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Monday Lineup Card: Grilled Cheese Is Cooking

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)

Tigers (Drew Smyly - L) at Indians (Corey Kluber - R), 7:00
Reds (Mike Leake - R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R), 7:05
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 7:10
White Sox (Scott Carroll - R) at Royals (Jason Vargas - L), 8:10
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Angels (Garrett Richards - R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Brandon Barnes, OF, COL (Illness) - Held out of action Saturday due to food poisoning but struck out in a pinch hit appearance Sunday.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX (Neck) - Slated to return to the lineup Tuesday, after missing the last two outings due to a herniated disc.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (Illness) - Missed Sunday's game as a result of flu-like symptoms.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB (Hamstring) - May not be able to avoid the disabled list due to his bout with a sore hamstring.
Corey Hart, 1B, SEA (Hamstring) - Strained his hamstring on an attempted stolen base Sunday and will travel Monday to Seattle rather than Texas, the next destination on the Mariners' schedule.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI (Shoulder) - Out of the lineup for a second day in a row Sunday due to a sore shoulder.
Tim Hudson, P, SF (Hip) - Threw 60-to-70 pitches off flat ground before Sunday's contest and is on track to make his scheduled start Friday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (Neck) - Left Sunday's outing due to a neck strain.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Hamstring) - Removed from Sunday's game due to "a little tightness" in his hamstring but is aiming to play Tuesday.
Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX (Wrist) - Scratched Sunday as a result of a sore right wrist.
Alexi Ogando, P, TEX (Hand) - Not available Sunday due to a bruised hand suffered on a line drive in Saturday's game.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Shoulder) - Diagnosed with a sprained shoulder following a diving attempt at a catch Sunday and will be evaluated prior to Tuesday's outing.
Tyler Pastornicky, SS, ATL (Calf) - Held out Sunday due to a sore left calf suffered Saturday while leaping for a ball.
Rick Porcello, P, DET (Oblique) - Enduring a sore left side, which spurred his next start to be pushed back from Thursday to Sunday.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI (Eye) - Seeing an eye doctor Monday, before flying to St. Louis for the Diamondbacks' three-game set starting Tuesday.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (Groin) - Left Sunday's contest after tweaking his groin, leaving him day-to-day.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (Illness) - Missed his third consecutive contest Sunday due to a stomach bug.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (Hamstring) - Sustained a tight hamstring in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader, resulting in his removal.
Mark Trumbo, OF, ARI (Foot) - Targeting July 1 for a return to the field.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU (Hand) - Removed from Sunday's contest due to a right hand contusion.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (Quadriceps) - May soon land on the DL due to his strained left quad.

Players on the DL
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS (Ankle) - Will undergo an MRI on his ankle in the next few days.
Michael Almanzar, 3B, BAL (Knee) - Received a PRP injection in his knee Thursday.
Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA (Ankle) - Expected to extend his rehab assignment a few more days at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA (Shoulder) - Tossed a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday.
Bruce Chen, P, KC (Back) - Threw 20 pitches during an expanded bullpen session Saturday.
Jesse Crain, P, HOU (Biceps) - Threw a bullpen session at 60-70 percent Saturday.
David Freese, 3B, LAA (Finger) - Clubbed a three-run shot among three at-bats in his first rehab outing Saturday at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Gonzalez Germen, P, NYM (Illness) - Tossed a scoreless inning at High-A St. Lucie on Friday and is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.
Jason Giambi, DH, CLE (Calf) - Slated for activation from the disabled list early in the week.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS (Shoulder) - Had an MRI performed on his inflamed left shoulder, which revealed no inflammation.
Jason Grilli, P, PIT (Oblique) - Throwing bullpen sessions on back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday, after which a decision will be made regarding activation from the DL.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (Thumb) - Expected to start a rehab assignment Friday and could return after a mere three games in the minors.
Jim Henderson, P, MIL (Shoulder) - Racked up 20-to-25 pitches during a bullpen session Sunday.
Derek Holland, P, TEX (Knee) - Won't kick off a rehab assignment this week.
Omar Infante, 2B, KC (Back) - Took swings from a tee and via soft toss, while also fielding light grounders Sunday.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE (Abdomen) - Took groundballs Saturday and may begin a rehab assignment next weekend.
Mat Latos, P, CIN (Elbow) - Mixed in his entire repertoire during a 35-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
Russell Martin, C, PIT (Leg) - May be activated from the DL as soon as Wednesday, if he continues to progress with his running, strength, and agility drills.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA (Hamstring) - Participated in a simulated game Saturday and is nearing the commencement of a rehab assignment.
Jason Motte, P, STL (Elbow) - Threw a bullpen session Sunday and could be activated Tuesday, if everything goes as planned.
Felipe Paulino, P, CWS (Shoulder) - Made another rehab start Sunday at Triple-A Charlotte, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out six in five frames.
James Paxton, P, SEA (Back) - Tossed a successful 36-pitch simulated game Saturday.
Mike Pelfrey, P, MIN (Groin) - Surrendered one run on five hits and one walk, while punching out three in five innings, during Friday's rehab start at Triple-A Rochester.
Martin Perez, P, TEX (Elbow) - Having Tommy John surgery performed Monday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (Hamstring) - Intends to begin light running early in the week.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD (Shoulder) - Returning to the rotation Wednesday at the Mets.
CC Sabathia, P, NYY (Knee) - Unlikely to return to the rotation when first eligible on May 10.
Chris Sale, P, CWS (Arm) - Will likely make another rehab start, before he's activated from the disabled list.
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX (Elbow) - Will embark upon his rehab assignment as a starter with the intention of returning to the rotation in June.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (Back) - Had a non-surgical procedure performed on his lingering back injury.
Jonny Venters, P, ATL (Elbow) - Experienced discomfort in his elbow during a live batting practice session Wednesday.
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA (Shoulder) - Completed a 55-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (Elbow) - Received a shot last Monday and won't come off the DL when first eligible on May 26.
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN (Wrist) - Batting 2-for-9 with a double, RBI, and run scored during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (Thumb) - Performed outfield drills over the weekend.

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

Activated from the DL
Tony Cingrani, P, CIN
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS
Jaime Garcia, P, STL
Wilin Rosario, C, COL
Anibal Sanchez, P, DET

Placed on the DL
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS
Jake Elmore, SS, OAK (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS

Called Up
Brandon Cumpton, P, PIT
Ryan Mattheus, P, WAS
Jose Ramirez, P, NYY
Daniel Robertson, OF, TEX

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Tucker Barnhart, C, CIN
Mike McKenry, C, COL
Miles Mikolas, P, TEX
Justin Miller, P, DET
Jorge Rondon, P, STL
Joe Savery, P, OAK
Michael Tonkin, P, MIN
Neil Wagner, P, TOR

Claimed off Waivers
Jeff Francis, P, OAK (from CIN)

Signed
Heath Bell, P, BAL (To minor league contract)
Jayson Nix, SS, TB (To minor league contract)
Chris Schwinden, P, TEX (To minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Pirates - Two simulated games under Jason Grilli's belt, two sim outings to go Tuesday and Wednesday. Yes, Grilled Cheese is cooking, and if he emerges from the back-to-back sessions in satisfactory form, he's expected to be activated and take what's rightfully his, the closing job, from Mark Melancon. Consequently, Melancon may only be of value for a short time, except when Grilli's services are required on three consecutive days. Any tight situation that arises Tuesday or Wednesday, though, should be handled adequately by Melancon, who has succeeded in six of eight save chances during Grilli's recovery from a strained left oblique.

Hot Batter Matchups – May 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 17 8 3 3 7 2 3 .471 .526 1.000 1.526
V. Martinez DH DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 12 6 0 0 0 1 1 .500 .538 .500 1.038
W. Ramos C WAS vs CIN
7:05PM
M. Leake 12 4 3 2 3 1 1 .333 .385 .917 1.301
J. Werth OF WAS vs CIN
7:05PM
M. Leake 17 7 2 1 2 3 2 .412 .476 .647 1.123
G. Beckham 2B CWS @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 13 5 2 1 3 1 1 .385 .429 .692 1.121
P. Konerko 1B CWS @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 16 7 3 1 1 2 1 .438 .500 .750 1.250
A. Ramirez SS CWS @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 18 8 2 2 4 0 2 .444 .444 .778 1.222
C. Carter OF HOU @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 10 5 2 1 3 1 3 .500 .545 .900 1.445
E. Aybar SS LAA vs HOU
10:05PM
D. Keuchel 12 5 2 0 2 0 1 .417 .417 .583 1.000
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs HOU
10:05PM
D. Keuchel 10 4 2 1 2 0 1 .400 .400 .800 1.200
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "hot" today.
Cold Batter Matchups – May 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Avila C DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 15 2 1 0 3 2 4 .133 .235 .200 .435
T. Hunter OF DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 12 3 1 0 1 0 4 .250 .250 .333 .583
A. Jackson OF DET @ CLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 11 2 1 0 1 1 3 .182 .250 .273 .523
G. Dobbs 1B WAS vs CIN
7:05PM
M. Leake 10 2 1 1 3 0 2 .200 .200 .500 .700
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 19, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Mike Leake CIN @ WAS
7:05PM
82 24 9 5 15 10 11 .293 .364 .518 .882
Corey Kluber CLE vs DET
7:05PM
71 23 6 3 14 6 15 .324 .377 .496 .872
Jason Vargas KC vs CWS
8:10PM
76 30 12 8 18 9 11 .395 .463 .772 1.235
Dallas Keuchel HOU @ LAA
10:05PM
65 21 9 3 8 5 13 .323 .371 .551 .922

Recommended Pickup

Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS - Starting the current campaign on the disabled list, Beckham was predictably silent at the plate in his initial five games but has been belting the ball in the meantime, slashing .313/.343/.500 with three homers, eight RBI, and nine runs scored in 64 May at-bats. On Monday, he's been gift-wrapped the Royals' Jason Vargas, who has allowed six long balls to right-handed batters in nine nods this season en route to a .421 slugging percentage against. Beckham, a righty, has himself welcomed southpaws, against whom he's recorded two of his three round-trippers, as well as nine hits across 21 at-bats in 2014. Although baseball is frought with volatility from game to game, the second baseman is seemingly as close to a sure thing that exists in Monday's meager slate of contests.

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