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.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Sunday that Carlos Estevez will remain his closer even with Jake McGee back from the disabled list. However, their long-term answer at closer could very well be former ninth-inning man Adam Ottavino. Ottavino appears to have completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery and will join the Rockies early this week, likely to be activated. He’s posted a 5.40 ERA but struck out 12 over 8 1/3 innings while on a rehab assignment. Ottavino holds a 2.87 ERA with over a strikeout per inning since the beginning of 2014 and the Rockies rewarded him with a three-year extension over the winter even as he was rehabbing. They almost surely have designs on giving him his closer job back, and it might not take long until it happens.