The Closer Carousel Turns

The Closer Carousel Turns
Brad Johnson covers an epic week of closer news including a major trade, a self-inflicted injury, and a demotion. More closers sit on the bubble.
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Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored during a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

He stroked a single to left that plated Kyle Seager to give the Mariners a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning. That was the last run they would score and then they watched the Yankees pile on seven tallies in the late frames. The first baseman has hit for nice power this year but not much else. He has a .258 batting average with 13 home runs and 33 RBI. He has yet to steal a base in his major league career.
Jun 20 - 11:07 PM

Brent Suter will start for the Brewers against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Suter was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, but that start was scrapped when Milwaukee's game against the Pirates was postponed for a later date. The rest of the rotation remains the same, with Junior Guerra, Chase Anderson and Jhoulys Chacin the remaining starters for the series against the Cardinals.
Jun 20 - 11:05 PM

Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs during Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

He plated both runs with a single in the fourth inning. He now owns a .288 batting average with one home run, 17 RBI and 32 runs scored. His best fantasy asset is of course his speed -- he's stolen 19 bases to rank fourth in the majors in that category.
Jun 20 - 11:02 PM

Felix Hernandez allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings and took a no-decision in a game his team eventually lost to the Yankees on Wednesday.

He sailed through four innings unscathed before allowing a run-scoring single to Aaron Judge in the fifth. He left the game with a three-run lead but that melted away against the bullpen. His record holds at 6-6 with a 5.24 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 16 starts. He's pitched quite well in three of his last four outings, so it appears safe to start using him in fantasy lineups again despite the ugly ERA.
Jun 20 - 10:57 PM

Rays LHP/1B prospect Brendan McKay will miss time with tightness in his right oblique muscle.

The injury is being described as minor, but it's enough to put the two-way prospect on the shelf for at least a few weeks. McKay is considered an upper-echelon prospect on the mound, and he's also one of the best first base prospects in the minors right now, as well. He likely will be back with the Stone Crabs at some point in July, likely in the middle of the month.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 20 - 10:46 PM

Chad Kuhl will start against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Kuhl was supposed to be on the bump on Wednesday, but his start against the Brewers was rained out. No changes will come to the order of the rotation, with Kuhl going Thursday followed by Ivan Nova, Joe Musgrove and Trevor Williams in the four-game series against the Diamondbacks.
Jun 20 - 9:51 PM

Wednesday's game between the Pirates and Brewers has been postponed.

There was hope that the game could be played, but ultimately there was too much rain and not enough of a window for it to start. There's no word yet as to when the game will be rescheduled.
Jun 20 - 9:12 PM

Chris Tillman will make a second rehab start on Monday for Low-A Delmarva.

Tillman started on Wednesday for short-season Aberdeen and struggled; allowing three runs over two innings on two hits and a pair of walks. The results aren't really important here, as it's just about building up arm strength. He'll get a chance to do more on Monday, with a reported four innings or 60 pitches coming -- whichever comes first. Tillman likely rejoins the Orioles near the beginning of July.
Jun 20 - 8:57 PM
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