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Monday, June 27, 2011

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: BIG TROUBLE FOR BROXTON???


Things got a little more newsworthy in the world of the fantasy baseball closer as this week's Closing Time feature will attest.  Lets get right to it.

-Big news out of LA as rehabbing Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton was shut down due to tightness in his pitching elbow. Brotxton was only a few days away from being activated from the DL where he stayed for the last month due to elbow soreness and so its likely he will be out of action for awhile longer.  Surgery could also be a possibility now.  Javy Guerra has pitched well recently and got the last save chance for the team.  If the Dodgers were in contention for a playoff spot, you had to think they would be in on Heath Bell but thats not going to happen.  So Guerra will get the chance to run with it and we'll see where it goes from here on out. I am not opitmistic he will be anything but a mediocre closer.

-Speaking of Heath Bell, the Cardinals and Phillies have been the two teams mentioned the most recently about adding the Padres closer.  Phillies closer Ryan Madson is out 3-4 days with a numb pitching hand and he is far from proven as a ninth inning guy despite the success he has had this season.  Bell would see many more save chances in Philly so keep a close eye here as it will have massive ramifications for both teams.  Mike Adams would inherit the San Diego job where he would instantly be a top tier guy due to his continuously dominant campaigns the last few seasons. 

-Keep an eye on Mark Melancon in Houston as he completely melted down on Sunday with 5 ER in 1.1 IP.  Thats downright hideous and it marked the third straight outing he was scored on.  Wilton Lopez would be the add and it could come soon.  

-Jordan Walden blew his fifth save of the season on Sunday but he has built up enough credibility to be safe for the time being.  Plus with Fernando Rodney on the DL, there is not much behind him other that Scott Downs who is their main lefty bullpen asset.  You know how that goes. 

-Things have turned around nicely for Sergio Santos in Chicago.  He is back on safe ground.

Thats all for now.  As always keep it tuned here for all the latest in closer news in fantasy baseball.

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