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Derek VanRiper

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Projected Starters - A look at Saturday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Braves (Tim Hudson - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 1:05
Rays (David Price - L) at Red Sox (Jon Lester - L), 1:05
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 1:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) at A's (Brett Anderson - L), 4:05
Orioles (Jason Hammel - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 4:05
White Sox (Chris Sale - L) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 4:05
Mets (Matt Harvey - R) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 4:10
Brewers (Yovani Gallardo - R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R), 4:15
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke - L), 7:05
Phillies (Cole Hamels - L) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez - R), 7:10
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R) at Rays (James Shields - R), 7:10
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L) at D-Backs (Ian Kennedy - R), 8:10
Rockies (Jhoulys Chain - R) at Padres (Edinson Volquez - R), 8:40
Astros (Lucas Harrell - R) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 9:05
Rangers (Alexi Ogando - R) at Mariners (Joe Saunders - L), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: ATL/WAS, TAM/BOS, DET/OAK, BAL/NYY, CHW/CLE, MIN/NYM, MIL/STL

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA - (Shoulder) Scratched from Friday's lineup with soreness.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA - (Finger) Out 3-7 days with a non-displaced fracture in his right pinky.
Carlos Santana, C, CLE - (Thumb) Did not start against the White Sox on Friday night.
Phil Hughes, SP, NYY - (Illness) Will start Saturday against the Indians.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK - (Wrist) Back in the lineup Friday after a three-game absence.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI - (Hand) Returned to the lineup Friday after day off Wednesday for bone bruise.
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY - (Back Spasms) Hoping to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday against Arizona.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL - (Hamstring) Back in the starting lineup Friday.
Jason Kubel, OF, ARI - (Quad) Held out of Friday's lineup (against a LHP), but his improving.
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA - (Heel) Will move to the leadoff spot when he's ready to return to the lineup.
Maicer Izturis, 2B/3B, TOR - Unavailable Friday after fouling a ball off of his foot Thursday.
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, LAA - Held out of the lineup Friday with calf tightness.

Players on the DL

Zack Greinke, SP, LA - Suffered a fractured left collarbone Thursday after San Diego's Carlos Quentin charged the mound. Expected to miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery Saturday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS/3B, LA - (Thumb) Had cast removed Friday, expected to miss six more weeks.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD - (Thumb) Started his rehab assignment at High-A Lake Elsinore on Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY - (Wrist) Hoping to take batting practice next week, still targeting May 1 return.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS - (Heels) Went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a rehab game Thursday. Hoping to return late next week.
Ryan Madson, RP, LAA - (Elbow) Threw another bullpen session at 100 percent Thursday.
Scott Kazmir, SP, CLE - (Abdomen) Doesn't expect to be activated from the DL when first eligible.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (Hamstring) Has not been able to resume baseball activities.
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC - (Quadriceps) Nearly ready for a rehab assignment.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW - (Wrist) Likely out six weeks following surgery.
Luke Scott, DH, TAM - (Calf) Hoping to run the bases Friday.
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC - (Knee) Expected to return from the disabled list Tuesday against Texas.
Didi Gregorius, SS, ARI - (Elbow) Could begin playing the field as soon as Sunday; 3-for-12 at Triple-A Reno this season.
Cole De Vries, SP, MIN - (Forearm) Schedule to play catch for the first time Saturday.
Jeff Bianchi, INF, MIL - (Hip) Will begin a rehab assignment Saturday.
Joe Mahoney, 1B, MIA - (Oblique) Scheduled to start rehab games Friday at High-A Jupiter.

Placed on the DL

Zack Greinke, SP, LA
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW (retroactive to 4/10)
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL (transferred to 60-day DL)
Cristhian Martinez, RP, ATL (retroactive to 4/7)

Activated from DL
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE

Called Up

Casper Wells, OF, TOR (activated after waiver claim)
Luis Jimenez, INF, LAA
Shawn Tolleson, RP, LA
Nick Hagadone, RP, CLE
Bryan Morris, RP, PIT
Deunte Heath, P, CHW
Thad Weber, RP, SD

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Edgar Gonzalez, RP, TOR (outrighted)
Corey Kluber, P, CLE
J.B. Shuck, OF, LAA
Cody Ransom, INF, SD (DFA)

Claimed Off Waivers
Alex Burnett, P, BAL (from TOR, optioned to Triple-A)

Closer Watch

Cubs - Kyuji Fujikawa struggled with his location in Friday's appearance with the Giants, coughing up a 2-0 lead and taking a blown save in the process. Fortunately for his owners, he was credited with the win when the Cubs rallied for a walk-off victory in the bottom of the frame. Wet conditions may have impacted Fujikawa's command, and he's likely unavailable to pitch Saturday after throwing 30 pitches in Friday's appearance. Manager Dale Sveum confirmed that Fujikawa will remain the team's closer despite his poor showing Friday afternoon. For now, Carlos Marmol remains the next-in-line option, which likely affords Fujikawa a decent amount of leash.

Giants - Sergio Romo made an appearance for the seventh time in 11 days Friday and suffered his first blown save of the season in the process. In addition to dealing with the aforementioned wet conditions at Wrigley Field, Romo had to warm up quickly with the Giants creating a save opportunity in the top half of the frame. It's possible that his heavy workload early on will lead to a day off Saturday, although the Giants have not provided any indication of having such a plan at this time.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs TB
4/13 1:05 PM
David Price 3-13 .231 1 3 1 2 0 .692 .333 1.026
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs TB
4/13 1:05 PM
David Price 6-19 .316 1 3 2 3 3 .579 .409 .988
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs SF
4/13 1:05 PM
Madison Bumgarner 5-12 .417 0 1 1 0 2 .500 .417 .917
Shelley Duncan - OF TB @ BOS
4/13 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 4-11 .364 0 2 1 1 4 .545 .417 .962
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs ATL
4/13 1:05 PM
Tim Hudson 12-33 .364 3 5 11 3 6 .697 .417 1.114
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ NYY
4/13 4:05 PM
Phil Hughes 10-29 .345 1 4 6 1 5 .552 .367 .918
Torii Hunter - OF DET @ OAK
4/13 4:05 PM
Brett Anderson 5-13 .385 1 1 6 2 1 .615 .467 1.082
Matt Holliday - OF STL vs MIL
4/13 4:15 PM
Yovani Gallardo 4-18 .222 2 3 5 2 7 .667 .300 .967
Yadier Molina - C STL vs MIL
4/13 4:15 PM
Yovani Gallardo 5-21 .238 1 4 5 5 2 .524 .407 .931
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs CIN
4/13 7:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 8-28 .286 3 5 4 2 3 .679 .333 1.012
Chris Coghlan - OF MIA vs PHI
4/13 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 7-17 .412 2 4 4 3 4 .882 .500 1.382
Jose Bautista - OF TOR @ KC
4/13 7:10 PM
James Shields 6-21 .286 2 2 3 4 7 .571 .400 .971
Adam Lind - 1B TOR @ KC
4/13 7:10 PM
James Shields 12-43 .279 5 8 8 1 9 .698 .295 .993
Matt Kemp - OF LAD @ ARI
4/13 8:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 3-13 .231 2 2 3 1 5 .692 .267 .959
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX @ SEA
4/13 9:10 PM
Joe Saunders 6-20 .300 2 3 3 0 3 .650 .300 .950
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX @ SEA
4/13 9:10 PM
Joe Saunders 10-24 .417 4 6 8 3 1 1.000 .464 1.464
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Adam Wainwright STL vs MIL
4/13 4:15 PM
Brewers Batters 16-83 .193 2 6 6 4 17 .313 .255 .569
Johnny Cueto CIN @ PIT
4/13 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 19-88 .216 3 10 8 11 19 .396 .310 .706

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs TB
4/13 1:05 PM
David Price 2-11 .182 0 0 0 1 8 .182 .250 .432
Sean Rodriguez - SS TB @ BOS
4/13 1:05 PM
Jon Lester 2-14 .143 0 1 3 2 6 .214 .278 .492
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS vs ATL
4/13 1:05 PM
Tim Hudson 4-19 .211 0 1 2 1 7 .263 .238 .501
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS vs ATL
4/13 1:05 PM
Tim Hudson 8-46 .174 0 1 2 2 8 .196 .208 .404
Adam Jones - OF BAL @ NYY
4/13 4:05 PM
Phil Hughes 4-22 .182 1 3 3 0 5 .409 .182 .591
Lyle Overbay - 1B NYY vs BAL
4/13 4:05 PM
Jason Hammel 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .083 .083
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ STL
4/13 4:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 8-41 .195 2 3 5 1 8 .366 .250 .616
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL @ STL
4/13 4:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .200
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL @ STL
4/13 4:15 PM
Adam Wainwright 5-27 .185 0 3 1 3 6 .296 .290 .587
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs CIN
4/13 7:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 2-14 .143 0 1 2 2 3 .214 .294 .508
Miguel Tejada - SS KC vs TOR
4/13 7:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 2 .214 .267 .481
Miguel Olivo - C MIA vs PHI
4/13 7:10 PM
Cole Hamels 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 5 .167 .167 .333
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR @ KC
4/13 7:10 PM
James Shields 3-15 .200 1 2 1 0 4 .467 .200 .667
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD @ ARI
4/13 8:10 PM
Ian Kennedy 2-10 .200 0 2 1 2 4 .400 .333 .733
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Joe Saunders SEA vs Tex
4/13 9:10 PM
Rangers Batters 33-99 .333 7 16 18 8 11 .658 .383 1.041
 


Recommended Pickup

Ted Lilly, SP, LAD - It's a speculative thought process here, but Lilly seems to make more sense as the temporary replacement for Zack Greinke than teammate Chris Capuano. Lilly is still working his way back from a shoulder injury on a rehab assignment at Triple-A, but considering that he is stretched out at the present time and Capuano has been making shorter relief appearances with the Dodgers thus far, it would make more sense logistically for Lilly to slot into Greinke's place in the rotation. Last season, Lilly carried a 3.14 ERA and 1.130 WHIP over eight starts despite a disappointing 31:19 K:BB. His last full season with the Dodgers in 2011 yielded a 3.97 ERA and 1.157 WHIP with a 158:51 K:BB over 192.2 innings. Considering the makeup of the current Dodgers squad, Lilly could be a nice source of wins and steady ratios if he does in fact receive Greinke's spot.

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