Aroldis Chapman looks good; Joaquin Benoit will avoid the DL

August 22, 2014

Cincinnati Reds – Aroldis Chapman owners can breathe a cautious sigh of relief for now — Chapman got an inning of work in yesterday’s blowout and appeared totally fine, striking out two in a 1-2-3 frame. We’ll keep an eye on him going forward, but this was a good sign.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Broxton | Diaz.

Los Angeles Angels – We know that we can be a little gratuitous about patting ourselves on the back when the Vulture Save Watch gets one right. But our arms are downright sore from all the self-congratulations after we picked not-even-on-the-hierarchy Jason Grilli as a vulture save candidate yesterday. Huston Street, Joe Smith, and Kevin Jepsen all got Thursday off, and Grilli converted for his first save as an Angel.

Hierarchy remains: Street | Smith | Jepsen.

1. Kevin Quackenbush, San Diego Padres – The Padres don’t anticipate putting Joaquin Benoit on the DL, but if he still can’t go today, Kevin Quackenbush will get the save chance.