Apr 9, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jim Johnson (45) catches a bunt attempt by the Minnesota Twins in the 9th inning at Target Field. Athletics win 7-4 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: A's Jim Johnson needs to get closer job back

Needless to say things have not been going well late in games for the Oakland A’s, something that has been driving fantasy owners nuts the past couple weeks.

With that being said, former closer Jim Johnson, who lost his job early in the season, needs to be restored as the A’s closer as soon as possible.

Apr 2, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jim Johnson (45) walks off the field after blowing the save during the ninth inning in game two of a double header against the Cleveland Indians at O.co Coliseum. The Cleveland Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

If Johnson has already been dropped in your leagues, I recommend grabbing him now and stashing him for a few days until Oakland manager Bob Melvin officially gives Johnson the job back.

The signs are encouraging.

While the A’s have entered the ninth inning with a lead to protect each of the last two nights, the A’s left the ninth inning without the lead on both occasions.

Sean Doolittle and Luke Gregerson were each responsible for blown saves on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Johnson has pitched five scoreless innings with five strikeouts since losing the job. Even more impressive Johnson only walked one batter since losing the closers gig, versus six walks in his first 3.1 innings to start the year.

Given the struggles of the rest of the Oakland bullpen, chances are pretty good he will re-gain the closer role at some point.

I would bet on that happening sooner rather than later.

With that being said, if you are in need of saves, Johnson is a guy I would target as his recent outings suggest he may have figured things out.

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