I dunno, I've been wondering the same thing. I snagged Corpas in both my leagues and have reaped the rewards. To me, situations like that are no-brainers, but MLB teams always have more to worry about. An excuse that seems to come up a lot is that they can't have that expensive of a guy pitching middle relief.
...Well, too bad. He's getting outperformed. You're going to have to pay him anyway, so put your team in a position to win. If Fuentes had just gone to the DL without being bad before, I think he would certainly go right back to closer. But since he already got pulled from the job once, I think the Rockies might let Corpas stay as closer.
Good question, haven't seen anything definitive. But with Colorado in the race for the West crown, I don't know how Hurdle could justify moving Corpas back to set up as he's been imitating Rivera/Gagne/Hoffman in their prime .. with 0 BS's.
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Given that Fuentes has made only halting progress on his strained lat rehab (supposed to come off DL two weeks ago or so, but didn't) chances are real slim he goes straight back to closer. Corpas should continue to deliver saves for a good long while.
Manuel Corpas, P, Colorado Rockies Tuesday 7/31, 11:25 AM CT
Manuel Corpas has been dynamite while filling in for Brian Fuentes as the Rockies closer (6-for-6 in save opportunities, 0.87 ERA, 0.68 WHIP with 14 Ks over 10 1/3 innings), but he will eventually go back to a setup role once Brian Fuentes becomes healthy and gets his mechanics in order. "The responsibility he's carrying now, he's embraced," manager Clint Hurdle said in the Denver Post. "He knows he's just keeping a seat warm, but we'll see where it takes him. I think we have all felt that this guy has a special arm." Said Corpas: "Brian has a lot of experience. I realize that, and it's his job. I'm just happy to get an opportunity. It's not something easy, not something that a lot of people can do." Fuentes has at least one more rehab assignment before he can return, and even then he may be eased back into the closer role. But what really happens could be a different story
In my mind, it's a no-brainer to put Fuentes back in the closer position when he's healthy. Fuentes has been a very good closer for three years now. Fighting for a playoff spot, the team needs someone that they know can do the job. Corpas is very good and he'll probably be their closer next year, but Fuentes is their safest bet.