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Closer Report

Elite Closers

Athletics

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After finishing 2019 with a 1.80 ERA, 124 strikeouts and 25 saves in 85 innings, Liam Hendriks will remain the A's closer heading into the '20 season.

Brewers

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With Corey Knebel now recovered from Tommy John surgery, there's a chance Josh Hader could move back to the flexible role he occupied in 2017-18.

D-backs

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Archie Bradley should get a chance to be the D-backs' unquestioned closer entering 2020. The right-hander went 18-for-19 in save chances and had a 2.10 ERA over his final 25 appearances in 2019.

Dodgers

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Kenley Jansen struggled in the second half of 2019, posting a 4.74 ERA with five blown saves in his final 25 games, but he will get a chance to remain the Dodgers' closer entering '20.

Padres

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Kirby Yates was unable to finish Friday's save chance, with Drew Pomeranz coming on to close out the game for his second save of the year. Yates has struggled this season, allowing four runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Twins

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Taylor Rogers made his first appearance and recorded his first save of the season Wednesday. (July 29)

Stable Situations

Braves

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The Braves signed Will Smith in the offseason, but Mark Melancon is expected to open the season as Atlanta's closer.

Marlins

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Brandon Kintzler, the presumptive favorite to close for the Marlins, has finished each of Miami's first two wins, earning a save in one of them. (July 26)

Nationals

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Daniel Hudson earned the Nationals' first save of the season Thursday. (July 30)

Orioles

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Cole Sulser threw two perfect innings to earn his third save of the season Sunday. (Aug. 2) 

Phillies

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Hector Neris could remain in the closer role after recording 28 saves with a 2.93 ERA in 2019.

Reds

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Raisel Iglesias had an inconsistent 2019 season and lost some save chances to Michael Lorenzen, but he still finished with a career-high 34 saves. 

Red Sox

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Brandon Workman enjoyed a breakout 2019 season (1.88 ERA, 104 K's in 71 2/3 IP) and will head into 2020 as the Red Sox's closer.

Tigers

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Joe Jimenez, who took over as the Tigers' closer after Shane Greene was traded to the Braves on July 31, posted a 3.06 ERA with nine saves over his final 19 games in 2019.

White Sox

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Alex Colome recorded his third career 30-save season in 2019 and finished with a 2.80 ERA.

Uncertain Situations

Angels

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Hansel Robles has been removed from the closer role and will be used in lower-leverage situations for the time being. The club is expected to use a committee approach in the ninth inning. Ty Buttrey picked up a save Tuesday night. (Aug. 4)

Cardinals

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While he allowed a run, Kwang Hyun Kim earned the first save of the season for the Cardinals on Opening Day against the Pirates. (July 24)

Cubs

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Craig Kimbrel's struggles have forced the Cubs to seek alternative closing options, and Rowan Wick has recorded two saves in the past three days. (Aug. 3)

Giants

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Trevor Gott has picked up the Giants' first two saves of the season. (July 26)

Indians

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After Brad Hand allowed four runs (three earned) while getting only one out in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox, the Indians called on James Karinchak to get the save Thursday. Karinchak has thrown four scoreless innings this season. (July 30)

Mariners

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Taylor Williams and Dan Altavilla have recorded one save apiece this season. (July 29)

Mets

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Seth Lugo threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn a save Monday against the Red Sox after Edwin Díaz blew a save Saturday.

Pirates

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Nick Burdi earned the Pirates' first save of the season Tuesday. (July 28)

Rangers

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José Leclerc who was unable to pitch the ninth inning in Texas' 7-4 victory over the D-backs on Wednesday due to right shoulder tightness, has a tear in the teres major muscle behind his right shoulder. Nick Goody came on and earned the save Wednesday, but it's unclear if he'll continue to close. (July 30)

Rays

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Oliver Drake recorded the Rays' first two saves of the season, but he was summoned in the sixth inning Wednesday. (July 29)

Royals

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Greg Holland and Trevor Rosenthal each have picked up one save this season, while Ian Kennedy has made all three of his appearances before the ninth inning. (July 30)

Injured Closers

Astros

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The Astros placed closer Roberto Osuna on the 10-day injured list prior to Sunday's game against the Angels with right elbow soreness. Houston's bullpen has been crushed by injuries, and Ryan Pressly is the team's only healthy reliever who isn't a rookie. (Aug. 2)

Blue Jays

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General manager Ross Atkins said Friday that Ken Giles is dealing with a "forearm mass strain" on his flexor muscle. Giles has received a PRP injection, so the Blue Jays expect to have a clearer timeline on his return within the next two weeks. (July 31)

Rockies

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Jairo Diaz (2) and Yency Almonte (1) have combined for three saves since Wade Davis was placed on the injured list. (Aug. 5)

Yankees

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to rejoin the team, manager Aaron Boone said on Friday. Chapman was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on July 11 after testing positive during Summer Camp workouts at Yankee Stadium. He will play catch today but has not yet been added back to the active roster. (July 31)