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.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has elected to remove Brett Cecil from the closer role for the time being, as Cecil got behind in spring training due to a shoulder issue and hasn’t looked quite right. The skipper said prior to Thursday’s game against the Yankees that Miguel Castro would likely be the main ninth inning man for the time being and then Castro went out a few hours later and recorded a save with a 1-2-3 ninth. The 20-year-old is obviously very green, but he’s also very talented and has struck out a pair of three perfect frames so far. It’s possible he’ll run away with the job.