Monday Lineup Card: Nat Nearing a Return

Monday Lineup Card: Nat Nearing a Return

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

ATL (Alex Wood - L) at BAL (Kevin Gausman - R) 7:05 PM
CWS (John Danks - L) at BOS (Joe Kelly - R) 7:10 PM
KC (Edinson Volquez - R) at CLE (Cody Anderson - R) 7:10 PM
DET (Anibal Sanchez - R) at TB (Nate Karns - R) 7:10 PM
NYY (Ivan Nova - R) at TEX (Matt Harrison - L) 8:00 PM
COL (Jorge De La Rosa - R) at CHC (Kyle Hendricks - R) 8:05 PM
CIN (Raisel Iglesias - R) at STL (Lance Lynn - R) 8:15 PM
ARI (Robbie Ray - L) at SEA (Mike Montgomery - L) 10:10 PM
MIL (Kyle Lohse - R) at SF (Chris Heston - R) 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Brett Anderson, P, LAD (Achilles) – Expected to start Tuesday against the A's.
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA (undisclosed) – Expected to start in Tuesday's game against Houston.
Welington Castillo, C, ARI (undisclosed) – Was held out of Sunday's lineup against getting hit by a pitch during Saturday's game.
Adam Eaton, OF, CWS (shoulder) – Dealing with a sore shoulder after making a diving catch attempt during Saturday's game.
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL (groin) – Exited Sunday's game after dealing with a sore groin.
Adam Lind, 1B, MIL (back) – Left Saturday's game with lower back tightness and missed Sunday's game as a result.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (mouth) – Was scratched from Sunday's game due to a sore throat.
Alfredo Simon, P, DET (groin) – Strained his groin during Saturday's game but doesn't expect to miss his next start.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA (wrist) – Hurt his left wrist during Sunday's game but the injury isn't expected to be serious.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (back) – Dealing with a stiff back.

Out

Jon Niese, P, NYM (personal) – Was placed on the paternity list Saturday.

Players on the DL

Matt Adams, 1B, STL (quadricpes) – Will be sidelined until late August and may miss the rest of the season.
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (shoulder) – Will be evaluated by Dr. James Andrews this week.
Chase Anderson, P, ARI (triceps) – Dealing with right triceps inflammation.
Norichika Aoki, OF, SF (leg) – Will likely be activated Monday.
Archie Bradley, P, ARI (shoulder) – Will resume throwing from a mound in 9-to-10 days.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS (elbow) – Will return to the mound in 5-to-6 weeks.
Byron Buxton, OF, MIN (thumb) – Could be out another month as the Twins plan to take it slow with his recovery.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET (calf) – Took batting practice Friday and took part in light fielding drills Saturday.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, NYM (knee) – Dealing with a bone bruise underneath his left kneecap.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM (elbow) – Began a rehab stint with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC (groin) – Scheduled to start hitting at the end of the Royals' next road trip.
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA (thumb) – Could return from the DL as soon as Tuesday.
Tim Lincecum, P, SF (forearm) – Played catch Saturday.
Steven Matz, P, NYM (side) – Will be re-examined by team doctors next week.
Miguel Montero, C, CHC (thumb) – Will rest for two weeks before being re-evaluated.
Wil Myers, P, SD (wrist) – Will be shut down for the next 2-to-3 days while a doctor examines his left wrist in Arizona on Monday.
James Paxton, P, SEA (finger) – Weeks away from throwing a bullpen session.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (hamstring) – Will receive a PRP-injection on Monday.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (back) – Unsure when he'll resume swinging a bat.
George Springer, OF, HOU (wrist) – Expected to miss at least three more weeks.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (wrist) – Will hit off a tee early next week.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS (oblique) – Threw a three-inning simulated game Friday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (wrist) – Played his eighth rehab game Saturday while playing left field for Triple-A Syracuse.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (hamstring) – Was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (foot) – Has been running without issue while progressing through rehab work.

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

Called Up

Yimi Garcia, P, LAD
Kyle Ryan, P, DET
Jemile Weeks, 2B, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Leury Garcia, SS, CWS
Marc Krauss, 1B, DET
Noe Ramriez, P, BOS
Josh Ravin, P, LAD
Chin-Hui Tsao, P, LAD
Adam Wilk, P, LAA

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

Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CWS (bereavement list)
Zack Greinke, P, LAD (paternity list)

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

None

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

Chris Dominguez, OF, CIN

Signed

None

Released

None

Traded

Johnny Cueto, P, KC (from CIN)
Brandon Finnegan, P, CIN (from KC)
John Lamb, P, CIN (from KC)
Cody Reed, P, CIN (from KC)

Closer Watch

Arizona Diamondbacks - Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Brewers to earn his 17th save of the season.

Atlanta Braves - Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Cardinals to earn his ninth save of the season.

Baltimore Orioles - Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Rays to earn his 25th save of the season.

Chicago White Sox - David Robertson allowed a run during the ninth inning of Sunday's 2-1 win against the Indians, but still earned his 21st save of the season.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Nationals to earn his league-leading 32nd save of the season.

San Diego Padres - Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Marlins to earn his 29th save of the season.

San Francisco Giants - Santiago Casilla worked around a hit and walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the A's to earn his 26th save of the season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – July 27, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Loney1BTB vs DET
7:10PM
A. Sanchez12410011.333.385.500.885
A. Rodriguez3BNYY @ TEX
8:05PM
M. Harrison12520510.417.500.5831.083
J. HamiltonOFTEX vs NYY
8:05PM
I. Nova10630201.600.600.9001.500
J. BruceOFCIN @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn2814631026.500.5161.0001.516
T. Frazier3BCIN @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn264333313.154.267.500.767
J. Votto1BCIN @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn16810055.500.636.5631.199
Hot Pitcher Matchups – July 27, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
There are no pitchers who qualify as "hot" today.
Cold Batter Matchups – July 27, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. JasoCTB vs DET
7:10PM
A. Sanchez14100042.071.278.071.349
S. CastroSSCHC vs COL
8:05PM
J. De La Rosa16311101.188.188.375.563
J. EllsburyOFNYY @ TEX
8:05PM
M. Harrison14310002.214.214.286.500
M. Teixeira1BNYY @ TEX
8:05PM
M. Harrison13220131.154.313.308.620
E. AndrusSSTEX vs NYY
8:05PM
I. Nova11000041.000.267.000.267
A. Beltre3BTEX vs NYY
8:05PM
I. Nova15310401.200.235.267.502
P. Fielder1BTEX vs NYY
8:05PM
I. Nova10211211.200.333.500.833
M. Moreland1BTEX vs NYY
8:05PM
I. Nova13100021.077.200.077.277
B. HamiltonOFCIN @ STL
8:15PM
L. Lynn14200116.143.200.143.343
Cold Pitcher Matchups – July 27, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
John DanksCWS @ BOS
7:10PM
852710314720.318.372.521.893
Jorge De La RosaCOL @ CHC
8:05PM
5811417117.190.314.291.605
Ivan NovaNYY @ TEX
8:05PM
641351876.203.303.291.594
Lance LynnSTL vs CIN
8:15PM
13341146201239.308.367.523.890
Recommended Pickup

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS - The oft-injured Zimmerman finally seems to be inching close to a return from plantar fasciitis thanks to a combination of medication and cleat inserts. He was having a terrible year when he went down, slashing a miserable .209/.265/.346 with just five home runs, and while normally a player of his pedigree wouldn't be available, there's a good chance he was dropped in shallower formats. He's a risk, and there could be a bidding war for him, but the Nationals will give him all the at-bats he can handle once he's activated, and you may not see another player this season who could make his potential impact. Zimmerman's an especially tempting target in NL-only leagues as everyone keeps their FAAB powder dry for possible big names coming over from the AL at the trade deadline.

Other Recent Recommendations:Mike Leake, Michael Conforto, Jose Iglesias, Jake McGee, Joe Ross and Alex Rios.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Kevin Gausman, BAL (4,300)
C - Yan Gomes, CLE ($2,900)
1B - James Loney, TB ($2,600)
2B - Scooter Gennett, MIL ($2,900)
3B - Mark Reynolds, STL ($3,100)
SS - J.J. Hardy, BAL ($2,900)
OF - Corey Dickerson, COL ($3,400)

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