Monday Lineup Card: Add Craig When He is Activated?
Monday Lineup Card: Add Craig When He is Activated?

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

Projected Starters – A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern):

American League
Royals (Luke Hochevar – R) at Tigers (Duane Below – L), 7:05
Orioles (Jason Hammel – R) at Yankess (Hiroki Kuroda – R), 7:05
Rangers (Yu Darvish – R) at Blue Jays (Kyle Drabek – R), 7:07
Athletics (Tom Milone – L) at Red Sox (Clay Buchholz – R), 7:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson – R), 7:10
Twins (Nick Blackburn – R) at Angels (C.J. Wilson – L), 10:05

National League
Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin – L) at Marlins (Mark Buehrle – L), 12:40
Cubs (Chris Volstad – R) at Phillies (Vance Worley – R), 7:05
Pirates (James McDonald – R) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 7:10
Mets (R.A. Dickey – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 8:05
Dodgers (Aaron Harang – R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R), 8:40
Brewers (Randy Wolf – L) at Padres (Joe Wieland – R), 10:05

Day Game After a Night Game: None

Injuries - A brief look at players that have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns.

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

AL
Jonathan Sanchez, P, KC – (Illness) Start pushed back to Tuesday, Luke Hochevar steps in Monday.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE – (Hamstring) Did some drills Sunday, hopes to play Tuesday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CHW – (Neck) Out Sunday with stiffness.
Delmon Young, OF, DET – (Personal) Could be cleared to play Monday.
George Sherrill, P, SEA – (Elbow) Will have Tommy John surgery Friday, season is over.
Danny Duffy, P, KC – (Elbow) No problems in Sunday bullpen session, should start Thursday.
Rajai Davis, OF, TOR – (Wrist) Left Sunday's game.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS – (Back) Scratched Sunday, expects to play Monday.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX – (Back) Left Sunday's game with stiffness.

NL
Carlos Lee, OF, HOU – (Ankle) Possible return on Monday.
Geovany Soto, C, CHC – (Back) Sat against Sunday.
Brian McCann, C, ATL – (Abdomen) Returned to Sunday's lineup.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL – (Knee) Made Sunday's start.
Jim Thome, 1B, PHI – (Back) Could head to DL.
Drew Pomeranz, P, COL – (Forearm) Said he expects to make Wednesday's start as scheduled.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS – (Hip, Head) Sat Sunday with migraines.

Players on the DL

AL
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY – (Elbow) Took some swings Saturday, should be activated Thursday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P, BOS – (Elbow) Very positive rehab Saturday with seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Next rehab start has not been scheduled yet.
Felipe Paulino, P, KC – (Forearm) At least one more minor league start.
Doug Fister, P, DET – (Upper Body) First rehab start Wednesday, unknown how many rehab appearances he will need.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA – (Chest) Full workouts beginning Tuesday.

NL
Dan Hudson, P, AZ – (Shoulder) Threw on flat ground last week, won't throw from bullpen for another week.
Stephen Drew, SS, AZ – (Ankle) Has not resumed sliding or played on consecutive days yet.
Chris Young, OF, AZ – (Shoulder) No timetable, probably needs rehab first.
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL – (Calf) Could return in a week.
Scott Linebrink, P, STL – (Shoulder) Should have another side session before starting rehab.
Allen Craig, OF, STL – (Knee) Could be activated Tuesday.
Tim Stauffer, P, SD – (Triceps) Began rehab Sunday, gave up six hits in 3.2 innings.
Miguel Cairo, 3B, CIN – (Hamstring) Eligible for activation but Reds will wait at least a few days.
Andres Torres, OF, NYM – (Calf) Will be activated Monday.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL – (Elbow) Will make rehab start Wednesday.
Jeremy Guthrie, P, BAL – (Shoulder) Clear MRI, looking to make start next Monday.
Mark DeRosa, 3B, WAS – (Oblique) Placed on DL with strain.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD – (Knee) Should begin rehab sometime this week.

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

Called Up
Vinnie Chulk, P, MIL
Jordan Lyles, P, HOU
Tyler Moore, 1B, WAS
D.J. Mitchell, P, NYY
Dan Jennings, P, MIA
Bryan Petersen, P, MIA

Sent Down
Cory Gearrin, P, ATL
Mike McClendon, P, MIL
Brian Bixler, 2B, HOU
Cody Eppley, P, NYY
Chris Coghlan, OF, MIA
Mike Dunn, P, MIA

Placed on DL (15-day unless otherwise noted)
Chris Narveson, P, MIL (transferred to 60-day DL)
Mark DeRosa, 3B, WAS

Activated from DL
None

Signed
Justin Miller, P, TEX

Traded
None

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left).

Cincinnati – Aroldis Chapman fans were calling for Sean Marshall's head after a meltdown on Thursday resulted in a blown save and loss. Pitching for the first time since that game on Sunday, Marshall shut down the Astros with ease to record his fifth save.

Los Angeles Dodgers – We profiled the Dodgers closing situation yesterday as Javy Guerra gave up the lead. Now it appears all systems are a go on Kenley Jansen, who notched saves both Saturday and Sunday. He walked two and struck out three in Sunday's win.

Oakland – The Athletics allowed Bartolo Colon the chance to finish a complete game on Sunday, but he let the first two runners reach in the bottom of the ninth. Then it was time for Balfour to give things away completely. Matt Wieters tied the game with a two-run double, then Wilson Betemit hit a walk-off three-run homer.

New York Mets – This closer situation could heat up quickly. Frank Francisco has had an awful start to the season, though Sunday's blown save was just his first missed opportunity of the season when he allowed a solo home run to Carlos Gonzalez. Francisco wound up with the win as Ramon Ramirez notched a 10th inning save.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Henry Blanco - CARI @ MIA
4/30 12:40 PM
Mark Buehrle4-17.23522354.588.409.997
Willie Bloomquist - SSARI @ MIA
4/30 12:40 PM
Mark Buehrle18-39.46208212.692.4751.167
Alex Avila - CDET vs KC
4/30 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar5-12.41711113.667.4621.129
Miguel Cabrera - 1BDET vs KC
4/30 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar10-20.50023713.850.5241.374
Jhonny Peralta - SSDET vs KC
4/30 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar4-18.22224515.667.263.930
Ramon Santiago - 2BDET vs KC
4/30 7:05 PM
Luke Hochevar3-11.27311103.545.333.878
Raul Ibanez - OFNYY vs BAL
4/30 7:05 PM
Jason Hammel4-10.40012113.800.4551.255
Derek Jeter - SSNYY vs BAL
4/30 7:05 PM
Jason Hammel4-13.30812403.615.308.923
Alex Rodriguez - 3BNYY vs BAL
4/30 7:05 PM
Jason Hammel6-15.400449131.200.4711.671
Alberto Callaspo - 3BLAA vs MIN
4/30 10:05 PM
Nick Blackburn6-17.35311111.529.389.918
Torii Hunter - OFLAA vs MIN
4/30 10:05 PM
Nick Blackburn6-13.46213400.846.4621.308
Howie Kendrick - 2BLAA vs MIN
4/30 10:05 PM
Nick Blackburn7-13.53800301.538.5711.109
Orlando Hudson - 2BSD vs MIL
4/30 10:05 PM
Randy Wolf5-11.45500111.455.500.955
Mark Kotsay - OFSD vs MIL
4/30 10:05 PM
Randy Wolf4-13.30812434.615.4381.053
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Felix HernandezSEA @ TB
4/30 7:10 PM
Rays Batters14-89.1570231025.181.239.420

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Aaron Hill - 2BARI @ MIA
4/30 12:40 PM
Mark Buehrle3-18.16712123.389.250.639
John McDonald - SSARI @ MIA
4/30 12:40 PM
Mark Buehrle4-20.20000102.200.200.400
Lyle Overbay - 1BARI @ MIA
4/30 12:40 PM
Mark Buehrle0-16.00000007.000.000.000
Mark Reynolds - 3BBAL @ NYY
4/30 7:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda4-21.19000419.190.227.417
Jose Molina - CTB vs SEA
4/30 7:10 PM
Felix Hernandez2-10.20000012.200.273.473
Carlos Pena - 1BTB vs SEA
4/30 7:10 PM
Felix Hernandez0-11.00000013.000.083.083
Luke Scott - DHTB vs SEA
4/30 7:10 PM
Felix Hernandez4-21.19001014.238.227.465
B.J. Upton - OFTB vs SEA
4/30 7:10 PM
Felix Hernandez1-18.05600016.056.105.161
Ben Zobrist - 2BTB vs SEA
4/30 7:10 PM
Felix Hernandez2-12.16700143.167.353.520
Chris Johnson - 3BHOU vs NYM
4/30 8:05 PM
R.A. Dickey2-11.18201000.273.182.455
Todd Helton - 1BCOL vs LAD
4/30 8:40 PM
Aaron Harang2-12.16700222.167.286.453
Erick Aybar - SSLAA vs MIN
4/30 10:05 PM
Nick Blackburn2-15.13300120.133.235.368
Kendrys Morales - 1BLAA vs MIN
4/30 10:05 PM
Nick Blackburn2-11.18201101.273.182.455
Joe Mauer - CMIN @ LAA
4/30 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson1-19.05300215.053.143.196
Justin Morneau - 1BMIN @ LAA
4/30 10:05 PM
C.J. Wilson2-12.16711231.417.333.750
Chase Headley - 3BSD vs MIL
4/30 10:05 PM
Randy Wolf1-11.09101214.182.167.349
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Luke HochevarKC @ Det
4/30 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters28-88.31861114523.588.362.951
Jason HammelBAL @ NYY
4/30 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters20-66.30371119314.685.3371.023
Nick BlackburnMIN @ LAA
4/30 10:05 PM
Angels Batters25-81.309261235.426.338.764
 

Recommended Pickup

Allen Craig, OF, STL – It appears Craig will be ready for activation on Tuesday and he is worth a speculative look. Craig racked up a .315/.362/.555 slash line in 200 at-bats in 2011 and he seems primed for a possible breakout in 2012. The problem is that the Cardinals haven't really missed him this season. Even with Lance Berkman on the DL, guys like Jon Jay, Shane Robinson and Matt Carpenter have stepped up and exceeded expectations as the Cardinals have flown out to a three game lead in the NL Central. Craig's strength is that he can play a number of positions and initially he is expected to steal time from Carpenter at first base until Berkman returns. Craig only played on consecutive days once on the rehab, so he may be gently ushered back in.

Other Recent Recommendations: Mike Trout, Kenley Jensen, Bryce Harper, Jordan Lyles, Tony Campana

Draft Street Lineup
C – Alex Avila ($5,210)
1B – Albert Pujols ($7,331) – selling Nick Blackburn, this is as cheap as you will see Pujols
2B – Michael Young ($7,610)
3B – David Wright ($8,224)
SS – Dee Gordon ($5,775) – playing at Coors Field
OF – Hunter Pence ($6,809) – good buy vs. Chris Volstad
OF – Michael Cuddyer ($6,940)
OF – Jason Heyward ($7,459)
UTIL – Mark Trumbo ($6,910) – selling Nick Blackburn
UTIL – Kendrys Morales ($6,042) – selling Nick Blackburn
SP – Kyle Drabek ($7,060) – will catch Rangers on a travel day following a Rangers night game
SP – Clay Buchholz ($10,449) – chance to bounce back against average Athletics offense
RP – Francisco Cordero ($1,820)
P – Vance Worley ($12,059) – home start against Cubs offense
Total: $99,698

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