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Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

Braves Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Craig Kimbrel David Carpenter Jordan Walden

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel appeared happy after his scheduled 15-pitch session before the team's game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. More Updated April 16 at 8:43 p.m. ET

Dodgers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Kenley Jansen Brian Wilson Chris Perez

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed one run on one hit and one walk with two strikeouts on Thursday vs. the Giants but held on for his fifth save. More Updated April 17 at 7:46 p.m. ET

Red Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Koji Uehara Edward Mujica Junichi Tazawa

The Red Sox had slugger Mike Napoli back in the cleanup hole and closer Koji Uehara back in the bullpen for Thursday night's finale of a three-game series against the White Sox. More Updated April 17 at 11:00 p.m. ET

Royals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera

Royals closer Greg Holland earned his third save after permitting one run on two hits with one strikeout in the ninth inning vs. the Rays on Monday. More Updated April 7 at 11:39 p.m. ET

Tigers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joe Nathan Al Alburquerque Joba Chamberlain

When Joe Nathan talked about dead arm last week, he also talked about how quickly it can come back to life. That resuscitation seems to have started. More Updated April 17 at 11:02 p.m. ET

Stable Situations

Angels Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Ernesto Frieri Joe Smith Dane De La Rosa

Angels closer Ernesto Frieri earned the save after walking one and striking out one in a scoreless inning against the Mariners on Wednesday. More Updated April 10 at 2:36 a.m. ET

Cardinals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Trevor Rosenthal Carlos Martinez Kevin Siegrist

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal could pick up his fifth save of the year on Friday in Washington. More Updated April 17 at 10:39 p.m. ET

D-backs Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Addison Reed J.J. Putz Brad Ziegler

D-backs closer Addison Reed picked up the save after allowing one hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning vs. the Giants on Tuesday. More Updated April 2 at 1:11 a.m. ET

Giants Next in line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sergio Romo Santiago Casilla Javier Lopez

Giants closer Sergio Romo could register a save Thursday against the Dodgers. More Updated April 16 at 9:34 p.m. ET

Indians Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
John Axford Cody Allen Bryan Shaw

Indians closer John Axford blew the save Sunday after allowing two runs on one hit and one walk in one-third of an inning against the White Sox. More Updated April 13 at 7:43 p.m. ET

Mariners Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Fernando Rodney Tom Wilhelmsen Danny Farquhar

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney lost and blew the save after giving up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk with a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Rangers. More Updated April 17 at 12:41 a.m. ET

Marlins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Carlos Marmol

Marlins closer Steve Cishek could earn his third save Wednesday against the Nationals. More Updated April 15 at 10:41 p.m. ET

Mets Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jose Valverde Gonzalez Germen Kyle Farnsworth

Mets closer Jose Valverde struck out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Thursday vs. the Braves to earn his second save. More Updated April 10 at 11:38 p.m. ET

Nationals Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Rafael Soriano Tyler Clippard Drew Storen

Nationals closer Rafael Soriano could be in line for a save vs. the Marlins on Thursday. More Updated April 9 at 10:17 p.m. ET

Orioles Next in line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Tommy Hunter Darren O'Day Ryan Webb

Orioles closer Tommy Hunter allowed one hit and fanned one in a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday vs. the Rays to earn his fourth save. More Updated April 16 at 6:15 p.m. ET

Padres Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Huston Street Joaquin Benoit Dale Thayer

Padres closer Huston Street earned the save after pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout vs. the Dodgers on Sunday night. More Updated March 30 at 11:15 p.m. ET

Phillies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Papelbon Antonio Bastardo Mike Adams

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Thursday vs. the Braves to earn his fourth save. More Updated April 17 at 4:42 p.m. ET

Pirates Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Tony Watson

Pirates closer Jason Grilli could be in line for a save situation on Tuesday in Cincinnati. More Updated April 15 at 12:36 a.m. ET

Rays Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Grant Balfour Joel Peralta Heath Bell

Rays closer Grant Balfour earned a save after giving up three walks and striking out two in 2/3 of an inning against the Reds on Friday. More Updated April 11 at 11:11 p.m. ET

Rockies Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
LaTroy Hawkins Rex Brothers Boone Logan

Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins notched his third save after allowing a hit with no walks or strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Padres. More Updated April 16 at 2:12 a.m. ET

Twins Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Glen Perkins Jared Burton Casey Fien

Twins closer Glen Perkins could be in line for a save situation on Thursday vs. the Blue Jays. More Updated April 16 at 5:54 p.m. ET

White Sox Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Matt Lindstrom Nate Jones (DL) Daniel Webb

An MRI pinpointing the source of Nate Jones' issues as his lower back and an ensuing epidural has Jones feeling as if he's heading in the right direction. More Updated April 12 at 6:01 p.m. ET

Uncertain Situations

Astros (Closer-by-committee) Closer committee Closer committee Closer Notes
Anthony Bass Josh Fields Chad Qualls

Astros manager Bo Porter said the team will enter the season using a closer by committee, though he'd like to eventually settle on one player to use in that role. More Updated March 24 at 12:56 a.m. ET

A's (Closer-by-committee) Closer committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Luke Gregerson Sean Doolittle Jim Johnson

A's reliever Jim Johnson won after allowing a hit and a walk with a strikeout in two scoreless innings Tuesday against the Angels. More Updated April 16 at 3:12 a.m. ET

Brewers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Francisco Rodriguez Jim Henderson Will Smith

Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez earned the save after allowing a walk in a scoreless inning vs. the Pirates on Saturday. More Updated April 12 at 11:37 p.m. ET

Cubs (Closer-by-committee) Closer committee Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Jose Veras

Cubs manager Rick Renteria met with Jose Veras Saturday morning and told the right-hander that as of now, Veras is no longer the closer and will be used in non-save situations to try to get back on track. More Updated April 12 at 3:24 p.m. ET

Rangers Next in Line Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Joakim Soria Alexi Ogando Neftali Feliz (MiLB)

Rangers closer Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning on Sunday vs. the Rays to earn his first save of the season. More Updated April 6 at 6:19 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

Blue Jays Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Sergio Santos Casey Janssen (DL) Steve Delabar

Casey Janssen has been temporarily shut down because of a strain in his lower back and abdominal muscle. More Updated April 17 at 4:18 p.m. ET

Reds Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Jonathan Broxton Aroldis Chapman (DL) Sam LeCure

Aroldis Chapman threw his second bullpen session on Thursday and it had good results, Reds manager Bryan Price said. He has been given the green light to participate in pitcher's fielding practice and pitch in live batting practice. More Updated April 18 at 4:51 p.m. ET

Yankees Injured Closer Saves Sleeper Closer Notes
Shawn Kelley David Robertson (DL) Adam Warren

Closer David Robertson threw a bullpen session on Thursday at Tropicana Field and remains on track to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, the first day that he would be eligible. More Updated April 17 at 11:13 p.m. ET