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Ohman to close for O's? Oh man!

Alfredo Simon was placed on the disabled list today with a strained left hamstring and Koji Uehara is also expected to be placed on the DL with a right forearm strain. Mike Gonzalez can't be activated until June 9 at the earliest and there's no guarantee he'll be ready by then.

So who closes for the Orioles right now? All indications are it will be lefthander Will Ohman, a 32-year-old lefty specialist. He leads the AL with 24 appearances and hasn't allowed a run in 14 2/3 innings with a 15/8 K/BB ratio, while allowing 10 hits. Ohman has held righthanders to a .222 average in 18 at-bats. For his career, righthanders are batting .259 off him with a 1.59 WHIP, while lefthanders are batting .203 with a 1.16 WHIP.

Usually, I endorse almosy any pitcher getting a chance to close since some owners are always chasing saves. But unless you're in a deep AL-only league, I'm not picking up Ohman. Cla Meredith could get some save chances, especially if several righthanders are due up in the final inning and Frank Mata, the Triple-A closer who was called up, could even get some save chances. This is an ugly situation I'm avoiding.



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