The Lineup Card: Co-Sign on Cosart
The Lineup Card: Co-Sign on Cosart

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

Projected Starters - A look at Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern)

ATL (Mike Minor - L) at HOU (Jarred Cosart - R) 2:10 PM ET
MIN (Ricky Nolasco – R) at LAA (Jered Weaver - R) 3:35 PM ET
MIA (Tom Koehler - R) at PHI (Cole Hamels - L) 7:05 PM ET
NYM (Daisuke Matsuzaka - R) at PIT (Vance Worley - R) 7:05 PM ET
CWS (Scott Carroll - R) at TOR (J.A. Happ - L) 7:07 PM ET
DET (Rick Porcello - R) at TEX (Nick Martinez - R) 8:05 PM ET
WAS (Doug Fister - R) at CHC (Travis Wood - L) 8:05 PM ET
COL (Christian Friedrich - L) at MIL (Wily Peralta - R) 8:10 PM ET
STL (Adam Wainwright - R) at LAD (Josh Beckett - R) 10:10 PM ET
CIN (Mike Leake - R) at SF (Ryan Vogelsong - R) 10:15 PM ET

Day Game After Night Game: ATL/HOU, MIN/LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Jose Bautista, OF, TOR (hamstring) -- Missed his third straight start Wednesday, but was available to pinch-hit off the bench.
David Freese, 3B, LAA (elbow) -- Was held out of the lineup Wednesday after being hit by a pitch Tuesday night.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB (neck) -- Remained out of the lineup Wednesday, is hopeful to return Friday.
Torii Hunter, OF, DET (hamstring) -- Returned to the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (ribs) -- Expected to be activated from the DL and rejoin the Mets in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Cliff Lee, P, PHI (elbow) -- Will face live hitters on Friday and could be in line for a rehab start next week.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL (suspension) -- No verdict was reached on Wednesday during his hearing regarding his five-game suspension.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (finger, head) -- Was held out of the lineup Wednesday after passing concussion tests, but is not a candidate for a trip to the DL.
Justin Masterson, P, CLE (knee) -- Will likely have his next scheduled start pushed back two days due to a right knee issue. Pushing his start back two days places him on track to start Tuesday at Los Angeles.
Derek Norris, C, OAK (head) -- Remained out of the lineup Wednesday, but was available off the bench.
Chris Owings, SS, ARI (shoulder) -- Returned to the D-Backs' lineup Wednesday.
Joc Pederson, OF, LAD (shoulder) -- Will miss at least 10 days with an AC separation in his right shoulder.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (heel) -- Was initially penciled into Wednesday's lineup, but was a late scratch.
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS (hamstring) -- Will be activated from the disabled list Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (shoulder) -- Will meet with a doctor in Los Angeles on Thursday to likely have an MRI.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD (hamstring) -- Will likely be activated from the DL on Thursday.
Brandon Workman, P, BOS (suspension) -- Will likely start Friday against the Yankees.

Players on the DL

Brett Anderson, P, COL (finger) -- Indicated that he felt ready to return after pitching Tuesday's live batting practice session, but will likely require a rehab assignment.
Archie Bradley, P, ARI (elbow) -- Moved rehab assignment to Double-A Mobile on Tuesday.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF (thumb) -- Tentatively scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday as the DH for High-A San Jose.
Christian Bergman, P, COL (hand) -- Was placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday with a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) hand.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC (oblique) -- Has yet to begin baseball-related activities during his rehab.
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU (ankle) -- Underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a fractured fibula and will miss the remainder of the season.
Gavin Floyd, P, ATL (elbow) -- Underwent surgery on his fractured right elbow Wednesday.
Dillon Gee, P, NYM (back) -- Tossed two scoreless innings during a rehab assignment with the rookie-level GCL Mets on Tuesday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WSH (thumb) -- Had an off-day Wednesday (rest), but played five innings in center field Tuesday night for High-A Potomac and went 2-for-3 with a walk, home run and four RBI.
Daniel Hudson, P, ARI (elbow) -- On track to return to the Diamondbacks in September.
Joe Kelly, P, STL (hamstring) -- Was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL on Wednesday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (ankle) -- Underwent ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery Monday and will begin the initial phase of his rehab next week.
CC Sabathia, P, NYY (knee) -- Will make his first rehab start for High-A Tampa on Saturday.
Fernando Salas, RP, LAA (arm) -- Began playing catch for the first time Tuesday.
Tyler Skaggs, P, LAA (hamstring) -- Will make a rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (hamstring) -- Was shut down from his rehab on Wednesday due to back soreness.

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)

Clay Buchholz, P, BOS

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

Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA (triceps)
Jordan Pacheco, C, ARI (shoulder)
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (back)

Called Up (from Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Adam Duvall, 3B, SF
Alfredo Figaro, P, MIL
Yohan Flande, P, COL
Brad Glenn, OF, TOR
Marco Gonzales, SP, STL (from Double-A)
Nick Hagadone, RP, CLE
Taylor Hill, P, WAS
L.J. Hoes, OF, HOU
Brandon Maurer, SP, SEA
Clint Robinson, 1B, LAD
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA
Zeke Spruill, RP, ARI
Alex Wood, SP, ATL

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Ryan Buchter, RP, ATL
Chris Capuano, RP, BOS (designated for assignment)
Jonathan Diaz, SS, TOR (designated for assignment)
Greg Dobbs, 1B, WAS (designated for assignment)
Mike Fiers, RP, MIL
Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN (Double-A)
Jeff Kobernus, OF, WAS
Pete Kozma, SS, STL (designated for assignment)
Mark Lowe, RP, CLE
Josh Outman, RP, CLE (outrighted)
Kevin Pillar, OF, TOR
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
Jamie Romak, 3B, LAD (designated for assignment)
Eli Whiteside, C, CHC (outrighted)
Asher Wojciechowski, SP, HOU

Traded

Cody Fassold, RP, from KC to ATL

Released

Christian Garcia, RP, WAS

Closer Watch

LAA – Joe Smith, who earned his sixth save of the season on Tuesday, will likely be the Angels' closer for the time being while Ernesto Frieri works through his current struggles.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. FowlerOFHOU vs ATL
2:10PM
M. Minor10310021.300.417.500.917
D. Freese3BLAA vs MIN
3:35PM
R. Nolasco12610103.500.500.5831.083
C. IannettaCLAA vs MIN
3:35PM
R. Nolasco11420404.364.364.545.909
A. Pujols1BLAA vs MIN
3:35PM
R. Nolasco191073800.526.5001.2111.711
J. WillinghamOFMIN @ LAA
3:35PM
J. Weaver14322325.214.389.6431.032
C. McGehee3BMIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels11311120.273.385.545.930
M. OzunaOFMIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels12322405.250.250.7501.000
L. DudaOFNYM @ PIT
7:05PM
V. Worley11521223.455.538.8181.357
D. Murphy2BNYM @ PIT
7:05PM
V. Worley171230321.706.737.9411.678
D. Wright3BNYM @ PIT
7:05PM
V. Worley17621702.353.333.588.922
R. SweeneyOFCHC vs WAS
8:05PM
D. Fister10420130.400.538.6001.138
A. Beltre3BTEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello19831112.421.450.6841.134
S. ChooOFTEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello311040447.323.400.452.852
C. Pena1BTEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello14422402.286.333.7141.048
A. RiosOFTEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello41943708.220.220.463.683
A. EthierOFLAD vs STL
10:10PM
A. Wainwright30952637.300.364.600.964
M. HollidayOFSTL @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett20731203.350.381.6501.031
J. BruceOFCIN @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong15521405.333.333.600.933
B. Phillips2BCIN @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong16820101.500.526.6251.151
T. ColvinOFSF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake19744813.368.4001.0001.400
B. CrawfordSSSF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake14421305.286.286.571.857
H. PenceOFSF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake251031307.400.400.6001.000
B. PoseyCSF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake11411301.364.364.6361.000
P. Sandoval3BSF vs CIN
10:15PM
M. Leake171142311.647.6671.1181.784
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cole HamelsPHI vs MIA
7:05PM
1303416817441.262.284.517.800
Cold Batter Matchups – June 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R. JohnsonOFMIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels12210303.167.167.250.417
G. Jones1BMIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels10211104.200.200.500.700
G. StantonOFMIA @ PHI
7:05PM
C. Hamels3810525116.263.282.526.808
R. TejadaSSNYM @ PIT
7:05PM
V. Worley18710203.389.389.444.833
T. SniderOFPIT vs NYM
7:05PM
D. Matsuzaka10111326.100.250.400.650
A. Dunn1BCWS @ TOR
7:07PM
J. Happ12100014.083.154.083.237
E. AndrusSSTEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello15200123.133.235.133.369
C. GimenezCTEX vs DET
8:05PM
R. Porcello11210102.182.182.273.455
M. KempOFLAD vs STL
10:10PM
A. Wainwright20310023.150.261.200.461
M. Ellis2BSTL @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett24731518.292.308.500.808
J. PeraltaSSSTL @ LAD
10:10PM
J. Beckett21410034.190.292.238.530
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 26, 2014
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Vance WorleyPIT vs NYM
7:05PM
71328215411.451.476.6471.122
Rick PorcelloDET @ TEX
8:05PM
1434217723925.294.340.533.873
Mike LeakeCIN @ SF
10:15PM
10542171124219.400.411.7771.188
Ryan VogelsongSF vs CIN
10:15PM
882763131117.307.386.437.823

Recommended Pickup

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DraftStreet Value Picks

SP: Jarred Cosart, HOU ($12,302)
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2B: Tommy La Stella, ATL ($3,838)
3B: Matt Carpenter, STL ($5,290)
SS: Ian Desmond, WAS ($4,397)
OF: Dexter Fowler, HOU ($5,488)

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