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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)
Rangers (Nick Tepesch - R) at Nationals (Doug Fister - R), 12:05
Twins (Kevin Correia - R) at Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka - R), 1:05
Royals (Aaron Brooks - R) at Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman - R), 1:07
Padres (Tyson Ross - R) at White Sox (Andre Rienzo - R), 2:10
Giants (Yusmeiro Petit - R) at Cardinals (Michael Wacha - R), 2:15
Rockies (Franklin Morales - L) at Indians (Trevor Bauer - R), 3:05
Mets (Jacob deGrom - R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick - R), 3:05
Cubs (Jason Hammel - R) at Brewers (Wily Peralta - R), 4:10
Orioles (Chris Tillman - R) at Astros (Dallas Keuchel - L), 4:10
Braves (Ervin Santana - R) at Marlins (Jacob Turner - R), 4:10
Rays (Jake Odorizzi - R) at Red Sox (Rubby De La Rosa - R), 7:15
Pirates (Brandon Cumpton - R) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu - L), 7:15
Angels (Tyler Skaggs - L) at Athletics (Tommy Milone - L), 10:05
Tigers (Drew Smyly - L) at Mariners (Chris Young - R), 10:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: TEX/WAS, MIN/NYY, KC/TOR, SD/CWS, SF/STL, COL/CLE, NYM/PHI, CHC/MIL, BAL/HOU, ATL/MIA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Buster Posey, C, SF - (Back) Missed a second straight start Friday.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA - (Hand) Expected to return to the lineup this weekend.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL - (Calf) Held out of the Cardinals’ lineup again Friday.
Yordano Ventura, P, KC - (Elbow) Scheduled for a light bullpen session Saturday and a full bullpen Monday.
Tim Lincecum, P, SF - (Finger) Developed a blister during Wednesday’s outing but expects to make his next scheduled start Tuesday.
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA - (Elbow) Expects to make his next start Tuesday against the Rays.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN - (Face) Left Friday’s game after suffering a facial injury.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS - (Back) Reported improvement Friday but still not able to play.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN - (Back) Held out of the lineup Friday for a third straight game.
Will Venable, OF, SD - (Foot) Was not included in Friday’s lineup.
Cliff Pennington, SS, AZ - (Thumb) Sat in favor of Chris Owings again Friday.

Players on the DL
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA - (Thumb) Resumed his rehab at Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and could be activated Tuesday.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL - (Finger) Will not require surgery to repair fracture.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI - (Elbow) Not expected to resume throwing for another week or so.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - (Thumb) Served as the designated hitter in his first game with High-A Potomac on Friday.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN - (Quadriceps) Hit and ran on the field at Great American Ballpark on Friday.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY - (Elbow) Took batting practice on the field Friday and did not experience any discomfort.
Andrew Cashner, P, SD - (Elbow) Penciled in for a simulated game Monday and is expected to bypass a minor league rehab assignment.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL - (Elbow) Threw about 25 times Friday and said afterward that his arm had some life.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS - (Shoulder) Completed a bullpen session Thursday and is now scheduled for a simulated game Sunday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL - (Hamstring) Begins a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Sunday.
Mark Trumbo, OF, AZ - (Foot) Played catch and took swings off a tee Wednesday.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS - (Knee) Scheduled to play catch Saturday.
CC Sabathia, P, NYY - (Knee) Met with team doctors Friday to determine the next step in his rehab.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE - (Knee) Could be cleared for land-based drills as soon as Monday.
Mike Pelfrey, P, MIN - (Elbow) Diagnosed with an irritated ulnar nerve.
Zach McAllister, P, CLE - (Back) Threw a simulated game to minor league hitters Friday.
Jordan Walden, P, ATL - (Hamstring) Making progress and could rejoin the Braves’ bullpen at some point next week.
J.J. Putz, P, AZ - (Forearm) Threw another simulated game Friday and is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back rehab games next Thursday and Friday.
Dan Hudson, P, AZ - (Elbow) Set to throw a bullpen session within a week.
Casey Kelly, P, SD - (Elbow) Underwent an MRI last week, which came back clean.
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB - (Elbow) Completed a bullpen session Friday and is now scheduled to pitch three innings in a simulated game Monday.
Edgmer Escalona, P, BAL - (Shoulder) Began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS - (Wrist) Diagnosed with a broken hamate bone and will require surgery.
Shawn Kelley, P, NYY - (Back) Threw off a mound Friday for the first time since landing on the DL.
Chris Withrow, P, LAD - (Elbow) Placed on the 15-day DL with a torn UCL.
Bruce Chen, P, KC - (Back) Set for a side session Sunday, after which he will begin a rehab assignment.

Out
Matt Cain, P, SF - (Hamstring) Scratched from his scheduled start Saturday and is headed for the DL.

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

Activated from the DL
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
Pedro Strop, P, CHC

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS
Blake Beavan, P, SEA (transferred to 60-day DL)
Hector Rondon, P, CHC (paternity list)

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL
Bobby Korecky, P, TOR
Marcus Stroman, P, TOR
Alex Hassan, P, BOS
Endy Chavez, OF, SEA

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Rob Rasmussen, P, TOR
Shane Robinson, OF, STL
Brandon Maurer, P, SEA

Designated for Assignment
Bobby Korecky, P, TOR

Closer Watch

Los Angeles Angels - Ernesto Frieri notched another save Thursday, his eighth of the year and third since last Sunday. Meanwhile, Joe Smith has been working in the setup role, and despite manager Mike Scoscia’s refusal to officially name Frieri as closer, it looks like Frieri has reclaimed the job. The home run issues that plagued Frieri early in the season seem to have been corrected, as he has now gone eight straight appearances without allowing a homer.

Cleveland Indians - Cody Allen retired the side in order and struck out two in the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Rockies en route to his second save of the season. The Indians’ closer situation has been murky since John Axford was removed from the role, but Allen, who has struck out 29 in 22.1 innings this season, took a step toward claiming the job Friday. Bryan Shaw has posted better ratios thus far (1.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP) and is an option as well, but manager Terry Francona has not yet tipped his hand as to which player he prefers.

Hot Batter Matchups – May 31, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ WAS
12:05PM
D. Fister 20 8 2 0 4 0 0 .400 .381 .500 .881
S. Choo OF TEX @ WAS
12:05PM
D. Fister 28 9 4 2 5 1 4 .321 .345 .607 .952
A. Rios OF TEX @ WAS
12:05PM
D. Fister 19 10 1 0 2 1 1 .526 .550 .579 1.129
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs MIN
1:05PM
K. Correia 28 9 6 5 10 3 6 .321 .387 .893 1.280
D. Wright 3B NYM @ PHI
3:05PM
K. Kendrick 44 15 6 3 7 2 7 .341 .362 .614 .975
S. Castro SS CHC @ MIL
4:10PM
W. Peralta 19 9 3 2 4 0 3 .474 .474 .842 1.316
A. Rizzo 1B CHC @ MIL
4:10PM
W. Peralta 16 6 3 2 5 2 2 .375 .444 .813 1.257
J. Saltalamacchia C MIA vs ATL
4:10PM
E. Santana 12 3 2 1 3 1 2 .250 .308 .583 .891
R. Braun OF MIL vs CHC
4:10PM
J. Hammel 11 5 1 0 1 1 1 .455 .571 .545 1.117
H. Kendrick 2B LAA @ OAK
10:05PM
T. Milone 23 10 3 2 7 0 3 .435 .435 .739 1.174
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ OAK
10:05PM
T. Milone 16 7 6 0 0 1 0 .438 .471 .813 1.283
G. Parra OF ARI vs CIN
10:10PM
J. Cueto 11 4 4 2 3 3 1 .364 .500 1.091 1.591
M. Prado 3B ARI vs CIN
10:10PM
J. Cueto 14 5 2 1 5 1 0 .357 .438 .643 1.080
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 31, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason Hammel CHC @ MIL
4:10PM
79 18 3 0 3 6 16 .228 .292 .267 .559
Cold Batter Matchups – May 31, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
E. Andrus SS TEX @ WAS
12:05PM
D. Fister 28 6 0 0 1 1 3 .214 .267 .214 .481
M. Moreland 1B TEX @ WAS
12:05PM
D. Fister 15 2 0 0 1 0 1 .133 .125 .133 .258
A. Soriano OF NYY vs MIN
1:05PM
K. Correia 22 5 2 2 3 0 7 .227 .227 .500 .727
L. Duda OF NYM @ PHI
3:05PM
K. Kendrick 18 3 3 1 3 0 2 .167 .250 .444 .694
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ PHI
3:05PM
K. Kendrick 30 6 1 0 2 3 4 .200 .273 .233 .506
R. Tejada SS NYM @ PHI
3:05PM
K. Kendrick 19 4 0 0 1 0 1 .211 .211 .211 .421
C. Young OF NYM @ PHI
3:05PM
K. Kendrick 17 3 2 1 1 2 4 .176 .263 .412 .675
W. Castillo C CHC @ MIL
4:10PM
W. Peralta 10 3 1 0 0 0 3 .300 .300 .400 .700
N. Schierholtz OF CHC @ MIL
4:10PM
W. Peralta 17 1 0 0 1 0 3 .059 .056 .059 .114
L. Valbuena 3B CHC @ MIL
4:10PM
W. Peralta 13 2 0 0 0 2 0 .154 .267 .154 .421
L. Overbay 1B MIL vs CHC
4:10PM
J. Hammel 22 3 0 0 1 1 4 .136 .174 .136 .310
M. Reynolds 1B MIL vs CHC
4:10PM
J. Hammel 11 2 0 0 0 1 4 .182 .250 .182 .432
M. Montero C ARI vs CIN
10:10PM
J. Cueto 13 1 0 0 0 1 1 .077 .143 .077 .220
R. Santiago SS CIN @ ARI
10:10PM
B. McCarthy 12 2 1 0 1 0 4 .167 .231 .250 .481
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 31, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Doug Fister WAS vs TEX
12:05PM
115 37 8 2 13 3 11 .322 .341 .427 .768
Tommy Milone OAK vs LAA
10:05PM
109 35 14 3 12 8 17 .321 .371 .494 .866
Johnny Cueto CIN @ ARI
10:10PM
66 19 8 5 11 8 8 .288 .372 .577 .949

Recommended Pickup
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN - A wrist injury put Arcia out of commission in early April, and though he hit .308/.349/.487 while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester, the Twins decided to leave him down at the conclusion of the assignment to be sure the wrist was completely healthy. He was recalled late last week and proceeded to bat cleanup in his first four games back, before slotting into the five-hole for Friday’s tilt against the Yankees. The 23-year-old Arcia once again collected multiple hits Friday, the third time he’s done so since returning to the big club, and launched his second home run in four games. Last season, Arcia hit .251/.304/.430 with 14 homers in 97 games (378 plate appearances), and while he is a free swinger who will strike out a lot, playing time should remain ample as the team leans on him as a key run producer.

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DraftStreet Value Plays
P - Drew Smyly, DET ($12,265)
C - Brayan Pena, CIN ($5,213)
1B - C.J. Cron, LAA ($5,050)
2B - Ben Zobrist, TB ($5,544)
SS - Jhonny Peralta, STL ($5,540)
3B - Chase Headley, SD ($4,700)
OF - Oswaldo Arcia, OF ($5,118)
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