2015 Breakdowns: Relievers

2015 Breakdowns: Relievers
Matthew Pouliot looks at all of the jumbled closing situations and recommends handcuff options in the Strike Zone.
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Jeff Locke has won a spot in the Pirates' starting rotation.

It's a bit of a surprise, as many thought that Vance Worley would begin the year in the rotation while Locke would pitch out of the bullpen, but the situation will actually be flip-flopped. Locke has a 6.59 ERA and 9/5 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 30 - 4:30 PM

Nationals signed OF Reed Johnson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Johnson was just granted his release by the Marlins on Monday and it didn't take him long to find a new opportunity. The 38-year-old batted just .235/.266/.348 with two home runs in 201 plate appearances last season with Miami, but he could have an outside chance to make the Nats' Opening Day roster given their injury issues in the outfield.
Mar 30 - 4:27 PM

Casey Janssen was diagnosed with right rotator cuff tendinitis after undergoing an MRI.

Janssen reported some discomfort after his most recent Grapefruit League appearance last week, so the Nats decided to get him checked out. It's not a long-term concern, but Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Opening Day is a question mark.
Mar 30 - 4:24 PM

Drew Storen left Monday's Grapefruit League game due to a blister on his right foot.

That's a sigh of relief for the Nationals, who are dealing with all sorts of bumps and bruises at the moment. Storen, who is expected to serve as Nats' closer this season, should be fine by the time Opening Day rolls around.
Mar 30 - 4:20 PM

Lucas Duda drove in five runs with a homer and a double Monday in the Mets' 7-1 defeat of the Marlins.

Duda started the spring 4-for-31 with one RBI. In his last three games, he's 7-for-11 with two homers and nine RBI. We'd call that a rapid improvement.
Mar 30 - 4:19 PM

Rafael Montero blanked the Marlins for six innings, striking out six, in a win Monday.

No wonder the Mets are thinking about trading Dillon Gee. Montero probably won't be in the rotation if Gee sticks around, but he is the more interesting of the two in NL-only leagues. If Gee does get traded, Montero might even be a mixed-league sleeper.
Mar 30 - 4:17 PM

Anthony Rendon saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his left knee.

Rendon suffered what was termed as a minor MCL sprain in his knee on March 9, but he continues to feel discomfort and went to Andrews to get some answers. The Nationals are still waiting on his diagnosis, but obviously they need to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will be without him for the early part of the season.
Mar 30 - 4:15 PM

Jenrry Mejia gave up a run and two walks in the ninth Monday against the Marlins.

Mejia is getting worse as the spring goes along; he started off with one run allowed and no walks in six innings, but he's given up four runs and four walks in his last two appearances. If his struggles continue into the regular season, he'll leave the door wide open for Bobby Parnell to reclaim closing duties.
Mar 30 - 4:15 PM
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