Monday Lineup Card: Call On Kiermaier

Monday Lineup Card: Call On Kiermaier

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

PHI (Aaron Harang - R) at NYM (Jacob deGrom - R) 1:10 PM
DET (Anibal Sanchez - R) at PIT (Gerrit Cole - R) 1:35 PM
WAS (Jordan Zimmermann - R) at BOS (Rick Porcello - R) 3:05 PM
KC (Danny Duffy - L) at MIN (Trevor May - R) 4:10 PM
MIL (Matt Garza - R) at STL (Adam Wainwright - R) 4:15 PM
COL (Eddie Butler - R) at SF (Chris Heston - R) 4:35 PM
NYY (Michael Pineda - R) at BAL (Wei-Yin Chen - L) 7:00 PM
TB (Jake Odorizzi - L) at TOR (R.A. Dickey - R) - 7:07 PM
MIA (Mat Latos - R) at ATL (Shelby Miller - R) - 7:10 PM
LAA (Matt Shoemaker - R) at TEX (Ross Detwiler - L) - 8:05 PM
CIN (Mike Leake - R) at CHC (Jon Lester - L) - 8:05 PM
OAK (Scott Kazmir - L) at HOU (Scott Feldman - R) - 8:10 PM
SEA (James Paxton - L) at LAD (Brandon McCarthy - R) - 10:10 PM
ARI (Rubby De La Rosa - R) at SD (Andrew Cashner - R) - 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (elbow) – Will undergo a precautionary MRI on his right elbow.
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (back) – Has missed two straight games after exiting Friday's contest with "stabbing" pain in his back.
Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA (calf) – Was a surprise scratch Sunday due to a calf strain, but hopes to return Monday.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX (back) – Has missed two straight games after exiting Friday's contest with back spasms.
Casey Fien, P, MIN (shoulder) – Wasn't available Sunday for the third straight game, but hopes to avoid a DL stint.
Felix Hernandez, P, SEA (ankle, quadriceps) – Tweaked his left ankle and right quadriceps Sunday but said there's a 100 percent chance he makes his next start.
Tommy La Stella, 2B, CHC (oblique) – Wasn't available Sunday due to a side strain.
Casey McGehee, 3B, SF (knee) – Is suffering from a bone bruise.
Mike Olt, 3B, CHC (wrist) – Was hit in the wrist by a pitch during Saturday's game.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL (quadriceps) – Was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore left quad.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD (hamstring) – Didn't start Sunday.
Yordano Ventura, P, KC (calf) – Exited Sunday's start after 5.2 innings with a cramp in his right calf.

Out

John Axford, P, COL (personal) – Was placed on the Family Medical Emergency List on Sunday.
Francisco Liriano, P, PIT (paternity) – Expected to make his next start Wednesday against Detroit.
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.
Ervin Santana, P, MIN (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.

Players on the DL

Homer Bailey, P, CIN (elbow) – Threw 75 pitches over five innings at the Reds' spring training facility Wednesday.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Achilles) – Is two-to-three weeks away from rejoining the Phillies.
Matt Cain, P, SF (forearm) – Expected to be sidelined a few weeks with a strained flexor tendon.
Alex Cobb, P, TD (forearm) – Isn't expected to be ready until late-April.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (elbow) – Expected to miss six-to-eight weeks after having surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL (groin) – Will miss his next scheduled start Tuesday and will be re-evaluated before his next scheduled start April 20.
Sean Doolittle, P, OAK (shoulder) – Manager Bob Melvin said his return is slated for late May.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (elbow) – The earliest he's expected to return to the Marlins' starting rotation is June, but July is a more realistic timetable.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE (knee) – Expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with a moderate MCL sprain.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (shoulder) – Is without a projected return date.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (shoulder) – Will start a rehab assignment at Double-A as soon as Thursday.
Kenley Jansen, P, LAD (foot) – Expected to throw off a mound in two weeks.
John Jaso, C, TB (wrist) – Has yet to swing a bat since suffering a wrist contusion on Opening Day.
Ian Kennedy, P, SD (hamstring) – Suffered a left hamstring strain Thursday and will miss at least two turns in the rotation.
James Loney, 1B, TB (upper body) – Injured his side during a batting practice session Tuesday.
Jake McGee, P, TB (elbow) – Will throw his second live batting practice session Monday.
Mike Minor, P, ATL (shoulder) – Experienced more discomfort in his shoulder when throwing off a mound during rehab.
Joe Nathan, P, DET (elbow) – Diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of the elbow flexor.
Ricky Nolasco, P, MIN (elbow) – Eligible to return April 24.
Bobby Parnell, P, NYM (elbow) – Expected to join the Mets in mid-to-late April.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (forearm) – Manager Bruce Bochy believes he'll be back on the field at the end of April.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (knee) – Experienced discomfort during side-to-side drills Friday.
Garrett Richards, P, LAA (knee) – Will make his second rehab appearance at Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday and will likely be activated if all goes well.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD (shoulder) – Is not expected to return until early May.
Drew Smyly, P, TB (shoulder) – Will likely miss only one or two turns in the Rays' rotation.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (abdomen) – Went 2-for-3 in extended spring training Friday.
Justin Verlander, P, DET (triceps) – Expected to toss a simulated game Wednesday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (shoulder) – Hopes to make his season debut Monday against the Red Sox.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) – Is making significant progress in his rehab and recently said a return for the start of May could be possible.

Transactions - Players who have been called up, sent down, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Called Up

Austin Adams, P, CLE
Kyle Davies, P, NYY
Shaun Marcum, P, CLE
Scott Oberg, P, COL
Stolmy Pimentel, P, TEX
Sean O'Sullivan, P, PHI
AJ Schugel, P, ARI
Ryan Webb, P, LAD

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Kyle Crockett, P, CLE
Jon Edwards, P, TEX
Tyler Ladendorf, SS, OAK
Carlos Sanchez, 3B, CWS

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)

Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
Chris Sale, P, CWS

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

Charlie Culberson, SS, COL (60-day DL)
Yan Gomes, C, CLE
Gerald Laird, C, ARI

Designated for Assignment

Cesar Jimenez, P, PHI
Matt Tracy, P, NYY

Released

Charles Brewer, P, CLE

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Detroit Tigers - Joakim Soria earned his second save of the season Sunday since taking over the Tigers' closer role for Joe Nathan (elbow).

Los Angeles Dodgers - Joel Peralta needed to record just one out to earn his second save of the season Sunday.

New York Mets - Jeurys Familia earned his first save of the season Sunday since taking over the Mets' closer role for Jenrry Mejia (suspension).

Seattle Mariners - Fernando Rodney allowed four runs in a non-save appearance Sunday against Oakland.

Tampa Bay Rays - Ernesto Frieri earned his first save of the season Sunday with Brad Boxberger unavailable due to pitching the two previous games.

Toronto Blue Jays - Miguel Castro earned his second save of the season Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk during an otherwise scoreless frame against the Orioles.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – April 13, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
D. Murphy2BNYM vs PHI
1:10PM
A. Harang20751513.350.381.7001.081
R. TejadaSSNYM vs PHI
1:10PM
A. Harang16620033.375.500.5001.000
D. Wright3BNYM vs PHI
1:10PM
A. Harang281251868.429.514.6791.193
C. Hart1BPIT vs DET
1:35PM
A. Sanchez15742313.467.5001.0001.500
H. RamirezSSBOS vs WAS
3:05PM
J. Zimmermann251031624.400.464.6001.064
C. GomezOFMIL @ STL
4:15PM
A. Wainwright22721204.318.375.500.875
A. Ramirez3BMIL @ STL
4:15PM
A. Wainwright60231138310.383.431.6671.097
J. PeraltaSSSTL vs MIL
4:15PM
M. Garza321331408.406.406.563.969
E. Longoria3BTB @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey30852747.267.353.567.920
F. Freeman1BATL vs MIA
7:10PM
M. Latos161040702.625.625.8751.500
C. Johnson3BATL vs MIA
7:10PM
M. Latos21951426.429.478.7621.240
A. Rizzo1BCHC vs CIN
8:05PM
M. Leake20731325.350.409.6001.009
B. PenaCCIN @ CHC
8:05PM
J. Lester17710402.412.412.471.882
J. Altuve2BHOU vs OAK
8:10PM
S. Kazmir19930203.474.474.6321.105
J. ReddickOFOAK @ HOU
8:10PM
S. Feldman20653413.300.333.8501.183
Hot Pitcher Matchups – April 13, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Danny DuffyKC @ MIN
4:10PM
10220504819.196.255.253.508
Adam WainwrightSTL vs MIL
4:15PM
2437024826747.288.322.453.776
R.A. DickeyTOR vs TB
7:07PM
9219114161119.207.303.410.713
Scott FeldmanHOU vs OAK
8:10PM
10319846813.184.243.338.581
Brandon McCarthyLAD vs SEA
10:10PM
8220739114.244.253.404.657
Cold Batter Matchups – April 13, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
L. Duda1BNYM vs PHI
1:10PM
A. Harang16211255.125.333.313.646
T. Plouffe3BMIN vs KC
4:10PM
D. Duffy16210005.125.125.188.313
D. JenningsOFTB @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey18210136.111.238.167.405
W. CastilloCCHC vs CIN
8:05PM
M. Leake15310012.200.250.267.517
N. CruzOFSEA @ LAD
10:10PM
B. McCarthy25521303.200.200.360.560
Cold Pitcher Matchups – April 13, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Anibal SanchezDET @ PIT
1:35PM
742210413321.297.321.543.863
Jordan ZimmermannWAS @ BOS
3:05PM
843110211811.369.426.525.951
Matt GarzaMIL @ STL
4:15PM
12845124191223.352.406.501.907
Mat LatosMIA @ ATL
7:10PM
863414320619.395.435.6281.063
Mike LeakeCIN @ CHC
8:05PM
1003210110615.320.363.450.813
Scott KazmirOAK @ HOU
8:10PM
78248161219.308.414.427.841
Recommended Pickup

Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB - Kiermaier has started all six games for the Rays and is hitting .381/.435/.952 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored. The 24-year-old outfielder has been impressive hitting atop the Rays' lineup and figures to remain in that spot against right-handers, especially with James Loney on the DL.

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SS - Jed Lowrie, HOU ($3,800)
OF - Alejandro De Aza, BAL ($3,000)

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