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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.

Projected Starters-- A look at Wednesday’s starting pitching matchups (all times Eastern)

Pirates (Francisco Liriano -- L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto -- R), 12:35
Rays (Jake Odorizzi -- R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez -- R), 12:35
Cubs (Jason Hammel -- R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka -- R), 1:05 (Game 1)
Cardinals (Joe Kelly -- R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta -- R), 1:10
Mets (Dillon Gee -- R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy -- R), 3:40
Cubs (Travis Wood -- L) at Yankees (Michael Pineda -- R), 7:05 (Game 2)
Braves (Julio Teheran -- R) at Phillies (Cliff Lee -- L), 7:05
Indians (Zach McAllister -- R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez -- R), 7:08
Nationals (Tanner Roark -- R) at Marlins (Jose Fernandez -- R), 7:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez -- R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish -- R), 8:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz -- R) at White Sox (John Danks -- L), 8:10
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie -- R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel -- L), 8:10
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey -- R) at Twins (Mike Pelfrey -- R), 8:10
Athletics (Tommy Milone -- L) at Angels (Tyler Skaggs -- L), 10:05
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa -- L) at Padres (Andrew Cashner -- R), 10:10
Dodgers (Paul Maholm -- L) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong -- R), 10:15

Day Game After A Night Game: PIT/CIN, STL/MIL, NYM/ARI

Injuries

Day-to-Day
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI (groin) -- Will start Thursday against the Braves. Will wait until after season to undergo surgery on an inguinal hernia.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SD (knee) -- Scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with a sore right knee.
Jason Castro, C, HOU (toe) -- Didn’t catch Tuesday but saw duty at DH after taking a pitch to the toe Saturday.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (oblique) -- Back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (hamstring) -- Out of the lineup again Tuesday vs. the Angels, but will take batting practice again Wednesday to determine his availability for that night’s game.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL (elbow) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday after colliding with outfield wall Monday night.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYM (forearm/knees/ribs) -- Not in the lineup Tuesday after colliding with the outfield wall Monday night. Expected to avoid DL.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (quad) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins after leaving early Monday.
Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL (shoulder) -- Played light catch Tuesday and expected to be available after a couple days of rest.
Nate McLouth, OF, WAS (knee) -- Will be in the Washington lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB (illness) -- Appears healthy enough to take the ball Wednesday against the Orioles.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA (foot) -- Returned to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (wrist) -- Received a cortisone injection Tuesday and believes he’ll be good to go for Wednesday’s game against the White Sox.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (hamstring) -- Could return to lineup Wednesday, but expected cold weather in Minnesota may delay him an extra day.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (ribs) -- Was scheduled to return to the lineup Tuesday prior to postponement.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS (shoulder) -- Will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and will be available out of the bullpen Thursday, barring a setback.

Players on the DL
Jeremy Affeldt, RP, SF (knee) -- Will be activated Wednesday.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (wrist) -- Had a cortisone shot in his wrist Tuesday and will not travel with the Twins on their upcoming road trip.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS (oblique) -- Will see duty at second base Wednesday at Double-A Birmingham in rehab assignment.
Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS (shoulder) -- Had successful surgery performed Tuesday on the torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE (ribs) -- Slated to come off the disabled list either Friday or Saturday.
J.A. Happ, P, TOR (back) -- Expected to work in long relief upon being activated from DL.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (back) -- Threw 77 pitches and 3.1 innings during his rehab start Monday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA (finger) -- Will pitch simulated game Friday instead of Saturday, as initially stated.
Casey Janssen, RP, TOR (back) -- Threw a one-inning rehab outing at High-A Dunedin on Tuesday, allowing a hit and striking out one batter.
Josh Johnson, SP, SD (forearm) -- GM Josh Byrnes indicated that he’s not sure whether Johnson will pitch this season due to his flexor strain.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD (back) -- Threw a bullpen session Tuesday at “close to full speed.”
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (knee) -- Will run the bases Wednesday.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL (shoulder) -- Will make another rehab start Friday.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (wrist) -- Had his stitches removed Tuesday and is ready to begin his rehabilitation.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (back) -- Not considered close to returning from disabled list.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) -- Ready to begin rehab assignment and only awaiting playable weather conditions at Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA (shoulder) -- Was scratched from Tuesday’s minor league rehab assignment due to shoulder soreness.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (hand) -- Won’t travel with the team on their upcoming road trip.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (thumb) -- Will not need surgery but is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

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

Activated from DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Mike Adams, RP, PHI
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
Mark Ellis, 2B, STL
Brian Wilson, RP, LAD

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (60-day DL)
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Blake Beavan, SP, SEA
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B, TOR
J.R. Murphy, C, NYY
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, NYM
Scott Sizemore, 2B, NYY

Sent Down (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Luis Garcia, RP, PHI
Jeremy Jeffress, RP, TOR
Pete Kozma, SS, STL
Lucas Luetge, RP, SEA
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE
Paco Rodriguez, RP, LAD
Marcus Walden, RP, TOR (designated for assignment)

Closer Watch

Rangers -- After the Rangers lost 7-1 to the Mariners on Monday, manager Ron Washington indicated that Soria would have been used if a save situation had presented itself, but also noted that Alexi Ogando will “get a chance to close ball games” as well. It’s likely just a measure to protect Soria’s workload as he takes part in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, but it does make Ogando a little more interesting in deeper or NL-only formats. Soria has successfully converted the lone save opportunity he’s received this season, but his overall numbers haven’t been great. He’s given up four runs on five hits and two walks over five total innings of work.

Hot Batter Matchups – April 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. McCutchen OF PIT @ CIN
12:35PM
J. Cueto 39 9 5 3 5 5 6 .231 .333 .513 .846
D. Jennings OF TB @ BAL
12:35PM
M. Gonzalez 18 4 3 3 6 3 4 .222 .348 .722 1.070
E. Longoria 3B TB @ BAL
12:35PM
M. Gonzalez 16 5 1 1 1 2 3 .313 .389 .500 .889
J. Molina C TB @ BAL
12:35PM
M. Gonzalez 12 4 1 1 2 1 0 .333 .385 .583 .968
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs CHC
1:05PM
J. Hammel 27 8 3 2 6 1 9 .296 .310 .556 .866
B. Roberts 2B NYY vs CHC
1:05PM
J. Hammel 17 7 2 0 3 2 2 .412 .474 .529 1.003
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs CHC
1:05PM
J. Hammel 20 8 0 0 2 2 5 .400 .455 .400 .855
C. Gomez OF MIL vs STL
1:10PM
J. Kelly 15 5 2 0 1 1 3 .333 .375 .533 .908
A. Jackson OF DET vs CLE
7:08PM
Z. McAllister 10 5 0 0 2 2 4 .500 .583 .500 1.083
M. Saunders OF SEA @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Darvish 13 4 2 0 3 3 2 .308 .438 .462 .899
K. Seager 3B SEA @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Darvish 19 6 4 0 7 3 4 .316 .409 .526 .935
L. Martin OF TEX vs SEA
8:05PM
F. Hernandez 18 6 3 1 5 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000
J. Gomes OF BOS @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 11 3 2 1 2 0 5 .273 .273 .636 .909
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 17 5 2 2 5 0 3 .294 .294 .647 .941
P. Konerko 1B CWS vs BOS
8:10PM
C. Buchholz 15 7 2 1 3 2 3 .467 .529 .733 1.263
J. Kubel OF MIN vs TOR
8:10PM
R. Dickey 10 3 1 1 1 1 2 .300 .364 .600 .964
K. Suzuki C MIN vs TOR
8:10PM
R. Dickey 10 3 1 1 3 0 0 .300 .300 .600 .900
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs OAK
10:05PM
T. Milone 20 9 3 2 7 0 3 .450 .450 .800 1.250
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs OAK
10:05PM
T. Milone 14 7 6 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .929 1.429
M. Cuddyer OF COL @ SD
10:10PM
A. Cashner 10 3 2 1 3 2 0 .300 .417 .700 1.117
D. LeMahieu 2B COL @ SD
10:10PM
A. Cashner 10 5 1 0 0 1 1 .500 .545 .600 1.145
A. Ethier OF LAD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong 17 5 3 1 1 2 2 .294 .368 .588 .957
M. Kemp OF LAD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong 22 7 3 1 6 3 4 .318 .400 .591 .991
J. Uribe 3B LAD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong 14 6 2 0 1 0 1 .429 .429 .643 1.071
M. Morse OF SF vs LAD
10:15PM
P. Maholm 12 3 1 1 1 2 5 .250 .357 .500 .857
A. Pagan OF SF vs LAD
10:15PM
P. Maholm 26 8 3 1 3 3 4 .308 .379 .500 .879
H. Pence OF SF vs LAD
10:15PM
P. Maholm 52 16 8 2 9 3 4 .308 .345 .558 .903
P. Sandoval 3B SF vs LAD
10:15PM
P. Maholm 16 6 3 2 5 0 0 .375 .412 .813 1.224
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Johnny Cueto CIN vs PIT
12:35PM
145 26 10 3 11 12 30 .179 .254 .297 .551
Miguel Gonzalez BAL vs TB
12:35PM
114 25 7 5 13 16 18 .219 .319 .366 .685
Dillon Gee NYM @ ARI
3:40PM
63 14 4 1 2 5 8 .222 .291 .329 .620
Cliff Lee PHI vs ATL
7:05PM
223 47 17 5 18 9 76 .211 .249 .335 .584
Jorge De La Rosa COL @ SD
10:10PM
119 28 7 0 5 8 33 .235 .281 .299 .580
Cold Batter Matchups – April 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Bruce OF CIN vs PIT
12:35PM
F. Liriano 11 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs PIT
12:35PM
F. Liriano 10 2 1 1 1 1 3 .200 .273 .500 .773
B. Pena C CIN vs PIT
12:35PM
F. Liriano 15 4 0 0 3 0 3 .267 .250 .267 .517
J. Votto 1B CIN vs PIT
12:35PM
F. Liriano 10 2 0 0 0 2 2 .200 .333 .200 .533
C. Barmes SS PIT @ CIN
12:35PM
J. Cueto 14 2 1 0 0 0 3 .143 .143 .214 .357
R. Martin C PIT @ CIN
12:35PM
J. Cueto 11 1 1 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .182 .273
M. Joyce OF TB @ BAL
12:35PM
M. Gonzalez 13 2 0 0 1 5 2 .154 .368 .154 .522
J. Loney 1B TB @ BAL
12:35PM
M. Gonzalez 14 3 0 0 1 0 2 .214 .214 .214 .429
B. Zobrist 2B TB @ BAL
12:35PM
M. Gonzalez 19 2 1 0 1 2 4 .105 .190 .158 .348
D. Jeter SS NYY vs CHC
1:05PM
J. Hammel 22 7 2 1 4 0 4 .318 .318 .500 .818
B. McCann C NYY vs CHC
1:05PM
J. Hammel 13 3 0 0 1 0 2 .231 .231 .231 .462
R. Braun OF MIL vs STL
1:10PM
J. Kelly 12 3 0 0 0 0 5 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs STL
1:10PM
J. Kelly 14 3 0 0 3 0 1 .214 .214 .214 .429
J. Jay OF STL @ MIL
1:10PM
W. Peralta 12 4 0 0 1 0 3 .333 .333 .333 .667
G. Parra OF ARI vs NYM
3:40PM
D. Gee 10 2 1 0 1 1 1 .200 .273 .300 .573
M. Prado 3B ARI vs NYM
3:40PM
D. Gee 23 4 1 0 0 0 0 .174 .208 .217 .426
C. Granderson OF NYM @ ARI
3:40PM
B. McCarthy 14 2 0 0 0 3 3 .143 .294 .143 .437
F. Freeman 1B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 33 8 0 0 0 1 12 .242 .306 .242 .548
J. Heyward OF ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 22 3 1 0 1 2 4 .136 .208 .227 .436
C. Johnson 3B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 23 6 2 2 5 0 6 .261 .292 .522 .813
G. Laird C ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 20 2 2 0 3 2 9 .100 .174 .200 .374
A. Simmons SS ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 16 3 1 1 1 1 3 .188 .235 .375 .610
D. Uggla 2B ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 37 7 4 2 6 1 17 .189 .205 .405 .611
B. Upton OF ATL @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Lee 36 9 4 0 1 1 14 .250 .270 .361 .631
L. Chisenhall 3B CLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez 10 2 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
J. Kipnis 2B CLE @ DET
7:08PM
A. Sanchez 17 3 1 0 1 0 6 .176 .167 .235 .402
D. Ackley 2B SEA @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Darvish 18 3 1 0 2 4 5 .167 .318 .222 .540
J. Smoak 1B SEA @ TEX
8:05PM
Y. Darvish 16 2 0 0 0 3 5 .125 .263 .125 .388
K. Kouzmanoff 3B TEX vs SEA
8:05PM
F. Hernandez 24 3 0 0 0 1 9 .125 .222 .125 .347
M. Moreland 1B TEX vs SEA
8:05PM
F. Hernandez 30 6 3 1 2 4 9 .200 .294 .367 .661
M. Napoli 1B BOS @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 27 6 1 0 1 1 13 .222 .250 .259 .509
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 17 2 0 0 1 2 1 .118 .211 .118 .328
G. Sizemore OF BOS @ CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 21 3 0 0 2 2 4 .143 .217 .143 .360
A. Ramirez SS CWS vs BOS
8:10PM
C. Buchholz 14 3 0 0 1 1 4 .214 .250 .214 .464
M. Cabrera OF TOR @ MIN
8:10PM
M. Pelfrey 15 3 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .294 .200 .494
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ MIN
8:10PM
M. Pelfrey 12 1 1 1 2 4 1 .083 .294 .333 .627
M. Trout OF LAA vs OAK
10:05PM
T. Milone 16 3 2 1 2 1 6 .188 .235 .438 .673
C. Gonzalez OF COL @ SD
10:10PM
A. Cashner 12 3 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .250 .500
E. Cabrera SS SD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 18 3 1 0 0 0 7 .167 .167 .222 .389
C. Headley 3B SD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 36 8 0 0 0 1 11 .222 .243 .222 .465
N. Hundley C SD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 13 2 2 0 0 1 6 .154 .214 .308 .522
X. Nady OF SD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 10 2 0 0 3 1 2 .200 .273 .200 .473
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong 15 2 0 0 3 1 3 .133 .188 .133 .321
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 16, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason Hammel CHC @ NYY
1:05PM
129 41 10 4 20 7 26 .318 .348 .457 .805
Zach McAllister CLE @ DET
7:08PM
60 23 4 0 11 6 15 .383 .431 .448 .879
Tommy Milone OAK @ LAA
10:05PM
96 30 12 3 12 6 17 .312 .353 .481 .834
Andrew Cashner SD vs COL
10:10PM
78 27 13 2 12 4 10 .346 .386 .579 .965
Paul Maholm LAD @ SF
10:15PM
130 41 18 6 24 10 15 .315 .366 .548 .914

Recommended Pickup

George Springer, OF, HOU -- Although his propensity for striking out has stalled his arrival to the big leagues, Springer has long produced delightful numbers in 5x5 categories down in the minors, highlighted by a 37-homer, 45-steal line across 135 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season. A poor spring training and the offseason acquisition of center fielder Dexter Fowler likely prevented Springer from breaking camp with the big club, but there’s been some signs that a promotion could be forthcoming in the next few weeks. While Springer has continued to mash at Triple-A Oklahoma City as expected, perhaps what’s more interesting is that he’s been seeing the greater share of his starts in right field. The move from center to right suggests that the Astros could be eager to get his bat in the lineup at the major league level, so long as they can first ensure his defense in right is sound. The likes of Alex Presley (.139 batting average entering Tuesday), L.J. Hoes (.267), Robbie Grossman (.136) and Marc Krauss (.120) are offering little to no production at the corner outfield spots, and even the non-contending Astros can’t justify throwing them out there every night. If available on waivers in leagues with sizeable bench spots, Springer is certainly worth stashing based on his potential alone.

Other recent recommendations: Devin Mesoraco, Adeiny Hechavarria, Aaron Harang, Josmil Pinto and Kelly Johnson

DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Brandon McCarthy, ARI ($10,118)
C: Jason Castro, HOU ($5,350)
1B: Chris Davis, BAL ($5,335)
2B: Aaron Hill, ARI ($5,291)
3B: Chase Headley, SD ($4,705)
SS: Marcus Semien, CWS ($5,595)
OF: Domonic Brown, PHI ($6,549)