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.
With Braves closer Craig Kimbrel unavailable Monday due to a sore shoulder, Carpenter pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish off a stunning comeback victory against the Phillies. Kimbrel said after the game that's not concerned and hopes to be back in action within a few days, but any shoulder issue involving the top closer in the game is worthy of some concern. Kimbrel owners should at least stash Carpenter as a handcuff and those in deeper leagues should feel free to speculate on the situation. Carpenter quietly posted a 1.78 ERA and 74/20 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings last year.