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Clay Link

Clay Link

Hailing from the not-so-mean streets of Arcanum, Ohio, Clay is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He began writing for RotoWire in the fall of 2011, and now contributes to breaking news and NFL Draft content, in addition to his duties covering the Braves and Raiders.

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Projected Starters - A look at Friday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Indians (Trevor Bauer – R) at White Sox (Hector Santiago – L), 5:10 PM
Brewers (Johnny Hellweg – R) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole – R), 7:05 PM
Yankees (David Phelps – R) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman – R), 7:05 PM
Padres (Edinson Volquez – R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R), 7:10 PM
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Rays (Alex Colome – R), 7:10 PM
Nationals (Ross Detwiler – L) at Mets (Matt Harvey – R), 7:10 PM
Blue Jays (Josh Johnson – R) at Red Sox (Allen Webster – R), 7:10 PM
Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado – R) at Braves (Julio Teheran – R), 7:30 PM
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Rangers (Martin Perez – L), 8:05 PM
Royals (James Shields – R) at Twins (P.J. Walters – R), 8:10 PM
Angels (Jerome Williams – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 8:10 PM
Indians (Carlos Carrasco – R) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 8:40 PM
Padres (Barry Zito – L) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin – R), 8:40 PM
Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon – R), 10:05 PM
Phillies (John Lannan – L) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano – L), 10:10 PM
Cubs (Travis Wood – L) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma – R), 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – (Shoulder) Could return to the lineup Friday if he receives clearance from the doctor.
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL – (Hand) Out of the lineup Thursday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW – (Back) Was available to pinch-hit if needed Wednesday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY – (Illness) Sat out Thursday with a light head cold.
Scott Kazmir, P, CLE – (Back) Said his back was feeling much better Thursday and fully expects to make his next scheduled start.
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA – (Thumb) Remained out of the lineup Thursday.
Ryan Doumit, C, MIN – (Ankle) Remained out of the lineup Thursday.
Jordan Schafer, OF, ATL – (Arm) X-rays came back negative after Wednesday’s game.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, ARI – (Hand) Indicated Thursday that his hand failed to improve much overnight.

Players on the DL
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS – (Knee) Expected to return from the DL on Monday against the Brewers.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Neck) An MRI on Wednesday showed inflammation in the bursa sac in his right shoulder.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD – (Hamstring) Fielded grounders, hit and ran in the outfield prior to Wednesday’s game.
Ramiro Pena, SS, ATL – (Shoulder) Underwent season-ending surgery Thursday.
Ryan Vogelsong, P, SF – (Hand) Cleared to remove splint protecting his injured pinky and resume gripping a baseball.
Mike Adams, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Still deciding whether or not to have surgery.
Marco Estrada, P, MIL – (Hamstring) Hopes to return to the Brewers prior to the All-Star break.
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI – (Oblique) Will play two more rehab games with Triple-A Reno before being re-evaluated.
J.J. Putz, P, ARI – (Elbow) Manager Kirk Gibson said he wasn’t sure how he would use Putz immediately upon his activation from the DL.
Corey Hart, 1B, MIL – (Knee) Likely to miss the rest of the season.
Brandon McCarthy, P, ARI – (Shoulder) Fatigue prevented him from throwing a bullpen session earlier this week.
Adam Eaton, OF, ARI – (Elbow) Went 1-for-2 with an RBI as DH for the Diamondbacks’ rookie-level club Wednesday.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD – (Groin) Could skip the remainder of his rehab stint and rejoin the team Friday in Miami for further evaluation.
Josh Beckett, P, LAD – (Finger) Began playing catch Thursday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR – (Ankle) Played four innings at third base and went 1-for-2 with an RBI in his first rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Wednesday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY – (Hip) Now telling the Yankees that he’s not ready for a rehab assignment.
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET – (Shoulder) Planning to make at least one rehab start before returning to the Tigers.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY – (Ankle) Ran outdoors Thursday for the first time since mid-April.
Darin Mastroianni, OF, MIN – (Ankle) Took early batting practice Thursday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL – (Hamstring) Could return to the lineup Friday against the Yankees.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL – (Hamstring) Will extend his rehab assignment to 10 days.
Tommy Hanson, P, LAA – (Forearm) Placed on the DL on Thursday but an MRI showed no structural damage.
David Price, P, TB – (Triceps) Will throw a bullpen session Friday.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN – (Hamstring) Played seven innings with Triple-A Rochester on Thursday and will play a full nine innings Friday.

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

Placed on the DL
Tommy Hanson, P, LAA

Activated from the DL
Chris Perez, P, CLE

Called Up
Sean Halton, 1B, MIL
Michael Roth, P, LAA

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
T.J. House, P, CLE
Steve Lerud, C, PHI (outrighted to Triple-A)
Jose Valverde, P, DET (outrighted to Triple-A)

Traded
John McDonald, SS, PHI (from CLE)

Closer Watch

Boston - For the second straight day Thursday, Koji Uehara struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to seal a win for the Red Sox. He's off to a good start in his newly-awarded closer's role, but the right-hander has been good all year long. Uehara is striking batters out at a 12.9 K/9 clip, and he owns a 1.97 ERA to along with a 0.81 WHIP. Since May 5, Uehara has given up just three runs over 17.1 innings of work. However, the 27-year-old hasn't pitched three consecutive days at any point this year, so if he needs a breather Friday, Andrew Bailey could get the save opp if one presents itself.

Arizona - Manager Kirk Gibson threw a bit of a curveball when he said Thursday that he's unsure how Putz will be used immediately upon his activation from the DL, but it seems likely that Putz will reclaim the ninth-inning job from Heath Bell in short order. Bell pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to earn his 14th save of the season, but he's coming off five consecutive appearances allowing a home run. Perhaps Gibson just want Putz to get his feet wet at the major league level before stepping into the closer's role, but regardless, it shouldn't take long for Bell to force Gibson's hand.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
David Wright - 3B NYM vs WAS
6/28 7:10 PM
Ross Detwiler 6-15 .400 1 4 4 0 1 .800 .400 1.200
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ MIA
6/28 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 4-12 .333 1 2 1 1 4 .667 .385 1.051
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ MIA
6/28 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 8-13 .615 1 3 2 0 0 1.077 .615 1.692
Will Venable - OF SD @ MIA
6/28 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 3-13 .231 2 2 2 1 5 .692 .286 .978
Yunel Escobar - SS TB vs DET
6/28 7:10 PM
Max Scherzer 11-26 .423 1 4 3 2 6 .654 .467 1.121
Matt Joyce - OF TB vs DET
6/28 7:10 PM
Max Scherzer 2-10 .200 1 2 4 1 2 .600 .273 .873
James Loney - 1B TB vs DET
6/28 7:10 PM
Max Scherzer 4-14 .286 1 2 4 1 0 .571 .333 .905
Lance Berkman - 1B TEX vs CIN
6/28 8:05 PM
Johnny Cueto 8-29 .276 2 4 7 11 9 .552 .475 1.027
Brandon Crawford - SS SF @ COL
6/28 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 4-13 .308 0 2 0 2 0 .538 .400 .938
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF @ COL
6/28 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 7-17 .412 2 4 4 3 1 .941 .500 1.441
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs PHI
6/28 10:10 PM
John Lannan 4-10 .400 1 1 3 1 1 .700 .455 1.155
Hanley Ramirez - SS LAD vs PHI
6/28 10:10 PM
John Lannan 10-23 .435 1 4 7 1 2 .696 .458 1.154
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ LAD
6/28 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 5-18 .278 2 2 4 0 2 .611 .316 .927
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Chris Capuano LAD vs PHI
6/28 10:10 PM
Phillies Batters 14-64 .219 4 4 10 6 16 .404 .300 .704

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB vs DET
6/28 7:10 PM
Max Scherzer 0-10 .000 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .091 .091
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ HOU
6/28 8:10 PM
Bud Norris 5-26 .192 0 2 2 2 3 .269 .250 .519
Michael Cuddyer - OF COL vs SF
6/28 8:40 PM
Barry Zito 1-11 .091 0 0 0 0 4 .091 .091 .182
Todd Helton - 1B COL vs SF
6/28 8:40 PM
Barry Zito 5-27 .185 0 1 1 10 8 .222 .405 .628
Yorvit Torrealba - C COL vs SF
6/28 8:40 PM
Barry Zito 3-22 .136 0 0 2 4 4 .136 .269 .406
Brandon Belt - 1B SF @ COL
6/28 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 0-10 .000 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Andres Torres - OF SF @ COL
6/28 8:40 PM
Jhoulys Chacin 2-11 .182 0 2 0 1 1 .364 .250 .614
Carlos Beltran - OF STL @ OAK
6/28 10:05 PM
Bartolo Colon 2-13 .154 0 1 0 0 4 .231 .154 .385
Matt Kemp - OF LAD vs PHI
6/28 10:10 PM
John Lannan 3-15 .200 0 1 2 3 3 .267 .333 .600
Chase Utley - 2B PHI @ LAD
6/28 10:10 PM
Chris Capuano 1-10 .100 0 0 1 3 4 .100 .333 .433
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Johnny Cueto CIN @ Tex
6/28 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 16-62 .258 4 10 10 13 14 .561 .387 .948
Jhoulys Chacin COL vs SF
6/28 8:40 PM
Giants Batters 23-81 .284 2 8 6 13 8 .465 .383 .848
John Lannan PHI @ LAD
6/28 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 29-92 .315 2 8 17 9 10 .441 .376 .817
 

Recommended Pickup
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - After successfully rehabbing from sports hernia surgery during the offseason, Roberts made it just three games into the 2013 campaign before suffering a right hamstring injury. He eventually needed to go under the knife yet again, and the 35-year-old has been on the shelf since, but Roberts appears primed to return to the lineup at some point this weekend, if not Friday. While the oft-injured second baseman hasn't played in more than 59 games in a season since 2009, he is expected to resume a starting role with the Orioles, and as long as he's healthy (which admittedly may not be the case by Sunday), Roberts can contribute. It's hard to imagine he'll run as often as he did in the past, but Roberts has some pop and is a career .280/.351/.413 hitter, so those in need of middle infield help could certainly do worse.

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