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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 4/2

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.

Roberto Osuna's fantasy owners were dealt a surprise blow Sunday when it was revealed that he would begin the season on the disabled list with a cervical spasm. His stay on the DL seems likely to be short, but the Blue Jays will need a closer for a bit and Jason Grilli is the expected replacement. Grilli is 40 years old and was up and down last season but did strike out 81 over 59 innings. He needs to be scooped up.

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.