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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)

Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne -- R) at Twins (Kevin Correia -- R), 1:10
Rangers (Nick Tepesch -- R) at White Sox (Chris Sale -- L), 2:10
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson -- R) at Athletics (Sonny Gray -- R), 3:35
Braves (Julio Teheran -- R) at Mariners (Chris Young -- R), 3:40
Tigers (Justin Verlander -- R) at Yankees (Chris Capuano -- L), 7:05
Astros (Brad Peacock -- R) at Phillies (David Buchanan -- R), 7:05
Marlins (Tom Koehler -- R) at Pirates (Jeff Locke -- L), 7:05
Mets (Jon Niese -- L) at Nationals (Doug Fister -- R), 7:05
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen -- L) at Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison -- R), 7:07
Indians (Danny Salazar -- R) at Reds (Mat Latos -- R), 7:10
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong -- R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo -- R), 8:10
Red Sox (Joe Kelly -- R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller -- R), 8:15
Cubs (Jake Arrieta -- R) at Rockies (Jordan Lyles -- R), 8:40
Royals (Yordano Ventura -- R) at Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter -- R), 9:40
Dodgers (Dan Haren -- R) at Angels (Matt Shoemaker -- R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: SD/MIN, TEX/CWS, TB/OAK, ATL/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (personal) -- Placed on the bereavement list Tuesday, keeping him out three-to-seven games.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (undisclosed) -- Left Tuesday’s start in the fourth inning with an undisclosed ailment.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (illness) -- Was available as a pinch-hitter Tuesday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (neck) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW (knee) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday vs. the Rangers.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (elbow) -- Held out of Tuesday’s lineup with a sore left elbow.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL (quadriceps) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (ankle) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Jon Jay, OF, STL (wrist) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (back) -- Returned from the DL on Tuesday, but ended up exiting after three innings in the Blue Jays’ game due to lower-back tightness.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK (finger) -- Held out of the lineup Tuesday with a bruised finger.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT (oblique) -- Has yet to land on the DL, with the Pirates waiting to see if his condition improves over the next few days.
Jenrry Mejia, RP, NYM (back) -- Was deemed fine prior to Tuesday’s game by manager Terry Collins and was believed to have been available out of the bullpen.
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL (finger) -- Was cleared to start Tuesday vs. the Giants.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA (back) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (quadriceps) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Eduardo Suarez, SS, DET (knee) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Nick Swisher, OF, CLE (wrist) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (illness) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Steve Tolleson, 3B, TOR (personal) -- Placed on paternity list Tuesday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (back) -- Returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Disabled List
Matt Albers, RP, HOU (shoulder) -- Has resumed throwing bullpen sessions.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, SEA (knee) -- Not considered close to a return.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (quadriceps) -- Has resumed hitting and is expected to run in the next few days.
Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU (back) -- Reportedly ‘days away’ from beginning a rehab assignment.
Kyuji Fujikawa, RP, CHC (elbow) -- Rejoined the Cubs in Denver but was not activated Tuesday.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX (knee) -- Required 42 pitches to get through one inning in his second rehab start at Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. Expected to make another rehab start over the weekend.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC (hand) -- Could miss as little as three weeks while dealing with a stress fracture.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL (ankle) -- Has rejoined the Orioles and hopes to start Friday.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (foot) -- May begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.
Joe Mauer, C, MIN (oblique) -- Expected to begin his rehab at Low-A Cedar Rapids through this weekend before rejoining the Twins for next week’s series with the Astros.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (back) -- Was expected to play with the Giants’ affiliate at Triple-A Fresno again Tuesday. Set to rejoin the Giants on Wednesday and return to the lineup Thursday vs. the Brewers.
Zach Putnam, RP, CWS (shoulder) -- Was set to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (oblique) -- Completed a full on-field workout Tuesday and could begin rehab assignment Thursday.
George Springer, OF, HOU (quad) -- Was scheduled to play five innings in the field Tuesday in his second rehab game at Low-A Quad Cities, with the goal of rejoining the Astros sometime this week.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY (elbow) -- Threw 50 times from a distance of 60 feet Tuesday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (back) -- Underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL (shoulder) -- Resumed throwing Tuesday, with GM John Mozeliak indicating the club was optimistic about the pitcher’s progress.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WSH (hamstring) -- Expected to miss the next six weeks with a Grade 3 hamstring strain.

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)
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (7-day DL)
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE (60-day DL)

Placed on Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (bereavement list)
Allen Craig, 1B, BOS
Matt Garza, SP, MIL
Taylor Jordan, SP, WSH (transferred to 60-day DL)
Wilson Ramos, C, WSH (paternity list)
Paco Rodriguez, RP, LAD
Steve Tolleson, 3B, TOR (paternity list)

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Javier Baez, SS, CHC
Pedro Baez, RP, LAD
Corey Brown, OF, BOS
Brian Flynn, RP, MIA
Rich Hill, RP, NYY
Sandy Leon, C, WSH
Josh Tomlin, SP, CLE
Rob Wooten, RP, MIL

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Tyler Holt, OF, CLE
Blake Parker, RP, CHC
Jacob Turner, SP, MIA (designated for assignment)
Josh Wall, RP, PIT (outrighted off 40-man roster)

Claimed off Waivers
Matt Thornton, RP, by WSH from NYY

Signed
Jim Johnson, RP, DET (minor league contract)
Joe Saunders, SP, BAL (minor league contract)

Released
Nyjer Morgan, OF, CLE
Clay Rapada, RP, BAL

Closer Watch

New York Mets: After he was tacked with the loss upon allowing the go-ahead run in Monday’s loss to the Giants, Jenrry Mejia admitted to experiencing back tightness during the outing. It sounds like it’s just a minor blemish for Mejia, as manager Terry Collins announced prior to Tuesday’s game that the right-hander was fine. Look for Mejia to pick up any save chances that arise during the team’s series with the Nationals, but should he incur a setback, Jeurys Familia would likely be the first reliever to step into closing duties.

Hot Batter Matchups – August 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
W. Venable OF SD @ MIN
1:10PM
K. Correia 12 5 1 0 2 1 2 .417 .462 .583 1.045
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 14 5 1 1 1 1 4 .357 .400 .571 .971
J. Upton OF ATL @ SEA
3:40PM
C. Young 12 5 1 0 0 2 3 .417 .500 .500 1.000
L. Morrison 1B SEA vs ATL
3:40PM
J. Teheran 10 4 1 0 2 3 2 .400 .538 .500 1.038
M. Cabrera 3B DET @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Capuano 23 9 5 4 8 0 9 .391 .391 .957 1.348
T. Hunter OF DET @ NYY
7:05PM
C. Capuano 21 9 2 1 5 1 5 .429 .455 .619 1.074
A. Hechavarria SS MIA @ PIT
7:05PM
J. Locke 10 4 0 0 0 0 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
D. Jeter SS NYY vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 36 13 1 1 2 4 8 .361 .439 .444 .883
D. Espinosa 2B WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 12 5 1 0 0 0 3 .417 .417 .500 .917
K. Frandsen 2B WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 10 4 1 0 1 0 1 .400 .400 .500 .900
S. Hairston OF WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 10 4 1 0 2 1 1 .400 .455 .500 .955
A. LaRoche 1B WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 15 4 3 2 6 0 3 .267 .267 .733 1.000
A. Ramirez 3B MIL vs SF
8:10PM
R. Vogelsong 18 7 2 2 2 1 2 .389 .450 .722 1.172
M. Morse OF SF @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 10 3 1 1 3 0 4 .300 .273 .600 .873
A. Pujols 1B LAA vs LAD
10:05PM
D. Haren 15 4 2 1 3 2 4 .267 .353 .533 .886
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jeremy Hellickson TB @ OAK
3:35PM
64 14 6 3 7 3 12 .219 .265 .400 .665
Drew Hutchison TOR vs BAL
7:07PM
88 19 6 1 3 4 20 .216 .264 .305 .569
Cold Batter Matchups – August 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
E. Andrus SS TEX @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 15 0 0 0 0 1 5 .000 .063 .000 .063
S. Choo OF TEX @ CWS
2:10PM
C. Sale 12 1 0 0 0 1 6 .083 .214 .083 .298
J. Lowrie SS OAK vs TB
3:35PM
J. Hellickson 10 1 1 0 2 0 1 .100 .100 .200 .300
R. Doumit C ATL @ SEA
3:40PM
C. Young 11 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
B. Gardner OF NYY vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 16 3 0 0 0 3 3 .188 .316 .188 .503
M. Teixeira 1B NYY vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 31 3 1 1 4 4 10 .097 .194 .194 .388
I. Desmond SS WAS vs NYM
7:05PM
J. Niese 18 3 2 0 0 1 5 .167 .211 .278 .488
N. Cruz OF BAL @ TOR
7:07PM
D. Hutchison 12 2 1 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .250 .417
C. Davis 1B BAL @ TOR
7:07PM
D. Hutchison 11 2 0 0 1 2 4 .182 .357 .182 .539
A. Jones OF BAL @ TOR
7:07PM
D. Hutchison 15 3 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
L. Overbay 1B MIL vs SF
8:10PM
R. Vogelsong 10 1 0 0 1 3 6 .100 .286 .100 .386
P. Sandoval 3B SF @ MIL
8:10PM
Y. Gallardo 18 2 1 1 1 1 5 .111 .158 .278 .436
S. Castro SS CHC @ COL
8:40PM
J. Lyles 10 1 1 0 0 1 2 .100 .182 .300 .482
J. Morneau 1B COL vs CHC
8:40PM
J. Arrieta 11 2 1 0 1 3 3 .182 .357 .273 .630
J. McDonald SS LAA vs LAD
10:05PM
D. Haren 13 2 1 0 0 0 1 .154 .154 .231 .385
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 6, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Kevin Correia MIN vs SD
1:10PM
66 22 4 1 7 5 8 .333 .386 .432 .818
Chris Capuano NYY vs DET
7:05PM
64 27 12 7 15 4 20 .422 .456 .855 1.311

Recommended Pickup

Kennys Vargas, 1B/DH, MIN -- While not nearly the most heralded prospect in a stacked Twins farm system, Vargas may be the most interesting of the organization’s young hitters that ends up matriculating to the majors this season. Concerns about Vargas’ lack of foot speed and poor defense have resulted in a slow climb through the system for the 24-year-old, but he’s shown top-notch power at just about every stop. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, the switch-hitting Vargas slugged 17 homers and 17 doubles while trimming his strikeout rate to a palatable 16.8 percent over 97 games at Double-A New Britain, and should receive a lengthy look from the Twins in their DH spot, with Kendrys Morales now in Seattle. Entering play Tuesday, Vargas was off to a productive start in his brief taste of the majors, going 5-for-14 with three runs and four RBI over his first three games. With power on the waiver wire often a scarce commodity, Vargas would seem to represent a high-quality addition to AL-only and deeper mixed league rosters for the season’s final two months.

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