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Sunday, May 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: FOREARM DISCOMFORT FOR FELIPE VAZQUEZ

Updating an earlier item, the video didn't lie as Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez is to be examined after admitting to forearm discomfort while throwing his last two pitches in a very rough outing on Sunday.  Vazquez will likely have the requisite X-Rays and MRI to determine if the UCL is damaged but I don't have to tell you that he is your classic Tommy John victim given his young age and hard-throwing ability.  In terms of who would step up into Vazquez' place if he goes on the DL as anticipated, Michael Feliz has the big-time K rate that most closers do but he pitched to ERA's of 4.43 and 5.63 the last two seasons and after getting hit around Sunday (3 ER in .1 IP), his 2018 ERA rose to 5.32.  That is a tough pill to swallow in terms of owning him going forward and I would like to think Richard Rodriguez should get the first look as he has pitched great with a 1.40 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 31 K in just 19.1 IP.  I won't be adding Feliz shares given the ugly ratios but instead would be willing to take a shot on Rodriguez given how great he has pitched this season. 


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