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Closer: Jonathan Broxton (DL)
Uh oh - another one? Padilla was unavailable Tuesday due to stiffness in his right forearm, so Guerrier stepped in for the save. They're not concerned at the moment, but unsettling is that it's the same forearm that was operated on in the offseason. Maybe some of that balkiness stems from Padilla's 32-pitch save opp Friday that had to be finished by Jansen, who also logged the final out in the eighth last night.
If Padilla were to land in an extended absence, it'd likely be a mix of Guerrier, Jansen and MacDougal filling in. Guerrier pitches in late-inning hold situations and has recorded exactly one save in each of the last six campaigns. He's crafty but not dominant like an archetypal stopper. Jansen represents the latter, and he has rebounded from an early-season disappointment. MacDougal has some closer experience and has started off well in 2011 but isn't a realistic long-term inhabitant of the role.
Jansen offers the most fantasy upside and should be your first add, but that doesn't necessarily make him the outright winner. Going for him is that Mattingly saw him in an extended period of closing last year, but Guerrier and MacDougal fit the reliable vet profile Mattingly might not be able to pass on. If Padilla goes down, don't count on a consistent savior.
Job security score: 2
Health score: 3
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