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Fantasy Closer Report

Elite Closers

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

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

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is a candidate to pick up a save Monday vs. the Orioles. More Updated April 20 at 10:38 p.m. ET

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

Royals closer Greg Holland may be able to pick up a save against the Twins on Sunday. More Updated April 19 at 10:35 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 Michael Kohn

Angels closer Ernesto Frieri has the chance to pick up a save on Saturday in Detroit. More Updated April 19 at 1:13 a.m. ET

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

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal picked up his fifth save after allowing one run on one walk and notched one strikeout against the Nationals on Saturday. More Updated April 19 at 4:13 p.m. ET

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

D-backs closer Addison Reed blew the save after allowing a run on one hit with no walks or strikeouts in an inning of work Friday against the Dodgers. More Updated April 19 at 2:45 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 allowed two hits and one walk with a strikeout in a scoreless inning on Sunday vs. the Blue Jays to earn his sixth save. More Updated April 20 at 4:10 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 allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning on Sunday vs. the Mariners to earn his third save. More Updated April 20 at 4:27 p.m. ET

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

Kyle Farnsworth will take over as Mets closer, replacing fellow veteran reliver Jose Valverde, manager Terry Collins said before Sunday's game against the Braves. More Updated April 20 at 11:42 a.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 reliever Chad Qualls blew a save after allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in one-third of an inning against the A's on Saturday. More Updated April 19 at 7:24 p.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
Pedro Strop Hector Rondon 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 could pick up a save in Sunday's game vs. the White Sox. More Updated April 19 at 10:46 p.m. ET

Injured Closers

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

Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen is expected to miss at least two more weeks because of a strained lower back/abdominal muscle. More Updated April 18 at 10:10 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

The Yankees have received positive reports on first baseman Mark Teixeira and closer David Robertson, both of whom participated in a Minor League game on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. More Updated April 19 at 10:28 p.m. ET