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Sunday Lineup Card: The Return Of Avisail

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy

Kennedy covers college football and college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran reporter, Kennedy has covered sports for various newspapers in the Southeast.

Sunday Lineup Card:
Projected Starters - A look at Sunday’s matchups (all times Eastern)
Orioles (Kevin Gausman – R) at Indians (Danny Salazar – R) , 1:05
Mariners (Chris Young – R) at Tigers (Robbie Ray – L), 1:08
Cubs (Jake Arrieta – R) at Mets (Rafael Montero – R), 1:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter – R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler – R), 1:10
Astros (Collin McHugh – R) at Red Sox (Joe Kelly – R), 1:35
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda – R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R), 1:40
Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison – R) at White Sox (Scott Carroll – R), 2:10
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R) at Twins (Tommy Milone – L), 2:10
Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne – R) at Cardinals (Adam Wainwright – R), 2:15
Angels (Hector Santiago – L) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch – R), 3:05
Phillies (David Buchanan – R) at Giants (Tim Lincecum – R), 4:05
Brewers (Wily Peralta – R) at Dodgers (Dan Haren – R), 4:10
Reds (Mat Latos – R) at Rockies (Jordan Lyles – R), 4:10
Pirates (Edinson Volquez – R) at Nationals (Doug Fister – R), 5:05
Athletics (Jon Lester – L) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 8:00
Reds (Dylan Axelrod – R) at Rockies (Yohan Flande – L), 9:10

Day Game After Night Game: BAL/CLE, MIL/LAD, PIT/WAS, SEA/DET, HOU/BOS, TOR/CWS/, KC/MIN, CHC/NYM, ARI/MIA, SD/STL, LAA/TEX

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT – (Forearm) Did not play Saturday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS – (Shoulder) Did not play Saturday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT – (Back) Slated to start each of the next three days.
Jean Segura, 2B, MIL – (Hand) Did not start Saturday's double-header.
David Wright, 3B, NYM – (Shoulder) Left Saturday's game after he was hit by a pitch.
Anthony Swarzak, P, MIN – (Ankle) Could avoid DL stint.

Players on the DL

Allen Craig, 1B, BOS – (Foot) Slated to start a rehab assignment Monday.
David Ross, C, BOS – (Heel) May not require a rehab assignment.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY – (Elbow) Threw fastballs without pain Friday.
Gerrit Cole, P, PIT – (Back) Will either start Wednesday or Friday.
Shae Simmons, P, ATL – (Shoulder) Made first rehab appearance Saturday.
Jacob deGrom, P, NYM – (Shoulder) Could throw off mound Monday.
Michael Wacha, P, STL – (Shoulder) Threw off mound Saturday.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT – (Ribs) Took batting practice and ran the bases Saturday.
Chris Owings, SS, ARI – (Shoulder) On track to rejoin team in early September.
Matt Garza, P, MIL – (Oblique) Played catch Saturday for second straight day.

Activated from Disabled List (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)
Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS – (Shoulder)

Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)

Moises Sierra, OF, CWS – (Back)
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN – (Quad) Transferred to the 60-day DL
Tommy Kahnle, P, COL – (Shoulder)
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD – (Hamstring)

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

Called Up

Vincent Belnome, 2B, TB
Kyle Drabek, P, TOR
Eric Surkamp, P, CWS
Brooks Brown, P, COL
Michael Morin, P, LAA
Carlos Triunfel, SS, LAD
Jim Johnson, P, DET

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Ben Paulson, 1B, TB
Melvin Merceded, P, DET

Released

Jo-Jo Reyes, P, PHI

Closer Watch

New York Mets – Despite suffering from a hernia, Jenrry Mejia continues to churn out succcessful outings for the New York Mets. He picked up his 18th save of the season Friday, working a perfect ninth inning in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. Mejia has been dealing with the injury for the past three weeks and also dealt with a calf strain, but the young hurler has the confidence of his manager, who declared him available to pitch last week. Terry Collins has not been shy in deploying Mejia in high-leverage situations since mid-May. With no other viable threat to his role as the end-game pitcher on the roster, Mejia will continue to plug away for as long as his health will allow. The 24-year-old sports a 3.79 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched this season for the Mets.

Hot Batter Matchups – August 17, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. Granderson OF NYM vs CHC
1:10PM
J. Arrieta 22 9 5 3 8 1 2 .409 .417 .955 1.371
S. Drew SS NYY @ TB
1:40PM
J. Hellickson 10 4 1 0 0 1 2 .400 .455 .500 .955
M. Teixeira 1B NYY @ TB
1:40PM
J. Hellickson 16 6 3 0 0 2 1 .375 .474 .563 1.036
M. Joyce OF TB vs NYY
1:40PM
H. Kuroda 20 7 3 3 3 2 4 .350 .409 .800 1.209
E. Longoria 3B TB vs NYY
1:40PM
H. Kuroda 21 9 2 1 5 0 2 .429 .409 .619 1.028
B. Zobrist 2B TB vs NYY
1:40PM
H. Kuroda 18 5 5 2 4 4 2 .278 .409 .833 1.242
J. Mauer C MIN vs KC
2:10PM
J. Guthrie 24 8 2 2 3 4 1 .333 .429 .583 1.012
K. Suzuki C MIN vs KC
2:10PM
J. Guthrie 15 6 3 1 3 0 2 .400 .438 .733 1.171
A. Beltre 3B TEX vs LAA
3:05PM
H. Santiago 10 4 3 2 2 2 1 .400 .500 1.100 1.600
R. Howard 1B PHI @ SF
4:05PM
T. Lincecum 31 8 6 4 7 5 12 .258 .361 .710 1.071
A. LaRoche 1B WAS vs PIT
5:05PM
E. Volquez 16 6 3 1 4 3 5 .375 .474 .688 1.161
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 17, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Tommy Milone MIN vs KC
2:10PM
81 17 8 0 2 4 13 .210 .247 .335 .582
Tim Lincecum SF vs PHI
4:05PM
143 32 15 6 13 12 44 .224 .289 .422 .711
Doug Fister WAS vs PIT
5:05PM
61 16 2 1 2 1 18 .262 .289 .331 .620
Cold Batter Matchups – August 17, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Cabrera 3B DET vs SEA
1:08PM
C. Young 12 2 1 1 1 0 4 .167 .167 .417 .583
D. Jeter SS NYY @ TB
1:40PM
J. Hellickson 13 2 0 0 0 0 1 .154 .154 .154 .308
B. Ryan SS NYY @ TB
1:40PM
J. Hellickson 12 1 0 0 0 0 6 .083 .083 .083 .167
I. Suzuki OF NYY @ TB
1:40PM
J. Hellickson 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .250
A. Escobar SS KC @ MIN
2:10PM
T. Milone 13 2 2 0 1 0 4 .154 .154 .308 .462
B. Dozier 2B MIN vs KC
2:10PM
J. Guthrie 12 2 1 0 2 0 2 .167 .167 .250 .417
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs KC
2:10PM
J. Guthrie 15 3 2 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600
A. Amarista 2B SD @ STL
2:15PM
A. Wainwright 12 2 1 0 2 0 2 .167 .167 .333 .500
W. Venable OF SD @ STL
2:15PM
A. Wainwright 21 4 1 0 0 2 4 .190 .261 .238 .499
E. Andrus SS TEX vs LAA
3:05PM
H. Santiago 12 2 0 0 0 1 2 .167 .231 .167 .397
J. Bruce OF CIN @ COL
4:10PM
J. Lyles 11 2 1 1 5 1 0 .182 .250 .455 .705
T. Frazier 3B CIN @ COL
4:10PM
J. Lyles 10 2 1 1 2 0 2 .200 .273 .500 .773
D. Barney 2B LAD vs MIL
4:10PM
W. Peralta 11 1 0 0 2 1 1 .091 .167 .091 .258
G. Parra OF MIL @ LAD
4:10PM
D. Haren 20 3 1 0 1 0 3 .150 .150 .200 .350
T. Snider OF PIT @ WAS
5:05PM
D. Fister 13 2 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308
E. Bonifacio 2B ATL vs OAK
8:05PM
J. Lester 10 1 0 0 0 1 4 .100 .182 .100 .282
G. Laird C ATL vs OAK
8:05PM
J. Lester 17 4 2 0 0 0 6 .235 .235 .353 .588
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 17, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Hiroki Kuroda NYY @ TB
1:40PM
126 37 15 7 19 10 23 .294 .343 .539 .882


Recommended Pickup

Avisail Garcia, OF, CWS – Garcia returned to the lineup Saturday four months after he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He slotted into the cleanup spot in the White Sox lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays. There might not be a better place in a major league lineup to hit than behind Jose Abreu. The only way to improve the pitches Garcia sees would be to utilize him second in the order, in front of Abreu. Coincidentally, manager Robin Ventura had discussed moving Garcia to the two hole in the White Sox batting order. Whether he hits in front of or behind the Cuban slugger, Garcia will help anchor the heart of one of baseball's orders in front of the faithful at U.S. Cellular, one of the game's most hitter-friendly parks. Enjoy the early return of a young hitter who was not expected to be back this season.

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