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Closer: Jonathan Broxton (DL)
That's one way to thin out the competition: Padilla (bulging disc in neck) is slated to undergo surgery Thursday and miss an "extended period of time" - possibly the rest of the season. LA might be getting reinforcements, though. Kuo (anxiety) tossed a positive bullpen Monday but still has a loose timetable. Jansen (shoulder) continues to rehab and could return sometime this week.
This 'pen remains a guessing game for saves, but betting on one of these two taking the lead upon activation is better than chasing someone from the plug-and-play group. Kuo holds the better long-term upside if he can get his game together, but Jansen's impending availability could move him to the front of the queue before that happens.
Of course, Broxton still looms for the future, too, and though the righty probably still has a long way to go in terms of regaining consistent confidence at the back end, he'll probably be given an opportunity to regain the gig when he resurfaces. If you speculate on Kuo or Jansen, keep this in mind.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 3
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