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.
An MRI taken Friday on Zach Britton’s balky left knee came back better than expected, but he hasn’t appeared in a game since last Wednesday and he got lit up for two runs on three hits and a walk in that outing. Brad Brach earned a five-out save for the Orioles in Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox and again looks like a highly valuable fantasy commodity. Brach, 31, holds a 2.82 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 57/18 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 total innings this season. He has tallied 17 saves and seven holds.