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Monday, August 22, 2011

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ALL HELL BREAKING LOOSE


After dealing with relative quiet the last three weeks regarding the ninth inning in fantasy baseball, all hell broke loose in the last few days as injuries have affected a great deal of the closer roles.  So lets dig right in and see whats going on.

-The San Francisco Giants placed closer Brian Wilson on the DL on Sunday with an inflamed elbow and with Segio Romo also injured, the team has decided to use lefty Jeremy Affeldt in the role.  Affeldt came on in the ninth inning of a tie game Sunday and threw two scoreless innings so he is the guy to own at this point.  As far as Wilson is concerned, the team is very vague on when he could get back.  Romo however could return on Thursday where he would likely ascend to the gig.  Got all that?

-Blue Jays closer Frank Francisco couldn't go on Sunday due to soreness in his pitching shoulder as he warmed up for a save chance.  Casey Janssen went three innings to earn the save and Francisco will now have the shoulder examined Monday.  This on the heels of Jon Rauch also going on the DL for an appendectomy.  Janssen would be the favorite for saves until either guy returns, with Shawn Camp likely getting a shot if a save chance comes up tomorrow since Janssen could use a rest after three innings.

-Neftali Feliz has pitched better after some shaky outings last week which removes some heat form his grip on the ninth inning.  Same goes for Chris Perez who has turned things around after some shaky moments as well.  They have given themselves some leash.

That's all for this week.  As usual check back for the latest closer news all week.

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