Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: Tommy Hunter saves another, Edward Mujica worn down, more

by Tim Heaney on August 23, 2013 @ 12:15:04 PDT

 

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Mound meetings

Rafael Betancourt's season and career may be over after an initial evaluation pointed to a potentially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) elbow. He'll undergo an MRI Monday to confirm, but the Colorado Rockies and their longtime stopper are expecting the worst. Rex Brothers will slide back into the closer role. Add him now.

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Chicago White Sox RP Addison Reed
Reed workin' overtime

Following a rough stretch, Rafael Soriano has rattled off two straight scoreless spots. They haven't been clean, though, as he's given up four hits in the 1 1/3 combined innings. Soriano's two-batter cameo Thursday sent the Washington Nationals to extra innings, where Drew Storen recorded the save in the 13th.

Soriano acknowledged he's been leaving pitches up in the zone -- logical, considering he gave up a home run in each of the three jobs preceding his shutout pair. He's walking fewer batters than he did in 2012, so further repair of his location should get him back on track. If it doesn't and Davey Johnson says "Sorry, Sori," Tyler Clippard, despite Storen's recent success, would probably step in for most normal opportunities.

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Addison Reed, hopefully, will get a break Friday. He's locked up a Chicago White Sox save on each of the past three days and has performed on six of the last seven. Worth noting that since June ended, he boasts a 1.85 ERA with 21 K's in 24 1/3 innings and has a 13-for-14 record on SVOs.

Spelling him constitutes a toss-up (at least from what we know) between Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom, who'd probably share duties if anything were to keep Reed out for an extended stretch.

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Sam LeCure, who's been a surprising holds accumulator in a depleted Cincinnati Reds bullpen, recorded his first career save Thursday. Aroldis Chapman threw two innings the night before and wasn't available. Given that Chapman has been a touch more hittable of late, maybe Dusty Baker will be more cautious of when to use him as the club continues its march toward the postseason.

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Frank Francisco (elbow) resurfaced Wednesday in his first rehab outing since July 15. In Gulf Coast League action, he coughed up a homer but struck out a pair of batters. Should we care? Both Frank Frank and closer Bobby Parnell (neck) remain uncertain to return this year, and only desperate NL-only players should keep the faint hope that Francisco would challenge interim wrapper-upper LaTroy Hawkins if he does.

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