Wednesday Lineup Card: New Brew In The Ninth
Wednesday Lineup Card: New Brew In The Ninth

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Wednesday's Starters (all times Eastern)

Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle – L) at Tigers (Rick Porcello – R), 1:08
Reds (Homer Bailey – R) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook – R), 1:45
Rays (Matt Moore – L) at Rangers (Derek Holland – L ), 2:05
Pirates (Jonathan Sanchez – L) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L), 3:40
Rockies (Jeff Francis – L) at Giants (Barry Zito – L), 3:45
White Sox (Gavin Floyd – R) at Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – R), 7:05
Yankees (Ivan Nova – R) at Indians (Brett Myers – R), 7:05
Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Marlins (Alex Sanabia – R), 7:10
Orioles (Jake Arrieta – R) at Red Sox (Ryan Dempster – R), 7:10
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Cubs (Scott Feldman – R), 8:05
Twins (Liam Hendriks – R) at Royals (Wade Davis – R), 8:10
Athletics (Tommy Milone – L) at Angels (Joe Blanton – R), 10:05
Astros (Brad Peacock – R) at Mariners (Blake Beavan – R), 10:10
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley – R) at Padres (Eric Stults – L), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: CIN/STL, TB/TEX, PIT/ARI, COL/SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Brett Anderson, SP, OAK (thumb) – Looks to be in good shape to make next start.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS (undisclosed) – Removed from Tuesday's game in the third inning with apparent injury.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX (back) – Will not throw bullpen session Tuesday but could still make scheduled start Thursday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS (back) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET (thumb) – Cut right thumb on bat rack Monday, requiring eight stitches. Was held out of Tuesday's lineup.
Carlos Quentin, OF, SD (wrist) – Removed from Tuesday's game in seventh inning after being struck by a pitch on his right wrist.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (wrist) – Feeling better but still experiencing swelling. Hopes to take swings Wednesday.
Carlos Santana, C, CLE (thumb) – Not in lineup Tuesday, but X-rays came back negative on bruised thumb.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (quad) – Returned to lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

Disabled List

Logan Forsythe, 2B, SD (foot) – Still wearing a protective boot and will do so for at least another week.
Matt Garza, SP, CHC (arm) – On track to return in early-to-mid May.
Chase Headley, 3B, SD (thumb) – Underwent three separate tests on thumb Monday, all of which indicated positive progress in recovery.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY (ankle) – Ran sprints Tuesday and is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (oblique) – Remains without a timetable for return but could begin rehab assignment soon.
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX (forearm) – Threw a 26-pitch live batting practice session Tuesday.
Ted Lilly, SP, LAD (shoulder) – Scheduled to make next rehab start at Triple-A on Wednesday.
Cory Luebke, SP, SD (elbow) – Just began playing catch within the last week following a six-week shutdown period.
Franklin Morales, SP, BOS (back) – Expected to begin minor league rehab assignment sometime next week.
Jason Motte, RP, STL (elbow) – MRI on elbow revealed a torn ligament, making Tommy John surgery likely if she knows no improvement before May 1.
Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS, OAK (hamstring) – Has begun to take swings and run sprints in his rehab.
Chris Narveson, SP, MIL (finger) – Likely to miss four-to-six weeks with sprained left finger.
Jeff Niemann, SP, TB (shoulder) – Had MRI on Tuesday and will likely undergo season-ending surgery in near future.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS (heel) – Went 2-for-5 in a second extended spring training game Tuesday.
Martin Perez, SP, TEX (wrist) – Scheduled to throw bullpen session Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (thumb) – Expected to have cast removed this week.
Joakim Soria, RP, TEX (elbow) – Threw 28-pitch live batting practice session Tuesday.
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA (elbow) – Will be out four-to-six weeks with broken left (non-pitching) elbow.

Transactions

Called Up
Dane De LA Rosa, RP, LAA
Yan Gomes, C, CLE
Edgar Gonzalez, RP, TOR
Omir Santos, C, CLE
Nick Tepesch, SP, TEX

Sent Down
Dave Bush, RP, TOR
Julio Borbon, OF, TEX (designated for assignment)
Robert Whitenack, RP, CLE (designated for assignment)

Placed on DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Lou Marson, C, CLE
Chris Narveson, P, MIL
Corey Hart, 1B, MIL (transferred to 60-day DL)
Andrew Taylor, RP, LAA (transferred to 60-day DL)
Jered Weaver, SP, LAA

Signed
Miguel Batista, RP, TOR (minor league contract)
Clay Rapada, RP, NYY (minor league contract)

Closer Watch

Cardinals –Jason Motte's MRI revealed a torn ligament in his elbow, which could result in season-ending Tommy John surgery if he doesn't show improvement by May 1. While Motte will try to avoid such a fate, the odds seem to be against him, leaving the Cardinals in a precarious situation after fill-in closer Mitchell Boggs and top setup man Trevor Rosenthal were slaughtered for a combined eight runs (seven earned) on four hits, four walks, a wild pitch and a hit by pitch in a 13-4 loss to the Reds on Monday. Manager Mike Matheny hasn't committed to a removing Boggs from his post as closer, but his struggles, coupled with the potential season-ending injury to Motte makes the Cardinals' end-game situation infinitely more intriguing. Boggs, Rosenthal, and even Edward Mujica or Fernando Salas could get looks in the ninth inning going forward, and if one runs away with the opportunity, they could be in line for a 20-plus save season if Motte fails to return.

Mariners –Tom Wilhelmsen turned in a 1-2-3 ninth to preserve a 3-0 shutout of the Astros on Monday, earning his third save of the season. Wilhelmsen's closing job is seemingly secure despite one rough outing his previous time out, but should he have issues with walks again, hard-throwing youngsters Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor would represent intriguing replacements. However, that doesn't figure to happen anytime soon.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Alex Avila - CDET vs TOR
4/10 1:05 PM
Mark Buehrle4-11.36402202.545.364.909
Torii Hunter - OFDET vs TOR
4/10 1:05 PM
Mark Buehrle21-88.2393915016.420.236.656
Austin Jackson - OFDET vs TOR
4/10 1:05 PM
Mark Buehrle8-18.44402123.556.5001.056
Victor Martinez - CDET vs TOR
4/10 1:05 PM
Mark Buehrle27-74.365461527.554.377.931
Jose Bautista - OFTOR @ DET
4/10 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello5-10.50000210.500.5451.045
Melky Cabrera - OFTOR @ DET
4/10 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello7-14.50002101.643.5001.143
Brandon Phillips - 2BCIN @ STL
4/10 1:45 PM
Jake Westbrook6-14.42903201.714.4291.143
Matt Holliday - OFSTL vs CIN
4/10 1:45 PM
Homer Bailey6-15.40012324.667.4711.137
Evan Longoria - 3BTB @ TEX
4/10 2:05 PM
Derek Holland6-13.462154221.000.5331.533
Ben Zobrist - 2BTB @ TEX
4/10 2:05 PM
Derek Holland3-12.25012412.583.308.891
Miguel Montero - CARI vs PIT
4/10 3:40 PM
Jonathan Sanchez4-10.400223141.000.4551.455
Carlos Gonzalez - OFCOL @ SF
4/10 3:45 PM
Barry Zito8-19.42112503.684.4501.134
David Wright - 3BNYM @ PHI
4/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick8-26.30822423.538.345.883
Denard Span - OFWAS vs CWS
4/10 7:05 PM
Gavin Floyd13-26.50002313.577.5191.095
Nate McLouth - OFBAL @ BOS
4/10 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster5-16.31312334.563.4761.039
David DeJesus - OFCHC vs MIL
4/10 8:05 PM
Kyle Lohse8-16.50012412.813.5291.342
Alfonso Soriano - OFCHC vs MIL
4/10 8:05 PM
Kyle Lohse17-44.386361125.659.4131.072
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Barry ZitoSF vs COL
4/10 3:45 PM
Rockies Batters30-143.21027101832.290.301.590
Kyle KendrickPHI vs NYM
4/10 7:05 PM
Mets Batters16-78.20525745.326.259.584

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Omar Infante - 2BDET vs TOR
4/10 1:05 PM
Mark Buehrle0-15.00000002.000.000.000
Ramon Santiago - 2BDET vs TOR
4/10 1:05 PM
Mark Buehrle2-11.18201114.273.250.523
Adam Lind - 1BTOR @ DET
4/10 1:05 PM
Rick Porcello2-10.20011120.500.333.833
Yorvit Torrealba - CCOL @ SF
4/10 3:45 PM
Barry Zito3-20.15000234.150.261.411
Troy Tulowitzki - SSCOL @ SF
4/10 3:45 PM
Barry Zito5-37.13511218.216.154.370
Eric Young Jr. - OFCOL @ SF
4/10 3:45 PM
Barry Zito3-15.20001003.267.200.467
Daniel Murphy - 2BNYM @ PHI
4/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick2-10.20001011.300.273.573
Ruben Tejada - SSNYM @ PHI
4/10 7:05 PM
Kyle Kendrick2-10.20000100.200.200.400
Kurt Suzuki - CWAS vs CWS
4/10 7:05 PM
Gavin Floyd1-10.10000123.100.250.350
J.J. Hardy - SSBAL @ BOS
4/10 7:10 PM
Ryan Dempster2-27.07401217.111.103.215
Starlin Castro - SSCHC vs MIL
4/10 8:05 PM
Kyle Lohse2-11.18200002.182.182.364
Coco Crisp - OFOAK @ LAA
4/10 10:05 PM
Joe Blanton2-15.13301013.200.188.388
Everth Cabrera - SSSD vs LAD
4/10 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley1-14.07100014.071.133.205
Nick Hundley - CSD vs LAD
4/10 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley2-10.20001002.300.273.573
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Rick PorcelloDET vs Tor
4/10 1:05 PM
Blue Jays Batters28-62.45229842.711.4851.196
Kyle LohseMIL @ ChC
4/10 8:05 PM
Cubs Batters29-83.3494916311.571.372.943
 

Recommended Pickup

Jim Henderson, RP, MIL – Much like last season, the Brewers bullpen has been a mess this far, with John Axford being the biggest problem. After Axford allowed his fourth home run of the season en route to a loss to Arizona on Sunday, manager Ron Roenicke officially pulled the plug on him. Thus, it was Henderson who entered the game in the ninth Monday to quell a Cubs rally and pick up his first save of the season. Henderson was officially awarded the closing job after the game and would seem to have the skills that could allow him to succeed. Despite reaching the bigs for the first time as a 29-year-old last season, Henderson struck out 45 batters in 30 innings and has continued to be effective through four appearances in 2013, posting a 6:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Although Roenicke said he believes Axford can reclaim the job at some point, Axford's velocity has been down and his poor command and inability to avoid the long ball could continue to prove problematic for him even in a setup role. With few bullpen options beyond Axford that would seem to profile as viable closing options, Henderson should be given a decent leash to prove he's got what it takes to stick in the ninth inning.

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