Grant Balfour got the seven out save Wednesday pitching a 2.1 scoreless innings striking out a one in the Rays 6-3 win over the Cardinals.
It's unclear whether or not this means that Balfour has reclaimed his closer role, or simply in the mix for saves with the rest of the "committee." Joe Maddon is the most progressive-saber-friendly manager in baseball, so if anyone could see the utility in playing match-ups, it's him. For now, Balfour is still your best bet for saves in Tampa. ANALYST:
The Bills have placed DT Kyle Williams on injured reserve.
The move officially frees up a spot for the Bills to help replace Williams on the active roster. Williams had surgery on his meniscus last week which ended his season. The Bills defensive line has been torn apart by injuries and now will have to rely on recently signed players like T.J. Barnes, LaVar Edwards and Kevin Reddick. Analysis: Drew Phelps
Joe Wieland avoids arbitration and re-signs with the Dodgers.
Wieland spent most of last season with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate and posted a 4.59 ERA with a 7.28 K/9 over 113 2/3 innings. The 25-year old right-hander once showed some nice promise at the minor league level, but has since faded and seems unlikely to make any sort of impression at the big league level. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but he's not costing the Dodgers too much here. Analysis: Howard Bender
Chris Johnson (broken tibia) is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.
Horrible news for those who had been riding Johnson here in his return season. He'll miss the rest of the season which obviously blankets your fantasy playoffs and won't appear in the NFL playoffs unless the Cardinals go to the Super Bowl and even then he's be a long shot. With Andre Ellington also battling turf toes, you're going to want to put the rest of your FAAB money on David Johnson. He's the new No. 1 stud in Arizona. Analysis: Howard Bender