One of the most devastating injuries to come out the day before the 2014 fantasy baseball playoffs started was to Oakland Athletics RP Sean Doolittle. The reliever has matured into an All-Star closer since taking over the job in May and has quietly racked up 20 saves with a 13.01 K’s/9, but he was forced to hit the 15-day DL with an oblique injury on Monday.
The most obvious replacement for Doolittle in Oakland’s bullpen would be his setup man, Luke Gregerson. However, Manager Bob Melvin continues to insist that he wants to keep the bullpen’s role the same, despite Doolittle’s trip to the DL. Instead of moving Gregerson into the closer role, Oakland plans to use Eric O’Flaherty as the team’s short-term closer.
O’Flaherty won’t exactly be a superstar closer and may get beat up a little, but he is on a team that will need someone to close out games. He could see plenty of save chances in the playoffs, and as a result, become a very useful fantasy option in the coming weeks.
O’Flaherty will be worth adding off the waiver wire immediately for anyone that needs a closer in the playoffs, especially for Doolittle owners. He is owned in just 0.2% of ESPN formats and is completely unknown at the moment, so take a glance at your waiver wire if you need some help in your pen.