Saves are relatively easy to pick up as the season goes along. Many bullpens have revolving doors or injuries to shake things up. Two teams just had a shakeup and two more may not be far behind.
Troy Percival went down with a hamstring injury for the second time this season. During his first stint on the Disabled List, Dan Wheeler was the go to guy in Tampa Bay. This time, Grant Balfour may steal some of Wheeler’s opportunities. Percival should be back with the Rays after the All Star break, but hammy injuries don’t go away easily, so keep an eye here for future save chances.
Eric Gagne was just activated from the DL. He was Milwaukee‘s erratic closer earlier this season before his six week DL stay for shoulder tendinitis. Salomon Torres will remain the Brewers’ closer until Gagne takes it back. With a $10M salary, Milwaukee will be inclined to get Gagne back in the closer role, but he will probably lose it again as he seems to lose his mind from time to time so keep one eye on the waiver wire for Torres.
Matt Capps has a shoulder injury that will put him on the shelf for two months. While he’s gone, Damaso Marte will be the main man in Pittsburgh for saves, but Tyler Yates may steal a few. Don’t count on anything from Capps for the remainder of 2008 as the Pirates want to protect this 24 year-old’s arm for future seasons.
Texas manager Ron Washington is getting very frustrated with CJ Wilson‘s production this season. Though Wilson has only blown two saves in 21 opportunities, he has a 4.46 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP to keep things exciting in the ninth inning. Washington probably doesn’t have a very long leash on Wilson, so be ready to pounce on Eddie Guardado who has 184 saves on his resume.