Bullpen Report: April 29, 2015

Alright fake baseball folks, this is the late-inning pinch-hit version of the Bullpen Report.

Adam Ottavino landed on the 15-day disabled list three days ago with what the Colorado Rockies referred to as “triceps inflammation.” But on Tuesday, results of an MRI conducted on Ottavino’s pitching arm indicated that the inflammation actually appeared to be closer to his lower arm in the vicinity of his elbow. Ugh. There will be no further speculation or diagnosis by the team until they return from their road trip and the right-hander gets a chance to meet with team doctors on Monday, but Ottavino admitted that “he was worried.

In his stead, John Axford will likely continue to carry the ninth-inning torch. He’s a perfect 3-for-3 in save chances on the season with a perfect 0.00 ERA (1.94 FIP), a 1.00 WHIP and a 20% K%-BB% in five trips to the bump. At the time of this writing, John Axford is available in 53% of Yahoo! leagues. This number should be on the rise, so if he’s still on your wire, be sure to grab him while you can. Some may not have the option, but if you can slot Ottavino into a DL slot until an official announcement is made from the team’s doctors, I’d do so. In deeper formats and those that reward for holds or solds (saves + holds), Rafael Betancourt and Boone Logan should get a bump in value as well — and I’d be adding them in that order. Strictly looking for holds? Don’t forget about Brooks Brown who owns six on the season and is owned in just 1% of Y! leagues.

Trevor Rosenthal surrendered a hit and a walk in the ninth-inning against the Phillies this evening, but escaped without surrendering a run and notched his eighth save of the year. The Cardinals’ closer fanned two in the final frame to raise his K/9 to 13.03/9 and also reduced his ERA to 0.93 on the young season. Cody Allen worked around a couple of hits and an error to pick up his fourth save of the year in five chances. Allen allowed an unearned run, but whiffed one and induced a pair of fly outs on 14 pitches to seal the 7-5 Indians victory over the Royals.

Quick Hitters: Joakim Soria earned his ninth save of the year to move himself into a tie for the league lead with Jeurys Familia of the Metropolitans. Soria worked around a leadoff walk and a two-out single off the bat of Joe Mauer to escape the inning unscathed and secure the Tigers’ victory. Ernesto Frieri induced a game-ending double play off the bat of Alex Rodriguez in extra-innings to notch his second save for the Rays. The Rays used Brad Boxberger in the 10th inning, but he wasn’t exactly sharp. Despite the clean frame, Boxberger allowed a hit and a couple of free passes before getting out of the inning. Fernando Rodney retired the final three Rangers on 13 pitches to pick up his seventh save in eight chances.
Koji Uehara struck out each of the three Blue Jays he faced in the top of the ninth for his fourth save in ‘15.

Closer Grid:

Closer First Second DL/Minors
Arizona Addison Reed Brad Ziegler Evan Marshall
Atlanta Jason Grilli Jim Johnson Luis Avilan
Baltimore Zach Britton Darren O’Day Tommy Hunter
Boston Koji Uehara Junichi Tazawa Edward Mujica
CHI (NL) Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Jason Motte
CHI (AL) David Robertson Jacob Petricka Zach Duke
Cincy Aroldis Chapman Jumbo Diaz Tony Cingrani Sean Marshall
Cleveland Cody Allen Bryan Shaw Scott Atchison
Colorado John Axford Rafael Betancourt Boone Logan Adam Ottavino
Detroit Joakim Soria Al Alburquerque Joba Chamberlain Joe Nathan
Houston Luke Gregerson Chad Qualls Pat Neshek
KC Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Ryan Madson Greg Holland
LAA Huston Street Joe Smith Vinnie Pestano
LAD Yimi Garcia Chris Hatcher Pedro Baez Kenley Jansen
Miami Steve Cishek A.J. Ramos Mike Dunn
Milwaukee Francisco Rodriguez Jonathan Broxton Will Smith
Minnesota Glen Perkins Caleb Thielbar Casey Fien
NY (NL) Jeurys Familia Carlos Torres Buddy Carlyle Jenrry Mejia
NY (AL) Andrew Miller Dellin Betances David Carpenter
Oakland Tyler Clippard Eric O’Flaherty Dan Otero Sean Doolittle
Philly Jonathan Papelbon Ken Giles Luis Garcia
Pittsburgh Mark Melancon Tony Watson Arquimedes Caminero
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Jordan Walden Seth Maness
SD Craig Kimbrel Joaquin Benoit Dale Thayer Kevin Quackenbush
SF Santiago Casilla Sergio Romo Jeremy Affeldt
Seattle Fernando Rodney Danny Farquhar Yoervis Medina
TB Brad Boxberger Kevin Jepsen Ernesto Frieri Jake McGee
Texas Neftali Feliz Shawn Tolleson Keone Kela Tanner Scheppers
Toronto Brett Cecil Roberto Osuna Aaron Loup Steve Delabar
Wash. Drew Storen Aaron Barrett Blake Treinen Casey Janssen

[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]

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Nothing on Kimbrel’s implosion?


wasn’t really his fault-a passed ball, an error and a wp= implosion?

And he has a bad game, occasionally like everyone else.