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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)
Indians (Corey Kluber - R) at Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez - R), 12:35
Athletics (Jesse Chavez - R) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey - R), 1:07
Yankees (Vidal Nuno - L) at White Sox (John Danks - L), 2:10
Dodgers (Dan Haren - R) at Phillies (David Buchanan - R), 3:05
Rangers (Nick Martinez - R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello - R), 4:08
Rockies (Juan Nicasio - R) at Braves (Mike Minor - L), 4:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) at Mets (Zack Wheeler - R), 4:10
Brewers (Wily Peralta - R) at Marlins (Jacob Turner - R), 4:10
Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R) at Rays (David Price - L), 4:10
Royals (James Shields - R) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker - R), 7:15
Cardinals (Jaime Garcia - L) at Reds (Tony Cingrani - L), 7:15
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg - R) at Pirates (Gerrit Cole - R), 7:15
Twins (Ricky Nolasco - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 10:05
Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L) at Mariners (Brandon Maurer - R), 10:10
Cubs (Travis Wood - L) at Padres (Donn Roach - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game
CLE/BAL, OAK/TOR, NYY/CWS, LAD/PHI, TEX/DET, COL/ATL, AZ/NYM, MIL/MIA, BOS/TB
Injuries

Day-to-Day
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL - (Finger) Left Friday’s game with a left mallet finger fracture.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL - (Oblique) Lifted from Thursday’s game in the fifth inning and was not in the lineup Friday, but said he’s hoping to return Saturday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL - (Finger) Held out of the lineup Friday for a second straight day.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL - (Groin) Removed from Thursday’s game with tightness and held out of the lineup Friday.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL - (Illness) Missed another start Friday but is expected to return to the lineup this weekend.
George Springer, OF, HOU - (Hip) Left Thursday’s game with a hip flexor strain and was held out of the lineup Friday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE - (Knee) Held out of Friday’s lineup with soreness.
Salvador Perez, C, KC - (Hand) Considered questionable for Saturday’s game.
Yovani Gallardo, P, MIL - (Foot) Appears unlikely to start Sunday but is expected to avoid the DL.
Chris Tillman, P, BAL - (Groin) Reports have suggested he’s in danger of missing his next start but he insisted he’s fine physically.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD - (Groin) Expected to avoid the DL and GM Josh Byrnes said he has a pretty good chance to rejoin the lineup by Monday.
Brad Peacock, P, HOU - (Forearm) Scratched from his scheduled start Friday but GM Jeff Luhnow said he doesn’t think it’s a DL situation.

Players on the DL
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX - (Neck) Officially placed on the 15-day DL and season-ending surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA - (Thumb) Scratched from the lineup at Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday with discomfort after getting jammed by a fastball Thursday.
Mat Latos, P, CIN - (Elbow) Scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS - (Shoulder) Felt stiffness while throwing Friday but will attempt to play catch Saturday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS - (Shoulder) Moved up to Double-A Harrisburg on Friday and could come off the DL on Sunday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS - (Finger) Stayed back in Boston to undergo further X-rays.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR - (Hamstring) Making progress in his recovery but not enough for the team to start thinking about a rehab assignment.
Taijuan Walker, P, SEA - (Shoulder) Completed a 55-pitch simulated game Friday and said afterward that he’s ready for a rehab start.
James Paxton, P, SEA - (Back) Begins a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY - (Ribs) Set to throw live batting practice Saturday.
Joe Saunders, P, TEX - (Ankle) Feels he’s ready to return to the rotation but the Rangers may send him out for a fifth rehab appearance.
Gonzalez Germen, P, NYM - (Illness) Suffered a setback in his recovery but is expected to resume throwing soon.
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB - (Elbow) Threw 35 pitches in a live batting practice session Thursday.

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

Placed on the DL
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX

Activated from the DL
Jason Grilli, P, PIT
Donnie Murphy, 3B, TEX

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Corey Knebel, P, DET
Donald Lutz, OF, CIN
Liam Hendriks, P, TOR
Rudy Owens, P, HOU
Alex Wilson, P, BOS
Jimmy Paredes, OF, KC
T.J. McFarland, P, BAL

Sent Down
Neftali Soto, 1B, CIN
Josh Zeid, P, HOU
Tony Sanchez, C, PIT
Robbie Ray, P, DET
Preston Guilmet, P, BAL
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS

Designated for Assignment
Esmil Rogers, P, TOR

Outrighted
Francisco Martinez, OF, DET

Released
Joey Butler, OF, STL

Closer Watch

Toronto Blue Jays - Since coming off the DL on May 11, Casey Janssen has allowed just five hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings. With a clean frame against the A’s on Friday, the right-hander has now racked up six saves in less than a two-week span, and while his strikeouts are way down (just four in seven appearances thus far), he’s been successful by keeping the ball on the ground and minimizing baserunners. His stabilizing presence in the ninth inning has been key to the team’s recent success.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Hours after being activated from the DL on Friday, Jason Grilli was thrust into a save situation in a one-run game against the Nationals. He issued a walk to Anthony Rendon to lead off the inning, but got Jayson Werth swinging and both Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond to fly out to earn his fifth save of the season. There was some uncertainty as to whether manager Clint Hurdle would return Grilli to the closer role immediately or if he’d ease him back in with some low-stress innings, but it’s clear the skipper still trusts Grilli over Mark Melancon with the game on the line.

Hot Batter Matchups – May 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Ellsbury OF NYY @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 11 6 1 0 1 0 0 .545 .583 .636 1.220
D. Jeter SS NYY @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 17 6 2 0 0 2 2 .353 .421 .471 .892
B. Roberts 2B NYY @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 27 9 2 1 5 4 3 .333 .419 .481 .901
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Danks 12 7 2 1 5 1 0 .583 .615 .917 1.532
D. Brown OF PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 12 4 1 1 2 3 1 .333 .467 .583 1.050
M. Byrd OF PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 24 12 7 2 5 1 4 .500 .538 1.000 1.538
R. Howard 1B PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 14 3 2 2 5 1 8 .214 .267 .643 .910
C. Utley 2B PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 18 5 2 1 4 2 2 .278 .350 .500 .850
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ DET
4:08PM
R. Porcello 16 6 2 0 0 1 2 .375 .412 .500 .912
S. Choo OF TEX @ DET
4:08PM
R. Porcello 28 9 4 0 4 3 7 .321 .387 .464 .851
A. Rios OF TEX @ DET
4:08PM
R. Porcello 38 8 4 3 7 0 7 .211 .211 .474 .684
J. Schafer OF ATL vs COL
4:10PM
J. Nicasio 11 5 2 0 0 0 3 .455 .455 .727 1.182
D. Wright 3B NYM vs ARI
4:10PM
J. Collmenter 11 2 2 2 5 0 2 .182 .182 .727 .909
J. Loney 1B TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 33 10 7 2 5 2 3 .303 .343 .636 .979
C. Heisey OF CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 15 4 4 0 1 0 4 .267 .267 .600 .867
R. Ibanez OF LAA vs KC
7:15PM
J. Shields 24 5 5 2 7 5 2 .208 .345 .625 .970
H. Kendrick 2B LAA vs KC
7:15PM
J. Shields 23 13 6 1 3 0 5 .565 .565 .957 1.522
I. Davis 1B PIT vs WAS
7:15PM
S. Strasburg 13 4 2 2 2 2 4 .308 .400 .769 1.169
G. Blanco OF SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 19 8 1 0 1 2 5 .421 .476 .474 .950
H. Pence OF SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 32 10 6 4 11 3 4 .313 .389 .750 1.139
B. Posey C SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 20 8 2 0 1 1 2 .400 .429 .500 .929
P. Sandoval 3B SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 18 9 7 3 6 2 1 .500 .550 1.222 1.772
C. Headley 3B SD vs CHC
10:10PM
T. Wood 15 6 2 2 4 0 3 .400 .400 .800 1.200
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jake Peavy BOS @ TB
4:10PM
125 26 14 6 15 11 23 .208 .272 .425 .698
Stephen Strasburg WAS @ PIT
7:15PM
80 17 6 5 10 7 27 .212 .292 .411 .703
Jaime Garcia STL @ CIN
7:15PM
143 37 9 3 15 3 27 .259 .272 .368 .640
Cold Batter Matchups – May 24, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Crisp OF OAK @ TOR
1:07PM
R. Dickey 18 2 0 0 1 1 4 .111 .150 .111 .261
T. Gwynn Jr. OF PHI vs LAD
3:05PM
D. Haren 15 2 1 0 2 4 3 .133 .316 .267 .582
E. Andrus SS TEX @ DET
4:08PM
R. Porcello 12 1 0 0 1 2 3 .083 .214 .083 .298
J. Gomes OF BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 20 4 1 0 1 1 6 .200 .238 .250 .488
M. Napoli 1B BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 27 7 3 1 1 1 15 .259 .286 .444 .730
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 14 2 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .200 .143 .343
S. Victorino OF BOS @ TB
4:10PM
D. Price 19 4 0 0 1 2 3 .211 .286 .211 .496
D. DeJesus OF TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 24 4 2 1 5 3 8 .167 .259 .375 .634
Y. Escobar SS TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 12 1 0 0 0 2 1 .083 .214 .083 .298
M. Joyce OF TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 10 1 1 1 1 2 2 .100 .250 .400 .650
E. Longoria 3B TB vs BOS
4:10PM
J. Peavy 18 4 2 1 2 0 3 .222 .222 .500 .722
J. Bruce OF CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 33 9 1 1 4 1 8 .273 .286 .364 .649
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 21 4 0 0 0 1 3 .190 .227 .190 .418
T. Frazier 3B CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 11 1 0 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .091 .182
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 13 2 0 0 0 1 2 .154 .214 .154 .368
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs STL
7:15PM
J. Garcia 38 11 4 2 7 0 7 .289 .289 .500 .789
E. Aybar SS LAA vs KC
7:15PM
J. Shields 16 4 1 1 1 0 3 .250 .294 .438 .732
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs WAS
7:15PM
S. Strasburg 10 1 0 0 1 2 4 .100 .250 .100 .350
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs WAS
7:15PM
S. Strasburg 12 2 1 0 1 1 3 .167 .231 .250 .481
M. Morse OF SF vs MIN
10:05PM
R. Nolasco 18 5 1 0 2 0 5 .278 .278 .333 .611
K. Seager 3B SEA vs HOU
10:10PM
D. Keuchel 13 3 0 0 0 0 3 .231 .231 .231 .462
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 24, 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 Danks CWS vs NYY
2:10PM
140 45 10 3 15 16 16 .321 .398 .428 .826
James Shields KC @ LAA
7:15PM
95 29 13 4 11 6 16 .305 .354 .558 .912
Ricky Nolasco MIN @ SF
10:05PM
155 51 20 7 24 13 22 .329 .382 .554 .936

Recommended Pickup
Jimmy Nelson, P, MIL - Yovani Gallardo’s status for Sunday is up in the air after he suffered a sprained ankle in his last start, but the Brewers’ decision to scratch Nelson from his scheduled outing for Triple-A Nashville on Friday suggests Gallardo is closer to doubtful. Moreover, when asked about the situation, manager Ron Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he is “leaning toward” calling somebody up to start in Gallardo’s place. Enter Nelson, who has been outstanding with Nashville this season, posting a 5-1 record with a 1.71 ERA, a .180 BAA and a 58:17 K:BB ratio in nine starts. It could end up being a one-off appearance for Nelson, as Gallardo is not expected to hit the DL, but another injury to a Brewers’ starter could result in a lengthy audition in the rotation. Those in shallow leagues may not want to take the risk, but Nelson is at least worth consideration as a streaming option.

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