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Wednesday Lineup Card: Call-Up Day, Part Deux

Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

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Projected Starters -- A look at Wednesday’s matchups (all times Eastern)

Phillies (David Buchanan -- R) at Braves (Ervin Santana -- R), 12:10
Pirates (Edinson Volquez -- R) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller -- R), 1:45
Giants (Ryan Vogelsong -- R) at Rockies (Christian Bergman -- R), 3:10
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann -- R) at Dodgers (Carlos Frias -- R), 3:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez -- R) at Athletics (Jon Lester -- L), 3:35
Red Sox (Anthony Ranaudo -- R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda -- R), 7:05
Reds (Dylan Axelrod -- R) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez -- R), 7:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander -- R) at Indians (Danny Salazar -- R), 7:05
Mets (Jacob deGrom -- R) at Marlins (Tom Koehler -- R), 7:10
Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman -- R) at Rays (Chris Archer -- R), 7:10
Brewers (Matt Garza -- R) at Cubs (Kyle Hendricks -- R), 8:05
White Sox (John Danks -- L) at Twins (Trevor May -- R), 8:10
Angels (Jered Weaver -- R) at Astros (Collin McHugh -- R), 8:10
Rangers (Nick Tepesch -- R) at Royals (Jason Vargas -- L), 8:10
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter -- R) at Padres (Andrew Cashner -- R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: PHI/ATL, PIT/STL, SF/COL, WSH/LAD, SEA/OAK

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (ankle) -- Manager Clint Hurdle said Alvarez “still has some work to do” in order to return to the lineup.
Mike Aviles, 3B, CLE (neck) -- Passed his postgame concussion tests Monday but was still experiencing some whiplash symptoms.
Joaquin Benoit, RP, SD (shoulder) -- Will likely be sidelined another eight-to-10 days.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC (ankle) -- Left Tuesday’s game with a sprained left ankle and remains under evaluation, though a fracture has been ruled out.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (neck) -- Received injections Tuesday to relieve the pressure in his neck.
Josh Edgin, RP, NYM (elbow) -- Received a cortisone shot Tuesday to treat his elbow inflammation.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (wrist) -- Will likely miss a couple weeks due to his wrist injury.
Marwin Gonzalez, SS, HOU (hamstring) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (back) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WSH (back) -- Manager Matt Williams acknowledged there’s a “good chance” LaRoche sits out Wednesday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RP, NYM (elbow) -- Received a cortisone shot Tuesday to treat his elbow inflammation.
Mike Morse, OF, SF (oblique) -- Diagnosed with a strained oblique and will miss the remainder of the team’s road trip.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (concussion) -- Continues to experience concussion symptoms.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC (back) -- Should be considered out indefinitely and would be on disabled list if rosters hadn’t expanded.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT (hamstring) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.
Justin Upton, OF, ATL (triceps) -- Left Tuesday’s game with a left triceps contusion.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL (neck) -- Remained out of the lineup Tuesday.

Disabled List
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN (forearm) -- Team is considering surgery to repair the flexor mass tendon in Bailey’s forearm.
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK (oblique) -- Played catch from 90 feet out Tuesday.
Kris Medlen, SP, ATL (elbow) -- Began light throwing Tuesday.
Charlie Morton, SP, PIT (hernia) -- Threw a simulated game Tuesday and is set to throw a bullpen session Thursday or Friday.

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)
Mike Adams, RP, PHI (60-day DL)
Samuel Deduno, RP, HOU (acquired in trade with Minnesota)
Darin Downs, RP, HOU
Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR
John Mayberry, OF, TOR (acquired in trade with Philadelphia)
Brandon Morrow, RP, TOR (60-day DL)
Jason Motte, RP, STL
Chris Owings, SS, ARI
A.J. Pollock, OF, ARI
Alex Presley, OF, HOU
Ryan Raburn, OF, CLE
Tommy Kahnle, RP, COL

Placed on the Disabled List (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Matt Cain, SP, SF (60-day DL)
Slade Heathcott, OF, NYY (60-day DL)
Ryan Jackson, SS, SD (60-day DL)
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (60-day DL)
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (60-day DL)
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (60-day DL)
Justin Ruggiano, OF, CHC (60-day DL)
Tanner Scheppers, RP, TEX (60-day DL)
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (60-day DL)
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY (60-day DL)

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Christian Bethancourt, C, ATL
Quintin Berry, OF, BAL
Steve Clevenger, C, BAL (from Low-A)
Ryan Webb, RP, BAL
Dan Butler, C, BOS
Anthony Ranaudo, SP, BOS (from Low-A)
Eric Jokisch, RP, CHC
Junior Lake, OF, CHC
Rafael Lopez, C, CHC
Zach Rosscup, RP, CHC
Brian Schlitter, RP, CHC
Dan Straily, RP, CHC
Arodys Vizcaino, RP, CHC
Chris Bassitt, RP, CWS
Scott Carroll, SP, CWS
Jordan Danks, OF, CWS
Josh Phegley, C, CWS
Marcus Semien, 2B, CWS
Eric Surkamp, RP, CWS
Michael Taylor, OF, CWS
Tucker Barnhart, C, CIN
Jason Bourgeois, OF, CIN
Carlos Contreras, RP, CIN
Daniel Corcino, RP, CIN
Ryan Dennick, RP, CIN
Jake Elmore, 2B, CIN
David Holmberg, RP, CIN
J.J. Hoover, RP, CIN
Donald Lutz, OF, CIN
Yorman Rodriguez, OF, CIN
Kyle Parker, OF, COL
Rob Scahill, RP, COL
Kyle Lobstein, SP, DET
Jorge De Leon, RP, HOU
L.J. Hoes, OF, HOU
Max Stassi, C, HOU
Nick Tropeano, RP, HOU
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU
Christian Colon, SS, KC (from Double-A)
Aaron Crow, RP, KC (from Double-A)
Cam Bedrosian, RP, LAA
Brennan Boesch, OF, LAA
John Buck, C, LAA
Tony Campana, OF, LAA
C.J. Cron, 1B, LAA
Luis Jimenez, 3B, LAA
Wade LeBlanc, RP, LAA
Efren Navarro, 1B, LAA
Shawn O'Malley, SS, LAA
Vinnie Pestano, RP, LAA
Cory Rasmus, SP, LAA
Erisbel Arruebarrena, SS, LAD
Carlos Frias, RP, LAD
Miguel Rojas, 3B, LAD
Terrance Gore, OF, KC (from Double-A)
Liam Hendriks, RP, KC (from Double-A)
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA
Anthony DeSclafani, RP, MIA
Andrew Heaney, SP, MIA
Enrique Hernandez, SS, MIA
Matt Clark, 1B, MIL
Hector Gomez, SS, MIL
Jason Rogers, 3B, MIL
A.J. Achter, RP, MIN
Doug Bernier, 2B, MIN
Logan Darnell, RP, MIN
Chris Herrmann, 1B, MIN
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
Lester Oliveros, RP, MIN
Josmil Pinto, C, MIN
Michael Tonkin, RP, MIN
Preston Claiborne, RP, NYY
Slade Heathcott, OF, NYY
Rich Hill, RP, NYY
Bryan Mitchell, RP, NYY
John Ryan Murphy, C, NYY
Antoan Richardson, OF, NYY
Chaz Roe, RP, NYY
Chase Whitley, RP, NYY
Chris Young, OF, NYY
Nate Freiman, 1B, OAK (from Low-A)
Drew Pomeranz, RP, OAK (from Low-A)
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
Luis Garcia, RP, PHI
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RP, PHI
Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, PHI
Cesar Hernandez, 2B, PHI
Cameron Rupp, C, PHI
Chase d'Arnaud, SS, PIT
John Holdzkom, RP, PIT
Bobby LaFromboise, RP, PIT
Jeff Locke, SP, PIT
James Paxton, SP, SEA
Erasmo Ramirez, RP, SEA
Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT
Casey Sadler, RP, PIT
R.J. Alvarez, RP, SD (from Double-A)
Frank Garces, RP, SD (from Double-A)
Ryan Jackson, SS, SD
Adam Moore, C, SD
Joe Wieland, RP, SD
Brett Bochy, RP, SF
Gary Brown, OF, SF
Erik Cordier, RP, SF
Adam Duvall, 3B, SF
Chris Heston, RP, SF
Tony Cruz, C, STL (from Double-A)
Marco Gonzales, RP, STL (from Double-A)
Nick Greenwood, RP, STL (from Double-A)
Tyler Lyons, RP, STL (from Double-A)
Lisalverto Bonilla, RP, TEX
Michael Kirkman, RP, TEX
Luis Sardinas, SS, TEX
Nick Tepesch, SP, TEX
Ryan Goins, 2B, TOR
Anthony Gose, OF, TOR
Kendall Graveman, RP, TOR
George Kottaras, C, TOR
Sean Nolin, RP, TOR
Daniel Norris, RP, TOR
Dalton Pompey, OF, TOR

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Zoilo Almonte, OF, NYY (designated for assignment)
Paul Clemens, RP, HOU (designated for assignment)
Caleb Gindl, OF, MIL (designated for assignment)
Matt Hague, 1B, TOR (designated for assignment)
Michael Kohn, RP, LAA (designated for assignment)
David Martinez, RP, HOU (designated for assignment)
Michael Martinez, 2B, PIT (designated for assignment)
Darin Mastroianni, OF, TOR (designated for assignment)
Chris Nelson, 3B, SD (designated for assignment)
Troy Patton, RP, SD (designated for assignment)
J.B. Shuck, OF, LAA (designated for assignment)

Released
Hiram Burgos, SP, MIL
Matt Daley, RP, NYY

Closer Watch

San Diego -- With the news Tuesday that Joaquin Benoit would be sidelined for at least another eight-to-10 days while he recovers from shoulder soreness, Kevin Quackenbush’s hold on the closer’s role just got a little bit longer. The right-hander was stellar in notching his second save of the season Monday against the Diamondbacks, striking out the side to help the Padres claim the victory. Those still looking to make up ground in the saves category should go out and grab Quackenbush without hesitation if he’s still available.

Hot Batter Matchups – September 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. Howard 1B PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana 12 4 2 2 6 3 4 .333 .467 .833 1.300
G. Sizemore OF PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana 26 8 4 0 1 3 5 .308 .379 .538 .918
P. Alvarez 3B PIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller 20 5 4 3 3 2 6 .250 .348 .750 1.098
S. Marte OF PIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller 12 4 3 0 2 1 0 .333 .385 .750 1.135
R. Martin C PIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller 13 5 3 2 4 3 2 .385 .500 .923 1.423
J. Tabata OF PIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller 11 4 2 1 1 1 2 .364 .417 .727 1.144
N. Walker 2B PIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller 17 6 4 0 3 2 2 .353 .450 .588 1.038
M. Ellis 2B STL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez 25 8 2 1 4 4 3 .320 .414 .480 .894
M. Holliday OF STL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez 30 11 3 2 5 2 4 .367 .394 .600 .994
J. Peralta SS STL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez 10 4 2 2 4 3 3 .400 .538 1.000 1.538
C. Crawford OF LAD vs WAS
3:10PM
J. Zimmermann 10 4 1 0 1 1 1 .400 .455 .500 .955
M. Kemp OF LAD vs WAS
3:10PM
J. Zimmermann 14 6 3 2 7 0 4 .429 .429 .929 1.357
H. Ramirez SS LAD vs WAS
3:10PM
J. Zimmermann 22 10 3 1 6 2 3 .455 .520 .682 1.202
A. Dunn 1B OAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez 12 3 2 2 2 4 4 .250 .438 .750 1.188
A. Jackson OF SEA @ OAK
3:35PM
J. Lester 18 7 1 0 0 2 3 .389 .450 .444 .894
J. Smoak 1B SEA @ OAK
3:35PM
J. Lester 13 5 2 0 1 0 4 .385 .385 .538 .923
D. Nava OF BOS @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 26 9 3 0 2 1 2 .346 .452 .462 .913
D. Ortiz DH BOS @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda 20 11 5 1 3 3 3 .550 .583 .900 1.483
M. Bourn OF CLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 27 10 2 0 3 3 9 .370 .433 .444 .878
C. Santana C CLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 40 8 5 4 5 5 8 .200 .304 .525 .829
D. Wright 3B NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler 19 6 3 0 4 2 3 .316 .381 .474 .855
J. Reyes SS TOR @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer 14 6 0 0 2 2 3 .429 .500 .429 .929
O. Arcia OF MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 15 5 2 2 4 0 2 .333 .333 .733 1.067
B. Dozier 2B MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 13 4 2 1 4 2 2 .308 .400 .615 1.015
E. Escobar 3B MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 11 3 2 1 1 0 0 .273 .273 .636 .909
J. Mauer C MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 56 22 3 0 8 5 8 .393 .460 .446 .907
A. Rosales 2B TEX @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 13 5 2 0 1 0 2 .385 .385 .538 .923
S. Smith OF SD vs ARI
10:05PM
J. Collmenter 17 5 3 1 1 0 1 .294 .294 .647 .941
Hot Pitcher Matchups – September 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Tom Koehler MIA vs NYM
7:10PM
109 18 9 0 7 11 18 .165 .242 .253 .494
Collin McHugh HOU vs LAA
8:10PM
61 13 4 1 5 5 17 .213 .295 .306 .601
Jered Weaver LAA @ HOU
8:10PM
74 11 5 4 5 2 17 .149 .181 .335 .516
Josh Collmenter ARI @ SD
10:05PM
76 19 5 1 3 1 17 .250 .253 .351 .604
Cold Batter Matchups – September 3, 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
E. Santana 36 6 2 1 2 2 12 .167 .211 .278 .488
J. Rollins SS PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana 11 1 1 0 0 1 4 .091 .167 .182 .348
C. Utley 2B PHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana 11 2 2 0 1 0 3 .182 .167 .364 .530
M. Adams 1B STL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez 12 2 0 0 0 3 1 .167 .333 .167 .500
J. Jay OF STL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez 20 4 1 0 1 0 6 .200 .200 .300 .500
Y. Molina C STL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez 26 4 2 1 3 2 5 .154 .214 .308 .522
D. Stubbs OF COL vs SF
3:10PM
R. Vogelsong 13 3 0 0 1 0 5 .231 .231 .231 .462
J. Donaldson 3B OAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez 27 5 1 0 2 2 8 .185 .233 .222 .456
S. Fuld OF OAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez 10 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200 .400
J. Reddick OF OAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez 33 5 1 0 0 0 6 .152 .152 .182 .333
E. Sogard SS OAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez 23 5 0 0 0 2 1 .217 .280 .217 .497
K. Seager 3B SEA @ OAK
3:35PM
J. Lester 10 2 1 1 2 0 0 .200 .200 .500 .700
M. Aviles SS CLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 26 6 1 0 3 0 2 .231 .231 .269 .500
J. Giambi DH CLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 20 4 2 2 5 2 10 .200 .261 .500 .761
Y. Gomes C CLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 11 2 1 0 0 1 3 .182 .308 .273 .580
J. Kipnis 2B CLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander 29 3 1 0 3 5 12 .103 .229 .138 .367
T. Hunter OF DET @ CLE
7:05PM
D. Salazar 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
L. Duda OF NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler 17 2 1 0 1 2 3 .118 .211 .176 .387
J. Lagares OF NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler 15 3 1 0 1 0 2 .200 .200 .333 .533
E. Young Jr. OF NYM @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler 10 1 1 0 0 1 1 .100 .182 .200 .382
J. Bautista OF TOR @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer 16 1 0 0 1 1 3 .063 .158 .063 .220
E. Encarnacion 1B TOR @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer 15 2 1 1 3 1 2 .133 .188 .333 .521
D. Navarro C TOR @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer 11 2 0 0 1 0 2 .182 .167 .182 .348
J. Altuve 2B HOU vs LAA
8:10PM
J. Weaver 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
T. Plouffe 3B MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 11 2 0 0 0 1 3 .182 .250 .182 .432
K. Suzuki C MIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks 20 3 2 0 1 3 1 .150 .250 .250 .500
A. Beltre 3B TEX @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas 33 6 2 0 2 4 3 .182 .270 .242 .513
C. Maybin OF SD vs ARI
10:05PM
J. Collmenter 15 3 2 0 0 0 6 .200 .200 .333 .533
Cold Pitcher Matchups – September 3, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Shelby Miller STL vs PIT
1:45PM
138 36 18 7 18 19 21 .261 .358 .500 .858
Jordan Zimmermann WAS @ LAD
3:10PM
108 38 12 3 17 6 15 .352 .396 .536 .932
Ryan Vogelsong SF @ COL
3:10PM
66 21 10 3 9 5 10 .318 .366 .558 .925
Hiroki Kuroda NYY vs BOS
7:05PM
83 30 8 1 9 7 16 .361 .436 .489 .925
John Danks CWS @ MIN
8:10PM
145 46 13 5 23 12 18 .317 .375 .470 .845

Recommended Pickup

Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI -- That list of call-ups above is very long and unwieldy, so let me try and save you some time. By and large, most of those players on that list will end up pitching very few innings or log very few at-bats, negating any fantasy value they might have the rest of the way. However, if you’ve still got a high waiver priority or a good chunk of money left over in FAAB bidding, Franco might be the one player most worthy of breaking the bank. Aside from perhaps Joc Pederson, no September call-up seems to have a brighter long-term fantasy outlook than Franco. But unlike Pederson, who is still buried on the Dodgers’ outfield depth chart, Franco’s path to playing time in the near-term is clearer. With only the uninspiring Cody Asche to battle him for third-base duties, Franco figures to assume at least a timeshare at the position, after he made his MLB debut Tuesday, going 0-for-3 with an RBI. Though he didn’t have the monstrous season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley many expected, Franco is still regarded by talent evaluators as having one of the best power tools in the minors, and he could offer immediate home run upside with the Phillies. Based on raw potential alone, it makes sense to take a chance on Franco at a position that doesn’t have an abundance of useful players on the waiver wire.

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DraftKings Value Picks
SP: Andrew Cashner, SD ($6,600)
C: Caleb Joseph, BAL ($3,000)
1B: Billy Butler, KC ($4,000)
2B: Arismendy Alcantara, CHC ($4,100)
3B: Nick Castellanos, DET ($3,300)
SS: Jose Ramirez, CLE ($3,300)
OF: Kole Calhoun, LAA ($4,000)