After yesterday's unfortunate John Smoltz news, it appears that Colorado's Taylor Buchholz is the last best hope to emerge as a closer with SP eligibility.
Thus, the following note from the Denver Post is most unwelcome:
It's hard to imagine this trip could have gone any worse, but Taylor Buchholz was unavailable Sunday and Monday because of shoulder stiffness. Buchholz has been the Rockies' most effective reliever.
"I went through this last year around the all-star break," Buchholz said. "I should be fine."
Buchholz pitched a perfect eighth inning on Tuesday, striking out two Dodgers in the process.
The 26-year-old right-hander has been brilliant this season: 1.72 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 25 K in 31.1 innings. He's clearly next in line to close if/when Brian Fuentes is traded, which makes him an excellent speculative add right now. Buchholz is available in 91.9 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
(H/T: Holt Doggy Dogg).