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.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is refusing to officially name a fill-in closer for the injured Kenley Jansen, but it was veteran Joel Peralta who got the call on Wednesday night against the Padres and he converted his first save opportunity with relative ease, yielding a one-out single to Wil Myers but fanning Matt Kemp to end it. Peralta has some ninth-inning experience and Mattingly figures to ride the hot hand. The 39-year-old right-hander needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues until Jansen returns from foot surgery. And that might not happen until sometime in mid-May.