Wednesday Lineup Card: Call-Up Day, Part Deux
Wednesday Lineup Card: Call-Up Day, Part Deux

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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. Howard1BPHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana12422634.333.467.8331.300
G. SizemoreOFPHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana26840135.308.379.538.918
P. Alvarez3BPIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller20543326.250.348.7501.098
S. MarteOFPIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller12430210.333.385.7501.135
R. MartinCPIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller13532432.385.500.9231.423
J. TabataOFPIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller11421112.364.417.7271.144
N. Walker2BPIT @ STL
1:45PM
S. Miller17640322.353.450.5881.038
M. Ellis2BSTL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez25821443.320.414.480.894
M. HollidayOFSTL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez301132524.367.394.600.994
J. PeraltaSSSTL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez10422433.400.5381.0001.538
C. CrawfordOFLAD vs WAS
3:10PM
J. Zimmermann10410111.400.455.500.955
M. KempOFLAD vs WAS
3:10PM
J. Zimmermann14632704.429.429.9291.357
H. RamirezSSLAD vs WAS
3:10PM
J. Zimmermann221031623.455.520.6821.202
A. Dunn1BOAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez12322244.250.438.7501.188
A. JacksonOFSEA @ OAK
3:35PM
J. Lester18710023.389.450.444.894
J. Smoak1BSEA @ OAK
3:35PM
J. Lester13520104.385.385.538.923
D. NavaOFBOS @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda26930212.346.452.462.913
D. OrtizDHBOS @ NYY
7:05PM
H. Kuroda201151333.550.583.9001.483
M. BournOFCLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander271020339.370.433.444.878
C. SantanaCCLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander40854558.200.304.525.829
D. Wright3BNYM @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler19630423.316.381.474.855
J. ReyesSSTOR @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer14600223.429.500.429.929
O. ArciaOFMIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks15522402.333.333.7331.067
B. Dozier2BMIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks13421422.308.400.6151.015
E. Escobar3BMIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks11321100.273.273.636.909
J. MauerCMIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks562230858.393.460.446.907
A. Rosales2BTEX @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas13520102.385.385.538.923
S. SmithOFSD vs ARI
10:05PM
J. Collmenter17531101.294.294.647.941
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 KoehlerMIA vs NYM
7:10PM
109189071118.165.242.253.494
Collin McHughHOU vs LAA
8:10PM
6113415517.213.295.306.601
Jered WeaverLAA @ HOU
8:10PM
7411545217.149.181.335.516
Josh CollmenterARI @ SD
10:05PM
7619513117.250.253.351.604
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. ByrdOFPHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana366212212.167.211.278.488
J. RollinsSSPHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana11110014.091.167.182.348
C. Utley2BPHI @ ATL
12:10PM
E. Santana11220103.182.167.364.530
M. Adams1BSTL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez12200031.167.333.167.500
J. JayOFSTL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez20410106.200.200.300.500
Y. MolinaCSTL vs PIT
1:45PM
E. Volquez26421325.154.214.308.522
D. StubbsOFCOL vs SF
3:10PM
R. Vogelsong13300105.231.231.231.462
J. Donaldson3BOAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez27510228.185.233.222.456
S. FuldOFOAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez10200003.200.200.200.400
J. ReddickOFOAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez33510006.152.152.182.333
E. SogardSSOAK vs SEA
3:35PM
F. Hernandez23500021.217.280.217.497
K. Seager3BSEA @ OAK
3:35PM
J. Lester10211200.200.200.500.700
M. AvilesSSCLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander26610302.231.231.269.500
J. GiambiDHCLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander204225210.200.261.500.761
Y. GomesCCLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander11210013.182.308.273.580
J. Kipnis2BCLE vs DET
7:05PM
J. Verlander293103512.103.229.138.367
T. HunterOFDET @ CLE
7:05PM
D. Salazar10200002.200.200.200.400
L. DudaOFNYM @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler17210123.118.211.176.387
J. LagaresOFNYM @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler15310102.200.200.333.533
E. Young Jr.OFNYM @ MIA
7:10PM
T. Koehler10110011.100.182.200.382
J. BautistaOFTOR @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer16100113.063.158.063.220
E. Encarnacion1BTOR @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer15211312.133.188.333.521
D. NavarroCTOR @ TB
7:10PM
C. Archer11200102.182.167.182.348
J. Altuve2BHOU vs LAA
8:10PM
J. Weaver10200002.200.200.200.400
T. Plouffe3BMIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks11200013.182.250.182.432
K. SuzukiCMIN vs CWS
8:10PM
J. Danks20320131.150.250.250.500
A. Beltre3BTEX @ KC
8:10PM
J. Vargas33620243.182.270.242.513
C. MaybinOFSD vs ARI
10:05PM
J. Collmenter15320006.200.200.333.533
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 MillerSTL vs PIT
1:45PM
13836187181921.261.358.500.858
Jordan ZimmermannWAS @ LAD
3:10PM
1083812317615.352.396.536.932
Ryan VogelsongSF @ COL
3:10PM
66211039510.318.366.558.925
Hiroki KurodaNYY vs BOS
7:05PM
8330819716.361.436.489.925
John DanksCWS @ MIN
8:10PM
14546135231218.317.375.470.845

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.

Other Recent Recommendations: Dilson Herrera, Jordan Schafer, Wade Davis, Russell Martin and Drew Smyly

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)

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