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Monday Lineup Card: Rays' Upton Nearing Rehab Assignment

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan

Anthony Tynan writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Monday's Starters

American League
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Twins (Nick Blackburn - R), 4:10
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Indians (Josh Tomlin - R), 7:05
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - L), 7:05
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Blue Jays (Hector Alvarez - L), 7:07
Mariners (Hector Noesi - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 8:05
Royals (Luis Mendoza - R) at Athletics (Tom Milone - L), 10:05

National League
Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 1:05
Giants (Barry Zito - L) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 4:10
Brewers (Shaun Marcum - R) at Cubs (Chris Volstad - R), 7:05
Cardinals (Jake Westbrook - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 7:10
Nationals (Edwin Jackson - R) at Mets (Mike Pelfrey - R), 7:10
Braves (Brandon Beachy - R) at Astros (J.A. Happ - L), 8:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

AL
Jose Valverde, P, DET - (Illness) Was supposed to be ready for Sunday's game but did not pitch in extra inning affair.
Liam Hendriks, P, MIN - (Illness) Still hospitalized with food poisoning.
Luke Scott, DH, TB - (Hamstring) Left Sunday's game with tight hamstring.

NL
Blake DeWitt, OF, CHC - (Back) Scratched from Sunday's lineup with back spasms.
Clayton Kershaw, P, LAD - (Illness) Slated to make Tuesday's start after pitching through flu on Opening Day.
Chad Qualls, P, PHI - (Heel) Was unavailable Sunday due to soreness.

Disabled List

AL
B.J. Upton, OF, TB - (Back) Will start rehab and should be with Rays around April 20.

NL
Skip Schumaker, 2B, STL - (Oblique) Could start rehab next week but utility role may be in future.
Allen Craig, OF, STL - (Knee) Hitting and running with the team.
Dustin Moseley, P, SD - (Shoulder) Hit the DL after first start with strained shoulder.
Takashi Saito, P, AZ - (Calf) - Has resumed throwing and may throw off flat ground in next couple of days.
A.J. Burnett, P, PIT - (Eye) Could be back before end of the month.
Eric Surkamp, P, SF - (Elbow) Cleared to play catch, targeting early-May return.
Jose Contreras, P, PHI - (Elbow) Will rehab Monday but probably not back til end of the week.

Transactions - Players that have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Called Up
Josh Spence, P, SD

Sent Down
Joel Carreno, P, TOR

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Dustin Moseley, P, SD

Activated from DL
None

Signed
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU - claimed off waivers from NYY

Traded
None

Closer Watch

Arizona - It appears that Bryan Shaw picked up a rogue save Sunday, as J.J. Putz did not enter the game. Putz recorded saves on Friday and Saturday and it is likely that he had the day off to avoid pitching three days in a row.

Baltimore - The Orioles are off to a surprising start and after Jim Johnson was rewarded the job out of spring training he has nailed down both opportunities without much of a hiccup.

Boston - Things are ugly in Beantown. Mark Melancon and Alfredo Aceves have now teamed to blow two of the first three games of the season, and Sunday's failure should go down as one of the worst bullpen meltdowns of the season. Aceves entered in the ninth with a three run lead and he allowed two hits followed by a home run. He has not retired any of the four batters he has faced this season. The game went to extras and Melancon took to the mound in the bottom of the 11th, where he allowed a walk-off home run to Alex Avila. No word on what Boston's next move will be in perhaps the ugliest closing situation in the league.

Chicago White Sox - In a surprising move, manager Robin Ventura went with Hector Santiago as his closer, while Matt Thornton is the setup man and Addison Reed appears out of the picture as of now. Though he has almost no MLB experience, Santiago had no trouble nailing down a save on Saturday and he is a hot commodity as of now.

Cleveland - Chris Perez had an epic fail on Opening Day. He was able to nail down Sunday's opportunity successfully, though he did allow two baserunners.

Florida - Heath Bell made his first save opportunity with the Marlins a forgettable one. He allowed Jay Bruce to tie the game with a home run and then gave up three hits in a row to take the loss. There is no danger of Bell losing his job but it is noteworthy that he blew an opportunity right off the bat.

Kansas City - The Royals turned to Jonathan Broxton to close out Sunday's win. It was a save with a four-run lead because Broxton inherited two runners from Aaron Crow, who started the ninth inning. Broxton didn't blink and picked up three strikeouts to finish it off. Greg Holland was not called upon in the game and he already has a forgettable appearance to his name from Opening Day, so at this point it appears that Broxton has a leg up on the closer's job.

Tampa Bay - Three appearances for Fernando Rodney: One win and two saves. That may get him the No. 1 fantasy ranking in the early part of the season. Rodney got one out in each save, so it is still a bit unclear what the Rays are doing with Kyle Farnsworth on the shelf. Joel Peralta and Jake McGee could figure into the equation as well.

Washington - Henry Rodriguez claimed Saturday's save and notched three strikeouts in the process. It appears this is a committee between Rodriguez and Brad Lidge while Drew Storen is on the DL.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA @ PHI
4/9 1:05 PM
Cole Hamels 7-17 .412 2 4 4 3 4 .882 .500 1.382
Placido Polanco - 3B PHI vs MIA
4/9 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 7-13 .538 2 4 4 0 0 1.231 .538 1.769
Jason Giambi - 1B COL vs SF
4/9 4:10 PM
Barry Zito 4-17 .235 2 3 5 7 6 .647 .480 1.127
Carlos Gonzalez - OF COL vs SF
4/9 4:10 PM
Barry Zito 8-19 .421 1 2 5 0 3 .684 .450 1.134
Bobby Abreu - OF LAA @ MIN
4/9 4:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 8-16 .500 1 1 4 4 1 .688 .571 1.259
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ MIN
4/9 4:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 6-17 .353 1 1 1 1 1 .529 .389 .918
Torii Hunter - OF LAA @ MIN
4/9 4:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 6-13 .462 1 3 4 0 0 .846 .462 1.308
Howie Kendrick - 2B LAA @ MIN
4/9 4:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 7-13 .538 0 0 3 0 1 .538 .571 1.109
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BAL
4/9 7:05 PM
Brian Matusz 6-15 .400 1 2 2 0 2 .667 .400 1.067
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ BAL
4/9 7:05 PM
Brian Matusz 7-17 .412 0 3 0 1 1 .588 .444 1.032
Alex Rodriguez - 3B NYY @ BAL
4/9 7:05 PM
Brian Matusz 3-12 .250 1 3 4 1 2 .667 .267 .934
Rafael Furcal - SS STL @ CIN
4/9 7:10 PM
Homer Bailey 5-10 .500 0 0 2 0 1 .500 .500 1.000
Matt Holliday - OF STL @ CIN
4/9 7:10 PM
Homer Bailey 4-11 .364 1 2 3 1 3 .727 .417 1.144
Ian Desmond - SS WAS @ NYM
4/9 7:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey 4-11 .364 1 4 4 1 2 1.000 .417 1.417
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ NYM
4/9 7:10 PM
Mike Pelfrey 7-11 .636 0 2 4 2 1 .818 .692 1.510
Matt Diaz - OF ATL @ HOU
4/9 8:05 PM
J.A. Happ 7-12 .583 1 2 1 2 1 .917 .643 1.560
Martin Prado - OF ATL @ HOU
4/9 8:05 PM
J.A. Happ 2-10 .200 1 2 1 3 0 .600 .385 .985
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
None

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Emilio Bonifacio - OF MIA @ PHI
4/9 1:05 PM
Cole Hamels 3-13 .231 0 0 0 0 2 .231 .231 .462
Gaby Sanchez - 1B MIA @ PHI
4/9 1:05 PM
Cole Hamels 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 4 .417 .231 .648
Brian Schneider - C PHI vs MIA
4/9 1:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 3-19 .158 0 0 2 3 1 .158 .273 .431
Troy Tulowitzki - SS COL vs SF
4/9 4:10 PM
Barry Zito 5-37 .135 1 1 2 1 8 .216 .154 .370
Eric Young Jr. - OF COL vs SF
4/9 4:10 PM
Barry Zito 2-13 .154 0 0 0 0 3 .154 .154 .308
Erick Aybar - SS LAA @ MIN
4/9 4:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 2-15 .133 0 0 1 2 0 .133 .235 .368
Kendrys Morales - 1B LAA @ MIN
4/9 4:10 PM
Nick Blackburn 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 1 .273 .182 .455
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs LAA
4/9 4:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 1-19 .053 0 0 2 1 5 .053 .143 .196
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs LAA
4/9 4:10 PM
C.J. Wilson 2-12 .167 1 1 2 3 1 .417 .333 .750
Ryan Theriot - SS SF @ COL
4/9 4:10 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 2-14 .143 0 0 0 2 1 .143 .250 .393
David DeJesus - OF CHC vs MIL
4/9 7:05 PM
Shaun Marcum 0-16 .000 0 0 0 3 4 .000 .200 .200
Nyjer Morgan - OF MIL @ CHC
4/9 7:05 PM
Chris Volstad 2-12 .167 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .214 .381
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ BAL
4/9 7:05 PM
Brian Matusz 0-14 .000 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .125 .125
Willie Harris - OF CIN vs STL
4/9 7:10 PM
Jake Westbrook 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Brian McCann - C ATL @ HOU
4/9 8:05 PM
J.A. Happ 2-14 .143 0 1 0 2 3 .214 .250 .464
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Nick Blackburn MIN vs LAA
4/9 4:10 PM
Angels Batters 33-97 .340 3 7 16 7 6 .476 .383 .859
Mike Pelfrey NYM vs Was
4/9 7:10 PM
Nationals Batters 38-127 .299 4 14 23 11 17 .499 .365 .864
 

Recommended Pickup

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