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Wednesday Lineup Card: Kemp Returns

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh

Noah Jarosh writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

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Wednesday’s Starters

AL

Royals (Bruce Chen – L) at Indians (Jeanmar Gomez - R), 12:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Rays (Alex Cobb - R), 1:10
Athletics (Tyson Ross - R) at Twins (Francisco Liriano - L), 1:10
Orioles (Jason Hammel - R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R), 7:07
Tigers (Drew Smyly - L) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 7:10
Mariners (Blake Beavan - R) at Rangers (Derek Holland - L), 8:05
Yankees (Ivan Nova - R) at Angels (Ervin Santana - R), 10:05

NL

Padres (Anthony Bass - R) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R), 2:20
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett - R), 7:05
Phillies (Cliff Lee - L) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 7:10
Cardinals (Kyle Lohse - R) at Braves (Tim Hudson - R), 7:10
Nationals (Chien-Ming Wang - R) at Marlins (Josh Johnson - R), 7:10
Astros (Lucas Harrell - R) at Rockies (Christian Friedrich - L), 8:40
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 10:10
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy - R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: Royals, Indians, White Sox, Rays, Athletics, Twins, Padres, Cubs

Injuries

Day-to-Day
AL
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS - (Thumb) Could miss a month.

NL
George Kottaras, C, MIL - (Hamstring) Will yield most starts to Martin Maldonado due to sore hamstring.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SDP - (Wrist) Held out of Tuesday’s lineup.
Ronny Cedeno, SS, NYM - (Calf) Held out of Tuesday's lineup.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI - (Hamstring) Held out of Tuesday's lineup.
David Freese, 3B, STL - (Wrist) Could be out until Friday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL - (Eye) Will get a new pair of goggles on Wednesday.

Disabled List
AL
Aaron Cook, P, BOS - (Knee) Has begun throwing again.
David Robertson, P, NYY - (Oblique) Had a successful throwing session on Monday and will begin a minor league rehab assignment soon.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Concussion) Rehabbing with Low-A on Tuesday and Wednesday
Zach Britton, P, BAL - (Shoulder) Will start in Double-A on Thursday, and could be activated after.
LaTroy Hawkins, P, LAA - (Finger) Could begin a minor league rehab assignment this week.
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS, KCR - (Ankle) Will complete his rehab assignment in Triple-A.
Carl Crawford, OF, BOS - (Elbow) Expected to begin throwing program within two weeks.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TBR - (Hamstring) Is probably three weeks from beginning intense baseball activities.
David Aardsma, P, NYY - (Elbow) Will face live hitting on Friday for first time in a year.
Brandon Guyer, OF, TBR - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-Day DL on Tuesday.
Brad Meyers, P, NYY - (Shoulder) Transferred to the 60-Day DL on Tuesday.
Danny Duffy, P, KCR - (Elbow) Scheduled elbow surgery postponed due to him having strep throat.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Neck) Will head to extended spring training after a second epidural on Friday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY - (Elbow) Felt good after swinging the bat on Tuesday.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA - (Back) Placed on 15-Day DL on Tuesday.

NL
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL - (Hand) Expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
Miguel Batista, SS, NYM - (Back) Scheduled for a rehab start at Double-A on Tuesday.
Vance Worley, P, PHI - (Elbow) Threw a pain-free bullpen session on Tuesday.
Josh Thole, C, NYM - (Concussion) Could return to the lineup on Friday.
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM - (Quadriceps) Was examined in New York on Tuesday.
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM - (Ankle) Placed on 15-Day DL on Tuesday.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Will miss six-to-eight weeks.
Juan Rivera, OF, LAD - (Hamstring) Took the day off Tuesday and will report to Class-A on Wednesday.
Chad Tracy, 1B, WAS - (Groin) Will miss six-to-eight weeks.
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN - (Shoulder) Has yet to resume baseball activities.
Bill Bray, P, CIN - (Groin) Is beginning a throwing program but will still need about a month before returning.

Transactions

Activated from DL
Endy Chavez, OF, BAL
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD
Steve Clevenger, C, CHC

Activated from Restricted List
Torii Hunter, OF, LAA

Placed on DL
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM
Roy Halladay, P, PHI

Designated for Assignment
Manny Acosta, P, NYM

Optioned to Triple-A
Kris Medlen, P, ATL
Carlos Torres, P, COL
Mike McClendon, P, MIL
Ryota Igarashi, P, NYY
Jordan Lyles, P, HOU
Xavier Avery, OF, BAL
Jerry Sands, OF, LAD
Stephen Vogt, C, TBR
Eric Thames, OF, TOR
Nathan Adcock, P, KCR
Michael Antonini, P, LAD
Yamaico Navarro, 3B, PIT
Tyler Moore, OF, WAS
Blake Lalli, C, CHC
Tommy Hunter, P, BAL
Andrew Romine, 3B, LAA
Collin Balester, P, DET

Called Up
Omar Quintanilla, SS, NYM
Hideki Matsui, OF, TBR
Miguel Gonzalez, P, ATL
Jose Constanza, OF, ATL
Jordy Mercer, 2B, PIT
Chris Schwinden, P, NYM
Nathan Eovaldi, P, LAD
Michael Fiers, P, MIL
Mike McCoy, 2B, TOR
Vin Mazzaro, P, KCR
Jhonatan Solano, C, WAS
Erik Kratz, C, PHI
Martin Maldonado, C, MIL

Closer Watch
Chicago Cubs - James Russell earned the first save of his career Tuesday afternoon. After the Cubs came from behind to take a 5-2 lead, Russell secured the final two outs of the game while giving up a double and striking out two hitters. After Carlos Marmol and Rafael Dolis couldn't handle the Cubs' closer role, the Cubs are going with a committee approach where Russell, Shawn Camp, and Casey Coleman could all receive opportunities at saves. Russell is has a 1.66 ERA this season and received the first ninth inning shot, so he could receive the most chances.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Johnny Damon - DH CLE vs KC
5/30 12:05 PM
Bruce Chen 13-28 .464 2 5 2 3 4 .786 .516 1.302
Shelley Duncan - OF CLE vs KC
5/30 12:05 PM
Bruce Chen 3-10 .300 1 1 1 2 1 .600 .417 1.017
Carlos Quentin - OF SD @ CHC
5/30 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster 5-12 .417 0 1 4 0 2 .500 .417 .917
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CIN
5/30 7:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 6-22 .273 3 3 3 2 2 .682 .333 1.015
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs STL
5/30 7:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-12 .333 1 2 3 0 2 .667 .333 1.000
Miguel Cabrera - 1B DET @ BOS
5/30 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 5-10 .500 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .583 1.083
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ BOS
5/30 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 4-17 .235 2 2 4 4 5 .588 .381 .969
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ ATL
5/30 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 19-61 .311 4 7 13 8 7 .574 .391 .965
Rafael Furcal - SS STL @ ATL
5/30 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 7-19 .368 1 1 1 3 2 .526 .455 .981
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ LAA
5/30 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 8-26 .308 2 4 6 1 2 .615 .321 .936
Raul Ibanez - OF NYY @ LAA
5/30 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 7-27 .259 2 5 7 6 4 .630 .394 1.024
Derek Jeter - SS NYY @ LAA
5/30 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 14-31 .452 3 5 5 3 7 .806 .514 1.320
Buster Posey - C SF vs ARI
5/30 10:15 PM
Ian Kennedy 5-11 .455 0 2 2 1 1 .636 .500 1.136
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Francisco Liriano MIN vs OAK
5/30 1:10 PM
Athletics Batters 13-70 .186 1 2 4 6 23 .245 .250 .495
Josh Johnson MIA vs WAS
5/30 7:10 PM
Nationals Batters 21-89 .236 0 3 8 11 27 .270 .327 .597
Tim Lincecum SF vs ARI
5/30 10:15 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 24-118 .203 1 9 7 10 32 .304 .266 .570

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Shin-Soo Choo - OF CLE vs KC
5/30 12:05 PM
Bruce Chen 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 5 .154 .267 .421
Jose Lopez - 3B CLE vs KC
5/30 12:05 PM
Bruce Chen 1-15 .067 0 0 0 0 3 .067 .067 .134
Brandon Inge - 3B OAK @ MIN
5/30 1:10 PM
Francisco Liriano 4-31 .129 1 1 2 1 16 .226 .156 .382
Kurt Suzuki - C OAK @ MIN
5/30 1:10 PM
Francisco Liriano 3-15 .200 0 1 2 2 0 .267 .294 .561
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs CIN
5/30 7:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 1-10 .100 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .282
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ TOR
5/30 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 4 .300 .273 .573
Michael Bourn - OF ATL vs STL
5/30 7:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-27 .148 0 0 0 1 2 .148 .179 .327
Brian McCann - C ATL vs STL
5/30 7:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-17 .235 0 0 1 1 1 .235 .263 .498
Gerald Laird - C DET @ BOS
5/30 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 2-11 .182 0 1 0 0 4 .273 .182 .455
Delmon Young - OF DET @ BOS
5/30 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 4-23 .174 0 0 2 2 7 .174 .222 .396
John Buck - C MIA vs WAS
5/30 7:10 PM
Chien-Ming Wang 2-17 .118 0 0 2 1 4 .118 .167 .285
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ MIA
5/30 7:10 PM
Josh Johnson 3-18 .167 0 1 1 3 8 .222 .318 .540
Nick Swisher - OF NYY @ LAA
5/30 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana 5-30 .167 1 4 1 5 14 .367 .306 .673
Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B LAD vs MIL
5/30 10:10 PM
Yovani Gallardo 1-10 .100 0 1 0 0 5 .200 .100 .300
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ SF
5/30 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 5-32 .156 0 2 0 1 5 .219 .182 .401
Chris Young - OF ARI @ SF
5/30 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 6-38 .158 1 3 3 4 13 .289 .256 .545
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Tim Hudson ATL vs StL
5/30 7:10 PM
Cardinals Batters 37-121 .305 5 9 19 20 13 .468 .403 .872
Ervin Santana LAA vs NYY
5/30 10:05 PM
Yankees Batters 72-257 .280 17 32 48 34 56 .542 .372 .913
 

Recommended Pickup Kris Medlen, P, ATL: This may seem like a strange choice considering Medlen was just sent down to Triple-A. The Braves have a good reason for the move, though. Medlen is going down to stretch out and work as a starter for a couple of outings before rejoining the Braves and taking a place in their rotation. Whose rotation spot - Mike Minor or Randall Delgado - he will take is yet to be determined, but Medlen in a starting role is multitudes more valuable than he was as a middle/long reliever. Keep in mind, Medlen has been a very good reliever in an excellent bullpen, too. Think about what Lance Lynn has done after being converted back into a starter by the Cardinals in spring training. Obviously you can't expect Medlen to replicate those results exactly, but he has the chance to be a very good starter. If you're short on pitching, Medlen might be worth an add before he returns to the majors in a couple of weeks.

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