inning shutdown option. H-Rod, whose fastball touches triple digits, is a fantasy watch candidate heading into next season.
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