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Wednesday Lineup Card: Hill, Hanrahan Head To DL

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Wednesday’s Starters (all times Eastern)

Royals (Wade Davis – R) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 12:10
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon – R), 3:35
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L) at Yankees (CC Sabathia – L), 7:05
Red Sox (Alfredo Aceves – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05
Rays (Matt Moore – L) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
White Sox (Jose Quintana – L) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ – L), 7:07
Phillies (John Lannan – L) at Reds (Mike Leake – R), 7:10
Nationals (Ross Detwiler – L) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R), 7:10
Rangers (Justin Grimm – R) at Cubs (Carlos Villanueva – R), 8:05
Angels (Tommy Hanson – R) at Twins (Vance Worley – R), 8:10
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong – R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:10
Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R) at Rockies (Jon Garland – R), 8:40
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R), 10:10
Padres (Tyson Ross – R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: KC/ATL, HOU/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR (back) – Missed second game in a row Tuesday and also now dealing with ear infection.
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE (finger) – Will head to the DL in the near future as a result of stitches in index finger.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (groin) – Removed in the eighth inning of Monday’s game for a pinch-runner as a precaution.
John Danks, SP, CWS (shoulder) – Pitched six innings in extended spring training game Monday and will take the mound again Sunday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS (hand) – Swelling has reduced and was available off the bench Tuesday.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (foot) – Out of lineup Tuesday.
Alex Gonzalez, SS, MIL (hand) – Back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA (groin) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (illness) – Out of the lineup with flu-like symptoms Tuesday.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB (illness) – Dealing with flu and is currently away from team.
Austin Kearns, OF, MIA (chest) – Cleared to return to play.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE (elbow) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN (ankle) – Scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with sore left ankle.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA (finger) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK (personal) – Placed on paternity list Tuesday.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY (wrist) – Played shortstop Tuesday against the White Sox.
Wilkin Ramirez, OF, MIN (personal) – Reinstated from paternity list Tuesday.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT (hamstring) – Will throw 25 pitches in bullpen session Wednesday and is expected to start Friday against Braves.
Carlos Santana, C, CLE (thumb) – Returned to lineup Tuesday after five-game absence due to thumb contusion.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (illness) – Out of the lineup with flu-like symptoms Tuesday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (shoulder) – Took batting practice before Tuesday’s game and seems likely to return later in the week.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (illness) – Out of the lineup due to sickness Tuesday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (hamstring) – Said he’s been experiencing cramping in his left hamstring since the weekend.

Disabled List
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC (knee) – Returned to starting lineup Tuesday following activation from DL.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS (wrist) – Underwent surgery on broken hamate bone Tuesday and will be out for six weeks.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL (oblique) – Took swings Tuesday for the first time since landing on DL.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD (thumb) – Will play Tuesday at High-A Lake Elsinore and plans to rejoin Padres on Wednesday.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI (hand) – Expected to miss four-to-six weeks with broken left hand.
Kevin Jepsen, RP, LAA (shoulder) – Initial MRI reveals shoulder looks normal, but was scheduled to receive further tests Tuesday.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (ankle) – Took batting practice and fielded grounders Monday, but unlikely to return by May 1.
Scott Kazmir, SP, CLE (abdomen) – Slated to come off the DL on Saturday and start against Astros.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (oblique) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.
Ryan Madson, RP, LAA (elbow) – Expects to be activated by the end of April.
Joe Mahoney, 1B, MIA (oblique) – Expected to return from DL in the coming days.
Lou Marson, C, CLE (neck) – Began rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.
Brian McCann, C, ATL (shoulder) – Will play catcher in extended spring training games this week.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (heel) – Returned to lineup at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday after sitting out with sore heel Monday. Could return to the Red Sox as early as Friday.
Stephen Pryor, RP, SEA (back) – Will not require surgery to repair torn right latissimus dorsi muscle but expected to miss beyond 15 days required by DL stint.
Scott Sizemore, 2B, OAK (knee) – Underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair torn left ACL.
Ian Stewart, 3B, CHC (quadriceps) – Went hitless in four at-bats Monday with Triple-A Iowa.

Transactions

Called Up
Kevin Gregg, RP, CHC
Kameron Loe, RP, CHC
Vin Mazzaro, P, PIT
Yoervis Medina, RP, SEA
Shane Peterson, 1B, OAK
Cord Phelps, 2B, CLE
Steven Wright, RP, BOS

Optioned to Minors (Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Jeff Beliveau, RP, TB
Eric Berger, P, HOU
Lou Marson, C, CLE
Omir Santos, C, CLE
Robert Whitenack, RP, CLE
Tim Wood, P, MIN (High-A)

Claimed off Waivers
Cody Ransom, SS, to CHC from SD

Designated For Assignment
Brent Lillibridge, 2B, CHC
Hisanori Takahashi, RP, CHC

Traded
Jeff Beliveau, RP, from TEX to TB for cash considerations

Activated from DL
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC
Didi Gregorius, SS, ARI

Placed on DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Joel Hanrahan, RP, BOS
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK (paternity list)
Jeff Niemann, SP, TB (transferred to 60-day DL)

Closer Watch

Cubs – The Cubs finalized some interesting bullpen acquisitions Tuesday in adding Kevin Gregg to the active roster and claiming Kameron Loe on waivers. While neither pitcher figures to be much of a factor in save situations right away, both pitchers do have experience in the late-innings; Loe with the Brewers as a primary setup man the last few seasons and Gregg as a closer (albeit an embattled one) with the Marlins, Cubs, Blue Jays and Orioles. For now, James Russell and Shawn Camp look like the top options to own in an attempt to mine for saves, but given the constant state of change in the Cubs bullpen, don’t be surprised if Loe and Gregg get a look while Kyuji Fujikawa remains on the DL. Even Carlos Marmol could work his way back into some closing work if he continues to impress in middle relief.

Red Sox – The team placed Joel Hanrahan on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a pulled groin, giving Andrew Bailey some run as the team’s closer. While Bailey struggled in the role upon returning from a thumb injury last August, he does have a 2010 A.L. Rookie of the Year award on his ledger and remains a good backup option. If it’s apparent Hanrahan isn’t pitching like his usual self when he returns from the DL, Bailey could very well hang on to the gig for extended time if he can rediscover his old dominance.


KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Mike Napoli - C BOS @ CLE
4/17 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 4-13 .308 1 1 1 1 3 .538 .357 .896
Evan Longoria - 3B TB @ BAL
4/17 7:05 PM
Chris Tillman 4-10 .400 1 1 2 3 0 .700 .538 1.238
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ BAL
4/17 7:05 PM
Chris Tillman 3-13 .231 2 3 3 2 0 .769 .333 1.103
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ MIA
4/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 9-33 .273 3 5 5 0 8 .606 .265 .871
Lance Berkman - 1B TEX @ CHC
4/17 8:05 PM
Carlos Villanueva 5-21 .238 2 4 3 1 6 .619 .304 .923
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ SEA
4/17 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 9-18 .500 0 2 2 3 3 .611 .591 1.202
Victor Martinez - C DET @ SEA
4/17 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 5-18 .278 1 1 4 4 1 .444 .409 .854
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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A.J. Burnett PIT vs STL
4/17 7:05 PM
Cardinals Batters 16-70 .229 1 2 9 6 16 .300 .295 .595
Kyle Lohse MIL vs SF
4/17 8:10 PM
Giants Batters 20-66 .303 0 5 6 2 12 .395 .317 .712
Clayton Kershaw LAD vs SD
4/17 10:10 PM
Padres Batters 15-69 .217 0 3 5 5 16 .262 .270 .532

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU @ OAK
4/17 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 7-28 .250 2 2 4 2 15 .464 .290 .755
Eric Chavez - 3B ARI @ NYY
4/17 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-20 .150 1 3 2 3 8 .400 .261 .661
Cliff Pennington - SS ARI @ NYY
4/17 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Josh Wilson - SS ARI @ NYY
4/17 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-17 .118 1 1 1 0 4 .294 .118 .412
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ CLE
4/17 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 1 .100 .182 .282
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS @ MIA
4/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 4 .273 .308 .580
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ MIA
4/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 12-38 .316 0 3 3 1 10 .395 .333 .728
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ MIA
4/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-18 .167 1 1 3 2 9 .333 .250 .583
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs LAA
4/17 8:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 4 .083 .083 .167
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF @ MIL
4/17 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
David Wright - 3B NYM @ COL
4/17 8:40 PM
Jon Garland 2-15 .133 0 1 2 1 3 .200 .188 .388
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ SEA
4/17 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 1-15 .067 0 1 1 0 1 .133 .067 .200
Kyle Blanks - OF SD @ LAD
4/17 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU @ OAK
4/17 3:35 PM
Bartolo Colon 7-28 .250 2 2 4 2 15 .464 .290 .755
Eric Chavez - 3B ARI @ NYY
4/17 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 3-20 .150 1 3 2 3 8 .400 .261 .661
Cliff Pennington - SS ARI @ NYY
4/17 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Josh Wilson - SS ARI @ NYY
4/17 7:05 PM
CC Sabathia 2-17 .118 1 1 1 0 4 .294 .118 .412
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS @ CLE
4/17 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-10 .100 0 0 1 1 1 .100 .182 .282
Roger Bernadina - OF WAS @ MIA
4/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-11 .182 0 1 0 2 4 .273 .308 .580
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ MIA
4/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 12-38 .316 0 3 3 1 10 .395 .333 .728
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ MIA
4/17 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-18 .167 1 1 3 2 9 .333 .250 .583
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs LAA
4/17 8:10 PM
Tommy Hanson 1-12 .083 0 0 0 0 4 .083 .083 .167
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF @ MIL
4/17 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
David Wright - 3B NYM @ COL
4/17 8:40 PM
Jon Garland 2-15 .133 0 1 2 1 3 .200 .188 .388
Ramon Santiago - 2B DET @ SEA
4/17 10:10 PM
Felix Hernandez 1-15 .067 0 1 1 0 1 .133 .067 .200
Kyle Blanks - OF SD @ LAD
4/17 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .200
Jesus Guzman - OF SD @ LAD
4/17 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-11 .182 0 1 1 0 5 .273 .182 .455
Will Venable - OF SD @ LAD
4/17 10:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw 2-10 .200 0 0 1 2 2 .200 .333 .533
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Recommended Pickup

Seth Smith, OF, OAK – The Athletics entered the season with five players to regularly fill the three outfield positions and the DH spot in the lineup, a predicament that often left either Smith or Chris Young on the bench for the first handful of games. With Yoenis Cespedes now on the DL with a thumb injury, both players should be afforded regular playing time, with Smith being a particularly intriguing hitter given the Athletics’ opponents over the next few games. Smith has worked almost exclusively in a platoon role during his tenure with the Athletics due to a career .203/.276/.331 mark against left-handers, but has the good fortune of facing right-handed opposing starters for at least the next five games, with the Rays’ Jeremy Hellickson representing the most imposing adversary. Smith’s triple-slash line shoots up to an impressive .284/.363/.505 against righties, so he figures to be positioned favorably in the Athletics lineup during that stretch of games. As long as he’s receiving regular starts against right-handed pitchers, Smith should be a capable short-term pickup in moderate to deep mixed leagues and all AL-only formats, though he’s likely owned already in the latter.

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