Francisco Rodriguez has been collecting holds for the past 11 months, which provides little value in all non-holds fantasy leagues. The Brewers finally pulled the plug on John Axford after he blew his sixth save of the season on Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. Rodriguez is now the closer and it appears that Axford will begin collecting holds. In his first save opportunity on Tuesday night, K-Rod made things interesting against the Cardinals. He gave up a leadoff double to David Freese and a single to Yadier Molina, but he was able to work his way out of trouble and the Brewers escaped with a 3-2 victory. K-Rod has a 3.59 ERA and has thrown the ball much more effectively than last year. He needs to be owned in all formats.
Jason Hammel has been a bright spot in the Orioles’ rotation this season. Unfortunately, the O’s will now have to get by without him for a while. Hammel aggravated a nagging right knee injury in Saturday’s start, and the decision has been made that he will undergo surgery Monday. The operation is expected to sideline him for 3-4 weeks, but the O’s are not counting on Hammel return to the rotation until September. The knee has bothered Hammel for most of the season and he was planning to have surgery in the offseason, but the pain he felt Saturday could not be ignored and Hammel decided to move forward with surgery now. The Orioles want to leave Brian Matusz at Triple-A Norfolk to continue to work on things, so it looks like we’ll see Tommy Hunter taking Hammel’s spot in the rotation Wednesday.