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Luis Garcia
Pushing for closer role?
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 20, 2021
Garcia recorded his first save of the season in Monday's win over the Brewers and could be an option for the closer role if Giovanny Gallegos trips up down the stretch.
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Aroldis Chapman
Getting comfortable again?
PNew York Yankees
September 20, 2021
Chapman may be settling into a groove, as he registered his fifth straight scoreless outing and recorded the save Monday against the Rangers.
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Tyler Wells
Settling in as closer?
PBaltimore Orioles
September 20, 2021
Wells recorded his third save in six chances Monday and could be settling in as the team's closer the rest of the way despite some recent hiccups.
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Cole Sulser
To stick in setup role?
PBaltimore Orioles
September 20, 2021
Tyler Wells recorded the save for the Orioles on Monday and seems to be sticking in the closer role, which would leave Sulser to work in a setup capacity.
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Greg Holland
Done in Kansas City?
PKansas City Royals
September 20, 2021
Holland might not be back with the Royals next season as his contract will be up and Scott Barlow has seemingly emerged as the team's closer.
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Scott Barlow
Earning 2022 closer role?
PKansas City Royals
September 20, 2021
Barlow has pitched well lately and could be securing his role as the Royals' closer heading into next season.
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Alex Lange
Inching toward closer role?
PDetroit Tigers
September 20, 2021
Lange picked up his first career MLB save in Monday's win over the White Sox and could stick in the closer role with Gregory Soto (finger) done for the season and Jose Cisnero (elbow) on the injured list.
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Hyun Jin Ryu
Season over?
PToronto Blue Jays
September 20, 2021
Ryu was placed on the injured list Sunday with a neck strain and could be at risk of not pitching again this season if he's out longer than the minimum 10 days.
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Michael Wacha
Rotation spot in jeopardy?
PTampa Bay Rays
September 20, 2021
Wacha is potentially at risk of losing his rotation spot with the team promoting top pitching prospect Shane Baz for his MLB debut Monday.
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Shane Baz
To stick in rotation?
PTampa Bay Rays
September 20, 2021
Baz, who had his contract selected Monday ahead of his MLB debut, could stick in the Rays' rotation with the team dealing with a few injuries.
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Yusei Kikuchi
Club option unlikely?
PSeattle Mariners
September 19, 2021
Kikuchi's second-half struggles continued Saturday and with only a few starts remaining this season, the Mariners seem unlikely to exercise his four-year, $66 million extension this offseason.
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Luis Severino
Joining bullpen within days
PNew York Yankees
September 19, 2021
Severino will be activated from the injured list early this week and pitch out of the bullpen, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Michael Fulmer
Uncontested as closer?
PDetroit Tigers
September 19, 2021
Fulmer may have sole possession of the closer role now that Gregory Soto is out for the season with a fractured finger.
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Gregory Soto
Done for season
PDetroit Tigers
September 19, 2021
Soto went on the injured list Sunday with a fractured left ring finger and will not pitch again this season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Jesse Winker
Season possibly over
OFCincinnati Reds
September 19, 2021
Winker went back on the injured list Saturday after aggravating his intercostal strain and appears unlikely to play again in 2021.
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Alex Avila
Expected to retire
CWashington Nationals
September 19, 2021
Avila will retire at the end of the season, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
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Tanner Houck
Dominant in relief
PBoston Red Sox
September 19, 2021
Houck earned the win in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief Saturday against Baltimore and should be an oft-used weapon out of Boston's bullpen going forward.
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Johnny Cueto
Working toward return
PSan Francisco Giants
September 19, 2021
Cueto (elbow) has been throwing from 90 feet and could throw live batting practice within the next week, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. This suggests he could return from his elbow injury to pitch at the end of the regular season.
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Dylan Bundy
Season likely over
PLos Angeles Angels
September 19, 2021
Bundy is still nursing shoulder discomfort and is unlikely to pitch again this season after his recent simulated game was cut short, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Chris Bassitt
Nearing return
POakland Athletics
September 19, 2021
Bassitt (face) threw a simulated game Saturday and appears close to rejoining Oakland's starting rotation.
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Jordan Montgomery
Established as second starter
PNew York Yankees
September 17, 2021
Montgomery had a dominant, 12-strikeout performance Thursday and figures to be the Yankees' number two starter for the remainder of the regular season and a potential postseason run.
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Mike Trout
Likely done for season
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 17, 2021
Manager Joe Maddon said Trout is unlikely to return from the injured list before the season ends, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. He's been out most of the season with a calf injury.
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Jarren Duran
Role upon return unclear
OFBoston Red Sox
September 17, 2021
It's unclear whether Duran will have a spot on Boston's active roster once activated from the COVID-19 injured list.
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Jose Iglesias
Likely losing roster spot
SSBoston Red Sox
September 17, 2021
With Christian Arroyo and Jarren Duran returning from COVID-19 shortly, Iglesias could lose his spot on Boston's active roster despite his recent success.
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Matt Chapman
Offseason trade candidate?
3BOakland Athletics
September 17, 2021
Chapman, who is currently sidelined with a lower-leg injury, is arbitration-eligible for the next two years and could be dealt this offseason, Jim Bowden of The Athletic speculates.
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