Projected Starters – A look at Wednesday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L) at Phillies (Cole Hamels – L), 7:05
Yankees (Bartolo Colon – R) at Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 7:05
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L), 7:07
Cubs (Ryan Dempster – R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R) 7:10
Nationals (Tom Gorzelanny – L) at Mets (Jonathon Niese – L) 7:10
Pirates (Charlie Norton – R) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R), 7:10
Tigers (Phil Coke – L) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R), 7:10
Rangers (Alexi Ogando – R) at Kansas City (Danny Duffy – L), 8:10
Indians (Justin Masterson – R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy – R), 8:10
Houston (Bud Norris – R) at Cardinals (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:15
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders – L), 9:40
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo – R) at Padres (Dustin Moseley – R), 10:05
Twins (Carl Pavano – R) at Athletics (Brandon McCarthy – R), 10:05
Giants (Matt Cain – R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Mariners (Jason Vargas – L), 10:10
Day game after a night game: None
Injuries – A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns
Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL – (Back) Pulled with tightness in his back after five shutout innings in Monday’s start, but he’s expected to be ready the next time out.
Kyle Davies, SP, KC – (Shoulder) Left Monday’s start in the first inning with anterior shoulder soreness. He’s undergoing an MRI to explore the extent of his shoulder injury.
Cesar Izturis, SS, BAL – (Ankle) Sent back to Baltimore to meet with a doctor about his ankle. He’s been sidelined since May 8.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX – (Hamstring) Out of the lineup for the second straight day Tuesday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS – (Elbow) Sent for an MRI Tuesday.
Nick Swisher, OF, NYY – (Illness) Scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with an illness.
Derrek Lee, 1B, BAL – (Oblique) Removed from Monday’s game and was not in Tuesday’s lineup.
Will Venable, OF, SD – (Hand) Scratched from Monday’s game; did not start Tuesday.
Josh Johnson, SP, FLA – (Forearm) X-rays came back negative after his forearm that was hit by a liner Monday. He’s expected to make his next start.
John Buck, C, FLA – (Wrist) Out Tuesday after being hit by a pitch on the wrist Monday. X-rays were negative.
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SF – (Knee) Out Tuesday with an inflamed knee, but the hope is he’ll be ready to play Wednesday.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD – (Knee) Held out of Tuesday’s lineup with patellar tendinitis.
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI – (Hamstring) Remained out of the lineup Tuesday with the expectation that he’d return Wednesday at the earliest.
Players on the DL
Brian Matusz, SP, BAL – (Back) Threw four innings Monday in his first rehab appearance since going on the DL.
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX – (Quad) Expected to be activated this weekend.
Scott Feldman, SP/RP, TEX – (Knee) Scheduled to make last rehab start Thursday before being activated.
Andrew Bailey, RP, OAK – (Forearm) Requested one more rehab appearance in extended spring training before the team pushed him onto his minor league assignment. He should be back in the majors by the end of next week.
Rich Harden, RP, OAK – (Shoulder) Could resume throwing from the mound sometime soon.
Magglio Ordonez, OF, DET – (Ankle) Had his ankle examined again Tuesday.
Carlos Guillen, 2B, DET – (Knee) His knee is improving, but the Tigers still don’t have a date set for his return.
Shawn Kelley, RP, SEA – (Elbow) Still aiming to return to the majors June 1.
Dallas Braden, SP, OAK – (Shoulder) Had successful surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS – (Arm) Appears at least a week away from returning to the Red Sox.
John Lackey, SP, BOS – (Elbow) He won’t throw for at least a few days to start his DL stint.
Rafael Furcal, SS, LAD – (Thumb) Expected to return next week.
Jonathan Broxton, RP, LAD – (Elbow) No timetable has been announced for his return.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Hand) Picked up a bat Monday, but isn’t expected to return for about another month.
Randy Wells, SP, CHC – (Forearm) Cubs hope he’s ready to return and take a rotation spot on their next homestand around May 27.
Andrew Cashner, SP, CHC – (Shoulder) Suffered setback Monday and will have to restart rehab process; could be out until the All-Star break.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI – (Knee) Played a full game in the field Monday but isn’t ready to return yet.
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI – (Elbow) Scheduled to make his first rehab appearance Wednesday.
Jason Bourgeois, OF, HOU – (Oblique) Unlikely to return from the DL when eligible Sunday.
Ross Ohlendorf, SP, PIT – (Shoulder) Continues to progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury.
Peter Moylan, RP, ATL – (Back) Underwent successful back surgery Tuesday. His recovery will take several months, but he could return in late summer.
Orlando Hudson, 2B, SD – (Hamstring) Will return to the team on Thursday.
Angel Pagan, OF, NYM – (Oblique) Could start playing in minor league rehab games in a few days.
Transactions – Players who have been demoted, called up, traded , released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Ruben Tejada, 2B, NYM
Everett Teaford, P, KC
Scott Maine, RP, CHC
Pat Neshek, RP, SD
Eric Thames, OF, TOR
Tony Campana, OF, CHC
Mike Rivera, C, MIL
Dallas McPherson, 3B, CHW
Chris Dickerson OF, NYY
Chin-Lung Hu, SS, NYM
Juan Francisco, 3B, CIN
Marcos Mateo, RP, CHC
Vin Mazzaro, SP, KC
Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD
Ryota Igarashi, RP, NYM
Tyler Colvin, OF, CHC
Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
David Wright, 3B, NYM
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
Rafael Soriano, RP, NYY
Mark Teahen, 3B, CHW
Mitch Stetter, RP, MIL
Activated from DL
Pedro Beato, RP, NYM
Closer Watch – A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)
Baltimore – Kevin Gregg blew his third save of the season Monday, two of which have come in the last week. There hasn’t been much talk of Gregg losing his job, but Koji Uehara has made an argument to take over the role if ever a change is made. Through 17 innings, Uehara has posted a 2.65 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and a 19:5 K:BB ratio.
Los Angeles (AL) – Jordan Walden blew his third save of the season, and second in the last week, against the Athletics on Monday. While there hasn’t been much talk about the team making a change, Scott Downs looks to be the guy that would take over if they do decide to make a switch.
San Diego – Mike Adams picked up a multi-inning save against the Diamondbacks on Monday. He pitched 1.2 innings to earn the save, and the game was never close enough to justify bringing in Heath Bell. Don’t worry Bell owners; this was a unique situation.
Placido Polanco vs. Jorge De La Rosa - 4-for-11 (.364), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0:0 BB:K
Shane Victorino vs. Jorge De La Rosa - 4-for-9 (.444), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2:0 BB:K
Wes Helms vs. Ryan Dempster - 5-for-11 (.455), 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0:4 BB:K
Carlos Beltran vs. Tom Gorzelanny - 2-for-7 (.286), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3:2 BB:K
Scott Rolen vs. Charlie Morton - 7-for-17 (.412), 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1:0 BB:K
Carlos Lee vs. Kyle Lohse - 20-for-67 (.299), 5 HR, 9 RBI, 5:7 BB:K
Andre Ethier vs. Matt Cain - 22-for-44 (.500), 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4:5 BB:K
James Loney vs. Matt Cain - 14-for-38 (.359), 0 HR, 10 RBI, 4:2 BB:K
Jamey Carroll vs. Matt Cain - 6-for-18 (.333), 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1:3 BB:K
Pat Burrell vs. Clayton Kershaw - 6-for-18 (.333), 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2:4 BB:K
Luke Scott vs. Bartolo Colon - 6-for-11 (.545), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1:3 BB:K
Nick Swisher vs. Jeremy Guthrie - 13-for-27 (.481), 2 HR, 9 RBI, 3:6 BB:K
Ben Zobrist vs. Ricky Romero - 7-for-15 (.467), 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Johnny Damon vs. Ricky Romero - 6-for-10 (.600), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 6:0 BB:K
A.J. Pierzynski vs. Justin Masterson - 7-for-17 (.412), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0:2 BB:K
Juan Pierre vs. Justin Masterson - 6-for-14 (.429), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:1 BB:K
Shin-Soo Choo vs. Jake Peavy - 3-for-10 (.300), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Austin Kearns vs. Jake Peavy - 7-for-17 (.412), 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1:1 BB:K
David DeJesus vs. Carl Pavano - 11-for-28 (.393), 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Bronson Arroyo vs. Pirates – Arroyo has limited the Pirates’ current lineup to a slash line of .202/.286/.337 (.622 OPS) through 122 plate appearances.
Emilio Bonifacio vs. Ryan Dempster - 0-for-10 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:3 BB:K
Scott Hairston vs. Tom Gorzelanny - 1-for-11 (.091), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:3 BB:K
Andrew McCutchen vs. Bronson Arroyo - 0-for-12 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3:3 BB:K
Ryan Doumit vs. Bronson Arroyo - 1-for-10 (.100), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:0 BB:K
Michael Bourn vs. Kyle Lohse - 4-for-27 (.148), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:2 BB:K
Bill Hall vs. Kyle Lohse - 1-for-15 (.067), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0:3 BB:K
Yuniesky Betancourt vs. Dustin Moseley - 2-for-10 (.200), 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1:0 BB:K
Tony Gwynn vs. Matt Cain - 3-for-16 (.188), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:3 BB:K
Aaron Rowand vs. Clayton Kershaw - 1-for-11 (.091), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Andres Torres vs. Clayton Kershaw - 2-for-12 (.167), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:4 BB:K
B.J. Upton vs. Ricky Romero - 1-for-14 (.071), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3:4 BB:K
David Ortiz vs. Phil Coke - 1-for-9 (.111), 0 HR, 4 RBI, 1:3 BB:K
Alexis Rios vs. Justin Masterson - 3-for-21 (.143), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2:4 BB:K
Alexei Ramirez vs. Justin Masterson - 3-for-17 (.176), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2:2 BB:K
Carlos Quentin vs. Justin Masterson - 1-for-13 (.077), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2:4 BB:K
Kurt Suzuki vs. Carl Pavano - 2-for-10 (.200), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0:1 BB:K
Chone Figgins vs. Jered Weaver - 2-for-12 (.167), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1:1 BB:K
Howie Kendrick vs. Jason Vargas - 3-for-19 (.158), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0:5 BB:K
Bobby Abreu vs. Jason Vargas - 3-for-15 (.200), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1:2 BB:K
Jorge De La Rosa vs. Phillies – De La Rosa has allowed the Phillies’ to put up a slash line of .371/.403/.677 (1.080 OPS) through 67 plate appearances.
Bartolo Colon vs. Orioles – Colon has allowed the Orioles’ current lineup to put up a slash line of .358/.419/.505 (.924 OPS) through 108 plate appearances.
Danny Duffy, SP, KC – Duffy will be called up by the Royals to make his first career major league start Wednesday. The 22-year-old, highly touted prospect has been firing on all cylinders in the minors this season. Over 36 innings with Triple-A Omaha, Duffy has posted a 3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 43:10 K:BB ratio. Vin Mazzaro was originally slotted to make a few starts with Bruce Chen on the DL, but Mazzaro was sent back down to the minors after giving up 14 earned runs (!) in relief Monday. That hurt just to type. The Royals should buy Mazzaro some time with a sports psychologist after that experience. Duffy will get at least a few starts, and there’s a chance he could stay with the team for the rest of season since he arguably became the Royals’ best starter the moment his call up was announced. Duffy’s pedigree makes him worth grabbing him in any league; so if you’re looking for a replacement for John Lackey or Brandon Beachy, don’t look much further (unless Julio Teheran is available as well).
Other recent recommendations: Laynce Nix, Tyson Ross, Jamey Wright, Rick Porcello, Mark Trumbo
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