Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: The Beard close to return, more

by Tim Heaney on September 16, 2011 @ 10:39:48 PDT


What are the odds that you still own the relief pitchers you rostered in your fantasy baseball draft?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat series gives you no-nonsense ratings of performances, injuries and managerial decisions in MLB bullpens. Get your arm loose: Let's find fantasy baseball players in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league who'll get saves.

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  • Boston Red Sox RP Jonathan Papelbon
    Papelbon: will work for food
    Santiago Casilla registered a save for the second straight day and looks to be in command of the San Francisco Giants' committee that's spotting Brian Wilson (elbow inflammation). Wilson threw about 30 pitches Thursday in a simulated game and could be activated in the next few days if the staff feels he's ready. Casilla might not have much value left anyway, but he's worth a pickup if you're in a no-strings position to chase saves.
  • The Kansas City Royals consider Joakim Soria (right hamstring strain) day-to-day and hope he'll return to action soon, possibly this weekend. Greg Holland is your target in the waiver wire game.
  • In his first game action since being hit in the face with a line drive, Andrew Bailey resumed his lockdown Oakland Athletics work with a scoreless non-save inning. He's safe to return to your lineup, if you took him out.
  • Who says winning clubs guarantee save chances? Jonathan Papelbon hasn't recorded a Boston Red Sox save since Aug. 18 and has appeared just six times since. Not a valid reason to take him out of your lineup - just a head's up that Boston might use him in non-save situations just to get him work, especially with Daniel Bard and Matt Albers struggling of late.
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