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Wednesday Lineup Card: Ludwick Limps To DL

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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Wednesday's Starters (all times Eastern)

Royals (Ervin Santana – R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy - R), 2:10
Rangers (Alexi Ogando – R) at Astros (Phil Humber – R), 2:10
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Twins (Kevin Correia – R), 4:10
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R), 7:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson – R) at Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez – L), 7:05
Marlins (Kevin Slowey – R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez – L), 7:05
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez – R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow – R), 7:07
Angels (C.J. Wilson – L) at Reds (Mat Latos – R), 7:10
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R), 7:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay – R) at Braves (Paul Maholm – L), 7:10
Padres (Clayton Richard – L) at Mets (Matt Harvey – R), 7:10
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta – R), 8:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R), 9:40
Mariners (Joe Saunders – L) at Athletics (Tommy Milone – L), 10:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum – R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: HOU/TEX

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Scott Kazmir, SP, CLE (abdomen) – May require a DL stint after suffering injury during Monday’s workout.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (shoulder) – Started in left field and went 2-for-4 in Tuesday’s win over the Rays.

Disabled List

Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI (oblique) – Appears to be far away from resuming baseball activities.
Bartolo Colon, SP, OAK (suspension) – Will make first regular season start April 6.
Scott Diamond, SP, MIN (elbow) – Threw 70 pitches and struck out seven batters Tuesday over fine innings in extended spring training Tuesday.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS (concussion) – Cleared by MLB to begin playing in games.
David Freese, 3B, STL (back) – Expected to play in a minor league game by week’s end and is expected to return from DL on Monday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (forearm) – Says injury is improving but has yet to gain clearance to throw.
Didi Gregorius, SS, ARI (elbow) – Was scheduled to hit in a simulated game Tuesday.
Phil Hughes, SP, NYY (back) – Could return April 6 against the Tigers.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (ankle) – Played catch and received treatment on Monday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (ribs) – Said he’s feeling better and has resumed throwing.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN (shoulder) – Will undergo surgery to repair torn cartilage Wednesday.
Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM (neck) – Did not throw his scheduled simulated game Tuesday.
Jason Motte, RP, STL (elbow) – Isn’t expected to be re-evaluated until April 11.
Johan Santana, SP, NYM (shoulder) – Underwent successful surgery Tuesday.
Anthony Swarzak, RP, MIN (ribs) – Threw 50 pitches Tuesday over four innings in extended spring training.
Jonny Venters, RP, ATL (elbow) – Received a PRP injection Tuesday and will be shut down for four weeks.
Delmon Young, OF, PHI (ankle) – Was scheduled to play three innings in right field Tuesday in extended spring training game.

Transactions

Called Up
Scott Kazmir, SP, CLE

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Nick Hagadone, RP, CLE
David Huff, SP, CLE
Hunter Strickland, RP, SF (to High-A)

Claimed Off Waivers
Ezequiel Carrera, OF, PHI (from CLE)
Hunter Strickland, RP, SF (from PIT)

Designated For Assignment
Ender Inciarte, OF, PHI

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN

Closer Watch

Cubs – Despite removing Marmol from a save situation after he only retired one batter while allowing a run Monday, manager Dale Sveum stood by Marmol as his closer. “I’m not making any changes or anything like that; he just didn’t have it today.” Although he’ll get a chance to redeem himself, Marmol’s leash is likely as short as it gets, as offseason acquisition Kyuji Fujikawa looms as a potential ninth inning replacement.

Orioles – Johnson was called upon for the Opening Day save against the Rays on Tuesday, successfully retiring the side after allowing just one hit. Last season’s 51-save campaign probably affords Johnson quite a bit of job security, but his underwhelming strikeout rate may make it difficult to sustain the 2.49 ERA and 1.02 WHIP he posted in 2012.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Gordon Beckham - 2B CWS vs KC
4/3 2:10 PM
Ervin Santana 4-17 .235 2 3 5 2 4 .647 .316 .963
Alexei Ramirez - SS CWS vs KC
4/3 2:10 PM
Ervin Santana 6-17 .353 1 1 2 1 1 .529 .389 .918
Billy Butler - 1B KC @ CWS
4/3 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 7-18 .389 3 3 5 3 6 .889 .476 1.365
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ MIN
4/3 4:10 PM
Kevin Correia 7-13 .538 1 3 6 1 0 .923 .500 1.423
Scott Hairston - OF CHC @ PIT
4/3 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 6-13 .462 2 4 3 2 4 1.077 .533 1.610
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY vs BOS
4/3 7:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 9-20 .450 0 3 0 0 1 .600 .450 1.050
Colby Rasmus - OF TOR vs CLE
4/3 7:07 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 7-17 .412 0 4 1 0 5 .706 .412 1.118
Jose Reyes - SS TOR vs CLE
4/3 7:07 PM
Ubaldo Jimenez 3-13 .231 1 2 4 1 0 .615 .267 .882
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
4/3 7:10 PM
Roy Halladay 10-25 .400 3 4 6 1 7 .840 .423 1.263
B.J. Upton - OF ATL vs PHI
4/3 7:10 PM
Roy Halladay 15-42 .357 1 5 3 5 13 .524 .417 .940
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ TB
4/3 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 3-10 .300 1 1 1 3 1 .600 .462 1.062
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ TB
4/3 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 5-13 .385 1 2 1 0 0 .692 .385 1.077
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ ATL
4/3 7:10 PM
Paul Maholm 5-16 .313 1 3 1 0 3 .625 .313 .938
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs SEA
4/3 10:05 PM
Joe Saunders 7-24 .292 1 6 4 0 3 .625 .292 .917
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs SF
4/3 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 10-35 .286 2 4 6 4 9 .514 .359 .873
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF @ LAD
4/3 10:10 PM
Josh Beckett 4-11 .364 0 1 0 1 2 .545 .462 1.007
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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Wandy Rodriguez PIT vs CHC
4/3 7:05 PM
Cubs Batters 16-80 .200 3 6 10 8 20 .361 .273 .634
Jeremy Hellickson TB vs BAL
4/3 7:10 PM
Orioles Batters 13-64 .203 3 4 6 8 3 .356 .292 .648

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs KC
4/3 2:10 PM
Ervin Santana 6-30 .200 0 1 4 2 8 .233 .257 .490
Alex Gordon - OF KC @ CWS
4/3 2:10 PM
Jake Peavy 3-12 .250 0 0 1 0 5 .250 .250 .500
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ PIT
4/3 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 0 .091 .167 .258
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ PIT
4/3 7:05 PM
Wandy Rodriguez 4-35 .114 1 1 5 3 11 .200 .184 .384
Brennan Boesch - OF NYY vs BOS
4/3 7:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-12 .167 1 1 2 0 2 .417 .167 .583
Brett Gardner - OF NYY vs BOS
4/3 7:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Vernon Wells - OF NYY vs BOS
4/3 7:05 PM
Clay Buchholz 5-25 .200 0 1 2 3 3 .240 .286 .526
Russell Martin - C PIT vs CHC
4/3 7:05 PM
Edwin Jackson 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ TOR
4/3 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 4-23 .174 1 1 2 2 8 .304 .240 .544
Jordan Schafer - OF ATL vs PHI
4/3 7:10 PM
Roy Halladay 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ TB
4/3 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 3-18 .167 1 1 4 0 1 .333 .167 .500
Ryan Howard - 1B PHI @ ATL
4/3 7:10 PM
Paul Maholm 4-19 .211 0 0 4 1 6 .211 .250 .461
Ty Wigginton - 3B STL @ ARI
4/3 9:40 PM
Brandon McCarthy 2-12 .167 1 1 2 1 2 .417 .214 .631
Jed Lowrie - SS OAK vs SEA
4/3 10:05 PM
Joe Saunders 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs SF
4/3 10:10 PM
Tim Lincecum 8-39 .205 0 0 1 2 16 .205 .244 .449
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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Roy Halladay PHI @ Atl
4/3 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 42-137 .307 6 14 19 7 38 .503 .339 .843
 


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