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Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

Projected Starters -- A look at Wednesday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma -- R) at Braves (Mike Minor -- L), 12:10
Pirates (Francisco Liriano -- L) at Padres (Ian Kennedy -- R), 6:40
Red Sox (Brandon Workman -- R) at Indians (Corey Kluber -- R), 7:05
Athletics (Jesse Chavez -- R) at Yankees (Vidal Nuno -- L), 7:05
Phillies (A.J. Burnett -- R) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg -- R), 7:05
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey -- R) at Tigers (Rick Porcello -- R), 7:08
Marlins (Tom Koehler -- R) at Rays (David Price -- L), 7:10
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong -- R) at Reds (Tony Cingrani -- L), 7:10
Orioles (Bud Norris -- R) at Rangers (Nick Martinez -- R), 8:05
Mets (Daisuke Matsuzaka -- R) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson -- R), 8:05
Angels (Garrett Richards -- R) at Astros (Jarred Cosart -- R), 8:10
Brewers (Marco Estrada -- R) at Twins (Ricky Nolasco -- R), 8:10
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright -- R) at Royals (Jason Vargas -- L), 8:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter -- R) at Rockies (Jordan Lyles -- R), 8:40
White Sox (John Danks -- L) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett -- R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: SEA/ATL

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Michael Choice, OF, TEX (leg) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Nelson Cruz, OF, BAL (hand) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN (elbow) -- Slotted back into the lineup Tuesday.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SF (finger) -- Was cleared to start Tuesday as anticipated.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (calf) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD (quadriceps) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday.
Mike Morse, OF, SF (foot) -- Returned to the starting lineup Tuesday.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK (calf) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (back) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Darin Ruf, OF, PHI (wrist/knee) -- Suffered a sprained left wrist and a cut on his right knee in his first game back with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (wrist) -- Returned to the starting lineup Tuesday.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA (back) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday, but left in the bottom of the second inning with mid-back discomfort.
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC (abdomen) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Brandon Workman, SP, BOS (suspension) -- Was suspended six games for intentionally throwing at the Rays' Evan Longoria on Friday. Will appeal the banishment and start Wednesday vs. the Indians.

Players on the Disabled List

Cody Asche, 3B, PHI (hamstring) -- Began jogging Tuesday.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (thumb) -- Expects to have cast removed Friday.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY (elbow) -- Went 2-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's extended spring training game.
Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL (elbow) -- Threw four perfect innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday. Will soon be cleared to begin a rehab assignment with short-season Aberdeen.
Felix Doubront, SP, BOS (shoulder) -- Will require a stint on the DL longer than the 15-day minimum, and will make the first of at least two rehab starts Thursday at Double-A Portland.
Sam Fuld, OF, MIN (concussion) -- Went through full range of motion activities Monday and good begin rehab assignment this weekend.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WSH (shoulder) -- Will make a rehab start at High-A Potomac on Friday.
Tommy Hunter, RP, BAL (groin) -- Completed a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.
Wil Myers, OF, TB (wrist) -- Diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right wrist and will need to wear a cast for the next five-to-six weeks.
Cliff Pennington, SS, ARI (thumb) -- Will require surgery and is expected to miss two months.
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX (shoulder) -- Believes he won't play again this season.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL (hamstring) -- Will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday and serve as the Brewers' designated hitter later that night against the Twins.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (knee) -- Will refrain from baseball-related activities for at least 10 days.
Carlos Santana, C, CLE (concussion) -- May return to action Friday vs. the Rangers if he sustains the progress he's made thus far through the league's concussion protocol.
Johan Santana, SP, BAL (shoulder) -- Orioles have pushed his estimated return date to June 19.
Tanner Scheppers, RP, TEX (elbow) -- Will make one more rehab appearance Tuesday at Double-A Frisco before he's activated.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE (knee) -- May receive clearance to embark on a rehab assignment at some point during the Indians' upcoming 10-game road trip.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) -- Has started some light running but no determination on a possible rehab assignment has been made.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (quadriceps) -- On-field workout cancelled Tuesday due to rain.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) -- Made 30 throws from various lengths Tuesday.
Asher Wojciechowski, SP, HOU (back) -- Was returned to extended spring training as the result of a flexor strain that prevented him from starting at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Eric Young Jr., OF, NYM (hamstring) -- Ran outdoors Tuesday for the first time since landing on the DL.

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

Activated from the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Ryan Cook, RP, OAK
Dane De La Rosa, RP, LAA
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
Hector Rondon, RP, CHC (activated from paternity list)
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WSH

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Sean Burnett, RP, LAA (transferred to the 60-day DL)
Welington Castillo, C, CHC
Cliff Pennington, SS, ARI
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY (transferred to the 60-day DL)
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
Eric Stults, SP, SD (bereavement list)

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Cam Bedrosian, RP, LAA
Didi Gregorius, SS, ARI
Jesse Hahn, SP, SD
Chad Jenkins, P, TOR
Jason Lane, RP, SD
Ethan Martin, P, PHI
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
Scott Sizemore, 2B, NYY
Eli Whiteside, C, CHC

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Zoilo Almonte, OF, NYY
Phillippe Aumont, RP, PHI
Dane De La Rosa, RP, LAA
Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA
Michael Kohn, RP, LAA
Tyler Moore, OF, WSH
Donn Roach, RP, SD
Jose Veras, RP, CHC

Claimed off Waivers
Wade LeBlanc, P, NYY

Signed
Kevin Gregg, RP, MIA (minor league contract)
Jason Marquis, SP, PHI (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Cubs -- After he was placed on the paternity list over the weekend following the birth of his child, Hector Rondon rejoined the Cubs on Tuesday for their series opener will the Mets. With a 1.59 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the season and success thus far in the ninth inning, he'll reclaim the closer's role right away for the Cubs. The team didn't have any save opportunities come about during their three-game weekend series with the Brewers.

Hot Batter Matchups ľ Juneá4,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. McCutchen OF PITá@áSD
6:40PM
I. Kennedy 12 5 0 0 1 2 2 .417 .500 .417 .917
G. Sanchez 1B PITá@áSD
6:40PM
I. Kennedy 16 5 3 1 2 0 4 .313 .313 .625 .938
N. Walker 2B PITá@áSD
6:40PM
I. Kennedy 18 8 4 3 9 0 0 .444 .444 1.000 1.444
A. Pierzynski C BOSá@áCLE
7:05PM
C. Kluber 10 3 1 1 1 1 2 .300 .364 .600 .964
C. Ruiz C PHIá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 10 4 2 1 2 0 1 .400 .400 .800 1.200
G. Dobbs 1B WASávsáPHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 11 7 1 0 3 0 1 .636 .667 .727 1.394
A. LaRoche 1B WASávsáPHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 25 10 5 2 6 4 8 .400 .500 .760 1.260
M. Cabrera 3B DETávsáTOR
7:08PM
R. Dickey 18 5 2 1 1 2 1 .278 .350 .500 .850
T. Hunter OF DETávsáTOR
7:08PM
R. Dickey 15 6 5 0 5 0 4 .400 .400 .800 1.200
J. Bautista OF TORá@áDET
7:08PM
R. Porcello 13 6 0 0 2 1 0 .462 .500 .462 .962
M. Cabrera OF TORá@áDET
7:08PM
R. Porcello 17 8 2 0 1 0 1 .471 .471 .588 1.059
E. Encarnacion 1B TORá@áDET
7:08PM
R. Porcello 12 5 4 0 3 0 0 .417 .417 .750 1.167
J. Bruce OF CINávsáSF
7:10PM
R. Vogelsong 12 4 1 1 3 0 3 .333 .333 .583 .917
B. Phillips 2B CINávsáSF
7:10PM
R. Vogelsong 14 7 1 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .571 1.071
C. Granderson OF NYMá@áCHC
8:05PM
E. Jackson 13 4 3 1 2 4 3 .308 .471 .769 1.240
D. Wright 3B NYMá@áCHC
8:05PM
E. Jackson 15 6 1 1 3 3 3 .400 .500 .600 1.100
J. Altuve 2B HOUávsáLAA
8:10PM
G. Richards 11 4 1 0 1 3 1 .364 .500 .455 .955
C. Carter OF HOUávsáLAA
8:10PM
G. Richards 13 6 2 1 4 1 3 .462 .500 .769 1.269
M. Dominguez 3B HOUávsáLAA
8:10PM
G. Richards 10 4 0 0 3 1 0 .400 .455 .400 .855
B. Butler DH KCávsáSTL
8:10PM
A. Wainwright 10 4 1 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .500 .900
O. Infante 2B KCávsáSTL
8:10PM
A. Wainwright 13 6 1 0 2 0 1 .462 .462 .538 1.000
R. Weeks 2B MILá@áMIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 21 10 3 2 4 1 6 .476 .500 .857 1.357
M. Montero C ARIá@áCOL
8:40PM
J. Lyles 10 5 2 0 4 1 0 .500 .583 .700 1.283
G. Parra OF ARIá@áCOL
8:40PM
J. Lyles 11 5 2 0 0 0 1 .455 .500 .636 1.136
C. Gonzalez OF COLávsáARI
8:40PM
J. Collmenter 12 5 4 2 3 2 2 .417 .533 1.083 1.617
Hot Pitcher Matchups ľ Juneá4,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Edwin Jackson CHCávsáNYM
8:05PM
102 21 8 3 12 18 18 .206 .325 .360 .685
Ricky Nolasco MINávsáMIL
8:10PM
76 27 5 3 10 2 24 .355 .372 .517 .889
Cold Batter Matchups ľ Juneá4,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Doumit C ATLávsáSEA
12:10PM
H. Iwakuma 11 1 0 0 0 0 5 .091 .091 .091 .182
J. Buck C SEAá@áATL
12:10PM
M. Minor 14 1 1 1 2 3 7 .071 .235 .286 .521
P. Alvarez 3B PITá@áSD
6:40PM
I. Kennedy 14 2 1 1 1 2 3 .143 .250 .357 .607
C. Barmes SS PITá@áSD
6:40PM
I. Kennedy 14 1 0 0 0 0 2 .071 .071 .071 .143
J. Rollins SS PHIá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 20 2 1 1 2 2 8 .100 .182 .250 .432
C. Utley 2B PHIá@áWAS
7:05PM
S. Strasburg 12 2 0 0 0 1 2 .167 .231 .167 .397
I. Desmond SS WASávsáPHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 12 2 0 0 0 2 4 .167 .286 .167 .452
D. Span OF WASávsáPHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 30 8 1 0 1 1 10 .267 .290 .300 .590
J. Werth OF WASávsáPHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 16 2 2 2 3 2 7 .125 .222 .500 .722
R. Zimmerman 3B WASávsáPHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 13 3 0 0 1 0 5 .231 .231 .231 .462
A. Lind 1B TORá@áDET
7:08PM
R. Porcello 12 2 1 1 1 2 0 .167 .286 .417 .702
L. Valbuena 3B CHCávsáNYM
8:05PM
D. Matsuzaka 12 3 1 0 1 0 5 .250 .250 .333 .583
B. Abreu OF NYMá@áCHC
8:05PM
E. Jackson 33 6 2 0 3 6 4 .182 .308 .242 .550
L. Duda OF NYMá@áCHC
8:05PM
E. Jackson 11 2 1 0 2 3 3 .182 .357 .273 .630
D. Murphy 2B NYMá@áCHC
8:05PM
E. Jackson 15 3 1 1 2 0 2 .200 .200 .400 .600
R. Tejada SS NYMá@áCHC
8:05PM
E. Jackson 10 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .167 .000 .167
J. Castro C HOUávsáLAA
8:10PM
G. Richards 10 2 1 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .300 .500
R. Braun OF MILá@áMIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 15 5 1 0 1 0 4 .333 .333 .400 .733
M. Reynolds 1B MILá@áMIN
8:10PM
R. Nolasco 15 2 0 0 0 0 10 .133 .133 .133 .267
P. Bourjos OF STLá@áKC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 16 2 1 0 0 0 7 .125 .176 .188 .364
J. Peralta SS STLá@áKC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 11 3 0 0 0 0 3 .273 .273 .273 .545
P. Konerko 1B CWSá@áLAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 10 1 0 0 0 2 1 .100 .250 .100 .350
A. Ramirez SS CWSá@áLAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett 16 4 1 0 2 0 3 .250 .250 .313 .563
C. Figgins OF LADávsáCWS
10:10PM
J. Danks 27 4 0 0 0 3 8 .148 .233 .148 .381
Cold Pitcher Matchups ľ Juneá4,á2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ian Kennedy SDávsáPIT
6:40PM
104 31 16 10 22 7 14 .298 .345 .650 .995
Rick Porcello DETávsáTOR
7:08PM
69 28 9 2 9 4 3 .406 .438 .607 1.045
R.A. Dickey TORá@áDET
7:08PM
71 24 13 3 11 6 10 .338 .390 .624 1.013
Ryan Vogelsong SFá@áCIN
7:10PM
63 21 3 2 12 7 8 .333 .395 .447 .842
Garrett Richards LAAá@áHOU
8:10PM
76 26 4 1 10 8 16 .342 .405 .428 .833
Adam Wainwright STLá@áKC
8:10PM
102 33 5 0 7 5 8 .324 .364 .389 .753
Recommended Pickup

Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COL -- Even after a solid comeback last season following Tommy John surgery, De La Rosa seemed to carry a lot of downside heading into 2014. Most of his value came from his 16 wins and 3.49 ERA, both of which looked rather unsustainable considering his weak 6.0 K/9 rate and a 1.38 WHIP. However, he's shown some unexpected skills resurgence in 2014, with his fastball velocity up a full mile per hour from last season, and his slider up to 87 miles per hour, the fastest it's been in his career. With his elbow injury in the rearview mirror, De La Rosa has rode his improved arsenal to a more palatable 7.3 K/9 rate and a career-best 55.8 percent ground ball rate. The Rockies look like a much more competitive team than in 2013, so the wins should continue to trickle in at a decent rate for De La Rosa, while his renewed velocity gives him a better chance at besting last season's ratios.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Tom Koehler, MIA ($13,269)
C: Miguel Montero, ARI ($5,732)
1B: Chris Davis, BAL ($6,079)
2B: Brandon Phillips, CIN ($5,220)
3B: Juan Francisco, TOR ($5,555)
SS: Jhonny Peralta, STL ($4,595)
OF: Corey Dickerson, COL ($5,897)