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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 Thursday’s matchups (all times Eastern)

Dodgers (Zack Greinke -- R) at Reds (Alfredo Simon -- R), 12:35
Padres (Eric Stults -- L) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick -- R), 1:05
Braves (Ervin Santana -- R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin -- R), 3:10
Nationals (Blake Treinen -- R) at Giants (Tim Hudson -- R), 3:45
Cubs (Jeff Samardzija -- R) at Pirates (Edinson Volquez -- R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle -- L) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman -- R), 7:05
Indians (Josh Tomlin -- R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester -- L), 7:10
Brewers (Kyle Lohse -- R) at Mets (Jon Niese -- L), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Wade Miley -- L) at Astros (Scott Feldman -- R), 8:10
Tigers (Max Scherzer -- R) at White Sox (Chris Sale -- L), 8:10
Yankees (Chase Whitley -- R) at Mariners (Roenis Elias -- L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: LAD/CIN, SD/PHI, ATL/COL, WSH/SF

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU (oblique) -- Apparently tweaked his oblique while swinging the bat in Tuesday’s game and was left out of Wednesday’s lineup. Expected to return to action Thursday.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA (hip) -- Will make next start Sunday vs. the Pirates.
Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY (elbow) -- Continues to serve as only a DH, but has resumed catch and light tossing from 60 feet while wearing a brace on elbow.
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, OAK (personal) -- Will miss the Athletics’ upcoming three-game series with the Yankees while awaiting the birth of his third child.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (neck) -- Returned to the lineup Wednesday.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN (back) -- Was removed as a precaution Tuesday due to lower-back tightness.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (shoulder) -- Will travel back to Minnesota for an exam on his ailing shoulder.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL (general soreness) -- Returned to center field duties in Thursday’s game.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (suspension) -- Will proceed with appeal for his five-game suspension, hoping for a reduction of one or two games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, NYM (hamstring) -- Deemed fine after he was hit by a line drive Tuesday and will make next scheduled start.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (shoulder) -- Was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup due to right AC joint irritation.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (illness) -- Scratched from starting lineup Wednesday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (shoulder) -- Dealing with sore shoulder and considered day-to-day.
George Springer, OF, HOU (knee) -- Returned to the lineup Wednesday after a two-game absence.
Justin Upton, OF, ATL (hamstring) -- Returned to the lineup Wednesday after exiting Tuesday’s game due to injury.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL (elbow) -- Was set to undergo an MRI on his elbow in St. Louis on Wednesday. Manager Mike Matheny said the team hasn’t ruled Wainwright out for his next start.

Disabled List
Mike Adams, RP, PHI (shoulder) -- Expected to miss about a month due to shoulder injury.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (finger) -- Scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Friday.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI (hamstring) -- Expected to begin a rehab assignment at Low-A Lakewood on Friday.
Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD (elbow) -- Felt renewed discomfort in elbow during bullpen session Tuesday.
Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL (elbow) -- Scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Friday.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT (shoulder) -- Threw long toss from 90 feet Wednesday.
Felix Doubront, SP, BOS (shoulder) -- Made his second rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, allowing two runs and striking out three batters over 4.2 innings.
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD (elbow) -- Will undergo a second MRI before Padres make a decision on whether or not to clear him to throw again.
Sam Fuld, OF, MIN (concussion) -- Homered while playing in rehab game at Double-A New Britain on Tuesday and could be activated from 7-day DL before Friday’s game.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM (back) -- Expected to throw off a mound this weekend.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (finger) -- Could be out five weeks due to injury.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (oblique) -- Began a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Wednesday, tossing 4.1 shutout innings. Could return to rotation early next week for Orioles.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM (elbow) -- Mets no longer appear to be considering a return for Harvey this season.
Dan Hudson, SP, ARI (elbow) -- Threw a bullpen session Tuesday, consisting of about 25-30 pitches.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (elbow) -- Took part in some light tossing Tuesday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS (finger) -- Will begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Pawtucket, but will serve as a DH instead of playing third base.
Wilson Ramos, C, WSH (hamstring) -- Was forced out of Tuesday’s game due to tightness in his right hamstring.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (knee) -- Slated to begin baseball activities Friday.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE (knee) -- Played five innings in his first rehab game Tuesday. Could rejoin Indians over the weekend.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) -- Could begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket over the weekend.

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

Activated from the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Gonzalez Germen, RP, NYM
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB
Shawn Kelley, RP, NYY
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA
Stolmy Pimentel, RP, PIT

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT
Wilson Ramos, C, WSH
Tanner Scheppers, RP, TEX
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Bobby Korecky, RP, TOR (prior to Wednesday’s game)
Sandy Leon, C, WSH
Darin Mastroianni, OF, TOR
Tyler Matzek, SP, COL
Ben Rowen, RP, TEX

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Chad Bettis, RP, COL
Matt Daley, RP, NYY
Bobby Korecky, RP, TOR (after Wednesday’s game)
Kevin Pillar, OF, TOR
Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
Scott Rice, RP, NYM

Traded
David Huff, RP, from SF to NYY
Manny Pina, C, from SEA to DET

Signed
Andres Torres, OF, BOS (minor-league contract)

Released
Gorkys Hernandez, OF, CWS
Henry Rodriguez, RP, MIA

Closer Watch

New York Mets -- Though a save situation didn’t arise in Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Brewers, it was worth noting how manager Terry Collins elected to line up his relievers in the victory. Despite concerns that he might be on thin ice as the closer after allowing at least one run in each of his last three appearances, Jenrry Mejia was called upon in the ninth inning and pitched a perfect frame to close out the win. Meanwhile, the top two threats to the closer’s mantle, Vic Black and Jeurys Familia, were used in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. It looks like Mejia will enjoy the top spot on the team’s bullpen depth chart for now, but further slipups could soon open the door for yet another change at closer for the Mets.

Twins -- Casey Fien recorded his first save of the season in rather unconventional fashion Wednesday against the Blue Jays, with the save coming in a game the Twins won 7-2. Fien entered the game with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Twins holding a four-run lead. He would retire the threat by getting Steve Tolleson to pop out, then tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save. Fien has been highly impressive in a setup capacity for the Twins this season, but he’s no serious contender to usurp Glen Perkins for the closer role.

Hot Batter Matchups – June 12, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Votto 1B CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 21 8 5 3 3 4 1 .381 .480 .905 1.385
S. Smith OF SD @ PHI
1:05PM
K. Kendrick 14 8 4 0 0 1 2 .571 .600 .929 1.529
J. Morneau 1B COL vs ATL
3:10PM
E. Santana 26 6 4 3 9 4 5 .231 .344 .615 .959
K. Frandsen 2B WAS @ SF
3:45PM
T. Hudson 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
J. Werth OF WAS @ SF
3:45PM
T. Hudson 39 15 7 3 11 4 6 .385 .442 .718 1.160
C. Davis 1B BAL vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 16 6 2 2 4 1 3 .375 .444 .750 1.194
A. Jones OF BAL vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 26 10 3 1 5 2 3 .385 .429 .577 1.005
N. Markakis OF BAL vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 42 18 6 2 6 4 3 .429 .478 .667 1.145
D. Young OF BAL vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 45 17 5 3 6 2 4 .378 .404 .622 1.026
D. Barney 2B CHC @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 12 6 1 0 0 2 1 .500 .571 .583 1.155
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Samardzija 26 10 3 0 0 5 9 .385 .500 .500 1.000
J. Lucroy C MIL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 11 5 0 0 1 0 2 .455 .455 .455 .909
A. Ramirez 3B MIL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 14 4 2 1 3 0 2 .286 .286 .571 .857
R. Weeks 2B MIL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese 10 4 2 1 1 2 1 .400 .500 .800 1.300
C. Granderson OF NYM vs MIL
7:10PM
K. Lohse 17 8 4 2 5 3 1 .471 .550 1.000 1.550
D. Wright 3B NYM vs MIL
7:10PM
K. Lohse 21 9 3 2 4 0 4 .429 .429 .762 1.190
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs DET
8:10PM
M. Scherzer 40 9 3 3 4 5 19 .225 .311 .450 .761
D. Viciedo OF CWS vs DET
8:10PM
M. Scherzer 25 9 6 2 4 1 9 .360 .385 .800 1.185
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale 21 6 2 2 2 6 4 .286 .444 .571 1.016
T. Hunter OF DET @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale 17 4 3 1 1 1 3 .235 .278 .588 .866
I. Kinsler 2B DET @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale 14 5 1 1 3 2 2 .357 .471 .571 1.042
V. Martinez DH DET @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale 22 12 4 1 3 1 3 .545 .565 .818 1.383
D. Fowler OF HOU vs ARI
8:10PM
W. Miley 14 4 2 1 1 4 4 .286 .444 .571 1.016
J. Guzman OF HOU vs ARI
8:10PM
W. Miley 20 7 3 1 6 2 5 .350 .409 .600 1.009
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 12, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Zack Greinke LAD @ CIN
12:35PM
176 39 14 6 18 8 49 .222 .258 .385 .643
Jeff Samardzija CHC @ PIT
7:05PM
142 31 10 3 13 12 36 .218 .287 .330 .616
Jon Lester BOS vs CLE
7:10PM
101 26 8 1 9 3 36 .257 .270 .356 .626
Cold Batter Matchups – June 12, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Bruce OF CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 28 5 1 1 5 0 8 .179 .179 .286 .464
Z. Cozart SS CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 13 1 0 0 0 0 5 .077 .077 .077 .154
R. Ludwick OF CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 17 2 1 1 2 1 8 .118 .167 .294 .461
D. Mesoraco C CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 15 3 1 1 3 0 6 .200 .200 .400 .600
B. Phillips 2B CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 16 3 1 0 1 0 4 .188 .235 .250 .485
R. Santiago SS CIN vs LAD
12:35PM
Z. Greinke 11 2 0 0 2 1 4 .182 .231 .182 .413
J. Upton OF ATL @ COL
3:10PM
J. Chacin 16 1 1 0 1 3 10 .063 .211 .125 .336
G. Dobbs 1B WAS @ SF
3:45PM
T. Hudson 30 6 0 0 7 2 4 .200 .242 .200 .442
D. Espinosa 2B WAS @ SF
3:45PM
T. Hudson 27 5 2 1 1 2 10 .185 .267 .333 .600
A. LaRoche 1B WAS @ SF
3:45PM
T. Hudson 29 6 0 0 3 3 2 .207 .273 .207 .480
D. Span OF WAS @ SF
3:45PM
T. Hudson 13 2 0 0 0 0 2 .154 .154 .154 .308
N. Cruz OF BAL vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 14 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .067 .000 .067
J. Hardy SS BAL vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 25 3 2 1 5 0 3 .120 .120 .280 .400
S. Castro SS CHC @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 18 4 2 1 2 0 3 .222 .222 .444 .667
P. Alvarez 3B PIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Samardzija 25 5 2 1 5 0 6 .200 .200 .360 .560
C. Barmes SS PIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Samardzija 11 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
G. Sanchez 1B PIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Samardzija 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .100 .200
T. Snider OF PIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Samardzija 10 1 0 0 1 0 4 .100 .100 .100 .200
J. Tabata OF PIT vs CHC
7:05PM
J. Samardzija 10 2 0 0 1 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
M. Aviles SS CLE @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 11 2 1 0 1 1 2 .182 .250 .273 .523
M. Brantley OF CLE @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 11 3 1 0 0 0 7 .273 .273 .364 .636
A. Cabrera SS CLE @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 21 7 2 0 2 1 8 .333 .348 .429 .776
D. Murphy OF CLE @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 14 3 2 0 1 0 4 .214 .200 .357 .557
R. Raburn OF CLE @ BOS
7:10PM
J. Lester 12 2 0 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .167 .333
C. Young OF NYM vs MIL
7:10PM
K. Lohse 17 3 2 1 4 1 4 .176 .222 .471 .693
P. Konerko 1B CWS vs DET
8:10PM
M. Scherzer 42 10 2 2 6 2 16 .238 .273 .381 .654
A. Ramirez SS CWS vs DET
8:10PM
M. Scherzer 47 5 1 0 1 5 6 .106 .189 .128 .316
A. Jackson OF DET @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale 30 2 1 0 2 2 12 .067 .125 .100 .225
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 12, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Mark Buehrle TOR @ BAL
7:05PM
187 57 20 9 26 10 21 .305 .343 .512 .855
Jon Niese NYM vs MIL
7:10PM
63 22 5 3 7 9 12 .349 .431 .522 .953
Kyle Lohse MIL @ NYM
7:10PM
76 25 10 6 14 6 9 .329 .378 .659 1.037

Recommended Pickup

Charlie Morton, SP, PIT -- With a feeble 6.0 K/9 rate for his career, Morton justifiably doesn't receive much attention in the fantasy game, meriting limited ownership in CBS (34%), Yahoo! (12%) and ESPN (7%) leagues. However, that's not to say that Morton comes without any usefulness, as his strong groundball rates have helped him keep his ERA and WHIP at respectable levels for each of the past two seasons. Morton (3-7) currently carries a 3.14 ERA (3.77 FIP) and 1.24 WHIP on the campaign, figures that are probably good enough in mid-sized or deeper leagues to warrant more ownership than he's currently receiving. He's settled into quite the groove of late when on the mound, surrendering two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts, while covering at least five innings each time. Morton might not produce the sexiest stat lines out there, but his ability to keep the ball down in the zone will allow him to avoid the blowups that more strikeout-heavy pitchers may be liable to experience on occasion.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Chase Whitley, NYY ($9,915)
C: Yan Gomes, CLE ($4,593)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD ($5,666)
2B: Tommy La Stella, ATL ($5,795)
3B: Matt Dominguez, HOU ($4,453)
SS: J.J. Hardy, BAL ($3,679)
OF: Starling Marte, PIT ($5,177)