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Sunday, May 5, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: LOU TRIVINO BECOMES A MAJOR PERSON OF INTEREST WITH BLAKE TREINEN DEALING WITH ELBOW SORENESS

The late new Saturday night that Oakland A's top-tier closer Blake Treinen was suffering from pain in his pitching elbow sent shudders throughout all of his fantasy baseball owners and at the same time, likely caused a stampede to the waiver wire for top setup man Lou Trivino.  Right now the word is that Treinen will see team doctors on Monday and then a determination will be made regarding whether or not he will need to be placed on the IL.  The worst case scenario in here is that Treinen's UCL is compromised and that would lead to season-ending Tommy John surgery.  We don't have to tell you that hard-throwing young pitchers like Treinen are almost always the classical Tommy John surgery candidates and so this is no small worry.  Even if the UCL is fine, it is likely Treinen will land on the IL as the A's look to be cautious here.  In such a scenario, top setup man Lou Trivino would step up into the ninth inning and he certainly looks capable as he went into Sunday's action with a 1.38 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13 innings.  An earlier thumb issue has been put to rest and last season Trivino was excellent in recording a 2.92 ERA and 82 whiffs in 74 innings to show what he could be capable of if given a chance at saves.  So the only move to make here is to grab Trivino off the waiver wire and hope for the best in terms of length of absence for Treinen owners.  If given the chance to close however, Trivino could be quite impressive. 


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