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Wednesday Lineup Card: Cubs Make Flurry of Moves

Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

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Wednesday’s Starters (All times Eastern)

Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler – L), 6:05
Phillies (John Lannan – L) at Pirates (Jeff Locke – L), 7:05
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Blue Jays (Josh Johnson – R), 7:07
Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado – R) at Mets (Matt Harvey – R), 7:10
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R) at White Sox (Hector Santiago – L), 7:10
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 7:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez – R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester – L), 7:10
Giants (Barry Zito – L) at Reds (Tony Cingrani – L), 7:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Rangers (Derek Holland – L), 8:05
Indians (Scott Kazmir – L) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R), 8:10
Yankees (CC Sabathia – L) at Twins (P.J. Walters – R), 8:10
Rays (Roberto Hernandez – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 8:10
Cubs (Matt Garza – R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon – R), 10:05
Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R) at Angels (Jerome Williams – R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA (thumb) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR (shoulder) – Out of the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX (knee) – Remains out of the lineup Tuesday but hopes to be back Wednesday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (back) – Returned to the starting lineup Tuesday.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS (hamstring) – Not expected to play during three-game series with the Padres.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (hamstring) – Remains out of the lineup Tuesday but likely to return Wednesday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS (back) – Out of the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (back) – Out of the lineup for the second consecutive game.
Evan Longoria, DH, TB (foot) – Back in the lineup Tuesday at designated hitter.
Gerardo Parra, OF, ARI (head) – Removed from Monday’s game for precautionary reasons.
Rick Porcello, SP, DET (suspension) – Suspended six games for throwing at the Rays’ Ben Zobrist on Sunday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (finger) – Was available off the bench Tuesday.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT (foot) – Returned to lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA (hamstring) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Disabled List
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (hand) – Could begin rehab assignment this weekend.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (neck) – Will play catch on flat ground from 75-to-90 feet Tuesday.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL (oblique) – Will make one more rehab start before rejoining Orioles.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (head) – Played catch from 90 feet Tuesday.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL (oblique) – Still has yet to begin baseball activities.
Chad Gaudin, SP, SF (forearm) – Expected to be activated from the DL on Saturday and start against the Dodgers.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (hand) – Played catch Monday but still unable to grip a bat.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (ankle) – Set to play 6-to-7 innings at High-A Dunedin on Tuesday before moving rehab to Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN (shoulder) – Has continued throwing and hitting off a tee but has not yet faced live pitching.
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE (finger) – Threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (forearm) – No longer experiencing pain when throwing off flat ground.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA (quadriceps) – Improving in his recovery and could go on rehab assignment Friday.
Mike Pelfrey, SP, MIN (back) – Gave up two runs over six innings in final rehab start at Low-A Cedar Rapids on Monday. Expected to return to rotation to start Saturday against Blue Jays.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET (shoulder) – Not believed to have suffered any serious damage after he was struck in the calf by a line drive during rehab start at High-A Lakeland on Monday. Expected to return to rotation Saturday against the Indians.
Joakim Soria, RP, TEX (elbow) – Set to make back-to-back rehab outings Wednesday and Thursday at Double-A Frisco.
Matt Tuiasosopo, OF, DET (ribs) – Will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

Transactions

Called Up
Collin Cowgill, OF, LAA
Brandon Cumpton, SP, PIT
Gonzalez Germen, RP, NYM
Josh Lindblom, P, TEX
Brett Oberholtzer, RP, HOU
Chris Rusin, SP, CHC
Dave Sappelt, OF, CHC
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Hector Ambriz, RP, HOU
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC
Jordan Brown, OF, MIA
Steve Clevenger, C, BAL
Josh Harrison, SS, PIT
Bryan Holaday, C, DET
Cole Kimball, RP, WAS (outrighted off 40-man roster)
Zach Lutz, 3B, NYM
Kyle McClellan, RP, TEX (designated for assignment)
Ryan Roberts, 3B, TB

Activated from the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Alex Avila, C, DET
Edgmer Escalona, RP, COL
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
David Price, SP, TB
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC (60-day DL)
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN

Traded
Jake Arrieta, SP, from BAL to CHC
Steve Clevenger, C, from CHC to BAL
Matt Guerrier, RP, from LAD to CHC
Scott Feldman, SP, from CHC to BAL
Carlos Marmol, RP, from CHC to LAD
Pedro Strop, RP, from BAL to CHC
Ronald Torreyes, 2B, from CHC to HOU

Signed
Gleyber Torres, SS, CHC (international prospect)

Released
Luis Cruz, 3B, LAD

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks – After J.J. Putz allowed three runners to reach base and gave up an earned run to blow the save (his fifth of the season) in his return from the DL on Monday, manager Kirk Gibson said Heath Bell would re-assume closing duties for the time being. Gibson was apparently not pleased with Putz's mechanics, and he will use him in low-leverage middle relief situations until he is able to iron some things out. Bell racked up 14 saves in Putz's absence, but he was hardly reliable in June, so Putz stands a decent chance to get his job back at some point.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS vs MIL
7/3 6:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 5-15 .333 1 2 4 0 2 .600 .375 .975
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs MIL
7/3 6:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 8-21 .381 3 6 6 1 5 .952 .409 1.361
Andrew McCutchen - OF PIT vs PHI
7/3 7:05 PM
John Lannan 7-16 .438 1 4 2 4 3 .875 .550 1.425
Gaby Sanchez - 1B PIT vs PHI
7/3 7:05 PM
John Lannan 4-10 .400 0 1 3 2 0 .500 .538 1.038
Prince Fielder - 1B DET @ TOR
7/3 7:07 PM
Josh Johnson 4-11 .364 0 2 2 2 0 .636 .500 1.136
Jose Bautista - OF TOR vs DET
7/3 7:07 PM
Max Scherzer 6-11 .545 1 4 3 3 1 1.091 .643 1.734
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B TOR vs DET
7/3 7:07 PM
Max Scherzer 5-15 .333 1 1 1 0 5 .533 .333 .867
Jason Heyward - OF ATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 7-20 .350 1 4 1 3 2 .700 .458 1.158
Brian McCann - C ATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 19-55 .345 7 11 22 2 8 .800 .362 1.162
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 5-16 .313 2 2 2 3 4 .688 .421 1.109
Shane Victorino - OF BOS vs SD
7/3 7:10 PM
Edinson Volquez 5-12 .417 0 1 0 3 4 .500 .533 1.033
Jay Bruce - OF CIN vs SF
7/3 7:10 PM
Barry Zito 5-14 .357 1 2 3 0 3 .643 .333 .976
Brandon Phillips - 2B CIN vs SF
7/3 7:10 PM
Barry Zito 8-19 .421 0 3 2 5 0 .579 .520 1.099
Paul Konerko - 1B CWS vs BAL
7/3 7:10 PM
Scott Feldman 6-22 .273 2 4 6 3 2 .636 .346 .983
Alex Rios - OF CWS vs BAL
7/3 7:10 PM
Scott Feldman 10-29 .345 2 6 5 1 2 .690 .367 1.056
Logan Morrison - OF MIA @ ATL
7/3 7:10 PM
Mike Minor 3-10 .300 1 3 3 0 3 .900 .300 1.200
Kyle Seager - 3B SEA @ TEX
7/3 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 4-11 .364 1 1 2 2 1 .636 .462 1.098
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 12-50 .240 3 4 4 3 13 .440 .283 .723
Ian Kinsler - 2B TEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 14-65 .215 3 6 6 9 9 .400 .338 .738
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE @ KC
7/3 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 4-10 .400 2 2 5 0 2 1.000 .400 1.400
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ KC
7/3 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 13-29 .448 2 8 9 4 8 .897 .500 1.397
Miguel Tejada - SS KC vs CLE
7/3 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 11-28 .393 1 4 3 4 4 .607 .455 1.062
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN vs NYY
7/3 8:10 PM
CC Sabathia 4-10 .400 0 0 2 2 1 .400 .500 .900
James Loney - 1B TB @ HOU
7/3 8:10 PM
Bud Norris 7-14 .500 0 1 2 2 4 .571 .563 1.134
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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BB K Opp
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OBP
Opp
OPS
Derek Holland TEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Mariners Batters 19-90 .211 3 9 10 4 23 .384 .245 .628
Zack Greinke LAD @ COL
7/3 8:10 PM
Rockies Batters 14-67 .209 1 5 8 1 20 .309 .231 .540
CC Sabathia NYY @ MIN
7/3 8:10 PM
Twins Batters 23-120 .192 1 5 11 10 37 .252 .262 .514

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Ian Desmond - SS WAS vs MIL
7/3 6:05 PM
Kyle Lohse 4-17 .235 0 0 0 0 1 .235 .235 .471
Clint Barmes - SS PIT vs PHI
7/3 7:05 PM
John Lannan 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 2 .182 .182 .364
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs PHI
7/3 7:05 PM
John Lannan 1-13 .077 0 0 1 0 3 .077 .077 .154
Rajai Davis - OF TOR vs DET
7/3 7:07 PM
Max Scherzer 2-10 .200 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .333 .533
Paul Janish - SS ATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-12 .167 0 1 0 2 2 .250 .286 .536
B.J. Upton - OF ATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco 2-13 .154 0 0 1 1 5 .154 .214 .368
Joey Votto - 1B CIN vs SF
7/3 7:10 PM
Barry Zito 3-18 .167 0 0 4 2 2 .167 .286 .452
Carlos Quentin - OF SD @ BOS
7/3 7:10 PM
Jon Lester 0-11 .000 0 0 0 1 5 .000 .267 .267
Dustin Ackley - 2B SEA @ TEX
7/3 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 3-17 .176 1 2 3 0 6 .412 .176 .588
Kendrys Morales - 1B SEA @ TEX
7/3 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 2-10 .200 0 2 0 1 3 .400 .273 .673
Brendan Ryan - SS SEA @ TEX
7/3 8:05 PM
Derek Holland 2-13 .154 0 1 0 0 5 .231 .154 .385
Adrian Beltre - 3B TEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 3-15 .200 1 1 2 1 5 .400 .250 .650
A.J. Pierzynski - C TEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Felix Hernandez 6-32 .188 0 3 0 1 6 .281 .212 .493
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS CLE @ KC
7/3 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie 2-12 .167 1 1 1 0 1 .417 .167 .583
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU vs TB
7/3 8:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez 2-12 .167 0 0 2 4 1 .167 .353 .520
Alex Gordon - OF KC vs CLE
7/3 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir 2-10 .200 0 1 1 1 3 .300 .273 .573
Ryan Doumit - C MIN vs NYY
7/3 8:10 PM
CC Sabathia 3-17 .176 0 0 1 0 7 .176 .176 .353
Joe Mauer - C MIN vs NYY
7/3 8:10 PM
CC Sabathia 6-35 .171 0 1 3 3 14 .200 .231 .431
Justin Morneau - 1B MIN vs NYY
7/3 8:10 PM
CC Sabathia 6-43 .140 1 3 3 4 9 .256 .240 .496
Coco Crisp - OF OAK vs CHC
7/3 10:05 PM
Matt Garza 1-13 .077 0 1 2 1 1 .154 .143 .297
Jed Lowrie - SS OAK vs CHC
7/3 10:05 PM
Matt Garza 2-11 .182 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .364
Seth Smith - OF OAK vs CHC
7/3 10:05 PM
Matt Garza 1-11 .091 0 0 0 1 5 .091 .167 .258
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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XBH
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kyle Lohse MIL @ Was
7/3 6:05 PM
Nationals Batters 41-129 .318 6 14 19 6 17 .526 .353 .879
Max Scherzer DET @ Tor
7/3 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 21-67 .313 3 6 6 10 12 .500 .403 .903
Ricky Nolasco MIA @ Atl
7/3 7:10 PM
Braves Batters 51-167 .305 12 22 35 15 31 .588 .364 .952
Barry Zito SF @ Cin
7/3 7:10 PM
Reds Batters 25-77 .325 2 6 13 11 7 .461 .408 .869
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs Cle
7/3 8:10 PM
Indians Batters 30-97 .309 7 16 25 6 19 .643 .345 .988
 
Recommended Pickup

Bud Norris, SP, HOU – Though he’s noticed a steep decline in strikeout rate this season (6.26 K/9) compared to 2012 (8.82 K/9), Norris has compensated by keeping runs off the board, producing a 3.35 ERA on the season, fueled by a 2.77 mark in six June starts. The ERA seems more or less sustainable, as his BABIP and strand rate have actually increased. Norris has instead compensated by generating more groundballs while cutting down his walk rate, exchanging making batters whiff for improved control. Of course, the constraints of playing for the Astros have hurt him with just five wins on the season, he’s a prime candidate to get traded to a contender before the deadline, which would only boost his growing value going forward. At the moment, Norris is owned in just 6.1 percent of ESPN leagues, 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and 47 percent of CBS leagues.

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