UPDATES & NEWS
John Axford has been removed as the Indians closer for now. They will go with a closer by committee depending on the situation.
Drop what you're doing and pick up Cody Allen. Allen has a meticulous 1.84 ERA, backed up by a 1.99 FIP. Oh, and he's striking 13+ batters per nine. If he locks up the closer gig, he could easily be a top 5-10 closer the rest of the way. ANALYST:
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender