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Monday Lineup Card: Would You Like Salt with That?

Eric Caturia

Eric Caturia

Eric is a writer/editor of MLB, NBA, and NFL content for RotoWire.

Projected Starters - A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R) at Braves (Aaron Harang - R), 7:00
Twins (Kyle Gibson - R) at Indians (Zach McAllister - R), 7:05
Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann - R), 7:05
Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R), 7:05
Giants (Yusmeiro Petit - R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke - L), 7:05
Astros (Jarred Cosart - R) at Tigers (Max Scherzer - R), 7:08
Mets (Jon Niese - L) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 7:10
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R), 8:05
Diamondbacks (Michael Bolsinger - R) at Brewers (Matt Garza - R), 8:10
Rangers (Martin Perez - L) at Rockies (Jordan Lyles - R), 8:40
Yankees (David Phelps - R) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 10:05
Mariners (Chris Young - R) at Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L), 10:05
Royals (Yordano Ventura - R) at Padres (Eric Stults - L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Michael Bourn, OF, CLE (Hamstring) - Aggravated his left hamstring Saturday, which could result in 1-to-5 days off, starting Sunday.
Jay Bruce, OF, CIN (Knee) - Diagnosed with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee, which will require surgery and 3-to-4 weeks of recovery.
Trevor Cahill, P, ARI (Illness) - Wasn't available out of the bullpen Sunday due to a bout with the flu.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK (Hamstring) - May be held out Monday as a precaution, despite going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Sunday's game.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE (Calf) - Removed from Saturday's contest due to a cramp in his right calf.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN (Knuckles) - Sidelined for a third consecutive outing Sunday due to the sprained knuckles that he sustained in Thursday's game.
Jose Lobaton, C, WAS (Shin) - Missed Sunday's contest, after taking a pitch to the shin Saturday.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN (Back) - Dealing with muscle spasms to his lower back, which emerged during his third-inning at-bat Sunday.
Edward Mujica, P, BOS (Oblique) - May avoid a stay on the disabled list, with the Red Sox attempting to stretch him out early in the week.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR (Quad) - Out of the lineup Sunday for a third consecutive game due to a tight right quad.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI (Groin) - Sat out a third game in a row Sunday due to his groin concern.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (Lower Leg) - Passed concussion tests following a collision with the outfield wall, but an injury to his left leg could result in an absence or two from the lineup.
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA (Hamstring) - Served as the DH for a second consecutive contest Sunday due to a tight hamstring.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (Ankle) - Considered day-to-day due to a sprained left ankle.
Ervin Santana, P, ATL (Thumb) - His upcoming start Tuesday has been skipped due to a bruised thumb.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL (Personal) - Was away from the team Sunday in order to tend to a family matter.
Eric Young Jr., OF, NYM (Eye) - Diagnosed with a bruised right cheekbone, after CT scans were returned negative.

Players on the DL
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN (Head) - Tossed 16 pitches in a rehab game Saturday at Low-A Dayton, during which he struck out one and walked another.
Doug Fister, P, Was (Back) - Will make his season debut Friday versus the Athletics.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL (Shoulder) - Limited to only 28 pitches during his rehab game Sunday at Double-A Springfield, after he was struck on the right side by a pitch in the second inning.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS (Hand) - Began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD (Calf) - Slated to start his rehab assignment at High-A Lake Elsinore on Monday.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (Hamstring) - Expected to jog in the outfield Sunday, but the Reds intend to continue a cautious approach with his recovery.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (Knee) - Remaining on his rehab assignment at High-A Lake Elsinore during the week.
Wandy Rodriguez, P, PIT (Knee) - Scheduled for another rehab nod Tuesday, but his rehab is expected to be extended due to a poor performance in his previous outing.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD (Shoulder) - Flew back to Los Angeles on Sunday in order to have an examination performed on his inflamed left shoulder.
Chris Sale, P, CWS (Arm) - Will throw off a mound Monday, which will determine his next course of action.

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

Activated from the DL
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL
Tim Collins, P, KC
Gavin Floyd, P, ATL

Placed on the DL
Matt Cain, P, SF
A.J. Griffin, P, OAK (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Wilin Rosario, C, COL

Called Up
Darin Downs, P, HOU
Stephen Fife, P, LAD
Chad Jenkins, P, TOR
Nate Karns, P, TB
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Aaron Brooks, P, KC
Nick Buss, OF, OAK
Frank De Los Santos, P, CWS
Jose Dominguez, P, LAD
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
Nick Hagadone, P, CLE
Ian Thomas, P, ATL

Contract Selected
Marcus Stroman, P, TOR

Designated for Assignment
Heath Bell, P, TB
Raul Valdes, P, HOU

Activated
Moises Sierra, OF, CWS

Outrighted
David Adams, 3B, BAL

Claimed off Waivers
Nick Buss, OF, OAK

Signed
Dustin Richardson, P, LAA (Signed minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Cubs - Manager Rick Renteria is averse to show his hand regarding the "open" closing gig, deeming it a committee at the commencement of the weekend. However, he may have revealed a leader on the clubhouse with his choice to shut down the imposing Cardinals on Friday and Saturday. During both outings, Renteria opted for Hector Rondon to preserve meager leads, which he accomplished in a combined 20 pitches to earn back-to-back saves. Overall, Rondon blanked St. Louis on two hits and no walks, while striking out one in two frames. On a sour note, he induced four flyballs versus two groundballs, but the development still leaves him with a healthy 1.91 GO:AO on the season. Alas, with another successful contest or two under his belt, Renteria could be prepared to name his main man for the ninth inning: Rondon.

Hot Batter Matchups – May 5, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Kemp OF LAD @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 12 5 3 2 7 0 3 .417 .417 1.000 1.417
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann 20 9 2 1 6 2 3 .450 .522 .650 1.172
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 12 3 2 1 3 2 3 .250 .357 .583 .940
C. Rasmus OF TOR @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 11 4 4 1 3 0 0 .364 .364 .909 1.273
J. Reyes SS TOR @ PHI
7:05PM
K. Kendrick 33 13 5 2 4 5 2 .394 .474 .697 1.171
J. Baker OF MIA vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 12 6 1 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .583 1.083
D. Solano 2B MIA vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 11 4 2 0 3 0 2 .364 .364 .545 .909
G. Stanton OF MIA vs NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 18 7 2 2 4 2 7 .389 .429 .722 1.151
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
N. Eovaldi 11 4 2 0 1 1 1 .364 .385 .545 .930
P. Bourjos OF STL @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 10 4 3 1 3 0 2 .400 .400 1.000 1.400
J. Peralta SS STL @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 25 8 4 2 3 1 7 .320 .346 .640 .986
M. Montero C ARI @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza 12 5 1 0 1 0 2 .417 .417 .500 .917
G. Parra OF ARI @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza 11 4 3 0 1 2 3 .364 .462 .818 1.280
E. Andrus SS TEX @ COL
8:40PM
J. Lyles 13 5 0 0 0 1 3 .385 .467 .385 .851
J. Buck C SEA @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 10 3 3 0 4 0 5 .300 .333 .600 .933
R. Cano 2B SEA @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 36 8 3 3 7 0 12 .222 .243 .472 .715
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 5, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Scott Kazmir OAK vs SEA
10:05PM
105 16 7 3 11 0 36 .152 .171 .276 .447
Cold Batter Matchups – May 5, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. Dozier 2B MIN @ CLE
7:05PM
Z. McAllister 10 2 1 1 2 0 5 .200 .182 .500 .682
D. Fowler OF HOU @ DET
7:08PM
M. Scherzer 10 3 1 0 3 0 5 .300 .300 .400 .700
R. Tejada SS NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
N. Eovaldi 10 2 0 0 0 2 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
M. Holliday OF STL @ ATL
7:10PM
A. Harang 23 2 0 0 1 1 7 .087 .160 .087 .247
C. Ross OF ARI @ MIL
8:10PM
M. Garza 12 1 0 0 1 2 3 .083 .214 .083 .298
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ COL
8:40PM
J. Lyles 17 6 2 0 2 0 3 .353 .353 .471 .824
M. Moreland 1B TEX @ COL
8:40PM
J. Lyles 11 1 0 0 0 2 1 .091 .231 .091 .322
B. Gardner OF NYY @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 15 2 1 0 0 1 8 .133 .188 .200 .388
D. Jeter SS NYY @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 27 5 1 0 1 5 2 .185 .313 .222 .535
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 15 2 1 0 0 1 3 .133 .188 .200 .388
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ LAA
10:05PM
J. Weaver 32 6 4 2 7 3 8 .188 .257 .469 .726
W. Bloomquist SS SEA @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 19 2 0 0 0 0 3 .105 .150 .105 .255
J. Smoak 1B SEA @ OAK
10:05PM
S. Kazmir 12 1 0 0 0 0 7 .083 .083 .083 .167
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 5, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Kyle Kendrick PHI vs TOR
7:05PM
97 31 15 5 15 10 9 .320 .383 .601 .984
Jordan Zimmermann WAS vs LAD
7:05PM
72 27 8 3 16 4 9 .375 .414 .567 .981
Jon Niese NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
96 34 9 2 13 5 17 .354 .382 .489 .871
Jordan Lyles COL vs TEX
8:40PM
66 22 8 2 11 5 8 .333 .388 .495 .883

Recommended Pickup

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA - Rarely enduring a swoon in his first month-plus as a Marlin, Saltalamacchia has been jumping on all pitching, tallying hits in eight of the last nine games. Along the way, he launched four long balls, six RBI, nine runs scored, and a 5:7 BB:K in 29 at-bats, which boosted his line on the season to a spectacular .303/.411/.573. He'll face one of his toughest tests of the year Monday in Mets southpaw Jon Niese, who has held the opposition to a .218 average and punched out 24, versus eight walks, in 32.2 innings. Luckily for Saltalamacchia, he's fared well against lefties in 2014, recording eight hits, including three doubles, to go with three RBI and four runs scored in 25 at-bats. Considering his price tag ($5,804) on DraftStreet.com, inserting him into daily lineups could yield fruitful results.

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