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Prior to the start of the 2015 season, the closer market suffered three big losses.

The wait is almost over as the middle of May approaches and their return dates seem imminent.

These high-end closers are on the mend and their Fantasy Baseball owners have been anxiously anticipating activating.

Have you been waiting to insert Kenley Jansen, Jake McGee and Sean Doolittle into your lineups?

Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers will get their lockdown closer back when Kenley Jansen returns to Chavez Ravine this weekend. Those who took the draft day discount are now expecting to bank profitability the rest of the way.

2012-2014 Highlights

  • 97 SV
  • 16 BS
  • 207 IP
  • 311 K

Jake McGee, Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays bullpen will get a boost with Jake McGee tentatively scheduled to resurface this weekend barring any abnormal discomfort via the Tampa Bay Times. McGee is coming off his breakout year but December elbow surgery derailed his 2015 plans. Unlike Jansen’s, McGee has a major roadblock in Brad Boxberger who has thrived in the closers role this season.

2014 Highlights

  • 19 SV
  • 4 BS
  • 71.1 IP
  • 90 K

Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland Athletics

Last season Sean Doolittle emerged as an elite closer but a slight tear in his rotator cuff this past offseason has delayed his 2015 arrival. The good news is Doolittle is set to start a rehab assignment and possibly return to Oakland’s bullpen later this month with no setbacks.

2014 Highlights

  • 22 SV
  • 4 BS
  • 62.2 IP
  • 89 K

The Bullpen Bulletin

In Miami where a new day brings new hope in the closer market. The stealth fantasy owner has already acquired AJ Ramos via the waiver wire or FAAB in anticipation of him usurping the role from Steve Chisek. Ramos recorded his first save of the season versus the Dodgers by retiring the side in order and striking out two of the three batters he faced.

Out in the desert the Addison Reed watch continues but who, what and when are all recurring questions with less then desirable options.

  • 10 IP
  • 15 H
  • 8 R
  • 8 ER
  • 1 HR
  • 4 BB
  • 10 K
  • 2 SV
  • 2 BS

Closing in Cleveland is Cody Allen’s gig but the early 2015 returns have been abysmal.

  • 12 IP
  • 16 H
  • 12 R
  • 11 ER
  • 1 HR
  • 9 BB
  • 18 K
  • 5 SV
  • 1 BS

En fuego in Flushing: The Jeurys Familia story and season to date. The newly minted Mets closer has taken full advantage of the opportunity presented to him.

  • 17.1 IP
  • 8 H
  • 3 R
  • 3 ER
  • 2 HR
  • 4 BB
  • 21 K
  • 13 SV
  • 0 BS

The Yankees dynamic duo of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller have been simply put lights out. Lets pay homage to their combined numbers.

  • 36.2 IP
  • 11 H
  • 2 R
  • 0 ER
  • 0 HR
  • 17 BB
  • 60 K
  • 14 SV
  • 1 BS

Hopefully, if you’ve been waiting for these closers coming back, you’ve been able to tread water in the saves category.

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