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Looking to bolster their pitching staff for the stretch drive, the Angels have interest in both Matt Capps and Francisco Liriano according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The Twins have made both players available, though Morosi says there is an outside chance a deal for either happens.
The Halos have continued to look for bullpen help even after acquiring Ernesto Frieri from the Padres, and their rotation took a hit when Dan Haren was placed on the DL with a back issue. The trio of Ervin Santana (5.75 ERA), Jerome Williams (4.67 ERA), and Garrett Richards (4.21 ERA) has been shaky behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. Los Angeles is also said to have interest in Zack Greinke.
Capps, 28, has pitched to a 3.42 ERA with 14 saves while battling shoulder inflammation this season. He is owed approximately $2.3MM for the rest of the year and has a $6MM club option ($250K buyout) in his contract. The 28-year-old Liriano owns a 4.93 ERA in 15 starts and five relief appearances. He struck out 15 last night and has pitched to a 2.83 ERA in nine starts since returning to the rotation. Liriano will become a free agent after the season and is owed roughly $2.75MM the rest of the way.
k.k. wrote:Has anyone seen any updated info on the Jay's Santos? Seems eerily quiet on his injury rehab front. I read a poster comment about him a while ago suggesting that even when/if he comes back they won't take the closers job away from Janssen. I haven't managed to find anything to back that up.
Steve Cishek recorded his second save of the season on Saturday, getting the final five outs in a victory over the Nationals.
Cishek was called upon with one out in the eighth inning, and retired Ryan Zimmerman and Mike Morse on 12 pitches. He remained in the game for the ninth, allowing a two-out single to Roger Bernadina but nothing more. Cishek might just be Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen's preferred option for saves at the moment, and should be owned in all fantasy formats.
Juan Carlos Oviedo left Saturday's rehab game for Triple-A New Orleans with an undisclosed injury.
No word yet on the type or severity of the injury, but it's likely to push Oviedo's return back until the beginning of August. Steve Cishek recorded a five-out save on Saturday and will continue to get looks in the meantime.
Santiago Casilla blew Tim Lincecum's much-deserved win on Saturday, giving up two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth against the Astros.
The tying run scored on a strikeout/wild pitch, with Hector Sanchez getting charged with an error that allowed Jason Maxwell to score from second. Casilla may not have been entirely to blame here, but after a 20-for-21 start, he's blown four of his last six save chances. The Giants should strongly consider going to a closer-by-committee, with Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo joining the mix, until Casilla starts pitching better.
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