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.
The A's placed closer Sean Doolittle on the disabled list Sunday because of an intercostal strain and could be without him through mid-September. Filling the ninth-inning role in his absence will likely be left-hander Eric O'Flaherty, allowing Ryan Cook and Luke Gregerson to remain in the flexibility and comfort of their current setup gigs. O'Flaherty has been really sharp since returning in July from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and needs to be picked up in all standard fantasy leagues for the stretch run. He is suddenly first in line for saves on the team with the second-best record in Major League Baseball.