Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Replacing Joakim Soria, waiting for Brian Wilson

by Tim Heaney on September 15, 2011 @ 10:54:33 PDT


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  • San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson
    Beard back soon?
    The Kansas City Royals' Joakim Soria was nursing a strained right hamstring when a save opp arose Wednesday. Greg Holland stepped in to put the fire out, working around a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
    Soria's return timetable is unknown. Holland, a holds beast, has the profile to do the job. He's worth a pre-emptive addition if you have the room and means, even with Aaron Crow a possibility to be mixed in.
  • Santiago Casilla recorded a perfect save frame Wednesday as the San Francisco Giants continue filling in for Brian Wilson (elbow inflammation). Count Casilla as the first waiver wire choice, but he'll have company. Ramon Ramirez converted San Fran's previous chance a week ago when Casilla faltered, and Javier Lopez still stands as a threat to face lefty sticks. At least Sergio Romo looks strictly like an eighth-inning guy.
    As for Wilson, he's slated to face live hitters today. A positive showing will go a long way toward Wilson making an appearance again this season.
  • Call this one a Chicago White Sox stalemate: Chris Sale and Sergio Santos each allowed a dinger in the ninth inning Wednesday, with Santos being saddled with the BS. It has been a rough month for Santos (11.57 ERA, 1.71 WHIP in 4 2/3 innings), but he's still lined up to close for Chicago when next season starts. As for 2011, this dual arrangement should continue until the end.
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