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Tigers | Jose Valverde to close

Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde will be recalled from the minors Wednesday, April 24, and manager Jim Leyland said he will serve as the team's closer.

Fantasy Tip: Bruce Rondon was also called up from Triple-A Toledo today, but he'll likely be used in less stressful situations in his first taste of regular season big league action. There's a decent chance that Valverde is still available in your mixed league, so run to the waiver wire and grab him. Joaquin Benoit was never Detroit's long-term solution at closer and shouldn't be expected to receive any save chances moving forward with both Valverde and Rondon in the picture.

Rondon is worth holding since Valverde hasn't been tested against major league competition since relinquishing the ninth-inning role to Phil Coke in the playoffs last year. Leyland has announced his loyalty to Valverde, but if he doesn't get the job done, Rondon will be given an opportunity to take the job and run with it.

2013-04-23 16:45:20 | Source: MLB.com

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