Street (knee) is making his 2017 Cactus League debut Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Coming off a 6.45 ERA during (surprise) an injury-shortened 2016, Street is battling for the closer role with Cam Bedrosian (groin) and Andrew Bailey, among others. His body of work and name recognition may land him the job initially, but it's wise for fantasy players to remain skeptical, especially considering his health issues and the talent Bedrosian boasts when healthy.
The undrafted rookie out of Purdue had worked with the team in OTAs and minicamp. Panfil's release was a corresponding move following the signing of former Giants and Vikings defensive end Justin Trattou on Thursday.
Pazos, who has a 10.13 ERA over 5.1 innings across eight July appearances, is being encouraged to use his slider more often by pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and manager Scott Servais, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports. ""Pazos is a stuff guy," Servais said. "He's not a command pitch-maker. He's going to have some up-and-down to his game. But the slider - they don't hit it. They hit less than .100 against it."
After being acquired from the Yankees last November via trade, Pazos started his Mariners career off in fine fashion with a 2.01 ERA and .188 BAA over his first 30 appearances. However, he began derailing on June 25 against Houston when he surrendered four runs in the ninth, and his ERA has jumped from 2.01 to 3.99 beginning with that outing. Both coaches and Pazos himself believe that more consistent use of his slider will set up his mid-to-upper-90s fastball perfectly, a pitch that hitters have been teeing off lately due to his use of it at nearly the full expense of his breaking stuff.
Ragland is expected to compete with Preston Brown for the starting middle linebacker job. However, Brown's the one with experience and a history of being a tackle monger, and while Ragland has more upside, he's yet to play an NFL regular-season down. That said, the new coaching staff seems to love him, so he'll be given a chance to win the job if he can clearly outperform Brown in the new defense, while it's worth noting the loser might still get a starting spot on the outside.
Hand struck out two batters during a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season during Thursday's win over the Mets.
Now locked into the closer role for San Diego with Brandon Maurer out of the picture, Hand has tremendous fantasy upside moving forward. He owns an elite 2.04 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 for the campaign, and the 27-year-old lefty has now converted three consecutive save opportunities.
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