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.
Royals closer Kelvin Herrera was pulled from a save opportunity Tuesday night against the Rockies after loading the bases in the top of the ninth inning and manager Ned Yost revealed after the game that the right-hander was experiencing forearm tightness during the outing, which helps explain Herrera’s sudden drop in fastball velocity. It’s time to prepare for Herrera to be removed from the ninth inning in Kansas City, either via this arm injury or due to his continued mediocrity. Brandon Maurer would seem to be the obvious fill-in after earning 33 saves between 2016-2017 in San Diego, but he hasn’t been very good since the Royals acquired him from the Padres on July 24. Maybe the job goes to Ryan Buchter or even Mike Minor. Start making some waiver claims.