Going Gomez

Going Gomez
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news and notes from around the league including our surprising saves leader.
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Kevin Jepsen earned his fourth save of the season Wednesday in the Twins' 7-5 win over the Royals.

Jepsen worked around a Jarrod Dyson one-out double to preserve the Twins' two-run lead. It was only the 12th win of the season for Minnesota. Jepsen is operating as the club's fill-in closer with Glen Perkins (shoulder) sidelined indefinitely, but there haven't been many opportunities for saves.
May 25 - 4:44 PM

Tyler Duffey allowed five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings but picked up a win on Wednesday versus the Royals.

Minnesota's offense finally offered up some run support, plating six before the beginning of the sixth inning. Duffey surrendered all five of his runs in the top of the fourth -- on a walk, a single, two doubles, and a triple. He is 2-3 with a 3.93 ERA for the year.
May 25 - 4:41 PM

Jean Segura indicated that he does not have a concussion.

On Tuesday, Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero hit Segura on the side of his batting helmet with a 96 MPH fastball. The infielder was subsequently taken to a Pittsburgh hospital to be evaluated for a possible concussion, but he said on Wednesday that he was not diagnosed with that traumatic injury. If that is truly the case, he should be able to avoid the 7-day concussion disabled list.
May 25 - 4:38 PM

Dillon Gee took a loss Wednesday after yielding six runs -- five earned -- in four innings versus the Twins.

Not a good sign when Minnesota's punchless offense can post crooked numbers against you. Gee gave up two runs in the first inning, one more in the second, and then three more between the fourth and fifth. He watched his ERA rise from 2.90 to 3.86 in the matinee loss at Target Field. We'd expect the regression to continue.
May 25 - 4:38 PM

Jeanmar Gomez earned his 17th save of the season in Wednesday afternoon's 8-5 defeat of the Tigers.

Gomez retired Cameron Maybin, J.D. Martinez, and Miguel Cabrera in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to preserve Philly's three-run lead. The 28-year-old right-hander has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 fantasy season so far, boasting a 2.45 ERA in 25 2/3 frames. He is 17-for-18 in save opportunities.
May 25 - 4:34 PM

Pirates athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said that the range of motion and strength in Elias Diaz's injured right elbow are getting "close to normal."

Diaz is progressing in his recovery from an early May debridement procedure on his throwing elbow, but he still has a ways to go. The 25-year-old backstop is expected to be out at least another month. He could return in late June or early July if he doesn't suffer a setback in rehab.
May 25 - 4:33 PM

Aaron Nola surrendered four earned runs over six innings but picked up a win Wednesday versus the Tigers.

Nola struck out six and issued only one walk, flashing exceptional breaking stuff all afternoon, but the sometimes-dangerous Tigers offense tagged him for seven hits (including five singles in Detroit's three-run fifth). Nola stands 4-3 with a stellar 3.14 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 70/12 K/BB ratio in 66 innings this season. He gets the Nationals in Philly next.
May 25 - 4:31 PM

Mariners optioned SS Chris Taylor to Triple-A Tacoma.

Luis Sardinas was called up as the corresponding roster move. Taylor had been on the major league roster just four days before being called back down. In 84 career games in the bigs, the 25-year-old shortstop owns a .240/.296/.296 triple-slash. He managed a single in three at-bats during his most recent cup of coffee.
May 25 - 4:28 PM
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