UPDATES & NEWS
Update: Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.
It starts in the forearm and now we're talking elbow inflammation. Ugh. Tanaka owners need to collectively channel all of their thoughts, all of their prayers, and all of their good vibes towards a healthy Tanaka and hope for the best. In an era riddled with Tommy John surgeries, the obvious knee-jerk reaction is to freak out, but wait until you get the full story and MRI results before you take action. Nothing hurts a fantasy team more than a panic-trade. Beware of circling vultures. They, most definitely, do not have your best interest in mind.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Fernando Rodney has hit a recent rough patch, but said he's put it behind him.
Rodney's closing job is in danger right now, as they 38-year old has already blown a save and has given up in seven runs 3 1/3 innings. Carson Smith could be next in line for saves should Rodney be removed from the job, though Yoervis Medina is another option in the back of the bullpen. As a closer, Rodney will have to have a short term memory and put the issues behind him, as he has a great track record and the stuff is still there for him to succeed in the ninth inning. Analysis: Ben Diamond