Monday Lineup Card: Swooning for Swihart

Monday Lineup Card: Swooning for Swihart

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

MIA (David Phelps - R) at WAS (Jordan Zimmermann - R) 7:05 PM
NYY (Chase Whitley - R) at TOR (R.A. Dickey - R) 7:07 PM
TB (Jake Odorizzi - R) at BOS (Clay Buchholz - R) 7:10 PM
PHI (Aaron Harang - R) at ATL (Alex Wood - L) 7:10 PM
LAD (Clayton Kershaw - L) at MIL (Kyle Lohse - R) 7:20 PM
CHC (Travis Wood - L) at STL (Carlos Martinez - R) 8:00 PM
OAK (Jesse Hahn - R) at MIN (Phil Hughes - R) 8:10 PM
TEX (Ross Detwiler - L) at HOU (Dallas Keuchel - L) 8:10 PM
ARI (Josh Collmenter - R) at COL (Tyler Matzek - L) 8:40 PM
SEA (Felix Hernandez - R) at LAA (Matt Shoemaker - R) 10:05 PM
SD (Tyson Ross - R) at SF (Madison Bumgarner - L) 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (hip) – Left Sunday's game due to right hip irritation.
Joaquin Benoit, P, SD (arm) – Suffering from a dead arm and may require a DL stint.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL (head) – Left Sunday's game after feeling lightheaded.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (finger) – Left Sunday's game with a bruised right index finger.
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS (illness) – Missed his third straight game Sunday due to illness, but is expected to return to the White Sox lineup Tuesday.
Tyler Flowers, C, CWS (illness) – Missed Sunday's game due to illness, but is expected to return to the White Sox lineup Tuesday.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET (groin) – Aggravated a pre-existing groin injury during Sunday's game, but hopes to return to the Tigers' lineup Tuesday.
Austin Jackson, OF, SEA (ankle) – Rolled his ankle during Sunday's loss to the Astros and will re-evaluated Monday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, CWS (illness) – Departed Sunday's game early due to illness.
Mat Latos, P, MIA (hamstring) – Was removed from Wednesday's start with a left hamstring strain and his status for his next start is uncertain.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (hip) – Having trouble squatting and likely won't catch for another 7-to-10 days.
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (illness) – Departed Sunday's game early due to illness.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (head) – Departed early from Sunday's game after taking a pitch to the helmet.

Out

Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC (suspension) – Serving a two-game suspension. Eligible to return to the Royals' lineup Wednesday.
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.
Ervin Santana, P, MIN (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.
Yordano Ventura, P, KC (suspension) – Serving a seven-game suspension. Eligible to return to the Royals' rotation Friday against Detroit.

Players on the DL

Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (shoulder) – Expected to play catch soon is aiming to return to the Marlins' rotation in mid-May.
Archie Bradley, P, ARI (face) – Expect to return from the DL after missing just 15 days.
Matt Cain, P, SF (forearm) – Three weeks away from playing in an extended spring training game.
Alex Cobb, P, TD (forearm) – A mid-May return appears plausible.
Patrick Corbin, P, ARI (elbow) – Tossed a 30-pitch simulated game on Tuesday and could start a rehab assignment next week. Projected to return sometime in June.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (oblique) – Suffered a serious oblique tear and is expected to miss more than the minimum 15 days.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (elbow) – Began a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Sunday.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM (hand) – Will be a splint for three weeks and will then be re-examined. A June return is possible.
Sean Doolittle, P, OAK (shoulder) – Threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday and threw another one Sunday.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC (concussion) – Eligible to return from the 7-day concussion DL on Thursday.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (elbow) – Felt great throwing to live hitters for the first time Thursday. A June return is possible.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL (hand) – Began a minor league rehab assignment over the weekend and should return to the Brewers' lineup during the upcoming week.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE (knee) – Was able to jog and throw on the field prior to Friday's game. A mid-May return is possible.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (shoulder) – Expects to play with the Rangers in mid-to-late May.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (shoulder) – Will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Bowie.
Greg Holland, P, KC (chest) – Could return to the Royals' bullpen as soon as Tuesday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA (shoulder) – Is throwing long-toss, but is still three-to-four weeks away from returning.
Kenley Jansen, P, LAD (foot) – Made a second rehab appearance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday and could return to the Dodgers' bullpen in mid-May.
John Jaso, C, TB (wrist) – Has yet to swing a bat since suffering a wrist contusion on Opening Day.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (knee) – Was placed on the DL Sunday with left knee bursitis.
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI (foot) – Expected to return in 2-to-3 weeks.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU (thumb) – Expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (toe) – Expects to return to the Brewers' lineup in late May or early June.
Jake McGee, P, TB (elbow) – Will move his rehab to Triple-A Durham on Tuesday.
Rafael Montero, P, NYM (shoulder) – Suffering from right rotator cuff inflammation.
Mike Minor, P, ATL (shoulder) – Experienced more discomfort in his shoulder when throwing off a mound during rehab.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR (hamstring) – Is dealing with a hamstring tear and likely won't be ready to return after the minimum 15 days.
Adam Ottavino, P, COL (triceps) – Seeking multiple opinions on his elbow injury before deciding what route to take in his recovery.
Jarrod Parker, P, OAK (elbow) – Will be stretched out to upwards of 100 pitches at Triple-A at least twice before returning to Oakland.
Bobby Parnell, P, NYM (elbow) – Could return in mid-to-late May.
Jake Peavy, P, SF (back) – Threw off a mound Saturday at 70-to-80 percent.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (forearm) – Took batting practice Sunday. The Giants are expected to decide on a rehab plan within the next few days.
Joel Peralta, P, LAD (arm) – Suffering from a dead arm and a pinched nerve in his neck.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (hamstring) – Will likely be activated from the DL on or within a few days of May 10 when first eligible.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (knee) – Couldn't get loose prior to a rehab start Saturday and was scratched from the lineup. It's unclear if this setback will cost him additional time.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (ribs) – Dealing with a cracked rib on his left side.
Alex Rios, OF, KC (hand) – Expected to start hand-strengthening exercises soon with a projected return in mid-to-late May.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD (shoulder) – Will throw batting practice during next week's road trip. Expected to return mid-May.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (forearm) – Will be out at least a month with a minor forearm strain.
Justin Verlander, P, DET (triceps) – Unable to throw due to inflammation (fluid) in his arm and will undergo his third MRI next week.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) – Catching every other day in extended spring training, but remains without a timetable to return.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (hamstring) – His absence may extend beyond the projected May 8-10 return date.
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA (back) – Will begin a minor league rehab assignment soon.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK (knee) – Will undergo left knee surgery and be out 4-to-6 weeks.

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

Called Up

Elvis Araujo, P, PHI
Joey Butler, OF, TB
Chad Smith, P, OAK
Sam Tuivailala, P, STL

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Ryan Cook, P, OAK

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

None

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

Ryan Hanigan, C, BOS (transferred from 15-day to 60-day DL)
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
Jordan Walden, P, STL

Claimed

Luis Jiminez, 3B, BOS - from Milwaukee
Anthony Varvaro, P, CHC - from Boston

Designated for Assignment

Joe Ortiz, P, CHC

Signed

Tyler Colvin, OF, CWS

Released

Cody Ross, OF, OAK

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Detroit Tigers - Joakim Soria earned his 10th save of the season Sunday against the Royals. He's now tied with Mets' closer Jeurys Familia for the MLB lead.

Houston Astros - Luke Gregerson earned his sixth save of the season Sunday against the Mariners.

St. Louis Cardinals - Trevor Rosenthal blew his first save of the season in nine chances Sunday. He served up his first home run of the season to the Pirates' Jung-ho Kang on the first pitch he threw of the ninth inning.

Washington Nationals- Drew Storen earned his seventh save of the season Sunday against the Mets. Tanner Roark, Matt Thornton and Aaron Barrett worked ahead of him in relief of starter Doug Fister.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Prado3BMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann20830201.400.400.550.950
G. StantonOFMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann29743659.241.353.586.939
S. DrewSSNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey18630121.333.400.500.900
J. EllsburyOFNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey16610120.375.444.438.882
G. Jones1BNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey16620114.375.412.500.912
A. Rodriguez3BNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey24831207.333.333.542.875
E. Young Jr.OFATL vs PHI
7:10PM
A. Harang15610041.400.550.4671.017
D. DeJesusDHTB @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz17610142.353.476.412.888
A. Gonzalez1BLAD @ MIL
7:20PM
K. Lohse261072431.385.448.8081.256
C. GomezOFMIL vs LAD
7:20PM
C. Kershaw17631412.353.421.6471.068
G. ParraOFMIL vs LAD
7:20PM
C. Kershaw26930027.346.414.462.875
M. HollidayOFSTL vs CHC
8:15PM
T. Wood4015849210.375.419.7751.194
J. JayOFSTL vs CHC
8:15PM
T. Wood321330732.406.457.500.957
Y. MolinaCSTL vs CHC
8:15PM
T. Wood3815731306.395.385.7371.121
C. GonzalezOFCOL vs ARI
8:40PM
J. Collmenter15542323.333.444.8671.311
T. TulowitzkiSSCOL vs ARI
8:40PM
J. Collmenter20641422.300.364.600.964
M. TroutOFLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
F. Hernandez52198312314.365.386.6731.059
J. UptonOFSD @ SF
10:15PM
M. Bumgarner271121254.407.500.5561.056
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Clay BuchholzBOS vs TB
7:10PM
106228251530.208.319.333.651
Jake OdorizziTB @ BOS
7:10PM
74114261016.149.247.254.501
Clayton KershawLAD @ MIL
7:20PM
1203411211430.283.316.412.727
Phil HughesMIN vs OAK
8:10PM
102216271222.206.289.292.581
Felix HernandezSEA @ LAA
10:05PM
26548205261878.181.236.300.536
Cold Batter Matchups – May 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
A. HechavarriaSSMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann25510102.200.200.280.480
D. Solano2BMIA @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann17300014.176.263.176.440
C. BeltranOFNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey26521504.192.185.346.531
B. McCannCNYY @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey32611155.188.297.281.579
J. RollinsSSLAD @ MIL
7:20PM
K. Lohse43832543.186.255.349.604
J. Uribe3BLAD @ MIL
7:20PM
K. Lohse23400104.174.240.174.414
J. ReddickOFOAK @ MIN
8:10PM
P. Hughes15200134.133.278.133.411
E. AndrusSSTEX @ HOU
8:10PM
D. Keuchel31600313.194.212.194.406
L. MartinOFTEX @ HOU
8:10PM
D. Keuchel19410608.211.211.263.474
K. CalhounOFLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
F. Hernandez18100017.056.105.056.161
C. IannettaCLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
F. Hernandez22211149.091.231.227.458
M. JoyceOFLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
F. Hernandez21110018.048.091.095.186
B. CrawfordSSSF vs SD
10:15PM
T. Ross15200005.133.133.133.267
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 4, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Alex WoodATL vs PHI
7:10PM
6723306109.343.429.382.811
Travis WoodCHC @ STL
8:15PM
203702811451939.345.403.584.986
Matt ShoemakerLAA vs SEA
10:05PM
6416523013.250.260.391.651
Madison BumgarnerSF vs SD
10:15PM
12939105201327.302.362.464.826
Recommended Pickup

Blake Swihart, C, BOS - The news that Ryan Hanigan will be out through the All-Star break with a broken hand means that Swihart is here from the minors and likely to stay for quite a while. He hit .338/.392/.382 with one stolen base over 74 plate appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket this season. He had 13 home runs last season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, so expect him to flash part of that skill set sooner rather than later, though he should also hit for a reasonably high average. Swihart will usually start over Sandy Leon and holds value in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues or those that use two catchers.

Other Recent Recommendations:Andre Ethier, Odubel Herrera, Kevin Pillar, Luis Valbuena, Jake Marisnick and Rafael Montero.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Carlos Martinez, STL ($7,600)
C - Derek Norris, SD ($3,100)
1B - Mark Reynolds, STL ($3,000)
2B - Joe Panik, SF ($3,100)
3B - Kyle Seager, SEA ($3,600)
SS - Marwin Gonzalez, HOU ($3,000)
OF - Billy Burns, OAK ($2,600)

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