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Monday Lineup Card: Plouffe Positive

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)

Red Sox (John Lackey - R) at Indians (Justin Masterson - R), 7:05
Mets (Bartolo Colon - R) at Phillies (Roberto Hernandez - R), 7:05
Mariners (Felix Hernandez - R) at Yankees (David Phelps - R), 7:05
Rays (Alex Cobb - R) at Marlins (Randy Wolf - L), 7:10
Twins (Kyle Gibson - R) at Brewers (Matt Garza - R), 7:20
Royals (Danny Duffy - L) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller - R), 8:00
White Sox (Jose Quintana - L) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 10:10
Pirates (Charlie Morton - R) at Padres (Tim Stauffer - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA (Illness) - Held out for a fourth outing in a row Sunday due to an illness.
Welington Castillo, C, CHC (Back) - Left Sunday's game due to back soreness but expects to play Tuesday.
Michael Choice, OF, TEX (Leg) - Scratched from the lineup Sunday as a result of a left shin contusion.
Nelson Cruz, OF, BAL (Hand) - Hit by a pitch Sunday, resulting in his removal from the game, but X-rays were returned negative.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TB (Quadriceps) - Scratched shortly before Sunday's contest with an injured quadriceps.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN (Elbow) - Suffered a sore elbow following a long throw during Saturday's contest.
James Jones, OF, SEA (Groin) - Removed from Sunday's game due to a tight left groin.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (Ribs) - Scheduled for an MRI as a result of a rib-cage concern that knocked him out of Sunday's extra-inning affair.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (Calf) - Sat out Sunday, after leaving Saturday's game early due to a tight right calf.
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD (Quadriceps) - Emerged from Sunday's outing with a strained right quadriceps.
Mike Morse, OF, SF (Foot) - Likely returning to action Tuesday, after missing one outing due to a foul ball taken off his foot Saturday.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK (Calf) - Missed contests Saturday and Sunday due to calf tightness.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (Knee) - Hyperextended his knee Saturday, which held him out Sunday.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN (Eye) - Wasn't in the lineup for a second consecutive outing Sunday, as he tends to the laceration to his right eyelid suffered during a stolen base attempt Friday.
Ali Solis, C, TB (Nose) - Removed from Saturday's outing due to a contusion suffered when he was struck in the nose by a pitch that first hit the ground, then his chest protector.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA (Back) - Expects to return to the lineup Tuesday, after sitting out Saturday and Sunday due to a tight upper back.
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC (Abdomen) - Should be able to play Tuesday following two contests missed as a result of an abdominal injury.
Yordano Ventura, P, KC (Elbow) - Threw well during a bullpen session Saturday, with another scheduled for Monday.

Players on the DL
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW (Ankle) - In line to be activated from the DL on Monday, despite getting hit by a pitch on the upper arm during Saturday's sim game.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY (Elbow) - Will be stationed at the Yankees' minor league complex Monday through Wednesday, and if all goes well, he could be activated from the DL as early as Thursday.
Chad Billingsley, P, LAD (Elbow) - Throwing a simulated game Tuesday, after which a rehab assignment may commence.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (Knee) - Slated to toss a sim game Monday.
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (Hamstring) - Partaking in baseball activities, including running the bases, taking batting practice, and catching bullpen sessions.
Ryan Cook, P, OAK (Forearm) - Likely getting activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (Ankle) - May spend very close to the minimum 15 days on the DL.
Dane De La Rosa, P, LAA (Shoulder) - Boasts a 6.00 ERA during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake, but his velocity is becoming more consistent.
Gio Gonzalez, P, WAS (Shoulder) - Completed a 50-pitch simulated game Sunday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (Thumb) - Slated for activation from the disabled list Tuesday.
Tommy Hunter, P, BAL (Groin) - Recorded a successful bullpen session Sunday and will do so again Tuesday.
Nate Jones, P, CHW (Back) - Hasn't started baseball activities since undergoing an early May procedure to repair a herniated disc.
Zach McAllister, P, CLE (Back) - Making a rehab start Wednesday at Low-A Lake County.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (Finger) - Scheduled to take part in a simulated game Monday.
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI (Hand) - Requires surgery on his hand, which will knock him out for 6-to-8 weeks.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (Hamstring) - Will bat lower in the lineup once he's activated from the disabled list mid-week.
Kevin Siegrist, P, STL (Forearm) - Able to throw without pain Sunday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (Hamstring) - Started running the bases recently.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (Quadriceps) - Will receive a day off Monday and commence a rehab assignment thereafter.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (Elbow) - Came out of Sunday's throwing session better than he did Friday's.
Steven Wright, P, BOS (Hernia) - Moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk in six innings Saturday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (Thumb) - Logged seven innings in left field Saturday at High-A Potomac.

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

Activated from the DL
Francisley Bueno, P, KC

Placed on the DL
Tim Beckham, 2B, TB (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Mike Carp, OF, BOS
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Jeff Manship, P, PHI
Wil Myers, OF, TB
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI
Matt Reynolds, P, ARI (Transferred to 60-day DL)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA (7-day DL)
Danny Valencia, 3B, KC

Called Up
Phillippe Aumont, P, PHI
Garin Cecchini, 3B, BOS
Paul Clemens, P, HOU
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
J.T. Realmuto, C, MIA
Casey Sadler, P, PIT
Stephen Vogt, C, OAK

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Aaron Brooks, P, KC
Matt den Dekker, OF, NYM
Jarrett Grube, P, LAA
Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU
Wirfin Obispo, P, PIT
Fernando Rodriguez, P, OAK
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI
Marcus Semien, 3B, CHW
Alex White, P, HOU
Alex Wilson, P, BOS

Contract Selected
Dana Eveland, P, NYM
Jarrett Grube, P, LAA
Cesar Jimenez, P, PHI
David Peralta, OF, ARI
Jerry Sands, OF, TB

Designated for Assignment
Jeremy Horst, P, PHI
Wade LeBlanc, P, LAA

Claimed off Waivers
Wirfin Obispo, P, PIT

Signed
Cody Overbeck, 1B, SD

Traded
Bryan Morris, P, MIA (From PIT)

Closer Watch

Mets - Counting appearances in both ends of a doubleheader on May 25, Jenrry Mejia has taken the mound in six of nine contests, during which he locked down the save on four occasions. Despite the preponderance of outings on his ledger during that stretch, which includes extra baseball in three consecutive games Friday through Sunday, he has avoided pitching in three in a row, making him theoretically available for Monday's series finale at Philadelphia. His path to a succesful save Sunday included serving up a long ball in the 11th, though, opening the door for others in the overworked 'pen (20 innings total in the last three) to receive a late-inning chance. Scratch those (Scott Rice and Josh Edgin) that have worked three straight, and Mejia will be contending with the likes of free-pass maven Vic Black and Jeurys Familia in the ninth or beyond Monday.

Hot Batter Matchups – June 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 15 4 1 1 2 3 5 .267 .389 .467 .856
A. Pierzynski C BOS @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 36 14 4 0 4 1 5 .389 .395 .500 .895
J. Giambi DH CLE vs BOS
7:05PM
J. Lackey 40 13 5 3 7 5 5 .325 .426 .600 1.026
D. Murphy OF CLE vs BOS
7:05PM
J. Lackey 19 7 3 0 1 3 4 .368 .455 .579 1.033
C. Granderson OF NYM @ PHI
7:05PM
R. Hernandez 43 18 10 3 7 8 8 .419 .510 .860 1.370
J. Ellsbury OF NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 25 8 3 2 3 2 5 .320 .370 .600 .970
B. Gardner OF NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 24 9 2 0 2 2 6 .375 .423 .458 .881
B. Roberts 2B NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 33 12 5 0 1 6 9 .364 .462 .515 .977
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 64 19 9 5 9 8 15 .297 .370 .594 .964
J. Rollins SS PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
B. Colon 15 5 2 1 2 1 2 .333 .375 .600 .975
N. Aoki OF KC @ STL
8:10PM
S. Miller 14 7 1 1 1 1 2 .500 .533 .714 1.248
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 13 8 6 4 9 1 3 .615 .643 1.692 2.335
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 2, 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 – June 2, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Pedroia 2B BOS @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 19 4 0 0 1 1 2 .211 .250 .211 .461
A. Cabrera SS CLE vs BOS
7:05PM
J. Lackey 23 4 1 1 2 1 7 .174 .240 .304 .544
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs SEA
7:05PM
F. Hernandez 11 2 1 0 0 0 4 .182 .250 .273 .523
Y. Escobar SS TB @ MIA
7:10PM
R. Wolf 11 2 1 0 0 1 1 .182 .250 .273 .523
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 2, 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 @ CLE
7:05PM
97 27 11 4 11 11 20 .278 .370 .491 .861
Roberto Hernandez PHI vs NYM
7:05PM
85 29 11 3 11 17 13 .341 .465 .579 1.044

Recommended Pickup

Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN - Already mentioned in this space on Apr. 21, Plouffe's slash line has since taken a nose dive -- .307/.415/.477 in April to .204/.256/.381 last month -- due to a swoon in the first half of May. However, he's nabbed hits in five consecutive tilts, and 13 of the past 18, en route to a .282 average (20-for-71), four long balls, 12 RBI, eight runs scored, and a 6:14 BB:K. His sweltering start to the season has seemingly normalized, but the resumption of power at the plate (he's clubbed a homer every 27.1 at-bats in his career) forecasts friendly skies for the remainder of the campaign. He'll attempt to keep up the pace Monday against right-hander Matt Garza, whose righty brethren have surrendered a .265/.349/.450 line to Plouffe in 2014.

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