While the Atlanta Braves rebuild season is still underway, one of the pleasant surprises this season has been flamethrower Arodys Vizcaino. The 25-year-old has been the Braves' closer the entire season and converted 10-of-13 save attempts and struck out 47 batters in 36 innings. His numbers made him a primary trade target for teams in need of bullpen help, but then an injury struck.
Vizcaino threw just three pitches in his last appearance before he was pulled and the Braves have now announced he suffered a right oblique strain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The hard-throwing righty had a 11.75 K/9 this season, but now with only a few weeks remaining before the trade deadline, Atlanta may not even have the option of trading him if the right offer came along.
Jim Johnson is expected to take over as Atlanta's closer until Vizcaino returns, but Johnson's fantasy value is extremely limited given the lack of save opportunities and lack of strikeout ability near the level of Vizcaino.