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Hailing from Arcanum, Ohio, Clay is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He began writing for RotoWire in the fall of 2011, and now contributes to breaking news and NFL Draft content, in addition to his duties as assistant baseball editor.

Projected Starters - A look at Saturday’s matchups (all times Eastern)

Angels (Tyler Skaggs - L) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L), 1:07
Twins (Kyle Gibson - R) at Twins (Max Scherzer - R), 1:08
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R), 4:10
Astros (Collin McHugh - R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez - R), 7:05
Cardinals (Lance Lynn - R) at Pirates (Edinson Volquez - R), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley - L) at White Sox (Jose Quintana - L), 7:10
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse - R), 7:10
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija - R) at Braves (Ervin Santana - R), 7:10
Rockies (Jordan Lyles - R) at Reds (Alfredo Simon - R), 7:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R) at Mets (Dillon Gee - R), 7:10
Indians (Zach McAllister - R) at Rays (Erik Bedard - L), 7:10
Red Sox (Jon Lester - L) at Rangers (Martin Perez - L), 8:05
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R) at Padres (Eric Stults - L), 8:40
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Athletics (Sonny Gray - R), 9:05
Royals (Yordano Ventura - R) at Mariners (Chris Young - R), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: LAA/TOR, MIN/DET, SF/LAD

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN - (Knuckles) Reported improvement Friday but missed a seventh consecutive start.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - (Neck) Missed Friday’s game and is considered doubtful for Saturday.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA - (Illness) Scratched from Friday’s lineup with flu-like symptoms.
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM - (Illness) Sent to the hospital for IV fluids Friday due to a stomach bug.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (Back) Held out of the lineup Friday for a fifth straight game.
Joe Smith, P, LAA - (Side) Availability for Friday remained uncertain heading into gametime.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR - (Hamstring) Expected to return either Saturday or Sunday.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD - (Hamstring) Diagnosed with a mild strain but team isn’t ruling out a DL stint.

Players on the DL
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN - (Head) Likely headed for a Saturday activation.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL - (Oblique) Made it through a batting practice session Friday and will begin playing in rehab games Saturday.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE - (Abdomen) Cleared to resume dry swinging and other low-level baseball activities this weekend.
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX - (Shoulder) Set to serve as the DH in an extended spring training game Monday.
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET - (Finger) Could return to the rotation May 18, if everything goes well with his bullpen session.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN - (Hamstring) Ran sprints Friday and could be activated as soon as Sunday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD - (Shoulder) Played catch Friday for the first time since landing on the DL.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL - (Hamstring) Ran at about 70 percent Friday.
Jay Bruce, OF, CIN - (Knee) Said Friday that his knee feels better than it has in a long time.
Alex Cobb, P, TB - (Oblique) Threw a three-inning simulated game Friday and said he felt good.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Knee) Could return on the team’s upcoming road trip.
Ryan Cook, P, OAK - (Forearm) Landed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA - (Hamstring) Suffered a setback last week and an MRI revealed that his hamstring was actually worse after the setback than when he originally injured it.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN - (Wrist) Scheduled to take batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since his injury.
Matt Harvey, P, NYM - (Elbow) Aiming to pitch off a mound for the first time June 10.
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX - (Elbow) Hopes to throw a bullpen session Monday.
Casey Kelly, P, SD - (Elbow) Expected to join Double-A San Antonio for his next rehab start.
Matt Albers, P, HOU - (Shoulder) Dealing with renewed discomfort and did not throw a simulated game Friday.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA - (Shoulder) Must complete at least one more rehab outing before rejoining Angels.
Sean Burnett, P, LAA - (Elbow) Begins a rehab assignment Saturday.
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI - (Oblique) Played in his first rehab game with High-A Clearwater on Thursday, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Jose Cisnero, P, HOU - (Elbow) Hit the 15-day DL on Friday.

Transactions - Players who have been called up, sent down, traded, released, you name it. We’ll cover it here.

Placed on the DL
Jose Cisnero, P, HOU
Ryan Cook, P, OAK

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Doug Fister, P, WAS
Scott Feldman, P, HOU
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (7-day concussion DL)

Called Up
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM
Joey Butler, OF, STL
Brent Morel, 3B, PIT
Paul Clemens, P, HOU
Reid Brignac, SS, PHI
Chris Parmelee, 1B, MIN
Efren Navarro, P, LAA
Fernando Rodriguez, P, OAK
Joe Savery, P, OAK
Johnny Giavotella, 2B, KC

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Pedro Florimon, SS, MIN
Chris Herrmann, OF, MIN
Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHI
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL
Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU
Dan Straily, P, OAK
Tyler Moore, OF, WAS

Designated for Assignment
Kenny Wilson, OF, MIN

Closer Watch

Cincinnati Reds - Jonathan Broxton blew his first save of the season Friday, but his time in the closer’s role was seemingly up anyway, as manager Bryan Price said Aroldis Chapman (head) will likely come off the DL on Saturday. Price did say, however, that he wants to see Chapman throw before making any decisions, after the left-hander struggled to the tune of eight earned runs in just one inning of work for Triple-A Louisville. Despite the poor numbers, Chapman’s velocity was reportedly right up where it typically is (97-101 mph), and it would be a surprise if he didn’t return to ninth-inning duties immediately upon his activation. That said, those rostering Broxton may want to see how Chapman fares in his first few appearances before cutting bait.

Hot Batter Matchups – May 10, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Parmelee 1B MIN @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 11 4 1 0 0 1 2 .364 .417 .455 .871
A. Ethier OF LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Cain 70 30 6 1 6 5 10 .429 .449 .557 1.006
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Cain 72 21 10 4 13 10 16 .292 .373 .556 .929
M. Kemp OF LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Cain 57 14 9 4 6 4 15 .246 .295 .561 .856
J. Uribe 3B LAD vs SF
4:10PM
M. Cain 15 5 2 0 5 1 3 .333 .375 .533 .908
H. Pence OF SF @ LAD
4:10PM
Z. Greinke 13 3 2 2 2 0 2 .231 .231 .692 .923
S. Marte OF PIT vs STL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 13 6 3 0 0 0 2 .462 .563 .769 1.332
N. Walker 2B PIT vs STL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 19 5 3 1 5 5 3 .263 .400 .579 .979
M. Carpenter 3B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 12 4 3 0 1 1 2 .333 .385 .583 .968
A. Craig 1B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 11 4 1 0 4 2 0 .364 .462 .455 .916
M. Ellis 2B STL @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 22 7 2 1 3 4 3 .318 .423 .500 .923
M. Holliday OF STL @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 24 9 3 2 5 2 4 .375 .407 .667 1.074
A. Cabrera SS CLE @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 11 4 1 1 2 2 2 .364 .462 .636 1.098
C. Santana C CLE @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 10 4 2 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .600 1.000
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia 16 10 1 0 3 1 2 .625 .647 .688 1.335
D. Wright 3B NYM vs PHI
7:10PM
K. Kendrick 41 13 4 2 4 2 7 .317 .341 .512 .853
C. Beltran OF NYY @ MIL
7:10PM
K. Lohse 51 25 10 4 12 11 6 .490 .571 .843 1.415
K. Johnson 2B NYY @ MIL
7:10PM
K. Lohse 17 5 3 1 4 0 2 .294 .294 .588 .882
A. Soriano OF NYY @ MIL
7:10PM
K. Lohse 56 20 8 4 12 2 7 .357 .379 .643 1.022
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ MIL
7:10PM
K. Lohse 24 9 4 1 4 0 4 .375 .375 .625 1.000
R. Howard 1B PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 15 7 6 6 14 0 4 .467 .467 1.667 2.133
J. Mayberry OF PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 18 4 3 2 6 1 3 .222 .263 .611 .874
J. Rollins SS PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 19 9 2 0 3 2 2 .474 .524 .579 1.103
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs BOS
8:05PM
J. Lester 25 9 2 1 4 1 2 .360 .385 .520 .905
R. Johnson OF MIA @ SD
8:40PM
E. Stults 11 5 0 0 1 0 0 .455 .455 .455 .909
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 10, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Zack Greinke LAD vs SF
4:10PM
60 13 4 3 7 2 15 .217 .242 .381 .623
Jeff Samardzija CHC @ ATL
7:10PM
64 13 6 2 9 7 25 .203 .335 .361 .696
Cold Batter Matchups – May 10, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
T. Plouffe 3B MIN @ DET
1:08PM
M. Scherzer 13 1 0 0 0 1 7 .077 .143 .077 .220
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs STL
7:05PM
L. Lynn 26 4 2 0 1 0 10 .154 .154 .231 .385
J. Jay OF STL @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 17 4 1 0 1 0 5 .235 .235 .353 .588
Y. Molina C STL @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 26 4 2 1 3 2 5 .154 .214 .308 .522
D. Uggla 2B ATL vs CHC
7:10PM
J. Samardzija 17 2 1 1 2 1 6 .118 .211 .294 .505
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs COL
7:10PM
J. Lyles 11 2 0 0 1 1 1 .182 .250 .182 .432
N. Swisher 1B CLE @ TB
7:10PM
E. Bedard 20 4 2 2 4 4 8 .200 .333 .500 .833
C. Gomez OF MIL vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
M. Reynolds 1B MIL vs NYY
7:10PM
C. Sabathia 14 2 2 1 3 2 4 .143 .250 .429 .679
L. Duda OF NYM vs PHI
7:10PM
K. Kendrick 16 3 3 1 3 0 1 .188 .278 .500 .778
D. Murphy 2B NYM vs PHI
7:10PM
K. Kendrick 27 5 1 0 2 3 4 .185 .267 .222 .489
R. Tejada SS NYM vs PHI
7:10PM
K. Kendrick 19 4 0 0 1 0 1 .211 .211 .211 .421
C. Young OF NYM vs PHI
7:10PM
K. Kendrick 15 3 2 1 1 1 3 .200 .250 .467 .717
D. Jeter SS NYY @ MIL
7:10PM
K. Lohse 10 3 1 0 0 0 3 .300 .300 .400 .700
D. Brown OF PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 12 3 1 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .333 .583
C. Ruiz C PHI @ NYM
7:10PM
D. Gee 10 1 1 0 1 0 1 .100 .100 .200 .300
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs CLE
7:10PM
Z. McAllister 11 2 2 0 3 1 1 .182 .250 .364 .614
J. Arencibia C TEX vs BOS
8:05PM
J. Lester 44 8 4 2 7 2 18 .182 .217 .364 .581
S. Choo OF TEX vs BOS
8:05PM
J. Lester 13 1 0 0 2 2 6 .077 .176 .077 .253
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 10, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Matt Cain SF @ LAD
4:10PM
307 94 37 12 37 30 64 .306 .366 .519 .885
Edinson Volquez PIT vs STL
7:05PM
136 38 15 6 22 16 23 .279 .357 .500 .857
Erik Bedard TB vs CLE
7:10PM
93 27 11 5 17 9 28 .290 .357 .522 .878
Dillon Gee NYM vs PHI
7:10PM
111 35 16 8 28 4 20 .315 .339 .601 .940
Kyle Lohse MIL vs NYY
7:10PM
219 76 29 11 36 16 30 .347 .388 .589 .977


Recommended Pickup
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM - With Ruben Tejada failing to provide any offense spark at the shortstop position, the Mets decided to bring up the 22-year-old Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. He was in the lineup for the series opener against the Phillies and poked a single to left field in his second at-bat. While Flores is a less-than-stellar defender, he’s compiled a .318/.357/.524 batting line in 589 plate appearances at the Triple-A level and seems like the favorite for playing time moving forward, considering the Mets ranked 23rd in runs scored (131) coming into Friday. Quality middle infielders can be hard to come by, and though Flores won’t help you much in the stolen base department, he has some pop and should not be overlooked.

Other Recent Recommendations: Rougned Odor, A.J. Pollock, C.J. Cron and Danny Duffy

DraftStreet Value Picks
P - Tanner Roark, WAS ($14,073)
C - Yasmani Grandal, SD ($4,911)
1B - Prince Fielder, TEX ($5,731)
2B - Rougned Odor, TEX ($4,111)
SS - Wilmer Flores, NYM ($3,556)
3B - Martin Prado, AZ ($4,887)
OF - George Springer, HOU ($4,643)