Is Kevin Gregg Officially Cubs Closer?

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Have the Chicago Cubs finally found their closer? Maybe for the moment, but Kevin Gregg is not officially the Cubs closer. Gregg said he was throwing the ball well with the Dodgers in spring training, but he failed to win a spot in their bullpen. Gregg signed with the Cubs earlier this month and now finds himself closing games for a team that was DESPERATE to find anyone that could come in and record three outs in the ninth inning. He earned his fourth save on Monday night in the Cubs 5-3 victory over the Padres. He is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities since joining the club. Cubs manager Dale Sveum continues to say that he will use a closer-by-committee, but odds are he will go with the hot hand and stay with Gregg for now, but don't expect the success to continue. Kyuji Fujikawa, who is soon to return from the disabled list, and Carlos Marmol  are certain to get more opportunities to close. This is a still a very unstable situation and fantasy owners need to proceed with caution.    

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a stained right hamstring. Stanton was finally coming around at the plate after returning from a recent shoulder contusion. Unfortunately, the Marlins and fantasy owners are going to have to be without him for awhile.
  • Hanley Ramirez (thumb) was activated from the disabled list Monday while Clayton Kershaw was placed on the bereavement list to attend to a family matter. Kershaw is expected to make his next start Friday against the Giants. 
  • Max Scherzer struck out 10 Twins batters in Monday's win. Scherzer reached double figures in strikeouts for the third time in five starts, although this is the first time he's done so and won.
  • Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) could return to action as soon as Tuesday in Los Angeles. This is great news for fantasy owners and the Rockies.
  • Coco Crisp (hamstring) left Monday's game with a left hamstring stain and is listed as day-to-day. 
  • Prince Fielder crushed a three-run homer in Monday's win over the Twins. Monday's home run gives Fielder six home runs and 25 RBI in April. He appears primed for another big offensive year.
  • Johnny Cueto (lat) bullpen session went well on Monday. He threw 45 pitches and hopes to begin a rehab assignment soon.
  • Ubaldo Jimenez threw seven shutout frames on Monday in a victory over the Royals. Even though Jimenez combined with two Indians relievers on a three-hitter, he is still too risky for fantasy owners to trust him.
  • Aramis Ramirez (knee) is planning to run the bases today and could be activated from the disabled list sometime this week.
  • Stephen Strasburg experienced tightness in his right forearm Monday night. Strasburg tried to loosen his arm a couple times during the game. He'll be examined Tuesday.