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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)

Pirates (Charlie Morton -- R) at Rays (David Price -- L), 12:10
Nationals (Stephen Strasburg -- R) at Brewers (Marco Estrada -- R), 2:10
Cardinals (Marco Gonzales -- L) at Rockies (Christian Bergman -- R), 3:10
Padres (Ian Kennedy -- R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum -- R), 3:45
White Sox (Hector Noesi -- R) at Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez -- R), 7:05
Reds (Mat Latos -- R) at Cubs (Edwin Jackson -- R), 7:05
Marlins (Henderson Alvarez -- R) at Phillies (A.J. Burnett -- R), 7:05
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda -- R) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison -- R), 7:07
Athletics (Brad Mills -- L) at Mets (Zack Wheeler -- R), 7:10
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez -- R) at Rangers (Joe Saunders -- L), 8:05
Braves (Alex Wood -- L) at Astros (Collin McHugh -- R), 8:10
Dodgers (Dan Haren -- R) at Royals (James Shields -- R), 8:10
Indians (Corey Kluber -- R) at Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson -- R), 9:40
Twins (Yohan Pino -- R) at Angels (Garrett Richards -- R), 10:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz -- R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma -- R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: PIT/TB, WSH/MIL, STL/COL, SD/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB (neck) -- Scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a stiff neck.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD (back) -- Showed improvement with back during pregame warmups Monday and returned to the lineup Tuesday. Headley said he would have to manage a herniated disc the rest of the season, and it will be six-to-eight weeks before he determines if it has healed on its own.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA (triceps) -- MRI on Tuesday revealed he’s dealing with a triceps strain.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET (hamstring) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (elbow) -- Felt fine after Tuesday’s bullpen session and could throw a simulated game this weekend.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (suspension) -- Will have a hearing regarding his five-game suspension Wednesday.
Derek Norris, C, OAK (head) -- Was held out of the lineup Tuesday, but was available off the bench.
Chris Owings, SS, ARI (shoulder) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday due to a minor shoulder injury, but indicated left ankle is fine. Could return Wednesday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (back) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Joc Pederson, OF, LAD (shoulder) -- Departed Tuesday’s game at Triple-A Albuquerque will apparent shoulder injury, but the ailment is not considered serious.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (heel) -- Was not listed in the Reds’ initial lineup for Tuesday but doesn’t appear to be far away from a return.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (shoulder) -- Was held out of the lineup Tuesday due to AC joint irritation.
Brandon Workman, P, BOS (suspension) -- Has finished serving six-game suspension and threw a simulated game Tuesday.

Players on the Disabled List
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (finger) -- Indicated that he felt ready to return after pitching Tuesday’s live batting practice session, but will likely require a rehab assignment.
Archie Bradley, SP, ARI (elbow) -- Will move rehab assignment to Double-A Mobile beginning Tuesday.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (thumb) -- Tentatively scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday as the DH for High-A San Jose.
Christian Bergman, SP, COL (thumb) -- Has a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) hand and will miss six weeks.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC (oblique) -- Has yet to begin baseball-related activities during his rehab.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (knee) -- On track to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday vs. the Mariners.
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU (ankle) -- GM Jeff Luhnow said Correa’s ankle injury would not have “long-lasting effects.”
Gavin Floyd, SP, ATL (elbow) -- Will undergo surgery on his fractured right elbow Wednesday.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM (back) -- Tossed two scoreless innings during a rehab assignment with the rookie-level GCL Mets on Tuesday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WSH (thumb) -- Played three innings in left field for High-A Potomac on Monday, going 1-for-1 with a walk. Was set to play five innings in center field Tuesday.
Daniel Hudson, P, ARI (elbow) -- On track to return to the Diamondbacks in September.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (ankle) -- Underwent ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery Monday and will begin the initial phase of his rehab next week.
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY (knee) -- Threw 34 pitches during a simulated game Tuesday.
Fernando Salas, RP, LAA (arm) -- Began playing catch for the first time Tuesday.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA (hamstring) -- Will make a rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) -- Went 0-for-3 and played five innings in right field Monday at Low-A Lowell, after missing the previous four games with general soreness.
Asher Wojciechowski, SP, HOU (back) -- Allowed two runs on seven hits over four innings during a rehab start Monday at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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)
Bruce Chen, RP, KC (60-day DL)
Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, PHI (bereavement list)
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
Brandon Workman, SP, BOS (suspension)

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Kyle Blanks, 1B, OAK
Wil Nieves, C, PHI
Taylor Teagarden, C, NYM

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
Cole Figueroa, 2B, TB
Carlos Pena, 1B, TEX

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Tim Collins, RP, KC
Donnie Joseph, RP, KC (designated for assignment)
Brad Snyder, 1B, TEX (designated for assignment)
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (outrighted)

Traded
Dan Schlereth, RP, from PIT to DET

Signed
Grady Sizemore, OF, PHI (minor league contract)

Released
Kevin Slowey, SP, MIA

Closer Watch

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

Hot Batter Matchups – June 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Headley 3B SD @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 47 13 8 4 9 7 16 .277 .375 .617 .992
C. Quentin OF SD @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 14 4 2 1 2 0 3 .286 .333 .571 .905
S. Smith OF SD @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 37 11 6 3 5 3 10 .297 .350 .622 .972
B. Posey C SF vs SD
3:45PM
I. Kennedy 30 11 3 0 3 4 4 .367 .441 .467 .908
B. Pena C CIN @ CHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 11 5 3 2 3 0 1 .455 .455 1.091 1.545
J. Votto 1B CIN @ CHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 21 8 5 2 2 1 3 .381 .409 .810 1.219
G. Beckham 2B CWS @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 22 7 1 1 3 4 3 .318 .423 .455 .878
D. Viciedo OF CWS @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 18 7 1 0 2 3 3 .389 .476 .444 .921
J. Bautista OF TOR vs NYY
7:07PM
H. Kuroda 13 2 2 2 3 2 5 .154 .267 .615 .882
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR vs NYY
7:07PM
H. Kuroda 21 6 3 3 8 2 1 .286 .333 .714 1.048
A. Gose OF TOR vs NYY
7:07PM
H. Kuroda 10 5 3 1 1 0 2 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
J. Reyes SS TOR vs NYY
7:07PM
H. Kuroda 20 9 4 0 3 1 0 .450 .455 .750 1.205
O. Infante 2B KC vs LAD
8:10PM
D. Haren 18 10 1 0 0 0 4 .556 .556 .611 1.167
D. Valencia DH KC vs LAD
8:10PM
D. Haren 14 5 2 0 0 0 2 .357 .357 .500 .857
A. Gonzalez 1B LAD @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 23 8 1 1 2 3 6 .348 .423 .478 .901
R. Cano 2B SEA vs BOS
10:10PM
C. Buchholz 32 12 5 1 3 1 1 .375 .394 .594 .988
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 25, 2014
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 SD @ SF
3:45PM
154 35 10 0 15 13 32 .227 .290 .304 .594
Mat Latos CIN @ CHC
7:05PM
120 25 2 0 8 6 25 .208 .249 .239 .488
Dan Haren LAD @ KC
8:10PM
107 36 11 4 9 3 24 .336 .355 .512 .866
Cold Batter Matchups – June 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Hanigan C TB vs PIT
12:10PM
C. Morton 14 1 0 0 0 2 1 .071 .235 .071 .307
A. Amarista 2B SD @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 11 2 0 0 0 1 3 .182 .250 .182 .432
C. Maybin OF SD @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 22 4 1 0 2 2 7 .182 .250 .227 .477
W. Venable OF SD @ SF
3:45PM
T. Lincecum 51 12 3 0 2 2 19 .235 .264 .314 .578
T. Colvin OF SF vs SD
3:45PM
I. Kennedy 14 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000
B. Crawford SS SF vs SD
3:45PM
I. Kennedy 25 5 2 0 2 1 4 .200 .231 .280 .511
D. Barney 2B CHC vs CIN
7:05PM
M. Latos 15 1 0 0 0 0 4 .067 .067 .067 .133
S. Castro SS CHC vs CIN
7:05PM
M. Latos 25 6 0 0 1 0 5 .240 .240 .240 .480
A. Rizzo 1B CHC vs CIN
7:05PM
M. Latos 12 2 0 0 0 2 2 .167 .286 .167 .452
N. Schierholtz OF CHC vs CIN
7:05PM
M. Latos 30 6 2 0 3 0 6 .200 .200 .333 .533
J. Bruce OF CIN @ CHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 17 3 1 0 1 3 6 .176 .300 .235 .535
Z. Cozart SS CIN @ CHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 14 1 1 0 2 0 1 .071 .067 .143 .210
T. Frazier 3B CIN @ CHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 12 4 1 0 4 0 3 .333 .333 .417 .750
R. Ludwick OF CIN @ CHC
7:05PM
E. Jackson 17 3 2 0 0 1 7 .176 .263 .294 .557
A. Dunn 1B CWS @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 32 5 3 1 1 6 19 .156 .289 .313 .602
T. Flowers C CWS @ BAL
7:05PM
U. Jimenez 11 3 3 0 3 0 4 .273 .273 .545 .818
J. Saltalamacchia C MIA @ PHI
7:05PM
A. Burnett 14 1 0 0 0 0 9 .071 .071 .071 .143
A. Lind 1B TOR vs NYY
7:07PM
H. Kuroda 16 2 0 0 0 1 3 .125 .176 .125 .301
C. Rasmus OF TOR vs NYY
7:07PM
H. Kuroda 28 3 2 1 1 2 12 .107 .167 .286 .452
E. Andrus SS TEX vs DET
8:05PM
A. Sanchez 13 3 1 0 2 0 3 .231 .231 .385 .615
B. Butler DH KC vs LAD
8:10PM
D. Haren 21 6 2 0 1 0 4 .286 .286 .381 .667
A. Escobar SS KC vs LAD
8:10PM
D. Haren 11 2 0 0 0 0 3 .182 .182 .182 .364
A. Gordon OF KC vs LAD
8:10PM
D. Haren 16 3 2 1 2 3 4 .188 .333 .438 .771
H. Ramirez SS LAD @ KC
8:10PM
J. Shields 34 9 2 1 3 1 8 .265 .297 .382 .680
K. Morales 1B MIN @ LAA
10:05PM
G. Richards 10 2 1 1 2 0 1 .200 .200 .500 .700
J. Buck C SEA vs BOS
10:10PM
C. Buchholz 10 1 0 0 1 1 0 .100 .250 .100 .350
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 25, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Clay Buchholz BOS @ SEA
10:10PM
60 19 9 3 10 2 7 .317 .356 .560 .916
Recommended Pickup

Alex Wood, SP, ATL -- Wood proved to be a dependable fantasy option earlier this season upon posting a 3.00 ERA and a 44:9 K:BB ratio over seven starts, but his star faded in May, when Gavin Floyd’s activation from the disabled list forced him into long relief. Soon thereafter, the Braves decided that Wood would be better served getting consistent starts at Triple-A Gwinnett, but he stayed in the minors for all of two outings before Floyd suffered a fractured elbow, resulting in yet another lengthy DL stint for the right-hander. Floyd’s latest injury likely ensures a long-term spot in the major league rotation for Wood, who figures to excel once again in the role. There’s a good chance in shallower formats that Wood was dropped by his previous owner once he was moved to the bullpen, but based on what he displayed earlier this season as a starter, he certainly warrants more ownership. He gets a favorable outing his first time back Wednesday against the Astros, who as a team have struck out in 22.9 of their plate appearances against left-handers, the fifth-worst mark in the league.

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