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.
Just before Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field, the Giants placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a pronator strain in his right forearm. San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy expressed optimism that Melancon will be ready for activation as soon as he’s eligible, but we’ll see if that timetable holds once the veteran right-hander resumes throwing later this week. For now the Giants will ask Derek Law to head up a closer committee, with left-hander Steven Okert and right-hander Hunter Strickland also probably factoring in. Law is the guy to own because of his recent success and the role he’s played this year as the primary setup man for San Francisco. The 26-year-old is battle-tested in high-leverage spots, and he has Bochy’s endorsement. Add him now.