Abad gave up a run on a hit and two walks in one inning to take the loss Thursday against the White Sox. He was sidelined the past few days with back stiffness, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Abad is sharing the closer role with Brandon Kintzler, but he only has one save since the duo took over. Abad has given up five runs in 6.2 innings in June, so the sore back may be impacting his performance. He may get fewer save opportunities in the short term as a result.
Abad earned his first save of the year by retiring four batters without allowing a baserunner Wednesday against the Phillies. Abad was given a one-run lead and came on with nobody on base in the eighth inning, and then he retired the four batters he faced on only 13 pitches. Since becoming part of the closer committee for the Twins, he made good on his first save opportunity after blowing his only other chance on June 12.
Abad gave up a three-run home run to Didi Gegorious in Thursday's loss to the Yankees. It was the first homer he has allowed this season. He allowed one earned run in two-thirds of an inning. Abad was brought into the seventh inning of a tied game before surrendering the home run. Brandon Kintzler and Abad are splitting closing duties after Kevin Jepsen lost the closer role, but the Twins have had one save opportunity since the change and no pattern of usage appears clear. It looks like the Twins will mix and match Abad and Kintzler in the late innings.
Brandon Kintzler and Abad will split closing duties with Kevin Jepsen removed from the closer role, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Kintzler got the first opportunity in Wednesday's win over Miami to record his first career save. As a right-handed pitcher, Kintzler would appear more likely to get save chances ahead of the left-handed Abad. However, Abad has been the better pitcher with a 0.87 ERA and 20:5 K:BB ratio in 20.2 innings. He's worth a look for saves in deeper formats as a result.
Abad surrendered two hits and a walk, but did not allow a run over 0.2 innings Thursday against Toronto. Abad made his fourth straight scoreless appearance, giving him 17 out of 18 on the season. The 30-year-old reliever continues to be used in situations where one or two outs need to be made as 10 of his 18 appearances have lasted less than an inning. Even though he's only given up one earned run over 15.1 innings, he holds little to no fantasy value given it's unlikely he'll usurp the closer's role and he takes the hill only once every two or three games.