While it was happening, Shawn Kelley's save opportunity on Monday did not actually seem like an actionable fantasy event. David Robertson had pitched in three of New York's previous four games (saving two), so a day of rest was perhaps in order. No big thing.
But following the Yankees' 4-2 win over the O's, manager Joe Girardi announced that Robertson is dealing with a grade-one groin strain and likely headed to the DL. Kelley's save, it turns out, was something more than a one-time rogue event. We'll probably see him again in the days ahead.
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Kelley's stint as an interim closer got off to an excellent start, as he threw a clean frame against Baltimore. His career ratios aren't exceptional for fantasy purposes (3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP), but he did strike out 71 batters in just 53.1 innings last year. As a placeholder, he seems just fine. Add as needed.
Grade-one strains are the mild variety, so this isn't necessarily the worst possible news regarding Robertson. You've survived worse groins than this.
• Matt Moore exited his start against KC after 78 pitches (4.1 IP), due to an elbow injury of as-yet-unknown severity. He was grimacing, which is never good. This injury had something worse than a grade-one vibe, but let's hope for the best. The team doesn't want you to panic, yet.
(If the Rays do happen to find themselves in need of a respectable starter, I'd recommend dialing the Cubs — 773-404-CUBS — and asking for any member of the baseball operations staff. Representatives are standing by, waiting to fulfill your orders.)
• Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun started slow in the season's opening week, but he was awfully productive on Monday. Calhoun reached base three times against the Astros, clearing 'em once via home run (his second of the year). This kid is batting lead-off for the Halos, immediately ahead of Trout, Pujols and Hamilton. So that should pay dividends. He's currently available in almost 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, because ... well, not because of me. I ranked the hell out of Kole Calhoun. He's been a career .317/.402/.541 hitter in the minors, with respectable power and speed.
• Ryan Cook came off the DL on Monday, and was thrown immediately into the fire by Oakland. Cook pitched a scoreless frame in the A's 8-3 win, issuing two walks and striking out two Twins. With Jim Johnson doing Jim Johnsonly things lately, Cook is a reasonable speculative add.
Oakland catcher Derek Norris homered in a 2-for-4 performance, we should note. If you're desperate for a catcher (not sure why that would be the case, but let's just say), he's on my approved list. Norris has homered 17 times in 553 career ABs, plus he offers on-base skills. And he looks like a Wookiee.
• Last call on Jonathan Broxton, gamers. He's back with his team, soon to be off the DL. His manager has already handed him the keys to the ninth (until Aroldis Chapman returns), yet he's still available in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues.
• Tanner Scheppers wasn't as horrendous on Monday as he was on opening day, but he nonetheless took the loss at Boston, yielding nine hits and two runs in five frames. His next start should be a home tilt with the Astros, clearly a much friendlier matchup. So I'm gonna just hold and hope.
• Omar Infante took a pitch to the face on Monday, and he's undergoing tests to determine if his jaw is broken. Brutal news. We also have concussion fears here. Not good.
Man, this is really one of the more depressing Closing Times in blog history. Sorry it went down this way, you guys, but we had a pair of PPDs on an already light night. We've got Yordano Ventura on the schedule on Tuesday, so it gets better, I swear.