Shawn Kelley Headshot

Kelley will be Nationals manager Dusty Baker's first option to close for now, with Koda Glover getting opportunities when Kelley is unavailable, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. "[Dusty] just said, 'Moving forward, you're going to be the closer, but you still got to be honest with us about your arm and how you feel and we're still going to be cautious about your pitches,'" Kelley said Thursday. "'We're not going to just run you out there just because you're the closer.'"

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The veteran reliever picked up his second save of the season later Thursday night, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth against the Braves to preserve a 3-2 win. It's important to note that Kelley has yet to pitch on back-to-back days this season as the Nats remain careful in how they use the oft-injured righty -- although Kelley himself said that usage pattern is just a coincidence -- so it's likely that Glover will get his chances when the club decides it doesn't want to push Kelley too hard.
Luis Avilán Headshot

Avilan held the Phillies scoreless in his lone inning of work Sunday.

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The veteran southpaw wraps up the month of April with a 2.16 ERA and eight strikeouts over 8.1 innings. Grant Dayton is considered the Dodgers' top left-handed reliever, limiting Avilan to middle relief. Despite not having a late-inning role, the 27-year-old has managed to accrue five holds this month, two more than the amount he recorded all of last season.
Chris Taylor Headshot

Taylor went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Phillies.

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Taylor had been alternating starts at second base with Chase Utley in Logan Forsythe's (toe) absence, seeing the majority of his playing time against southpaws. Sunday was a different story, as the 30-year-old started his second game in a row, this time against a right-hander. The shift in playing time was likely made in response to Taylor's early success (.296/.345/.593) and Utley's struggles (.122/.200/.146). With a regular role, the veteran will maintain deep-league value until Forsythe returns.
Derek Law Headshot

Law threw a scoreless inning while striking out three on the way to his third hold of the season in Sunday's extra-inning loss to San Diego.

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Law rediscovered his strikeout stuff after carrying a pedestrian 5.6 K/9 into Sunday's matchup. He will have to limit the amount of batters he is allowing to reach base (1.46 WHIP) if he wants to keep his ERA below the three-run mark. Still, the 26-year-old was dominant in a large enough sample size last season (2.13 ERA in 55 innings) to earn holds league owners' trust.
Eduardo Rodríguez Headshot

Rodriguez allowed one run on five hits (one home run) while walking two and striking out nine over six innings for a no-decision in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Cubs.

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Aside from his four-run outing in his season debut, E-Rod has allowed just four earned runs in his last three starts, dropping his ERA to a clean 2.70. The main damage he allowed in this one was a solo homer to Kris Bryant in the fifth inning. Rodriguez came into the season with sleeper hype and is delivering on it so far. He has fanned 31 while walking 14 in his four starts. Things are looking up for the promising 24-year-old.
Hunter Strickland Headshot

Strickland kept his scoreless streak going Sunday, firing a scoreless inning and striking out three in an extra-inning loss to the Padres.

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The 28-year-old has been a bright spot in an otherwise shaky San Francisco bullpen this season. The only blemish on the back of the veteran's baseball card are the five walks he's surrendered over his 10 innings of work. Strickland hasn't recorded a hold yet -- mainly due to the team's struggles as a whole -- but those should begin rolling in as long as he continues to dominate on the mound.
Hanley Ramírez Headshot

Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Cubs.

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Han-Ram's homer traveled an estimated 440 feet after he hit a monster 469-foot round-tripper in Saturday's game. He now has three home runs, 11 RBI and a .253 average on the year. Ramirez's current six-game hitting streak features all three of his home runs and five RBI. It looks like he's certainly heating up after a sluggish start to the year that also saw him deal with a nasty case of the flu.
Kyle Hendricks Headshot

Hendricks allowed two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out six over six innings for a no-decision in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Boston.

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That's back-to-back quality starts for the 27-year-old right-hander, and he matched his season high with six K's in a game. It's also a good sign that he was able to hold the hot-hitting Red Sox lineup in check. Hendricks is sporting a mediocre 7.1 K/9 this year but is inducing groundballs on 49.4 percent of batted balls. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he limits free passes and keeps the ball out of the air. While Hendricks won't be as sharp as he was in 2016, his last two quality starts give hope to his owners that his ugly start to the year is behind him.
Michael Morse Headshot

Morse started at first base and went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

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The 35-year-old was called up to provide some pop off the bench for the power-starved Giants, but he has been thrust into a regular role with the team lacking outfield depth. Morse has seen three consecutive starts at first base, with Brandon Belt moving to the outfield. He will likely move back to the bench once either Brandon Crawford (groin) or Denard Span (shoulder) returns, but the veteran could provide some cheap power in the interim for those in deep leagues.
Kris Bryant Headshot

Bryant went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Red Sox.

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Bryant's fourth round-tripper of the year extended his modest hitting streak to 11 games and upped his slash line to .289/.391/.515. 2016's National League MVP got off to a slow start by his standards, but he's heating up and has now homered in two of the last three games. Expect Bryant to pick things up as the weather heats up.
Patrick Corbin Headshot

Corbin allowed two hits while walking two and striking out six over 6.1 shutout innings for a no-decision in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Rockies.

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The talented left-hander lowered his season ERA to 2.29 with the 99-pitch effort. Corbin hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his six starts so far and has struck out 30 and walked 11 in 35.1 innings. The strikeout upside is clear, and if he can limit walks over the course of a full season, we could be seeing the beginning of something close to -- or better than -- Corbin's breakout 2014 season.
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