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.
In case you're in a league where he is not stashed by another owner, it's probably time to pounce on rehabbing Rays closer Brad Boxberger. The right-hander worked in all of his pitches during a successful 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and is scheduled to begin facing live hitters this Friday at the Rays' spring training complex. If everything goes smoothly, he could be pitching in games for the Rays in two weeks. Alex Colome, the fill-in closer in Tampa Bay, allowed two earned runs on a walk and two hits in his last appearance, a non-save situation. Boxberger should have no trouble reclaiming the ninth-inning job.