Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez told reporters on Tuesday that he plans to return "way sooner" than originally expected. When Ramirez will be able to return is still not known. However, Ramirez has been wearing a splint that was designed for him that has allowed him to throw while protecting his thumb. Ramirez is fielding grounders and also taking swings during batting practice. The original target return date for Ramirez to return was May 17, but he will be back in the Dodgers lineup sooner which is good news for a Dodgers lineup that is struggling to score runs.
Its only the second week of the marathon that is the major league baseball season and fantasy owners are already chasing saves on the waiver wire. With such a small sample size, it is difficult for fantasy owners to know who to grab. We have already seen Carlos Marmol and Jon Axford be removed from their responsibility as closer. Mitchell Boggs has been awful filling in for Jason Motte in St. Louis. Rafael Soriano has been shaky, but he's 5-for-6 in save opportunities. Soriano had pitched three days in a row last week, so Drew Storen filled in last Friday and promptly blew a save. Tyler Clippard has not come close to his 2012 impressive performance. Sergio Romo took his first blown save and loss after giving up two runs in the ninth inning against the Cubs last Friday. Santiago Casilla has been very impressive and earned a a six-out save in Saturday's win over the Cubs.
Fantasy owners are guilty of panicking in April and when it comes to chasing saves, patience is key. In the case of Marmol and Axford, both pitchers had extremely short leashes after dreadful 2012 campaigns. Whether Kyuji Fujikawa and Jim Henderson can stay in the ninth inning role is unknown. Don't be surprised if Marmol and Axford get their jobs back. There are just a handful of closers that are somewhat safe these days. So, stay patient with the closers you do have on your roster and don't waste big amounts of your FAAB budget chasing saves.