Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Tim Heaney on June 15, 2010 @ 12:10:00 PDT


Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for an entire season - injuries, poor performance and managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.

Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which relievers are climbing the depth chart? Are any injuries popping up?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

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  • Baltimore Orioles RP Mike Gonzalez
    Gonzalez recovering
    Baltimore Orioles lefty Mike Gonzalez (shoulder) has been doing mechanics work, and his velocity and movement were improved during his simulated game Monday. His fastball sat in the 88 mph range, and he'd like for it to reach 89 to 91 mph before he participates in a rehab assignment. Next: a Wednesday sim game.
    Regarding active O's relievers, David Hernandez appeared during a blowout loss Monday. A single scored two inherited runners, but an out on the base paths wrapped the inning. He'll see save chances until Alfredo Simon is ready. 
  • San Diegans: You sure that was a 5.7 'quake and not Kevin Gregg? The Toronto Blue Jays stopper was only slightly wobbly Monday, working around a leadoff walk to record two strikeouts (only one, according to Yorvit Torrealba) and a groundout to blank the San Diego Padres.
    The righty has walked at least one batter in his last five appearances, totaling nine. Bright side: He has three saves and nine K's in that time. Aside from his five-walk meltdown, the damage has been limited. He's staving off Jason Frasor and Scott Downs for the moment.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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