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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)

Phillies (Roberto Hernandez -- R) at Braves (Aaron Harang -- R), 12:10
Cubs (Jake Arrieta -- R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi -- R), 12:40
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie -- R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly -- L), 1:08
Orioles (Kevin Gausman -- R) at Rays (Alex Cobb -- R), 1:10
Twins (Kyle Gibson -- R) at Red Sox (John Lackey -- R), 1:35
Mets (Bartolo Colon -- R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn -- R), 1:45
Giants (Tim Hudson -- R) at White Sox (Chris Sale -- L), 2:10
Rangers (Nick Tepesch -- R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray -- R), 3:35
Reds (Alfredo Simon -- R) at Pirates (Edinson Volquez -- R), 7:05
Astros (Scott Feldman -- R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez -- L), 7:05
Angels (C.J. Wilson -- L) at Indians (Justin Masterson -- R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle -- L) at Yankees (Chase Whitley -- R), 7:05
Brewers (Matt Garza -- R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley -- L), 9:40
Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa -- L) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw -- L), 10:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez -- R) at Padres (Andrew Cashner -- R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: PHI/ATL, CHC/MIA, KC/DET, BAL/TB, MIN/BOS, NYM/STL, SF/CWS, TEX/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU (hand) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Norichika Aoki, OF, KC (groin) -- Left Tuesday’s game with discomfort in his groin muscle.
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA (hip) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (head) -- Removed from Tuesday’s lineup after being initially listed as a starter.
Brett Cecil, RP, TOR (groin) -- Could be ready to pitch Wednesday.
R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR (groin) -- Feels fine after experiencing mild tightness following Saturday’s start.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (hamstring) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET (hamstring) -- Will likely be held out of the lineup until the weekend after leaving Monday’s game with a cramp.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA (neck) -- Will miss his normal between-starts bullpen session but is still expected to make his next start Friday vs. the Royals.
Gerald Laird, C, ATL (head) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Phillies.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (foot) -- Could return to the lineup within a few days.
Eduardo Nunez, SS, MIN (hamstring) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday, but passed pregame tests and was available off the bench.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (back) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday after undergoing an MRI, which showed inflammation but no structural damage.
Brad Peacock, SP, HOU (illness) -- Didn’t travel with team to Washington after he was hospitalized due to food poisoning, but is expected to be fully recovered for his next start.
Salvador Perez, C, KC (calf) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Buster Posey, C, SF (head) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY (knee) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (back) -- Will return to the lineup Tuesday.
Jacob Turner, 3B, LAD (calf) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL (elbow) -- Scheduled to throw off flat ground Wednesday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (appendectomy) -- Was scheduled to take batting practice prior to Tuesday’s game.

Players on the Disabled List
Bronson Arroyo, SP, ARI (elbow) -- Diagnosed with a sprained right UCL.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI (hamstring) -- Was set to play nine innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL (elbow) -- Will make two more starts at short-season Aberdeen before advancing in his rehab work.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (ankle) -- Returned to Los Angeles to undergo an MRI.
Brandon Guyer, OF, TB (thumb) -- Progressing in his rehab but remains without a return date.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD (foot) -- May rid himself of his walking boot Friday, but isn’t close to an activation from the DL.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (thumb) -- Took two-handed swings in the cage Tuesday.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (shoulder) -- Will begin rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A New Britain.
Ender Inciarte, OF, ARI (head) -- Reportedly showing no signs of concussion symptoms.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (elbow) -- Threw 20 fastballs off a mound at close to maximum effort Tuesday and felt good.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT (oblique) -- Could play catch Thursday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (ankle) -- Has opted for ankle reconstruction surgery and will likely miss the rest of the season.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (finger) -- Scheduled to perform light tossing Friday.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (hamstring) -- Wasn’t activated from DL prior to Tuesday’s game but looks like return is forthcoming.
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY (knee) -- Threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday and is scheduled to incorporate breaking balls into his next session Wednesday.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA (concussion) -- Began a rehab assignment at High-A Jupiter on Monday.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA (hamstring) -- Skipped Tuesday’s scheduled simulated game, ending his chances of returning to the rotation Sunday vs. the Rangers.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) -- Underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday in addition to having a nerve moved and a bone spur shaved down.

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

Activated from Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF
Francisco Cervelli, C, NYY (60-day DL)
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
David Carpenter, RP, ATL
Drew Pomeranz, SP, OAK

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Pedro Beato, RP, ATL
Michael Bolsinger, SP, ARI
Garin Cecchini, 3B, BOS
Louis Coleman, RP, KC
Munenori Kawasaki, INF, TOR
Aaron Poreda, RP, TEX
Evan Scribner, RP, OAK

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Steve Delabar, RP, TOR
Will Harris, RP, ARI
Donnie Joseph, RP, KC
John Ryan Murphy, C, NYY
Robbie Ross, RP, TEX
Grady Sizemore, OF, BOS (designated for assignment)
Josh Stinson, P, BAL (designated for assignment)

Traded
Brad Mills, P, from MIL to OAK

Signed
Carlos Pena, 1B, TEX (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

No notable news occurred on the closing front at the time of the posting of this article (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m. CST).

Hot Batter Matchups – June 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Byrd OF PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 13 5 1 1 2 1 2 .385 .429 .615 1.044
R. Howard 1B PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 21 6 4 3 6 4 5 .286 .400 .762 1.162
C. Utley 2B PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 22 10 5 1 5 3 1 .455 .520 .773 1.293
A. Avila C DET vs KC
1:08PM
J. Guthrie 23 7 5 3 9 4 6 .304 .407 .783 1.190
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs KC
1:08PM
J. Guthrie 40 14 3 3 9 5 7 .350 .413 .575 .988
I. Kinsler 2B DET vs KC
1:08PM
J. Guthrie 32 11 3 0 1 2 4 .344 .382 .469 .851
J. Mauer C MIN @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lackey 30 11 2 2 4 1 7 .367 .387 .567 .954
E. Nunez SS MIN @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lackey 12 4 3 0 0 3 2 .333 .467 .583 1.050
D. Murphy 2B NYM @ STL
1:45PM
L. Lynn 11 5 2 0 3 1 2 .455 .500 .636 1.136
A. Dunn 1B CWS vs SF
2:10PM
T. Hudson 34 11 5 4 7 1 6 .324 .343 .706 1.049
J. Bruce OF CIN @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 10 5 2 1 2 2 2 .500 .583 .900 1.483
S. Schumaker 2B CIN @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 16 4 3 0 2 5 2 .250 .429 .438 .866
M. Bourn OF CLE vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 20 7 3 0 4 2 5 .350 .409 .550 .959
N. Swisher 1B CLE vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 35 11 6 1 6 7 10 .314 .442 .571 1.013
J. Hamilton OF LAA @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 17 10 4 2 5 1 3 .588 .611 1.059 1.670
C. Beltran OF NYY vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 30 7 5 3 4 1 4 .233 .258 .600 .858
B. Gardner OF NYY vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 17 7 3 1 2 1 1 .412 .444 .765 1.209
I. Suzuki OF NYY vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 51 23 2 0 5 1 2 .451 .453 .510 .963
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 44 15 5 1 7 2 10 .341 .370 .500 .870
S. Marte OF PIT vs CIN
7:05PM
A. Simon 10 4 0 0 1 0 2 .400 .538 .400 .938
A. McCutchen OF PIT vs CIN
7:05PM
A. Simon 13 4 1 1 1 2 2 .308 .400 .538 .938
T. Snider OF PIT vs CIN
7:05PM
A. Simon 12 5 1 0 4 2 3 .417 .467 .500 .967
A. Hill 2B ARI vs MIL
9:40PM
M. Garza 36 14 2 0 5 3 6 .389 .436 .444 .880
M. Montero C ARI vs MIL
9:40PM
M. Garza 14 6 1 0 2 1 2 .429 .467 .500 .967
G. Parra OF ARI vs MIL
9:40PM
M. Garza 14 6 4 0 1 2 3 .429 .529 .857 1.387
C. Gomez OF MIL @ ARI
9:40PM
W. Miley 12 4 3 1 2 0 2 .333 .333 .833 1.167
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 36 13 5 3 10 7 14 .361 .455 .667 1.121
M. Kemp OF LAD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 31 13 7 3 10 2 4 .419 .441 .871 1.312
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 23 9 6 2 4 5 5 .391 .500 .826 1.326
E. Cabrera SS SD vs SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 10 4 1 0 1 2 1 .400 .500 .600 1.100
C. Quentin OF SD vs SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 23 5 3 2 5 4 6 .217 .345 .522 .867
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Roberto Hernandez PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
60 10 4 1 4 10 14 .167 .286 .298 .584
Alex Cobb TB vs BAL
1:10PM
62 12 1 0 4 7 15 .194 .284 .227 .511
Bartolo Colon NYM @ STL
1:45PM
78 17 3 0 6 3 18 .218 .244 .260 .505
Clayton Kershaw LAD vs COL
10:10PM
145 36 9 3 12 7 42 .248 .281 .351 .632
Cold Batter Matchups – June 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
G. Laird C ATL vs PHI
12:10PM
R. Hernandez 11 1 0 0 1 0 3 .091 .091 .091 .182
B. Upton OF ATL vs PHI
12:10PM
R. Hernandez 15 3 1 0 1 3 4 .200 .333 .267 .600
J. Rollins SS PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
A. Harang 39 11 1 0 0 1 8 .282 .300 .308 .608
G. Jones 1B MIA vs CHC
12:40PM
J. Arrieta 10 2 1 1 1 2 2 .200 .333 .500 .833
R. Davis OF DET vs KC
1:08PM
J. Guthrie 16 4 1 0 1 0 4 .250 .250 .313 .563
T. Hunter OF DET vs KC
1:08PM
J. Guthrie 40 12 3 0 5 0 3 .300 .302 .375 .677
A. Jackson OF DET vs KC
1:08PM
J. Guthrie 27 5 2 1 2 2 8 .185 .241 .333 .575
D. Kelly OF DET vs KC
1:08PM
J. Guthrie 16 4 0 0 0 0 4 .250 .250 .250 .500
A. Escobar SS KC @ DET
1:08PM
D. Smyly 11 3 1 0 0 0 4 .273 .273 .364 .636
A. Gordon OF KC @ DET
1:08PM
D. Smyly 14 1 0 0 1 2 8 .071 .188 .071 .259
E. Hosmer 1B KC @ DET
1:08PM
D. Smyly 12 2 1 0 0 1 3 .167 .231 .250 .481
M. Machado 3B BAL @ TB
1:10PM
A. Cobb 10 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .091 .000 .091
K. Suzuki C MIN @ BOS
1:35PM
J. Lackey 33 6 4 1 3 0 6 .182 .200 .394 .594
M. Ellis 2B STL vs NYM
1:45PM
B. Colon 15 3 1 0 2 1 1 .200 .235 .267 .502
J. Peralta SS STL vs NYM
1:45PM
B. Colon 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
Z. Cozart SS CIN @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 11 2 1 0 1 1 2 .182 .250 .273 .523
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 13 2 1 0 3 2 7 .154 .313 .231 .543
B. Phillips 2B CIN @ PIT
7:05PM
E. Volquez 10 1 0 0 0 2 1 .100 .250 .100 .350
M. Brantley OF CLE vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 14 1 0 0 0 2 1 .071 .188 .071 .259
A. Cabrera SS CLE vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 22 4 0 0 1 0 5 .182 .217 .182 .399
C. Santana C CLE vs LAA
7:05PM
C. Wilson 20 3 3 1 1 1 7 .150 .190 .400 .590
E. Aybar SS LAA @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 21 3 1 0 2 4 7 .143 .280 .190 .470
R. Ibanez OF LAA @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 18 3 2 0 2 0 3 .167 .167 .333 .500
A. Pujols 1B LAA @ CLE
7:05PM
J. Masterson 10 2 0 0 1 1 0 .200 .273 .200 .473
K. Johnson 2B NYY vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 14 3 0 0 1 0 2 .214 .267 .214 .481
A. Soriano OF NYY vs TOR
7:05PM
M. Buehrle 43 7 2 2 3 0 10 .163 .159 .302 .461
C. Ross OF ARI vs MIL
9:40PM
M. Garza 12 1 0 0 1 2 3 .083 .214 .083 .298
C. Blackmon OF COL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 15 5 1 0 0 0 4 .333 .333 .400 .733
D. LeMahieu 2B COL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 21 7 1 0 1 0 6 .333 .333 .381 .714
W. Rosario C COL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 17 5 2 1 4 0 6 .294 .294 .529 .824
J. Rutledge 2B COL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 11 2 0 0 0 1 1 .182 .250 .182 .432
D. Stubbs OF COL @ LAD
10:10PM
C. Kershaw 18 3 0 0 0 1 7 .167 .211 .167 .377
A. Ethier OF LAD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 19 3 1 0 1 0 6 .158 .158 .211 .368
S. Van Slyke OF LAD vs COL
10:10PM
J. De La Rosa 11 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
C. Headley 3B SD vs SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 21 4 0 0 1 1 7 .190 .227 .190 .418
W. Venable OF SD vs SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez 22 4 0 0 1 0 7 .182 .182 .182 .364
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 18, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Aaron Harang ATL vs PHI
12:10PM
147 45 17 8 23 12 35 .306 .358 .552 .911
Tim Hudson SF @ CWS
2:10PM
62 21 7 4 9 5 12 .339 .388 .577 .965
Mark Buehrle TOR @ NYY
7:05PM
325 101 28 10 32 9 41 .311 .334 .469 .802
Matt Garza MIL @ ARI
9:40PM
104 32 8 0 11 9 21 .308 .367 .405 .772
Jorge De La Rosa COL @ LAD
10:10PM
139 39 19 8 25 15 37 .281 .348 .555 .904

Recommended Pickup

James Jones, OF, SEA -- The Mariners outfield has generally been a black hole of offensive production this season, but little of the blame lies with Jones, who has surpassed expectations since receiving his first call to the majors in early May. The 25-year-old has settled into either the leadoff or No. 2 spot in the lineup for the last couple of weeks, demonstrating excellent contact skills (.291 average) and speed (11-for-12 mark on steal attempts), with four stolen bases coming over the last two games. Jones doesn’t supply much power in his 6-4, 200-pound frame (no homers in 151 at-bats), but his plus-speed, steady batting average and presence near the top of the order should make him a dependable three-category option. The likes of Endy Chavez, Cole Gillespie, and Stefen Romero probably aren’t threats to steal at-bats from Jones, so look for the counting stats to continue to trickle in at a fairly smooth clip.

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DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Jake Arrieta, CHC ($15,209)
C: Yan Gomes, CLE ($4,084)
1B: Mike Napoli, BOS ($5,503)
2B: Omar Infante, KC ($4,899)
3B: Matt Carpenter, STL ($5,291)
SS: Xander Bogaerts, BOS ($4,757)
OF: Denard Span, WAS ($4,649)