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? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.
Starting Friday, Triple-A Norfolk will likely be the next stop for Mike Gonzalez (shoulder) in his rehab. Looks like he'll pitch three games and be evaluated for activation sometime next week.
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- Though it's highly unlikely the Texas Rangers will go away from Neftali Feliz this year, Frank Francisco's performance should be noted for the long term. His fly-ball problems have drastically subsided, thanks to increased grounders, and his dominance remains elite. Since May: 22 K's, one walk. Before blowing up in his last two games, he threw nine straight shutout appearances.
The Rangers still want to explore Feliz's long-term starter profile. Francisco could be ready to step back into the role next season. If your keeper leaguemates have let Frank Squared sit on your wire, you could stash saves for next year.
- More long-term stuff: Remember Joe Nathan (elbow)? The Minnesota Twins reliever is slated to play catch Saturday for the first time since his March Tommy John surgery. He'll probably make something around 20 throws from 45 feet. Keeper leaguers should keep an eye on his timetable.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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