Jose Valverde and Edwin Encarnacion go on the DL
Two NL Central foes sent players to the Disabled List today.
The Houston Astros sent Closer Jose Valverde to the 15-day DL because of a strained calf. The NL Saves leader the past two years has been slow out of the gate with just two Saves and a 5.63 ERA. He already has two blown Saves. LaTroy Hawkins will man the post until Valverde can return. Hawk also has two Saves and 3.60 ERA. He blew one Save so far. He has served as Closer in past years, and can be counted on as a short-term fix in the Saves category.
The Cincinnati Reds placed Edwin Encarnacion on the 15-day DL as well because of a fracture in his wrist. Edwin is hitting just .127 for the season with one HR and six RBI. Jerry Hairston, Jr. will likely man the hot corner until Edwin returns. Jerry isn’t hitting much better at .182 with a HR and 2 RBI. He is not worth picking up.