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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)

Athletics (A.J. Griffin – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 2:10
Twins (Mike Pelfrey – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 3:35
Indians (Scott Kazmir – L) at Mariners (Joe Saunders – L), 3:40
Pirates (Francisco Liriano – L) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg – R), 7:05
Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Blue Jays (Esmil Rogers – R), 7:07
Braves (Tim Hudson – R) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R), 7:10
Rays (David Price – L) at Red Sox (Felix Doubront – L), 7:10
Yankees (Andy Pettitte – L) at Rangers (Matt Garza – R), 8:05
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L) at Royals (Ervin Santana – R), 8:10
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R) at White Sox (John Danks – L), 8:10
Padres (Sean O’Sullivan – R) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:10
Phillies (John Lannan – L) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R), 8:15
Marlins (Jacob Turner – R) at Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa – L), 8:40
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija – R) at Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy – R), 9:40
Reds (Mike Leake – R) at Giants (Chad Gaudin – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: OAK/HOU, MIN/LAA, CLE/SEA

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Brandon Barnes, OF, HOU (calf) – Left Tuesday’s game with mild left calf strain.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET (hip) – Out of the lineup Tuesday.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (wrist) – May return to Athletics’ lineup Wednesday.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (elbow) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Padres.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (ankle) – Remained out of the lineup Tuesday but not expected to miss more than a few more days.
Donovan Hand, SP, MIL (hand) – Left Tuesday’s game with right hand contusion.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (ankle) – Dodgers will not make a decision on whether or not he’ll require a DL stint until Wednesday.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE (hip) – Threw bullpen session Tuesday with no issues and remains in line to start Friday.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (personal) – Scratched from Tuesday’s game to be with his wife for the birth of the couple’s twins.
Wil Myers, OF, TB (wrist) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Disabled List
Brett Anderson, SP, OAK (foot) – Will approach 50 pitches during a bullpen session Wednesday.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX (hip) – Took batting practice on the field Monday.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (shoulder) – Hopeful that he’ll be able to take the mound four or five times before end of the regular season.
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (shoulder) – Put his rehab assignment on hold due to lingering soreness in his right hand.
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (elbow) – Performed defensive drills Monday but not yet hitting.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (head) – Removed from Tuesday’s rehab start at High-A Port Charlotte due to a blister on his right finger but setback is considered minor.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, NYM (foot) – Cleared by Mets’ team doctors Monday to begin playing in minor league games.
Ross Detwiler, SP, WAS (back) – Will see a specialist later this week.
Lucas Duda, OF, NYM (oblique) – Team hopes he can begin rehab games this week.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (finger) – Took three at-bats in a simulated game Monday.
Jason Grilli, RP, PIT (forearm) – Hoping that rest will improve his injury, with Pirates announcer Greg Brown speculating Grilli may not return until September if there’s any sort of ligament damage.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) – Allowed five hits and two walks over three innings in his latest rehab start with Double-A Frisco.
Jenrry Mejia, SP, NYM (forearm) – Will start the first game of Friday’s doubleheader after successful rehab assignment.
Roy Oswalt, SP, COL (hamstring) – Says he’s ahead of schedule in rehab and hopes to throw a bullpen session before the weekend closes.
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL (neck) – Underwent successful surgery Tuesday to fuse two vertebrae in his neck.
Jason Vargas, SP, LAA (arm) – Received clearance to pitch off and was able to complete a bullpen session Tuesday.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF (hand) – Will pitch for Giants’ rookie-level club to begin rehab assignment Tuesday. Expected to return in early to mid-August.

Transactions

Activated from the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Tommy Hanson, SP, LAA
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
Chris Valaika, 2B, MIA (60-day DL)
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Jose Dominguez, RP, LAD
Casey Kotchman, 1B, MIA (transferred to 60-day DL)
Sean Marshall, RP, CIN (transferred to 60-day DL)
Alex Sanabia, SP, MIA (transferred to 60-day DL)
Joe Savery, RP, PHI

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Victor Black, RP, PIT
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
Jarrod Cosart, SP, HOU
Khris Davis, OF, MIL
Jake Marisnick, OF, MIA (from Double-A)
Carlos Marmol, RP, LAD (from Double-A)
Yusmeiro Petit, RP, SF
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA (from Low-A)
Greg Reynolds, SP, CIN
Tyson Ross, SP, SD
Eric Surkamp, SP, SF
Raul Valdes, RP, PHI
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA (from Double-A)

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Cory Burns, RP, TEX
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA (to Double-A)
Justin Grimm, SP, CHC
Brandon Inge, 3B, PIT (designated for assignment)
George Kontos, RP, SF
Bobby LaFromboise, RP, SEA
Chen Lee, RP, CLE
Shaun Marcum, SP, NYM (placed on release waivers)
Miles Mikolas, RP, SD
Joe Ortiz, RP, TEX
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA (to Double-A)
Michael Roth, P, LAA (to Double-A)
Neftali Soto, 1B, CIN
Hunter Strickland, P, SF (designated for assignment)
Chris Valaika, 2B, MIA (designated for assignment)

Traded
Nick Delmonico, 3B, from BAL to MIL
Gorkys Hernandez, OF, from MIA to KC
Alex McClure, SS, from KC to MIA
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, from MIL to BAL

Signed
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (seven-year extension with team worth $100 million)

Released
Brendan Harris, SS, LAA

Closer Watch

Milwaukee: With Ryan Braun suspended for the rest of the season and the Brewers stuck at the bottom of the standings, the Brewers have officially gone into sell-mode, trading closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles. In his stead, Jim Henderson is the early favorite to become the team’s primary closer after finding success in the role early this season. John Axford, who has thrived since moving to middle relief after being deposed as closer in the season’s first month, could slide back into his old role at some point if Henderson should struggle.

Pittsburgh: It appears the forearm discomfort that prompted Jason Grilli’s removal from Monday’s game will sideline him indefinitely after the Pirates moved to place him on the DL. He told Pirates announcer on Tuesday that he’s “gonna need a lot of rest,” with Brown speculating that Grilli may not be able to return until September in a best-case scenario. While it’s still too early to say that definitively until Grilli gets examined more closely, it would be wise to go out and pick up Mark Melancon right away. Although Grilli’s dominance in the closer’s role has rightfully received much attention, Melancon has been equally impressive with a 0.97 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 47:6 strikeout-to-walk rate over 46.1 innings. He has previous closing experience with the Astros in 2011 and would present a highly useful alternative to Grilli in what has been one of the more productive closing situations in the majors this season.

Seattle: Tom Wilhelmsen recorded a scoreless ninth inning Monday to preserve a 2-1 win over the Indians, notching his 22nd save of the season. Although manager Eric Wedge hasn’t explicitly stated that Wilhelmsen is back at closer for good, it can be inferred after he’s been called upon and successfully converted the last four save opportunities that have come available for the Mariners. Even so, because of a dramatic dip in his strikeout rate and huge surge in his walk rate this season, Wilhelmsen remains a less-than-trustworthy closing option. If he should suffer another mishap or two in closing situations, Wilhelmsen could soon find himself competing for the role once again.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jason Giambi - 1B CLE @ SEA
7/24 3:40 PM
Joe Saunders 3-12 .250 1 1 2 0 3 .500 .400 .900
Drew Stubbs - OF CLE @ SEA
7/24 3:40 PM
Joe Saunders 4-11 .364 1 1 2 1 5 .636 .417 1.053
Jason Bay - OF SEA vs CLE
7/24 3:40 PM
Scott Kazmir 4-15 .267 1 2 3 2 6 .533 .353 .886
Melky Cabrera - OF TOR vs LAD
7/24 7:07 PM
Ricky Nolasco 6-13 .462 1 2 1 0 0 .769 .462 1.231
Jose Reyes - SS TOR vs LAD
7/24 7:07 PM
Ricky Nolasco 16-47 .340 3 5 5 2 7 .596 .367 .963
Jacoby Ellsbury - OF BOS vs TB
7/24 7:10 PM
David Price 6-21 .286 1 5 1 2 1 .667 .348 1.014
Dustin Pedroia - 2B BOS vs TB
7/24 7:10 PM
David Price 10-31 .323 1 4 2 5 3 .516 .417 .933
Yunel Escobar - SS TB @ BOS
7/24 7:10 PM
Felix Doubront 4-10 .400 0 0 0 1 1 .400 .455 .855
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ TEX
7/24 8:05 PM
Matt Garza 10-29 .345 2 5 6 2 4 .655 .387 1.042
David Murphy - OF TEX vs NYY
7/24 8:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 4-11 .364 1 2 3 1 2 .727 .417 1.144
Chris Davis - 1B BAL @ KC
7/24 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 5-23 .217 3 5 4 1 9 .696 .250 .946
J.J. Hardy - SS BAL @ KC
7/24 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 3-10 .300 2 2 4 0 0 .900 .300 1.200
Nick Markakis - OF BAL @ KC
7/24 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 10-34 .294 3 8 10 0 6 .706 .294 1.000
Brian Roberts - 2B BAL @ KC
7/24 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 11-29 .379 2 3 3 3 4 .621 .438 1.058
Alex Avila - C DET @ CWS
7/24 8:10 PM
John Danks 6-14 .429 0 2 5 1 3 .571 .467 1.038
Austin Jackson - OF DET @ CWS
7/24 8:10 PM
John Danks 10-25 .400 2 4 5 4 5 .720 .483 1.203
Victor Martinez - C DET @ CWS
7/24 8:10 PM
John Danks 7-31 .226 3 3 5 2 4 .516 .273 .789
Laynce Nix - OF PHI @ STL
7/24 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 4-11 .364 1 2 2 1 1 .727 .417 1.144
Jimmy Rollins - SS PHI @ STL
7/24 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 6-15 .400 0 1 0 1 4 .467 .438 .904
Michael Young - 3B PHI @ STL
7/24 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 11-27 .407 1 3 4 3 5 .593 .467 1.059
Starlin Castro - SS CHC @ ARI
7/24 9:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-16 .375 0 3 3 0 3 .625 .375 1.000
Alfonso Soriano - OF CHC @ ARI
7/24 9:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 6-11 .545 3 4 6 3 2 1.455 .667 2.121
Hunter Pence - OF SF vs CIN
7/24 10:15 PM
Mike Leake 6-18 .333 1 3 2 0 6 .611 .333 .944
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF vs CIN
7/24 10:15 PM
Mike Leake 7-10 .700 2 4 3 1 0 1.500 .727 2.227
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Jered Weaver LAA vs MIN
7/24 3:35 PM
Twins Batters 19-100 .190 1 6 9 9 20 .277 .257 .534
Tim Hudson ATL @ NYM
7/24 7:10 PM
Mets Batters 26-126 .206 2 6 9 14 16 .287 .296 .583

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brad Hawpe - OF LAA vs MIN
7/24 3:35 PM
Mike Pelfrey 1-12 .083 0 0 0 5 2 .083 .353 .436
Jamey Carroll - SS MIN @ LAA
7/24 3:35 PM
Jered Weaver 2-18 .111 0 1 0 0 3 .167 .111 .278
Ryan Raburn - 2B CLE @ SEA
7/24 3:40 PM
Joe Saunders 1-16 .063 0 1 0 0 4 .125 .063 .188
Gaby Sanchez - 1B PIT @ WAS
7/24 7:05 PM
Stephen Strasburg 2-11 .182 0 1 1 1 3 .273 .250 .523
Kurt Suzuki - C WAS vs PIT
7/24 7:05 PM
Francisco Liriano 3-20 .150 0 1 2 2 3 .200 .227 .427
Mike Napoli - C BOS vs TB
7/24 7:10 PM
David Price 3-14 .214 0 0 0 1 10 .214 .267 .481
Daniel Nava - OF BOS vs TB
7/24 7:10 PM
David Price 1-15 .067 0 0 0 1 7 .067 .125 .192
David Ortiz - DH BOS vs TB
7/24 7:10 PM
David Price 5-25 .200 0 2 3 5 7 .280 .333 .613
John Buck - C NYM vs ATL
7/24 7:10 PM
Tim Hudson 2-13 .154 0 0 0 2 1 .154 .267 .421
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ TEX
7/24 8:05 PM
Matt Garza 2-14 .143 0 0 1 1 6 .143 .200 .343
Nelson Cruz - OF TEX vs NYY
7/24 8:05 PM
Andy Pettitte 1-11 .091 0 0 1 4 2 .091 .333 .424
Matt Wieters - C BAL @ KC
7/24 8:10 PM
Ervin Santana 1-11 .091 0 1 0 3 2 .182 .286 .468
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ MIL
7/24 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse 1-13 .077 0 0 0 0 0 .077 .077 .154
Delmon Young - OF PHI @ STL
7/24 8:15 PM
Jake Westbrook 4-22 .182 0 2 1 0 2 .273 .182 .455
Nate Schierholtz - OF CHC @ ARI
7/24 9:40 PM
Ian Kennedy 2-13 .154 0 0 1 1 1 .154 .200 .354
Andres Torres - OF SF vs CIN
7/24 10:15 PM
Mike Leake 2-10 .200 0 0 0 1 4 .200 .273 .473
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Ricky Nolasco LAD @ Tor
7/24 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters 32-101 .317 4 10 7 4 15 .502 .343 .845
Felix Doubront BOS vs TB
7/24 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 21-64 .328 2 6 10 11 10 .499 .428 .927
Andy Pettitte NYY @ Tex
7/24 8:05 PM
Rangers Batters 20-73 .274 1 6 8 11 11 .383 .369 .752
Ervin Santana KC vs Bal
7/24 8:10 PM
Orioles Batters 38-144 .264 11 22 24 9 28 .558 .312 .870
Ian Kennedy ARI vs ChC
7/24 9:40 PM
Cubs Batters 21-77 .273 4 9 12 6 16 .532 .327 .859
 
Recommended Pickup

Christian Yelich, OF, MIA – The Marlins made a splash Tuesday by promoting top outfield prospects Yelich and Jake Marisnick, and while the toolsy Marisnick could have an immediate impact, it’s Yelich that has the greater cachet as a prospect. Ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the minors two weeks ago by our own Jesse Siegel and Nick Shlain in their latest Top 200, Yelich destroy High-A pitching last season and though he’s been slowed by injuries in 2013, he’s cobbled together a .280/.365/.518 line at Double-A Jacksonville. Yelich has developing power and has shown the ability to steal a base, and Shlain believes he can hit against major league pitching right away. He’s probably only an NL-only and deep mixed league option until we see how he performs, but he could very well merit keeper consideration by the end of the season as a 21-year-old with an extremely bright future.

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