The veteran closer makes it interesting more often than not, and Sunday was no exception. Casilla opened the ninth by surrendering a 400-foot home run to Melky Cabrera, but settled down and worked his way through the potent quartet of Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia, Todd Frazier and Matt Davidson to seal the win. The 36-year-old right-hander has converted his last three save opportunities but has given up at least one earned run in two of those appearances. He continues to hold on to the ninth-inning job for the time being, although fellow veteran Sean Doolittle has proven to be a highly effective option against left-handed hitters since returning from a shoulder injury.
With Michael Brantley (ankle) returning from the disabled list ahead of Monday's series opener against the Rangers, Armstrong was the corresponding roster casualty. The 26-year-old, who owns a 5.02 ERA and 14:6 K:BB through 14.1 innings out of the Indians' bullpen this season, will remain an option for bullpen depth down the road.
The right-handed reliever was taken deep for a game-tying solo shot by Jonathan Schoop in the eighth, erasing the slim 5-4 lead Whitley had been asked to preserve. The 28-year-old has shown some vulnerability lately, giving up seven earned runs across his last eight appearances. However, he maintains a solid 3.00 ERA, while his 0.94 WHIP is certainly keeping fantasy owners pleased.
The veteran reliever was a bright spot in another otherwise rough afternoon for the Rays bullpen, ringing up his fourth hold in his last eight appearances. Hunter has provided scoreless efforts in six of those outings overall, and he continues to serve as one of the steadiest options in a relief corps that has been erratic on occasion this season.
After being held out of a save situation Friday, Osuna told reporters Saturday that he had been feeling anxious and not like himself. It's encouraging that he was feeling well enough to get back on the mound Sunday, but his health may be highly variable in the coming days, and possibly weeks, given the nature of what he's dealing with.
Infante has been inconsistent out of the bullpen this season, but he'd been improving lately, having held the opposition scoreless over his last four appearances. Still, he has a 4.79 ERA and 1.65 WHIP, so the White Sox will give him a chance to refine his mechanics down on the farm, calling up right-hander Juan Minaya to take his place on the roster. However, they could certainly turn back to the 29-year-old should the need arise. This season has marked Infante's first in the majors since 2010.
Minaya returns to the big leagues after he was sent down two weeks ago following an unimpressive audition out of the bullpen. The 26-year-old righty posted an 8.10 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over 10 innings of relief for the White Sox, failing to establish himself as an effective reliever. Nonetheless, he's been terrific with Triple-A Charlotte thus far, compiling a 1.42 ERA in 13 appearances, so he'll get another shot in the big leagues. Minaya takes the roster spot of Gregory Infante, who was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
The young right-hander has absolutely dominated at Double-A Trenton this season, posting a 1.13 ERA and 0.82 WHIP over nine starts, and was recently promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll get another shot in the big leagues after making his major-league debut in a relief appearance for the Yankees earlier this season -- where he allowed two earned runs over two innings in a loss to the Angels. Look for Herrera to be used in low leverage situations out of the bullpen as he acclimates to professional hitters.
The lefty reliever performed admirably in his first two big league appearances, tossing 2.1 innings without allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts. Webb has a 3.24 ERA over 21 minor-league games this season, but could certainly see a more extensive call-up later this season.
It was the eighth straight scoreless appearance and 17th in the last 20 for Kela, who has carried a 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 13.3 K/9 rate during the latter stretch. Those excellent numbers have allowed Kela to establish himself as the Rangers' clear top setup man, but there doesn't seem to be much momentum for him to take over the ninth-inning role just yet after Matt Bush rebounded from back-to-back blown saves to shut the door on the Yankees on Sunday.