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Clay Link

Clay Link

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)

Braves (Aaron Harang - R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 2:15
Brewers (Matt Garza - R) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson - R), 2:20
Mets (Bartolo Colon - R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L), 4:05
Pirates (Edinson Volquez - R) at Yankees (David Phelps - R), 4;05
White Sox (Hector Noesi - R) at Astros (Jarred Cosart - R), 4:10
Athletics (Scott Kazmir - L) at Indians (Josh Tomlin - R), 7:05
Reds (Homer Bailey - R) at Phillies (Cole Hamels - L), 7:05
Tigers (Rick Porcello - R) at Red Sox (John Lackey - R), 7:10
Orioles (Bud Norris - R) at Royals (Danny Duffy - L), 7:10
Mariners (Roenis Elias - L) at Twins (Samuel Deduno - R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle - L) at Rangers (Robbie Ross - L), 8:05
Padres (Robbie Erlin - L) at Rockies (Jordan Lyles - R), 8:10
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson - R), 8:10
Rangers (Cesar Ramos - L) at Angels (C.J. Wilson - L), 9:05
Marlins (Tom Koehler - R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum - R), 9:05

Day Game After Night Game: ATL/STL, NYM/WAS, CWS/HOU

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN - (Quadriceps) Diagnosed with a strain after an MRI revealed no structural damage to his left knee.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS - (Knee) Missed another start Friday and was sent for an MRI.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI - (Illness) Held out of Friday’s lineup with a stomach virus.
Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY - (Back) Was available off the bench Thursday.

Players on the DL
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA - (Thumb) Took live batting practice Thursday and is on track to begin a rehab assignment in 7-to-10 days.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY - (Elbow) Facing the possibility of a 12-week absence should he elect to undergo surgery.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA - (Elbow) Underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday.
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN - (Shoulder) Penciled in to start Sunday against the Phillies.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL - (Illness) Playing in rehab games Friday and Saturday and could come off the DL as soon as Sunday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD - (Shoulder) Tossed 75 pitches in a simulated game Friday and could return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE - (Oblique) Could head out on a minor league rehab assignment sometime next week.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS - (Thumb) Set to visit a specialist next week for a follow-up exam.
David Freese, 3B, LAA - (Finger) Begins a minor league rehab assignment Saturday.
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE - (Knee) Surgery won’t be necessary but there is no timetable for his return.
Matt Harrison, P, TEX - (Back) Intends to try to pitch again even if he needs spinal surgery.
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS - (Hamstring) Not expected back until Monday after Thursday’s minor league rehab game was rained out.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Ribs) Completed a 20-pitch bullpen session Friday and reported no pain.
Tyler Chatwood, P, COL - (Elbow) Treated with a PRP injection and could resume throwing late next week.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, P, PHI - (Shoulder) Gave up three runs on six hits over five innings in his first rehab start for High-A Clearwater on Thursday.
Luke Putkonen, P, DET - (Elbow) Taken off his rehab assignment and will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.
Zach Rosscup, P, CHC - (Shoulder) Cleared of any structural damage by an MRI.
Bruce Chen, P, KC - (Back) Threw 16 pitches from a mound Wednesday.
Eury Perez, OF, WAS - (Toe) Recalled and placed on the 60-day DL with a fracture.

Out
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR - (Personal) Expected to return to the team Saturday.

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

Activated from the DL
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Eury Perez, OF, WAS (60-day DL)

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Brad Brach, P, BAL
Greg Dobbs, 1B, WAS
Eury Perez, OF, WAS
Kyle Crockett, P, CLE (from Double-A)
Casey Coleman, P, KC

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Danny Salazar, P, CLE
Sandy Leon, C, WAS
Nick Christiani, P, CIN
Kevin Quackenbush, P, SD

Designated for Assignment
Justin Maxwell, OF, KC
Evan Meek, P, BAL
Jeff Francis, P, CIN

Closer Watch

Los Angeles Angels - After Ernesto Frieri picked up his fifth save of the season with a clean frame against the Phillies on Tuesday, manager Mike Scoscia turned to Joe Smith to nail down Wednesday’s victory. Smith responded by retiring the side in order, in the process lowering his ERA and WHIP down to 2.65 and 1.00, respectively. It appears the duo will continue to share ninth-inning duties for the time being, but Frieri still seems like the slightly better bet for save chances, given he’s averaged close to five more strikeouts per nine innings in his career than Smith has (12.2 K/9 against 7.4). Frieri has, however, had trouble keeping the ball in the yard this season (six homers in 17.1 innings) and if those issues persist, Smith could claim the role for himself.

Hot Batter Matchups – May 17, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
P. Bourjos OF STL vs ATL
2:15PM
A. Harang 13 6 3 1 4 0 3 .462 .462 .923 1.385
J. Peralta SS STL vs ATL
2:15PM
A. Harang 28 10 5 2 3 1 7 .357 .379 .679 1.058
R. Braun OF MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 25 8 5 0 1 2 5 .320 .370 .520 .890
J. Lucroy C MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 26 9 4 2 6 1 3 .346 .370 .654 1.024
D. Wright 3B NYM @ WAS
4:05PM
G. Gonzalez 14 4 3 1 3 5 1 .286 .450 .714 1.164
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs PIT
4:05PM
E. Volquez 12 4 1 0 2 3 5 .333 .467 .417 .883
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 20 6 2 2 2 4 3 .300 .417 .600 1.017
M. Byrd OF PHI vs CIN
7:05PM
H. Bailey 16 6 3 2 7 0 2 .375 .353 .813 1.165
M. Napoli 1B BOS vs DET
7:10PM
R. Porcello 12 4 3 0 0 1 4 .333 .385 .667 1.051
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 12 4 2 1 2 1 3 .333 .385 .667 1.051
R. Davis OF DET @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 28 11 3 0 3 0 9 .393 .393 .536 .929
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 35 15 6 4 9 4 1 .429 .488 .857 1.345
V. Martinez DH DET @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lackey 27 11 1 0 0 3 3 .407 .484 .444 .928
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs TOR
8:05PM
M. Buehrle 33 12 3 1 4 0 6 .364 .364 .515 .879
S. Choo OF TEX vs TOR
8:05PM
M. Buehrle 33 14 3 1 2 2 5 .424 .472 .606 1.078
G. Parra OF ARI vs LAD
8:10PM
C. Kershaw 21 7 3 0 0 2 7 .333 .417 .476 .893
C. Ross OF ARI vs LAD
8:10PM
C. Kershaw 23 8 3 0 0 2 6 .348 .400 .478 .878
A. Ethier OF LAD @ ARI
8:10PM
J. Collmenter 11 5 2 0 1 1 0 .455 .538 .636 1.175
G. Jones 1B MIA @ SF
9:05PM
T. Lincecum 17 4 3 2 4 0 8 .235 .235 .647 .882
S. Rodriguez SS TB @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson 18 6 1 1 2 3 2 .333 .455 .500 .955
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 17, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Gio Gonzalez WAS vs NYM
4:05PM
99 16 8 2 8 13 31 .162 .255 .318 .573
Scott Kazmir OAK @ CLE
7:05PM
104 13 4 1 3 7 27 .125 .187 .190 .376
Cole Hamels PHI vs CIN
7:05PM
79 16 7 2 8 8 17 .203 .284 .381 .664
Clayton Kershaw LAD @ ARI
8:10PM
167 35 12 1 7 12 47 .210 .266 .296 .562
Tim Lincecum SF vs MIA
9:05PM
63 13 5 3 7 3 26 .206 .275 .371 .646
C.J. Wilson LAA vs TB
9:05PM
117 25 7 3 12 19 31 .214 .333 .332 .666
Cold Batter Matchups – May 17, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Holliday OF STL vs ATL
2:15PM
A. Harang 26 3 0 0 2 1 8 .115 .179 .115 .294
E. Bonifacio 2B CHC vs MIL
2:20PM
M. Garza 14 5 0 0 1 0 3 .357 .357 .357 .714
L. Overbay 1B MIL @ CHC
2:20PM
E. Jackson 30 4 2 1 3 4 4 .133 .235 .267 .502
B. Abreu OF NYM @ WAS
4:05PM
G. Gonzalez 16 1 1 0 1 1 8 .063 .118 .125 .243
C. Granderson OF NYM @ WAS
4:05PM
G. Gonzalez 19 2 1 1 2 1 7 .105 .150 .263 .413
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ WAS
4:05PM
G. Gonzalez 10 2 0 0 1 1 3 .200 .273 .200 .473
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 28 4 2 0 1 1 8 .143 .172 .286 .458
J. Votto 1B CIN @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels 14 2 1 0 1 2 1 .143 .250 .214 .464
A. Cabrera SS CLE vs OAK
7:05PM
S. Kazmir 12 0 0 0 0 2 4 .000 .143 .000 .143
D. Murphy OF CLE vs OAK
7:05PM
S. Kazmir 14 2 0 0 0 1 3 .143 .200 .143 .343
R. Raburn OF CLE vs OAK
7:05PM
S. Kazmir 17 3 2 0 1 0 7 .176 .176 .353 .529
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs OAK
7:05PM
S. Kazmir 35 5 1 1 2 3 7 .143 .211 .229 .439
D. Brown OF PHI vs CIN
7:05PM
H. Bailey 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 .091 .091 .182 .273
J. Rollins SS PHI vs CIN
7:05PM
H. Bailey 16 3 0 0 0 0 3 .188 .188 .188 .375
D. Pedroia 2B BOS vs DET
7:10PM
R. Porcello 10 2 1 0 1 1 1 .200 .250 .300 .550
G. Sizemore OF BOS vs DET
7:10PM
R. Porcello 15 3 0 0 1 1 3 .200 .250 .200 .450
E. Andrus SS TEX vs TOR
8:05PM
M. Buehrle 16 2 1 0 0 2 2 .125 .222 .250 .472
A. Rios OF TEX vs TOR
8:05PM
M. Buehrle 25 4 1 1 3 2 4 .160 .222 .280 .502
P. Goldschmidt 1B ARI vs LAD
8:10PM
C. Kershaw 23 4 2 1 2 2 9 .174 .240 .348 .588
M. Montero C ARI vs LAD
8:10PM
C. Kershaw 29 6 3 0 4 0 11 .207 .207 .310 .517
A. Pollock OF ARI vs LAD
8:10PM
C. Kershaw 17 3 1 0 0 0 3 .176 .176 .235 .412
M. Prado 3B ARI vs LAD
8:10PM
C. Kershaw 26 3 0 0 0 1 3 .115 .148 .115 .264
J. Uribe 3B LAD @ ARI
8:10PM
J. Collmenter 10 2 1 0 1 1 2 .200 .273 .300 .573
R. Johnson OF MIA @ SF
9:05PM
T. Lincecum 11 1 1 0 0 0 5 .091 .167 .182 .348
C. McGehee 3B MIA @ SF
9:05PM
T. Lincecum 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
D. DeJesus OF TB @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson 17 2 0 0 1 1 3 .118 .211 .118 .328
D. Jennings OF TB @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson 18 2 1 0 1 3 5 .111 .238 .167 .405
E. Longoria 3B TB @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson 19 3 1 1 2 6 8 .158 .360 .316 .676
J. Molina C TB @ LAA
9:05PM
C. Wilson 16 3 2 0 4 0 4 .188 .188 .313 .500
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 17, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
John Lackey BOS vs DET
7:10PM
179 60 17 7 21 13 34 .335 .390 .519 .909
Josh Collmenter ARI vs LAD
8:10PM
69 24 12 6 17 6 12 .348 .406 .715 1.121

Recommended Pickup
Ichiro Suzuki, OF, NYY - Relegated to bench duty to open 2014, Suzuki quietly went 20-for-55 (.364 average) with nine runs scored and two steals in his first 30 games of the season. Carlos Beltran (elbow) is expected to miss at least six-to-eight weeks and could be out up to three months if surgery is ultimately deemed necessary, so the door is open for Suzuki to slot back in as an everyday player. The now 40-year-old Suzuki has been dealing with an injury of his own of late, a back issue that sprung up after a diving attempt last weekend, but he was available off the bench Thursday and is seemingly close to turning the page on the ailment. Zoilo Almonte isn’t much of a threat to steal playing time, and as long as Suzuki can stay healthy, he should prove to be a buoy in batting average and runs.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP - Homer Bailey, CIN ($14,529)
C - Josmil Pinto, MIN ($5,218)
1B - Eric Hosmer, KC ($5,481)
2B - Jedd Gyorko, SD ($5,355)
SS - Ian Desmond, WAS ($5,466)
3B - Matt Carpenter, STL ($5,144)
OF - Ichiro Suzuki, NYY ($5,233)