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Thursday Lineup Card: Some Salty For Your Wounds

Eric Caturia

Eric Caturia

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

Cardinals (Adam Wainwright - R) at Mets (Matt Harvey - R), 1:10
Reds (Mat Latos - R) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 2:20
Nationals (Ross Detwiler - L) at Rockies (Jeff Francis - L), 3:10
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda - R) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker - R), 3:35
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman - R), 7:05
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 7:05
Royals (Ervin Santana - R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers - R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 8:05
Phillies (Cliff Lee - L) at Twins (Kevin Correia - R), 8:10

Day Game After Night Game: STL, NYM, WAS, COL, NYY, OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL (Thumb) - Held out for a third consecutive game Wednesday due to a sore thumb, and despite the rest, the pain has not lessened in the appendage.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (Neck) - Not expected to make his next start until Tuesday versus Tampa Bay.
Alexi Casilla, 2B, BAL (Oblique) - Felt no issues after playing catch prior to Wednesday's game.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (Hamstring) - Did not play Wednesday due to a tight hamstring.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL (Triceps) - Emerged from Tuesday's bullpen session without issue and is scheduled to start Saturday against Philadelphia.
Jesse Chavez, P, OAK (Chest) - Suffering through a minor pectoral injury.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (Heel) - Not in the lineup Wednesday due to a heel injury.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (Ribs) - Missed his fifth game in a row Wednesday due to bruised ribs but is expected to return to the lineup Thursday versus Washington.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL (Finger) - Started Wednesday's game against the Nationals, despite dealing with soreness in his middle finger.
Andy Dirks, OF, DET (Knee) - Out of the lineup Wednesday and will get the next three days off in order to rest his sore knees.
Dillon Gee, P, NYM (Forearm) - Has been dealing with flexor tendinitis since spring training and may not have been able to make Wednesday's successful start without the extra rest afforded him.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA (Back) - Missed his second consecutive outing Wednesday due to a stiff lower back.
Ryan Pressly, P, MIN (Illness) - Feels no soreness in his triceps but was sent home Wednesday due to the flu.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (Shoulder) - Scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore right shoulder.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (Hamstring) - Ran the bases Wednesday and should return to the lineup in the near future.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (Hand) - Diagnosed with a tendon issue in his left hand, which is delaying his rehabilitation.

Players on the DL
Scott Atchison, P, NYM (Elbow) - Rebooted his rehab assignment recently at Double-A Binghamton.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD (Finger) - May be disciplined for his presence on the field during Tuesday's brawl with Arizona.
Rafael Betancourt, P, COL (Groin) - Hopes to pitch off a mound by the end of the week.
Hiram Burgos, P, MIL (Shoulder) - Starting a rehab assignment Thursday at Low-A Wisconsin.
Chris Capuano, P, LAD (Triceps) - Could be disciplined for being on the field during Tuesday's brawl with Arizona.
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI (Oblique) - Slated to begin baseball activities next week.
Wei-Yen Chen, P, BAL (Oblique) - Expected to resume pitching off a mound in the next few days.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN (Shoulder) - Will not alter his delivery in order to avoid future injuries.
Octavio Dotel, P, DET (Elbow) - His return date remains unknown, but his season could in fact be over.
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD (Oblique) - Held hitless in four at-bats Tuesday during his first rehab game at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS (Wrist) - Resumed baseball activities Wednesday and is expected to play in a rehab outing Thursday at Triple-A Syracuse.
Jeanmar Gomez, P, PIT (Forearm) - Beginning a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA (Hamstring) - Restarted his rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Tacoma.
Matt Harrison, P, TEX (Back) - Hopes to start a throwing program Monday but may not return to the Texas pitching staff until September.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI (Hand) - Faced live pitching for the first time since landing on the DL on April 16.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET (Hamstring) - Played five innings in the outfield Tuesday at Triple-A Toledo, going 1-for-3 with an RBI single.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (Hamstring) - Participated in batting practice Tuesday but has yet to run the bases due to continued discomfort, thus delaying his rehab assignment.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX (Ribs) - Hopes to start a rehab assignment as early as Thursday.
Erik Kratz, C, PHI (Knee) - Expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks following Wednesday's knee surgery.
Lou Marson, C, CLE (Shoulder) - Shut down his rehab assignment due to persistent soreness in his shoulder and visited Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in order to have the injury examined.
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU (Hand) - Moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
James McDonald, P, PIT (Shoulder) - Gave up five runs in six innings Tuesday during a rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis, which will keep him on an assignment for a bit more time.
Mitch Moreland, OF, TEX (Hamstring) - Ramping up his activity level and is on schedule to be activated from the DL when first eligible on June 21.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY (Shoulder) - Slated to pitch a simulated game Friday at extended spring training rather than make a rehab start at Low-A Charleston.
David Price, P, TB (Triceps) - Scheduled to throw his first simulated game Thursday.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (Hamstring) - Suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to return to the Nationals before the All-Star break.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI (Hamstring) - Took part in a rigorous workout prior to Tuesday's game and may start a rehab assignment Sunday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (Foot) - Should be ready to be activated from the DL when first eligible on June 24.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA (Oblique) - Will likely start a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Tacoma.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI (Hamstring) - Could begin a rehab assignment Sunday.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Christian Garcia, P, WAS (Transferred to the 60-day DL)
Michael Kirkman, P, TEX (Transferred to the 60-day DL)
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD
Zach Putnam, P, CHC

Called Up
Alfredo Aceves, P, BOS
Jaff Decker, OF, SD
Ross Ohlendorf, P, WAS
Brooks Raley, P, CHC
Sandy Rosario, P, SF
Chris Volstad, P, COL

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Jose De La Torre, P, BOS
Nathan Karns, P, WAS
George Kontos, P, SF
Justin Miller, P, TEX

Designated for Assignment
Eduardo Sanchez, P, CHC
Eric Young Jr., OF, COL

Signed
Mike Gilmartin, 3B, WAS
Alvin Herrera, P, BAL
David Pauley, P, ARI
Michael Recchia, P, CWS

Assigned
Erick Hurtado, P, NYY

Traded
Ian Dickson, P, WAS (From CHC)
Henry Rodriguez, P, CHC (From WAS)

Closer Watch

White Sox - Six appearances in June have mostly been unkind to closer Addison Reed, who boasts two saves with a 7.88 ERA, 1.375 WHIP, and 10:1 K:BB ratio over eight innings. The most recent flub took place Tuesday against the Blue Jays, when he served up a solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning to knot up the score at five runs apiece. The 21-pitch frame forced manager Robin Ventura to cap Reed at one inning, and the White Sox eventually suffered defeat. Despite a few bumps on the road, Reed has blanked the opponent in 22 of 29 appearances, while ranking fifth in the majors with 19 saves, thereby ensuring his status as the prime ninth-inning option in the team's bullpen.

Blue Jays - On Tuesday, Reed's contemporary in Toronto, Casey Janssen, tossed a clean 10th, earning his 13th save of the season in the process. In actuality, there were a few blemishes -- a single and a walk -- but Janssen was able to escape the contest unscathed by inducing a groundout. After succeeding on all seven save opportunities during the inaugural month of the year, Blue Jays have afforded him the same number since the calendar turned to May, with just one blown save on his game log. While his teammates are sure to pick up the pace, chance-wise, Janssen's finest talent is limiting baserunners as a whole, considering he ranks fourth in WHIP (0.774) and fifth in BAA (.178) among major league pitchers with at least 10 saves in their back pocket.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS @ COL
6/13 3:10 PM
Jeff Francis 7-16 .438 2 2 2 1 2 .813 .471 1.283
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ COL
6/13 3:10 PM
Jeff Francis 7-15 .467 1 5 3 2 2 .933 .529 1.463
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ COL
6/13 3:10 PM
Jeff Francis 9-19 .474 1 4 4 1 1 .789 .500 1.289
Ichiro Suzuki - OF NYY @ OAK
6/13 3:35 PM
Jarrod Parker 4-10 .400 0 0 0 0 3 .400 .400 .800
Seth Smith - OF OAK vs NYY
6/13 3:35 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 9-24 .375 0 2 2 4 5 .500 .464 .964
Chris Davis - 1B BAL vs BOS
6/13 7:05 PM
Felix Doubront 5-10 .500 1 2 2 0 0 .900 .545 1.445
Yunel Escobar - SS TB vs KC
6/13 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 7-17 .412 0 1 4 1 3 .471 .444 .915
Matt Joyce - OF TB vs KC
6/13 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 4-14 .286 2 2 4 1 8 .714 .333 1.048
James Loney - 1B TB vs KC
6/13 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 5-14 .357 0 2 2 1 4 .500 .400 .900
Evan Longoria - 3B TB vs KC
6/13 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 5-12 .417 2 2 3 1 1 .917 .467 1.383
Luke Scott - DH TB vs KC
6/13 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 8-21 .381 2 4 6 2 3 .762 .458 1.220
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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HR
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Mat Latos CIN @ CHC
6/13 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters 13-63 .206 1 2 8 1 15 .271 .216 .487
Felix Doubront BOS @ BAL
6/13 7:05 PM
Orioles Batters 14-64 .219 2 4 6 4 20 .341 .271 .613
Matt Cain SF @ PIT
6/13 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 19-112 .170 1 5 8 12 28 .246 .250 .495

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs CIN
6/13 2:20 PM
Mat Latos 3-13 .231 0 0 1 0 3 .231 .231 .462
Nate Schierholtz - OF CHC vs CIN
6/13 2:20 PM
Mat Latos 3-18 .167 0 0 2 0 2 .167 .167 .333
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC vs CIN
6/13 2:20 PM
Mat Latos 2-11 .182 1 1 4 0 3 .455 .167 .621
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN @ CHC
6/13 2:20 PM
Jeff Samardzija 2-13 .154 0 0 1 0 2 .154 .154 .308
Joey Votto - 1B CIN @ CHC
6/13 2:20 PM
Jeff Samardzija 1-11 .091 0 0 0 2 3 .091 .286 .377
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ COL
6/13 3:10 PM
Jeff Francis 2-12 .167 0 1 1 0 3 .250 .167 .417
Brandon Moss - 1B OAK vs NYY
6/13 3:35 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-10 .200 0 2 0 1 4 .400 .273 .673
Chris Young - OF OAK vs NYY
6/13 3:35 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 6-26 .231 0 1 1 0 12 .269 .231 .500
Adam Jones - OF BAL vs BOS
6/13 7:05 PM
Felix Doubront 2-12 .167 0 0 0 0 6 .167 .167 .333
Matt Wieters - C BAL vs BOS
6/13 7:05 PM
Felix Doubront 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 7 .000 .091 .091
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs SF
6/13 7:05 PM
Matt Cain 1-18 .056 0 1 2 0 4 .111 .053 .164
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs SF
6/13 7:05 PM
Matt Cain 1-13 .077 0 0 0 3 3 .077 .250 .327
Gaby Sanchez - 1B PIT vs SF
6/13 7:05 PM
Matt Cain 2-14 .143 0 1 3 1 1 .214 .200 .414
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB vs KC
6/13 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 1-11 .091 1 1 1 2 4 .364 .231 .594
Jose Molina - C TB vs KC
6/13 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-14 .214 0 1 0 0 2 .286 .214 .500
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs KC
6/13 7:10 PM
Ervin Santana 2-13 .154 0 1 1 1 4 .231 .200 .431
Josh Willingham - OF MIN vs PHI
6/13 8:10 PM
Cliff Lee 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 2 .300 .273 .573
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jeff Francis COL vs Was
6/13 3:10 PM
Nationals Batters 30-77 .390 5 14 11 5 9 .705 .432 1.137
Ervin Santana KC @ TB
6/13 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 36-126 .286 8 15 22 10 30 .530 .341 .871
 

Recommended Pickup

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