Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - AL

by Tim Heaney on July 14, 2010 @ 10:45:00 PDT


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 will have to overtake Simon
    Mike Gonzalez (shoulder) might be heading back to the Baltimore Orioles within the next few days. The lefty pitched an inning Friday for Double-A Bowie, allowing one hit and one walk in one inning with a whiff. He responded well to his back-to-back nights test, throwing a scoreless seventh Saturday while fanning a batter.
    He struck out two in 1 2/3 frames Tuesday for Single-A Aberdeen, allowing a solo homer and another hit in the process. Consider him merely saves speculation at this point; Gonzalez will probably have to earn the closer role back from Alfredo Simon.

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