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Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

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Thursday's Starters
Royals (Luis Mendoza - R) at Indians (Josh Tomlin - R), 12:05
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R) at Reds (Homer Bailey - R), 12:35
Mariners (Hector Noesi - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 1:05
Angels (Jerome Williams - R) at Rays (Matt Moore - L), 1:10
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Mets (Jon Niese - L), 1:10
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison - R) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - L), 7:05
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at White Sox (Philip Humber - R), 8:10
Nationals (Edwin Jackson - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: KC/CLE, SF/CIN, SEA/DET, LAA/TB, MIA/NYM

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Travis Buck, OF, HOU - (Hamstring) Made first appearance since returning from injury, pinch-hitting in Tuesday's game.
Jason Castro, C, HOU - (Neck) Still experiencing soreness in neck following Monday collision with Brewers' Mat Gamel, but expects to return Friday.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE - (Hamstring) No timetable set for return yet and trip to disabled list not ruled out.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Ear infection) Not expected back in lineup until Friday at earliest.
Mat Gamel, 1B, MIL - (Shoulder) Not in lineup Wednesday against Astros and remains day-to-day.
Jesus Guzman, 1B, SD - (Mouth) Held out of lineup Wednesday after having teeth removed earlier in the week.
Jim Johnson, RP, BAL - (Illness) Was unavailable Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms.
Edward Mujica, RP, MIA - (Finger) X-rays on finger came back negative, but will sit out a couple of days.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Neck) Took some practice swings Wednesday but has still not taken part in batting practice.
Juan Rivera, OF, LAD -(Hamstring) Took part in pregame warm-ups, but was not in lineup Wednesday.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA - (Hamstring) Returned to the lineup for Wednesday's game.
Kyle Weiland, SP, HOU - (Shoulder) Will have his turn in rotation skipped on Friday due to shoulder soreness.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Shoulder) Sat out Wednesday, but MRI revealed inflammation but no structural damage. Still hoping to avoid stint on the DL.
Neftali Feliz, SP, TEX - Had turn skipped in the rotation on Wednesday; next start to come Tuesday in Toronto.

Disabled List
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC - (Groin) Suffered another strained groin in rehab at Double-A and unlikely to rejoin the Royals on Friday.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS - (Wrist) Will visit with Dr. James Andrews in near future as he continues to deal with soreness.
Allen Craig, OF, STL - (Knee) Will head to Triple-A Memphis to finish final rehab assignment.
Doug Fister, SP, DET - (Upper body) Received treatment and underwent exercises Monday without any complications.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA - (Pectoral) Several days away from beginning rehab assignment, and will still likely be out until mid-May at the earliest.
Tim Hudson, SP, ATL - (Back) Gave up one run in 5.2 innings in final rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. Likely to start Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI - (Oblique) Played catch for second straight day on Tuesday.
Nick Masset, RP, CIN - (Shoulder) Received another MRI Wednesday and could resume throwing by end of the week.
Felipe Paulino, SP, KC - (Forearm) Will make first rehab start on Wednesday and could rejoin Royals' rotation as early as next week.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY - (Shoulder) Will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair anterior labral tear.
Michael Stutes, RP, PHI - (Shoulder) Will undergo MRI on Tuesday.
Taylor Teagarden, C, BAL - (Back) Will likely have another injection by end of the week to relieve pain. Still has yet to resume baseball activities.
Tsuyoshi Wada, SP, BAL - (Elbow) Will receive a second opinion within the next few days.
Chien-Ming Wang, SP, WAS - (Hamstring) Will make rehab start for High-A Potomac on Saturday.
Kerry Wood, RP, CHC - (Shoulder) Threw from mound Tuesday, but no timetable set for return.

Transactions

Placed on DL
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF

Optioned to Triple-A
Fautino De Los Santos, RP, OAK
Jeremy Jeffress, RP, KC
Anthony Varvaro, RP, ATL

Called Up
Joaquin Arias, 2B, SF
Jason Berken, RP, BAL
Tommy Hottovy, RP, KC
Jared Hughes, RP, PIT
Jim Miller, RP, OAK
Zach Putnam, SP, COL
Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
Ben Revere, OF, MIN
Michael Schwimer, RP, PHI

Designated For Assignment
Rich Thompson, RP, OAK

Free Agent Signings
Bill Hall, 2B, BAL
Joe Thurston, 2B, MIN

Closer Watch

Chicago (AL) - Hector Santiago was roughed up by the Athletics on Wednesday, allowing three runs on five hits in one-third of an inning. The loss marks Santiago's second blown save of the season. A bit of a dark horse candidate to win the closer's job coming out of spring training, Santiago could soon be lifted from the role with more poor performances, especially with former closer Matt Thornton and youngster Addison Reed both dominating.

Colorado - Rafael Betancourt's transition to the full-time closer role has been seamless, as he converted his sixth save on Wednesday against the Pirates. With a career WHIP of 1.07 and strikeout rate of 9.6 K/9, Betancourt seems a safe bet to retain the closer's role for the rest of the season.

Houston - Brett Myers' transition to a relief role has been smooth thus far, as he converted his third save in as many opportunities Wednesday against the Brewers. Myers worked around a two-out triple by Carlos Gomez by coaxing a groundout from Ryan Braun. Myers looks more likely to be traded than return to the Astros' rotation this year.

Oakland - Grant Balfour had his first misstep of the season, allowing a ninth inning homer to Paul Konerko to send the game into extra innings. Balfour's numbers on the season still remain very good, keeping him in firm control of the closing role.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ichiro Suzuki - OF SEA @ DET
4/26 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello 5-12 .417 0 1 1 0 2 .500 .417 .917
Hanley Ramirez - SS MIA @ NYM
4/26 1:10 PM
Jon Niese 3-11 .273 1 2 2 2 2 .636 .385 1.021
Daniel Murphy - 2B NYM vs MIA
4/26 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-17 .353 0 2 1 0 3 .471 .389 .860
David Wright - 3B NYM vs MIA
4/26 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 19-50 .380 4 8 11 3 14 .700 .415 1.115
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ SD
4/26 10:05 PM
Edinson Volquez 4-11 .364 0 1 2 2 4 .455 .462 .917
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jon Niese NYM vs MIA
4/26 1:10 PM
Marlins Batters 16-77 .208 1 8 9 10 9 .340 .320 .659
Ricky Nolasco MIA @ NYM
4/26 1:10 PM
Mets Batters 31-97 .320 5 13 14 4 24 .559 .353 .912

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ CLE
4/26 12:05 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 2-16 .125 2 2 2 1 2 .500 .176 .676
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA @ NYM
4/26 1:10 PM
Jon Niese 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 1 .300 .273 .573
Omar Infante - 2B MIA @ NYM
4/26 1:10 PM
Jon Niese 3-18 .167 0 2 2 1 2 .278 .211 .489
Ike Davis - 1B NYM vs MIA
4/26 1:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 2 1 1 4 .364 .250 .614
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup

Tony Campana, OF, CHC - Campana was called up Saturday following Marlon Byrd's trade to Boston, and has already factored into the Cubs' unsettled centerfield duties, starting three games. Campana will split time with Reed Johnson and Joe Mather, but Campana's status as a left-handed batter should garner him more at-bats overall. Even in the games he doesn't start, Campana still retains value for his pinch-running, as he stole two bases in that role on Monday. From a fantasy perspective, Campana appeals to those mining for steals in NL-only formats or very deep leagues. He swiped 24 bags in just 151 plate appearances last year with Chicago, and already has four in his five games this season. Although stolen bases will ultimately be the measuring stick for Campana's value, favorable positioning in the Cubs' lineup may aid his run totals, as he's been slotted second in the lineup in his three starts. His career batting average of .276 shouldn't hurt owners too much either, assuming he can approach that level again. Top prospect Brett Jackson will likely wrest the centerfield job away from Campana and all others once he arrives in the big leagues, but that doesn't figure to be for another month or so at the earliest. For now though, Campana remains the centerfielder to keep on your fantasy team.

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