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Relief Pitcher Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Shane Greene, RP, DET4/24/2015 8:56:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Shane Greene came down to Earth Friday versus Cleveland.
Insight: Greene allowed just one run through his first three starts, but gave up eight runs on nine hits and two walks over four innings on Friday night. He now has a 3.00 ERA overall.
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM4/24/2015 4:42:00 PM
Description: New York reliever Bobby Parnell (elbow) will be sut down for the next week.
Insight: He is returning from Tommy John surgery, and is experiencing discomfort. Even when Parnell returns, it is very unlikely he will be closing games for the Mets.
Mark Melancon, RP, PIT4/23/2015 4:17:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up a much needed save Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Melancon blew a save last time out, and still owns an ugly 7.36 ERA, but his 1-2-3 inning on Thursday may be just what he needed to get back on track.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL4/23/2015 4:12:00 PM
Description: Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez picked up his second save of the season.
Insight: He shut the door on the Reds, allowing one hit and striking out one. Rodriguez has a 3.00 ERA so far this season.
Joakim Soria, RP, DET4/23/2015 10:57:00 AM
Description: Tigers reliever Joakim Soria should be locked in as the Tigers closer for the remainder of the season after Joe Nathan's diagnosis of a torn UCL.
Insight: Soria has been great, converting 5-out-of-5 save chances since Nathan hit the disabled list with his strained elbow.
Joe Nathan, RP, DET4/23/2015 10:55:00 AM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan left his minor-league rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday in pain after throwing just 10 pitches and has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and tendon.
Insight: He'll need Tommy John surgery. Joakim Soria's value as the Togers' closer is locked in for the remainder of the season.
Jesse Hahn, RP, OAK4/23/2015 10:06:00 AM
Description: Oakland starter Jesse Hahn will miss his Thursday's scheduled start against the LA Angels due to a blister on the right middle finger.
Insight: Hahn has pitched well through his first three starts with a 1-1 record, 2.12 ERA and 0.941 WHIP, but he's only amassed five strikeouts in 17 innings. Jesse Chavez will get the spot start.
Tony Watson, RP, PIT4/22/2015 10:13:00 PM
Description: Pirates lefty Tony Watson picked up a two-inning save Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: With Mark Melancon recovering from blowing the save on Tuesday, Pittsburgh turned to Watson on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and struck out one. Melancon is still the closer for now.
Nathan Karns, RP, TAM4/22/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay pitcher Nathan Karnswent six innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Karns is not much of a fantasy option. He allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three. Karns now owns a 5.32 ERA.
Joe Nathan, RP, DET4/22/2015 1:30:00 PM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan left his minor-league rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday in pain after throwing just 10 pitches according to MLive.com.
Insight: Nathan was seen holding his elbow, which is the same elbow he injured on Opening Day. Nathan is recovering from a strained flexor tendon and wasn't able to throw his scheduled 25 pitches. This should keep Joakim Soria fantasy relevant for a bit while longer.
Chase Anderson, RP, ARI4/22/2015 9:39:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson pitched seven solid innings versus the Rangers on Tuesday, but the Arizona bullpen blew up in the, 7-1, loss.
Insight: Anderson allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks. In the final two innings, the Arizona bullpen allowed six runs, five of which were earned. Anderson still doesn't have a decision this season and has posted a 3.00 ERA in three starts.
Mark Melancon, RP, PIT4/21/2015 10:29:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Mark Melancon is off to a less than desirable start and blew a save on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Insight: Melancon and Pittsburgh had a three-run lead in the ninth, but he allowed three hits and a walk before recording an out as the lead disappeared. Melancon forced a chopping ground ball twice, but the first time it bounced over third baseman Josh Harrison's head to score two runs and the second one was too slow to turn a double play, which let the game-winning run score. Melancon is 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA in seven appearances this season.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS4/21/2015 10:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara allowed one hit but still recorded his second save of the season as Boston beat Tampa Bay, 1-0.
Insight: Uehara quickly retired Evan Longoria on a ground out, which erased the hit as the Red Sox turned a double play. Then Uehara retired Desmond Jennings on a ground out to end the game.
Joakim Soria, RP, DET4/21/2015 5:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Joakim Soria could move back into his eighth inning role by the weekend as closer Joe Nathan is expected to return to the team after one rehab start on Wednesday according to MLive.com.
Insight: This is not what fantasy owners or even Tigers fans want to hear. Soria has been great, converting 5-out-of-5 save chances since Nathan hit the disabled list with his strained elbow. Owners, however, should not drop Soria right away as even if Nathan returns to the ninth inning role, Nathan is just a couple blown saves away from losing the job to Soria.
Joe Nathan, RP, DET4/21/2015 5:49:00 PM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan is scheduled to make a rehab appearance on Wednesday with Triple-A Toledo according to MLive.com.
Insight: Nathan is expected to rejoin the major league club as long as everything goes well Wednesday. Manager Brad Ausmus insists that Nathan will resume the closers role with the Tigers even though Joakim Soria is 5-for-5 in save opportuntities since Nathan went down with his injury. That is an elbow injury, so cannot be good news. Joakim Soria will likely fill in while Nathan is sidelined.
Kelvin Herrera, RP, KAN4/21/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been suspended for five games after throwing at Brett Lawrie Sunday. Update: Herrera will appeal the suspension and can keep pitching until there is a decision on his appeal.
Insight: Herrera is another of the Royals' hard-throwing bullpen who averages a strikeout-per-inning, but he's only valuable to fantasy owners in leagues that accrue holds.
Kelvin Herrera, RP, KAN4/21/2015 3:45:00 PM
Description: Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been suspended for five games after throwing at Brett Lawrie Sunday..
Insight: Herrera is another of the Royals' hard-throwing bullpen who averages a strikeout-per-inning, but he's only valuable to fantasy owners in leagues that accrue holds.
Andrew McKirahan, RP, ATL4/21/2015 9:32:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan has been suspended for 80 days by major league baseball for performance-enhancing drugs.
Insight: As a middle relief guy he didn't hold much fantasy value. He had been in three games with a 4.15 ERA and 0.923 WHIP.
Joakim Soria, RP, DET4/20/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Joakim Soria earned his fifth save of the season, shutting the door on the, 2-1, victory over the Yankees on Monday.
Insight: Soria shut down New York in order retiring Brett Gardner on a ground out and Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira on fly outs. Soria is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA with five saves this season.
Greg Holland, RP, KAN4/20/2015 5:13:00 PM
Description: Royals closer Greg Holland is dealing with a Grade 1 pectoral strain according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: That means Holland should be ready to return after his stint on the 15-day DL is over. Wade Davis will be the team's closer for the time being.
Jesse Hahn, RP, OAK4/20/2015 11:25:00 AM
Description: Oakland starter Jesse Hahn is questionable for Thursday's scheduled start against the LA Angels due to a blister on the right middle finger.
Insight: Hahn has pitched well through his first three starts with a 1-1 record, 2.12 ERA and 0.941 WHIP, but he's only amassed five strikeouts in 17 innings and last season he was close to a strikeout-per-inning pitcher. Fantasy owners want that guy back.
Jerry Blevins, RP, NYM4/20/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: Reliever Jerry Blevins left Sunday's game against Miami and is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured left forearm
Insight: Blevins only had fantasy value if your league used a "holds" category. He had five holds in seven appearances with a 0.00 ERA, 0.000 WHIP and four strikeouts.
Drew Storen, RP, WAS4/19/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals closer Drew Storen recorded his fourth save of the season.
Insight: He gave up two hits, but did not allow a run. Storen now owns a 1.80 ERA to go along with his four saves.
Mark Melancon, RP, PIT4/19/2015 4:22:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his second save of the season on Sunday.
Insight: He allowed on hit in the ninth, but escaped without giving up a run.
Hector Rondon, RP, CHC4/18/2015 6:15:00 PM
Description: Cubs closer Hector Rondon blew the save Saturday against the Padres.
Insight: The Cubs still pulled in out in 11 innings, but Rondon allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out one over an inning of work.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS4/17/2015 10:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning versus the Orioles and picked up the victory as Boston won in the bottom of the ninth, 3-2.
Insight: Uehara struck out two batters and didn't allow a hit on Friday. He has two appearances in the 2015. One of them was a save and the other is this win. Uehara has struck out four batters in his two innings of work.
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN4/14/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman recorded his third save of the season on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Insight: Chapman made it interesting, allowing a hit and a walk, but he struck out two, and the Reds won, 3-2. Chapman has a 0.00 ERA in six innings with nine strikeouts and two walks this season.
Joakim Soria, RP, DET4/14/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Joakim Soria picked up his third save of the young season on Tuesday against the Pirates.
Insight: Soria has been the Tigers closer for less than a week, and he already has three saves. The Tigers added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, but Soria didn't need it as he retired the Pirates in order. He is 3-for-3 in save chances and has a 2.45 ERA.
Shane Greene, RP, DET4/14/2015 10:01:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Shane Greene threw another eight near perfect innings as Detroit beat Pittsburgh on Tuesday, 2-0.
Insight: Greene hasn't allowed an earned run in 16 inning of work this season. He allowed three hits, no walks and struck out three in eight innings on Tuesday. Greene should be on fantasy owners radars now after the fast start although he isn't a pitcher that will get many strikeouts.
Brad Peacock, RP, HOU4/14/2015 10:47:00 AM
Description: Astros righty Brad Peacock (right hip surgery) is expected to make his first start of the season Tuesday against Oakland.
Insight: Peacock has yet to prove to be a fantasy-worthy asset. He's a career 11-15 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.471 WHIP. Although he has a solid 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings average, you should take a wait-and-see attitude here.
Fernando Rodney, RP, SEA4/14/2015 9:27:00 AM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney blew the save Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: After letting up three runs last time out, Rodney's mishaps cost the team more this time. He allowed two runs on three hits and one walk, and now owns a 16.20 ERA.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL4/13/2015 7:25:00 PM
Description: Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez picked up his first save of the season Monday against St. Louis.
Insight: He needed only six pitches to get the job done. K-Rod has a 3.00 ERA early on this season.
Mark Melancon, RP, PIT4/13/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Pirates closer Mark Melancon struggled in a non-ave situation Monday versus Detroit.
Insight: He allowed three runs on four hits, but luckily Pittsburgh hung onto a 5-4 win. Melancon should be fine moving forward.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS4/13/2015 1:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) has been activated on Monday and is available for the game against the Nationals, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal
Insight: He should return to his closing role, so fantasy owners must get him back in the lineup. Edward Mujica will go back to being the setup guy with significantly less fantasy value.
Garrett Richards, RP, ANA4/13/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: Angels right-hander Garrett Richards will pitch a minor league game on Tuesday and if all goes well could be back in the Angels rotation soon.
Insight: Richards is returning from offseason surgery on his patellar tendon in his left knee. He exploded on to the scene last season with a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA and 1.038 WHIP.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS4/13/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) is expected to be activated on Monday and be available for the game against the Nationals, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal
Insight: He should return to his closing role, so fantasy owners must get him back in the lineup. Edward Mujica will go back to being the setup guy with significantly less fantasy value.
Fernando Rodney, RP, SEA4/12/2015 7:27:00 PM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney escaped being the goat Sunday versus Oakland.
Insight: Rodney entered the ninth in a non-save situation, with a four run lead. He went on to allow four runs on four hits and two walks. However, Nlson Cruz bailed him out with a 10th inning homer.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI4/10/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up his second save of the season.
Insight: He shut the door for a perfect ninth. Papelbon has not allowed a run early on this season.