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A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern):
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson
R) at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster
White Sox (Gavin Floyd
R) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle
Angels (Joe Blanton
R) at Twins (Kevin Correia
Astros (Erik Bedard
L) at Athletics (Tom Milone L), 10:05
Cardinals (Lance Lynn
R) at Pirates (James McDonald
Phillies (Cliff Lee
L) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann
R) at Marlins (Wade LeBlanc
Mets (Dillon Gee
R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio
Padres (Eric Stults
L) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley
Day Game After a Night Game:
- A brief look at players that have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns.
(includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
, OF, CLE (Finger) Bad cut on index finger, should be out Tuesday.
, 3B, LAA (Calf) Missed third straight game Sunday.
, OF, OAK (Groin) Out of Sundays lineup with straing, but should avoid DL.
, P, DET (Elbow) Out Sunday with inflammation.
, OF, SEA (Groin) Out of Sundays lineup, thinks he can be back Tuesday.
, P, BOS (Hamstring) Day-to-day with tightness.
, 2B, CLE (Elbow) Will be examined before Tuesdays game, status seems 50/50.
, OF, SEA (Hand) Thinks he can return to lineup Tuesday.
, P, NYY (Back) Will make start on Friday.
, P, SEA (Back) Left Sundays game with strain.
, OF, MIN (Personal) Away from team on paternity leave.
, C, CLE (Thumb) Pinch hit Sunday, should return to lineup Tuesday.
, 2B, WAS (Hand) Took line drive off hand Sunday, x-rays negative but could still miss some action.
, SS, MIL (Hand) Has not played since HBP Friday.
, 2B, AZ (Wrist) Left Sundays game, x-rays negative, but will also have MRI.
, OF, MIA (Chest) Scratched Sunday with irregular heartbeat and went to the hospital.
, OF, MIA (Shoulder) Missed third game Sunday.
Players on the DL
, P, TEX (Back) Another injection Sunday.
, P, CLE (Abdomen) Should make Triple-A start Monday.
, 3B, TOR (Oblique) Playing some second base in rehab.
, OF, HOU (Back) Was to begin rehab Sunday.
, P, BOS (Back) Will remain in extended spring training for now.
, P, TB (Shoulder) out at least a year.
, DH, BOS (Heel) Scratched from Triple-A lineup with illness during rehab.
, SS, TOR (Ankle) Out three months.
, 3B, NYY (Hip) Running slowly on treadmill.
, DH, TB (Calf) Rehab slowed Sunday by illness.
, C, CHC (Oblique) Hit 60-day DL to open roster spot.
, P, CIN (Triceps) Placed on DL, a hot Tony Cingrani
could be called up.
, 3B, SD (Thumb) Could be activated early this week.
, 3B, PIT (Shoulder) Should be activated Monday.
, OF, AZ (Quadriceps) Placed on DL Saturday.
, P, LAD (Shoulder) Refused any more minor league starts but no spot available in Dodgers rotation.
, P, NYM (Neck) Could start April 21.
, 3B, MIL (Knee) Unlikely to be activated when eligible next Sunday.
, C, WAS (Hamstring) Placed on DL Sunday, out a few weeks.
- Players that have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here. Note: With a multitude of transactions leading up to Opening Day these are some of the highlights:
, P, PIT
, C, WAS
, SS, CHW
, 1B, SD
, 3B, PIT
Charlie Leesman, P, CHW (designated for assignment)
, P, SD
Placed on DL
(15-day unless otherwise noted)
, C, WAS
, SS, CHW
, C, CHC (60-day DL)
Activated from DL
, P, claimed by CHC from SEA
- A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left).
Chicago Cubs After placing Kyuji Fujikawa
on the DL, the first save opportunity went to Shawn Camp
, who promptly blew the game. Camp gave up a game-tying home run to Hunter Pence
, then got teed off on in the tenth inning. Carlos Marmol
was not supposed to figure in save situations, but he turned in his fourth consecutive scoreless inning in the same game.
Houston Jose Veras
finally got his first save opportunity of the season on Saturday and it did not go well. Veras put two runners on, retired two, then gave up the tying and winning runs on an Albert Pujols
double. Houstons bullpen is full of no-names. Veras has had his struggles early in the season and competition could soon open up in the bullpen.
St. Louis Mitchell Boggs
continued his early season struggles by giving up back-to-back hits to Carlos Gomez
and Yuniesky Betancourt
. Boggs was quickly removed. No word yet on whether the Cardinals will open up the job to a committee.
, 1B, HOU The common fan wrote off the Astros before the season started, but the team has been middle-of-the-road in the hitting department so far. Yes, even this team will score runs. Carter offers plenty of power and he has four home runs so far. The problem is the strikeouts. Ohhhhh, the strikeouts. He is already at 19 Ks on the season in 47 at-bats. If you are interested in being a Carter owner, just tell yourself, If he hits it, it is going to go a long way.
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