There is some understandable confusion with the situation (though not as much confusion as Fanball suffers
), since Accardo, Downs and Carlson all have saves this season.
a) Ryan is the undisputed closer. He's 4-for-4 in save opps, and is pitching well.
b) Because Ryan is still working back from the TJ surgery, Toronto management does not yet want him going on back-to-back days. There is no timetable for when this will change, but he is constantly being monitored and — assuming no setbacks — chances will increase week by week after he's passed that magical one-year 'anniversary'.
c) Instead of naming a secondary or backup closer, Gibbons has been playing a pure matchup game with his other relievers on the days when Ryan is not available. A couple of times already he has split the ninth among multiple pitchers based on lefty/righty matchups, which makes it almost impossible to project who to start for fantasy purposes.
d) At the drop of a hat, Gibbons could render (c) moot by actually naming a regular guy to be the off-day closer. This feels unlikely, though, since the current plan is working and the Jays are down one southpaw in the pen on Ryan's off days.
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