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Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: DL FOR TREVOR ROSENTHAL, NO DL FOR AROLDIS CHAPMAN

The obvious news that St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal was headed to the 10-day DL after coming down with tightness in his pitching arm was confirmed on Thursday as a bout of elbow irritation.  That sounds serious enough but there are whispers the UCL could be involved as well which would make sense considering how hard Rosenthal throws and how his velocity dropped badly in his outing on Wednesday.  More follow-up tests are scheduled but it is likely we have seen the last of Rosenthal this season.  That means Seung Hwan Oh has a chance to salvage his fantasy baseball season somewhat in moving back into the closer role and he should absolutely be picked up where is currently available.

Meanwhile New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will avoid the DL from all indications as he threw a bullpen session on Thursday and reportedly was running with no gait during warmups.  Chapman complained of a hamstring issue after nearly blowing the save versus the New York Mets the other day but he seems to have dodged the bullet there.


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