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Wednesday Lineup Card: A Grand Return

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)

White Sox (John Danks – L) at Cubs (Scott Feldman – R), 2:20
Red Sox (John Lackey – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Reds (Bronson Arroyo – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 7:05
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05
Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R) at Yankees (David Phelps – R), 7:05
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
Rays (Roberto Hernandez – R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler – R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers – R) at Braves (Kris Medlen – R), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R) at Rangers (Justin Grimm – R), 8:05
Brewers (Marco Estrada – R) at Twins (Samuel Deduno – R), 8:10
Royals (Luis Mendoza – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 8:15
Astros (Erik Bedard – L) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R), 8:40
Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 10:05
Mariners (Joe Saunders – L) at Padres (Eric Stults – L), 10:10
Athletics (Tommy Milone – L) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 10:15

Day Game After A Night Game: CHC/CWS

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (thumb) – Returned to lineup Tuesday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (collarbone) – Will return to rotation Friday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (forearm) – Returned to lineup Tuesday and went 3-for-4 in win over Astros.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS (wrist) – Took batting practice and fielded grounders Tuesday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (knee) – Will sit out Tuesday and unlikely to play next two days but expected to avoid disabled list.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (ankle) – Ankle remains sore and swollen and will receive next five or six days off to recover.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (migraines) – Back in the lineup Tuesday.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (forearm) – Left Tuesday’s start after two innings due to discomfort in his right forearm.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC (quadriceps) – Missed third game in row with injury Tuesday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (hamstring) – Remains out of lineup Tuesday.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (arm) – Was in lineup Tuesday.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (oblique) – Remains out of lineup Tuesday.
Casey Janssen, RP, TOR (shoulder) – Unavailable Tuesday due to sore right shoulder.

Disabled List
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS (wrist) – Will resume minor league rehab start Wednesday.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI (hand) – CT scan Tuesday showed minor improvement.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET (hamstring) – Reported hamstring was feeling better Tuesday and plans to embark on rehab assignment when ready.
Josh Johnson, SP, TOR (triceps) - On track to return next week.
James McDonald, SP, PIT (shoulder) – Showed a lack of command during first rehab start Monday at Double-A Altoona, throwing only 14 of 33 pitches for strikes.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (hamstring) – On track to be activated from DL when first eligible June 8.
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT (elbow) – Threw five-inning outing at Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday and is slated to make one more rehab start.
Brett Myers, SP, CLE (elbow) – Will be shut down five-to-seven days after experiencing pain in right elbow.
Chris Perez, RP, CLE (shoulder) – MRI on Monday revealed mild tendinitis in rotator cuff and will not be able to throw for five to seven days.
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY (shoulder) – Threw 75-pitch simulated game Tuesday.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY (shoulder) – Threw well but cracked finger during extended spring training outing Tuesday.
David Price, SP, TB (triceps) – Played catch for second consecutive day Tuesday.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (wrist) – Went 1-for-3 in his first rehab game at High-A Stockton on Monday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL (hamstring) – Manager Buck Showalter hopes Roberts can return in about three weeks.
Oscar Taveras, OF, STL (ankle) – Placed on minor league DL with lingering soreness in ankle.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) – On pace to be activated from DL when first eligible June 5.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (hamstring) – Could head out on rehab assignment as early as Wednesday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY (back) – Will begin rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Trenton.

Transactions

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Nate Karns, SP, WAS (from Double-A)
Mike Kickham, SP, SF
Bryan Morris, RP, PIT
Brad Peacock, SP, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Alfredo Aceves, SP, BOS
John Baker, C, SD
Billy Buckner, SP, LAA
Xavier Cedeno, RP, WAS
Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU
Martin Perez, SP, TEX
Sandy Rosario, RP, SF
Tyler Skaggs, SP, ARI
Thad Weber, RP, TOR

Activated from Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Joba Chamberlain, RP, NYY
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD (activated from restricted list following completion of 50-game suspension)
Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA (activated from restricted list)
Franklin Morales, P, BOS

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Sean Burnett, RP, LAA
Jose Contreras, RP, PIT
Eric Surkamp, SP, SF (transferred to 60-day DL)

Designated for Assignment
David Huff, RP, NYY
Ramon Ortiz, SP, TOR
Edinson Rincon, OF, SD

Signed
Alex Llanos, OF, CWS

Closer Watch

Indians – After the team placed Chris Perez on the DL with a shoulder injury Monday, manager Terry Francona said Vinnie Pestano would receive the first shot at closing for the Tribe. Although he has a solid track record as Perez’s setup man, it’s not difficult to imagine Pestano quickly losing the trust of Francona in the role. In his most recent outing, Pestano allowed four runs on four hits and saw his velocity drop nearly four miles per hour below its norm, a sign he might not be completely recovered from the elbow injury that required a recent DL stint. Joe Smith, Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw – all pitching well right now – would seem to be the top candidates to replace Pestano if Francona decides to look in another direction.

Reds – After Aroldis Chapman blew back-to-back save opportunities in mid-May to raise his ERA to 3.32, some speculated that his occasionally come-and-go control might make him less elite of a closing option than perhaps initially thought. With his HR/FB rate normalizing as Chapman has turned in five straight scoreless outings – striking out two or more batters on each occasion – he’s reminding us just what kind of an exceptional talent he his. Assuming he remains in the closer’s role all season, he’s about as safe a bet as there is in the reliever ranks for a boatload of saves, strikeouts, and excellent ratios.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CWS
5/29 2:20 PM
John Danks 3-10 .300 0 2 0 2 3 .500 .417 .917
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS @ CHC
5/29 2:20 PM
Scott Feldman 6-22 .273 2 4 6 3 2 .636 .346 .983
Alex Rios - OF CWS @ CHC
5/29 2:20 PM
Scott Feldman 10-29 .345 2 6 5 1 2 .690 .367 1.056
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ CLE
5/29 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 3-11 .273 1 1 1 1 1 .545 .333 .879
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE vs CIN
5/29 7:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 2-10 .200 2 2 5 0 0 .800 .200 1.000
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE vs CIN
5/29 7:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 6-18 .333 3 4 5 0 4 .889 .400 1.289
Mark Reynolds - 1B CLE vs CIN
5/29 7:05 PM
Bronson Arroyo 4-12 .333 1 2 3 3 3 .667 .467 1.133
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ PIT
5/29 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-11 .273 2 2 4 2 1 .818 .385 1.203
Victor Martinez - C DET @ PIT
5/29 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 7-27 .259 1 3 3 6 4 .444 .412 .856
Michael Young - 3B PHI vs BOS
5/29 7:05 PM
John Lackey 33-93 .355 2 9 16 7 11 .505 .396 .901
Miguel Olivo - C MIA vs TB
5/29 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 4-10 .400 0 2 3 1 4 .600 .455 1.055
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs ARI
5/29 8:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 13-31 .419 2 5 9 1 2 .710 .424 1.134
Mitch Moreland - 1B TEX vs ARI
5/29 8:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 6-15 .400 2 3 4 1 2 .867 .438 1.304
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA vs LAD
5/29 10:05 PM
Chris Capuano 21-38 .553 5 9 12 5 3 1.053 .622 1.675
Carl Crawford - OF LAD @ LAA
5/29 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 5-15 .333 1 2 1 0 2 .600 .333 .933
Jesus Guzman - OF SD vs SEA
5/29 10:10 PM
Joe Saunders 3-12 .250 1 1 1 2 1 .500 .357 .857
Chase Headley - 3B SD vs SEA
5/29 10:10 PM
Joe Saunders 7-19 .368 0 3 1 3 0 .579 .455 1.033
Seth Smith - OF OAK @ SF
5/29 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 9-33 .273 3 5 5 1 10 .606 .294 .900
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Justin Masterson CLE vs CIN
5/29 7:05 PM
Reds Batters 14-66 .212 2 5 7 3 10 .364 .246 .610
A.J. Burnett PIT vs DET
5/29 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 32-144 .222 6 14 19 14 22 .405 .298 .703
Jered Weaver LAA vs LAD
5/29 10:05 PM
Dodgers Batters 25-124 .202 1 8 6 8 29 .289 .249 .538
Tim Lincecum SF vs OAK
5/29 10:15 PM
Athletics Batters 21-109 .193 5 10 10 15 34 .357 .296 .637

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL vs WAS
5/29 7:05 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 2-10 .200 0 1 2 0 0 .300 .200 .500
Jay Bruce - OF CIN @ CLE
5/29 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .417 .167 .583
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ CLE
5/29 7:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-13 .154 0 1 2 0 2 .231 .154 .385
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET @ PIT
5/29 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-20 .200 0 2 2 0 2 .300 .200 .500
Torii Hunter - OF DET @ PIT
5/29 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-29 .207 2 2 2 1 7 .414 .233 .647
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ PIT
5/29 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 3-17 .176 1 2 6 2 4 .412 .250 .662
Laynce Nix - OF PHI vs BOS
5/29 7:05 PM
John Lackey 4-20 .200 0 0 0 0 9 .200 .200 .400
Neil Walker - 2B PIT vs DET
5/29 7:05 PM
Anibal Sanchez 1-11 .091 0 1 0 1 3 .182 .167 .348
Juan Pierre - OF MIA vs TB
5/29 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 3-23 .130 0 1 1 2 1 .174 .200 .374
Elvis Andrus - SS TEX vs ARI
5/29 8:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 3-18 .167 0 1 4 1 4 .222 .200 .422
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs ARI
5/29 8:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 1-17 .059 0 0 1 0 1 .059 .059 .118
David Murphy - OF TEX vs ARI
5/29 8:05 PM
Brandon McCarthy 2-12 .167 0 0 1 1 0 .167 .214 .381
Yorvit Torrealba - C COL vs HOU
5/29 8:40 PM
Erik Bedard 3-17 .176 1 2 2 0 2 .412 .176 .588
Mark Ellis - 2B LAD @ LAA
5/29 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver 5-32 .156 0 0 1 2 7 .156 .206 .362
Coco Crisp - OF OAK @ SF
5/29 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .273 .473
Chris Young - OF OAK @ SF
5/29 10:15 PM
Tim Lincecum 8-51 .157 2 5 5 6 17 .333 .259 .592
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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RBI
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BB K Opp
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John Danks CWS @ ChC
5/29 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 21-66 .318 0 6 6 5 8 .413 .366 .779
Bronson Arroyo CIN @ Cle
5/29 7:05 PM
Indians Batters 25-87 .287 7 10 16 6 13 .557 .346 .903
John Lackey BOS @ Phi
5/29 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters 45-147 .306 3 11 18 9 33 .432 .344 .775
Chris Capuano LAD @ LAA
5/29 10:05 PM
Angels Batters 37-86 .430 7 16 16 11 12 .779 .503 1.282
Joe Saunders SEA @ SD
5/29 10:10 PM
Padres Batters 24-87 .276 1 5 4 9 5 .377 .342 .720
 
Recommended Pickup

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