-- A look at Wednesday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Padres (Eric Stults
-- L) at Indians (Zach McAllister
-- R), 12:05 (Game 1)
Athletics (Jesse Chavez
-- R) at Twins (Phil Hughes
-- R), 1:10
Reds (Mike Leake
-- R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller
-- R), 1:45
Rays (Jake Odorizzi
-- R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie
-- R), 2:10
White Sox (Erik Johnson
-- R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio
-- R), 3:10
Padres (Robbie Erlin
-- L) at Indians (Trevor Bauer
-- R), 3:30 (Game 2)
Rangers (Robbie Ross
-- L) at Red Sox (Jake Peavy
-- R), 4:05
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez
-- R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka
-- R), 7:05
Marlins (Brad Hand
-- R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann
-- R), 7:05
Brewers (Matt Garza
-- R) at Phillies (Roberto Hernandez
-- R), 7:05
Astros (Lucas Harrell
-- R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow
-- R), 7:07
Mets (Zack Wheeler
-- R) at Braves (Ervin Santana
-- R), 7:10
Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez
-- L) at Cubs (Jason Hammel
-- R), 8:05
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez
-- R) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett
-- R), 10:10
Angels (Garrett Richards
-- R) at Mariners (Roenis Elias
-- L), 10:10
Diamondbacks (Bronson Arroyo
-- R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum
-- R), 10:15
Day Game After Night Game
: SD/CLE, OAK/MIN, CIN/STL, TB/KC, CWS/COL, TEX/BOS
, RP, ATL (hamstring) -- Exited Tuesday’s game after hamstring cramped up but expects to be fine moving forward.
, 3B, TEX (leg) -- Hobbled off the field following an RBI double in Tuesday’s game. Will not play Wednesday and will return to Texas for an MRI.
, OF, HOU (illness) -- Could be back in the lineup Wednesday if he endures no setbacks while taking part in pregame activity Tuesday.
, C, ATL (illness) -- Returned to the Atlanta lineup Tuesday.
, SP, WSH (illness) -- Was able to make his scheduled start Tuesday.
, OF, LAA (thumb) -- Exited Tuesday’s game in the ninth inning with a left thumb injury.
, SS, BAL (back) -- Progressed nicely Tuesday and is hopeful to be in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.
, OF, DET (knee) -- Diagnosed with a left knee contusion after sliding into the wall Tuesday.
, 2B, KC (head) -- Diagnosed with a non-concussive head injury, a face laceration and a sprained jaw, but is not expected to miss significant time.
, OF, BAL (undisclosed) -- Will likely head to the DL on Wednesday with a mystery ailment.
, SP, SEA (lat strain) -- Left Tuesday’s start in the sixth inning with a left lat strain.
, OF, LAD (thumb) -- Remained out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
, SP, MIA (shoulder) -- Scratched from Wednesday’s spot start with a strained right shoulder.
, 2B, PHI (illness) -- Held out of Tuesday’s lineup.
, 3B, WAS (shoulder) -- Hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday.
Players on the DL
, SP, LAD (thumb) -- Expected to be activated from the DL to start Wednesday against the Tigers.
, RP, BOS (shoulder) -- Expected to return from DL on Wednesday.
, RP, LAA (elbow) -- Has not resumed throwing since throwing in a simulated game Sunday.
, C, LAD (knee) -- Had a 20-minute procedure performed Tuesday to clean up the medial meniscus in his left knee.
, 2B, PHI (illness) -- Began a rehab assignment at High-A Clearwater on Tuesday.
, RP, ATL (elbow) -- Will undergo Tommy John surgery.
, SP, PHI (biceps) -- Believes he’ll be ready for his season debut once he works his way up to 90 pitches.
, SP, TEX (back) -- Gave up one run on three hits and no walks over 4.2 innings in a rehab start Tuesday.
, SP, SEA (finger) -- Slated to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday.
, RP, TOR (back) -- Will throw a side session Wednesday and is expected to make one or two rehab appearances before returning from DL.
, SP, CIN (knee) -- Was scratched from his scheduled rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday with right elbow irritation.
, SP, TEX (hip) -- Scheduled to start Saturday for the Rangers if he progresses through the week without any setbacks.
, 3B, BAL (knee) -- Ran on a pool treadmill Tuesday.
, 3B, BOS (calf) -- Expected to initiate baseball activities later this week.
, SP, TB (elbow) -- Will visit Dr. James Andrews for a more thorough evaluation after MRI proved inconclusive Tuesday. Reportedly is dealing with a UCL tear and could requrie Tommy John surgery.
, RP, NYM (elbow) -- Underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
, C, WSH (wrist) -- Won’t begin rehabbing injury until next week.
, SS, TOR (hamstring) -- Relayed that his right hamstring felt better Tuesday but is now unlikely to return when first eligible Apr. 15.
, SP, BAL (shoulder) -- Reportedly showed good velocity during a two-inning simulated game Monday.
, OF, BOS (hamstring) -- Scheduled to begin baseball activities later this week.
, SP, SEA (shoulder) -- Will make his second rehab start at Double-A Jackson this week.
-- Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Placed on DL
(15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
, RP, HOU (paternity list)
, RP, CIN
, C, LAD
, SP, TB
, RP, NYY
Activated from DL
, RP, CIN
(from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
, RP, TB
, RP, NYY
, C, LAD
, RP, HOU
(to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
, RP, CLE (outrighted to Triple-A)
-- Not much in the way of actual news developed Tuesday regarding the closing situation, as the team lost by a 14-5 count to the Orioles. However, after manager Joe Girardi announced Shawn Kelley
was unavailable in Tuesday’s game after pitching four of the last six games, the underlying message seemed to be that Kelley will be the team’s primary closer while David Robertson
(groin) heads to the DL. Robertson’s stay on the DL isn’t expected to last much longer than the 15-day minimum, so fantasy owners in deeper leagues may not want to invest too heavily in Kelley during this weekend’s free agent auction bidding.
Hot Batter Matchups – April 9, 2014
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 9, 2014
Cold Batter Matchups – April 9, 2014
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, MIA
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 9, 2014
-- He’s only made two starts this season, but Eovaldi certainly looks like he’s on track to make a big leap this season to complement Jose Fernandez
atop the Marlins’ rotation. Eovaldi generated some sleeper buzz in the pre-draft process after demonstrating the top average velocity (96.2 mph) of any hurler with at least 100 innings pitched last season, but questions lingered if he could generate the strikeout rates to match. He’s certainly done his part to justify the hype thus far with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings, while giving up just one walk. Again, it’s a small sample size, but given Eovaldi’s considerable youth (just 24 years old), raw stuff, and his pitcher-friendly home park, there’s a decent chance he doesn’t regress too much from his current level of production.
Other recent recommendations
: Charlie Blackmon
, Chris Owings
, Casey McGehee
, Lucas Duda
and Marcell Ozuna
DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Zack Wheeler
, NYM ($14,245)
C: Brian McCann
, NYY ($5,587)
1B: Adam Lind
, TOR ($7,105)
2B: Brian Dozier
, MIN ($5,750)
3B: Matt Carpenter
, STL ($6,258)
SS: Dee Gordon
, LAD ($5,376)
OF: Melky Cabrera
, TOR ($6,823)