Friday Lineup Card: The Future is Here

Friday Lineup Card: The Future is Here

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

Mets (Dillon Gee - R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton - R), 7:05
Cubs (Carlos Zambrano - R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 7:05
Mariners (Erik Bedard - L) at Tigers (Brad Penny - R), 7:05
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R) at Orioles (Jake Arrieta - R), 7:05
Indians (Fausto Carmona - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 7:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz - R) at Blue Jays (Jo-Jo Reyes - L), 7:07
Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders - L) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez - R), 7:10
Braves (Tim Hudson - R) at Astros (Aneury Rodriguez - R), 8:05
Cardinals (Kyle Lohse - R) at Brewers (Chris Narveson - L), 8:10
Rangers (C.J. Wilson - L) at Twins (Brian Duensing - L), 8:10
Athletics (Graham Godfrey - R) at White Sox (Edwin Jackson - R), 8:10
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R) at Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R), 8:40
Nationals (Jason Marquis - R) at Padres (Mat Latos - R), 10:05
Royals (Jeff Francis - L) at Angels (Ervin Santana - R), 10:05
Reds (Travis Wood - L) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong - R), 10:15

Day Game After a Night Game: None

Injuries - A brief look at players that have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns.

Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)

Martin Prado, 2B, ATL (knee) - Out 'til Saturday or Sunday
Allen Craig, 2B/OF, STL (knee) - Definitely out Thursday
Dustin Moseley, SP, SD (shoulder) - Non-pitching shoulder popped out and back in; probably will be okay, but will have MRI
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, HOU (elbow) - Expected back to start Monday
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF (wrist) - Planning Tuesday return

Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN (wrist) - No structural damage
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (knee) - Has a bruised kneecap; will play through it
Russell Martin, C, NYY (back) - Out Thursday; dealing with tightness
Denard Span, OF, MIN (illness) - Out again Thursday
Yunel Escobar, SS, TOR (quad) - Expected back Friday
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS (illness) - Seems unserious, but not in Thursday lineup
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB (illness) - Feeling better and expected back Friday
Ian Kinsler, 2B, TEX (personal) - Expected back Friday
Derrek Lee, 1B, BAL (personal) - Placed on bereavement list

Players on the DL

Luke Gregerson, RP, SD (undisclosed) - Probably feeling pretty hurt about being DLed for no reason so the Pads could call up Anthony Rizzo
Chris Snyder, C, PIT (back) - Having surgery and could be out for the year
Tom Gorzelanny, SP, WAS (elbow) - Will have first rehab game Monday
Takashi Saito, RP, MIL (oblique) - Starting rehab assignment Sunday
Orlando Hudson, 2B, SD (groin) - A week away from rehab assignment
Alfonso Soriano, OF, CHC (quad) - Rehab assignment scheduled to start Sunday; hope is for Wednesday activation
Barry Zito, SP, SF (foot) - Another rehab start on tap Saturday - expected back at end of month
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (knee) - Rehab stint starting Thursday
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT (quad) - Had a setback and not playing even in extended ST
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA (back) - Hit from a tee and played catch Wednesday; optimistic for min-time return still
Doug Slaten, RP, WAS (elbow) - Injury is nerve-related; plan is to rest

Joe Mauer, C, MIN (legs) - Catching for the second straight game Thursday in A ball and could be back Tuesday
Franklin Morales, RP, BOS (forearm) - Rehab assignment commencing Thursday
Joba Chamberlain, RP, NYY (elbow) - Tommied his John (a medical term), so he'll have Tommy John
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE (oblique) - Will take BP Friday
Brad Thomas, RP, DET (elbow) - Will throw a bullpen Thursday
Jake Peavy, SP, CHW (groin) - Will need a rehab assignment before activation
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS (quad) - Doing well on his rehab assignment, but no word on when he'll return
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B, MIN (leg) - Went 1-for-3 in rehab game Wednesday
Magglio Ordonez, OF, DET (ankle) - Expected to remain on rehab assignment through weekend
Brett Anderson, SP, OAK (elbow) - Scheduled for a Dr. Andrews visit - could be Tommy John on tap
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS (back) - Placed on DL
Rich Hill, RP, BOS (elbow) - Had Tommy John Thursday
Jesse Litsch, SP, TOR (shoulder) - Had a good first bullpen since DL Wednesday
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS (elbow) - Having Tommy John Friday
Jim Thome, DH, MIN (quad/back) - Apparently quad pain is because of back pain injury?
Joe Nathan, RP, MIN (elbow) - Had a good bullpen Thursday

Transactions - Players that have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Called Up
Wyatt Toregas, C, PIT
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, SD
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
Will Venable, OF, SD
Evan Scribner, RP, SD
Trent Oeltjen, OF, LAD

Sent Down
Eric Patterson, OF, SD (DFA)
Aaron Cunningham, OF, SD
Jerry Sands, OF, LAD
Jose Valdez, RP, HOU

Placed on DL
Chris Snyder, C, PIT
Luke Gregerson, RP, SD

Activated from DL
Brandon Lyon, RP, HOU

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (check out our Closer Grid with the link to the left).

Kansas City - Joakim Soria has been returned to the closer's role after a few days out of it, during which interim "closer" Aaron Crow didn't get a save opportunity, and he got his first shot Thursday afternoon against Toronto. It could have gone better, as he loaded the bases on a couple singles and a walk, but he did work out of it (and actually recorded a strikeout!) for his eighth save. Crow, meanwhile, had a bit of a wild eighth, walking two and throwing a wild pitch.

Toronto - On Wednesday, it was the Jays getting the better of the Royals, and Casey Janssen picking up his first save of the year with an inning of work in which he allowed a run on two hits. He only got the opportunity because Jon Rauch is hurting a little.

Houston - Mark Melancon recorded his sixth save Wednesday, but Brandon Lyon is back. He won't regain the closer's role immediately, but it is - sadly - a possibility.

Atlanta - Craig Kimbrel collected his fifth blown save Wednesday, allowing a pair of runs in the ninth, but his offense picked him up in the top of the tenth and the Braves pieced together the bottom of the inning with three pitchers. Scott Linebrink struck out the only batter he faced for the save. You have to wonder if Jonny Venters and his 0.48 ERA are going to get a shot eventually, as Kimbrel's WHIP has risen to 1.29, the verge of not-so-good territory. He's been walking too many, but of course has great strikeout numbers.

Minnesota - Matt Capps blew his fifth, but like Kimbrel, he collected the win thanks to some offensive support. Phil Dumatrait got his first save in the bottom of the tenth, but he's no threat.

Key Matchups


Miguel Cabrera - 1BDET vs SEA
6/10 7:05 PM
Erik Bedard4-14.28612316.571.333.904
Robinson Cano - 2BNYY vs CLE
6/10 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona8-20.40001301.450.400.850
Curtis Granderson - OFNYY vs CLE
6/10 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona16-36.44428576.861.5351.396
Alex Rodriguez - 3BNYY vs CLE
6/10 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona3-10.30011235.600.5001.100
Nick Swisher - OFNYY vs CLE
6/10 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona7-20.35024753.750.4621.212
Mark Teixeira - 1BNYY vs CLE
6/10 7:05 PM
Fausto Carmona8-18.44412532.667.5241.191
Shane Victorino - OFPHI vs CHC
6/10 7:05 PM
Carlos Zambrano5-10.50000122.500.5831.083
Adam Kennedy - 2BSEA @ DET
6/10 7:05 PM
Brad Penny8-22.36413311.591.391.982
Adam Lind - 1BTOR vs BOS
6/10 7:07 PM
Clay Buchholz9-26.34623313.615.370.985
Kelly Johnson - 2BARI @ FLA
6/10 7:10 PM
Anibal Sanchez4-13.30802410.538.357.895
Jeff Keppinger - 2BHOU vs ATL
6/10 8:05 PM
Tim Hudson5-10.50001002.600.5001.100
Ryan Braun - OFMIL vs STL
6/10 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse8-24.33314513.583.360.943
Craig Counsell - SSMIL vs STL
6/10 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse13-28.46413216.679.4831.162
Coco Crisp - OFOAK @ CWS
6/10 8:10 PM
Edwin Jackson10-25.40001213.480.407.887
Hideki Matsui - DHOAK @ CWS
6/10 8:10 PM
Edwin Jackson9-26.34613532.577.414.991
Lance Berkman - 1BSTL @ MIL
6/10 8:10 PM
Chris Narveson4-10.40012204.800.4001.200
Albert Pujols - 1BSTL @ MIL
6/10 8:10 PM
Chris Narveson4-12.33322451.833.5001.333
Colby Rasmus - OFSTL @ MIL
6/10 8:10 PM
Chris Narveson6-17.35303614.529.389.918
Todd Helton - 1BCOL vs LAD
6/10 8:40 PM
Chad Billingsley8-21.38124653.762.5001.262
Casey Blake - 3BLAD @ COL
6/10 8:40 PM
Jason Hammel7-20.35013515.650.3911.041
Andre Ethier - OFLAD @ COL
6/10 8:40 PM
Jason Hammel5-16.31312336.563.421.984
James Loney - 1BLAD @ COL
6/10 8:40 PM
Jason Hammel5-20.25024401.650.250.900
Billy Butler - 1BKC @ LAA
6/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana6-24.25034636.667.3791.046
Chris Getz - 2BKC @ LAA
6/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana7-16.43800100.438.438.876
Brad Hawpe - OFSD vs WAS
6/10 10:05 PM
Jason Marquis8-18.44412633.667.5241.191
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
Roy HalladayPHI vs CHC
6/10 7:05 PM
Cubs Batters21-83.2533813127.434.256.690
Carlos ZambranoCHC @ PHI
6/10 7:05 PM
Phillies Batters19-84.226068615.311.278.588
C.J. WilsonTEX @ MIN
6/10 8:10 PM
Twins Batters12-64.188148716.283.263.546



Carlos Pena - 1BCHC @ PHI
6/10 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay14-58.2412710121.448.246.694
Aramis Ramirez - 3BCHC @ PHI
6/10 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay2-13.15400005.154.154.308
Placido Polanco - 3BPHI vs CHC
6/10 7:05 PM
Carlos Zambrano2-13.15402200.385.154.539
Jimmy Rollins - SSPHI vs CHC
6/10 7:05 PM
Carlos Zambrano3-20.15001123.200.227.427
Chase Utley - 2BPHI vs CHC
6/10 7:05 PM
Carlos Zambrano3-17.17601017.235.222.457
Corey Patterson - OFTOR vs BOS
6/10 7:07 PM
Clay Buchholz1-10.10001200.300.100.400
Juan Rivera - OFTOR vs BOS
6/10 7:07 PM
Clay Buchholz2-11.18200023.182.308.490
Clint Barmes - 2BHOU vs ATL
6/10 8:05 PM
Tim Hudson1-10.10000001.100.100.200
Corey Hart - OFMIL vs STL
6/10 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse1-12.08300103.083.083.166
Mark Kotsay - OFMIL vs STL
6/10 8:10 PM
Kyle Lohse1-13.07700000.077.077.154
Michael Cuddyer - OFMIN vs TEX
6/10 8:10 PM
C.J. Wilson2-16.12502216.250.176.426
Justin Morneau - 1BMIN vs TEX
6/10 8:10 PM
C.J. Wilson2-12.16711231.417.333.750
Seth Smith - OFCOL vs LAD
6/10 8:40 PM
Chad Billingsley2-11.18202014.364.250.614
Matt Kemp - OFLAD @ COL
6/10 8:40 PM
Jason Hammel3-15.20001033.267.333.600
Juan Uribe - 2BLAD @ COL
6/10 8:40 PM
Jason Hammel2-17.11801003.176.118.294
Wilson Betemit - 3BKC @ LAA
6/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana3-16.18800004.188.188.376
Melky Cabrera - OFKC @ LAA
6/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana2-11.18200112.182.250.432
Mitchell Maier - OFKC @ LAA
6/10 10:05 PM
Ervin Santana2-10.20000001.200.200.400
Bobby Abreu - OFLAA vs KC
6/10 10:05 PM
Jeff Francis0-12.00000008.000.000.000
Edgar Renteria - SSCIN @ SF
6/10 10:15 PM
Ryan Vogelsong1-10.10011401.400.100.500
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
Brad PennyDET vs Sea
6/10 7:05 PM
Mariners Batters31-95.326271268.445.362.807
Fausto CarmonaCLE @ NYY
6/10 7:05 PM
Yankees Batters53-145.365718292023.620.4451.065
Edwin JacksonCWS vs Oak
6/10 8:10 PM
Athletics Batters33-92.35918101010.493.425.918
Chris NarvesonMIL vs StL
6/10 8:10 PM
Cardinals Batters26-80.32541016916.563.388.950
Jason HammelCOL vs LAD
6/10 8:40 PM
Dodgers Batters32-116.276516181020.520.335.855
Chad BillingsleyLAD @ Col
6/10 8:40 PM
Rockies Batters21-78.269310111318.497.374.870
Jason MarquisWAS @ SD
6/10 10:05 PM
Padres Batters23-62.3713814610.590.4261.016

Recommended Pickup

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, SD - Now, let me be clear: I'm not as sold on Rizzo's path to stardom as some. He's going to have to deal with not only adjusting to the big leagues, but doing so in Petco Park, arguably the hardest stadium in the big leagues to homer in. (Technically it's the 24th-hardestthis year, but who's counting?) The Pacific Coast League, where Rizzo was playing, is also known to favor hitters. So that's the disclaimer. The thing is, Rizzo was hitting .365 with 16 homers, five steals and an OPS north of 1.100 in Triple-A Tucson, so if you have some need at CI or UTIL, or you play in a keeper league, he's worth an extended look. The Rizzo era starts Thursday night against Washington - mere minutes away as I write this.

Other recent recommendations: Brennan Boesch, Charlie Morton, Dee Gordon, Freddie Freeman, Adam Kennedy

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Draft Street Lineup

C - Matt Wieters, BAL ($5,221)
1B - Mark Trumbo, LAA ($6,453)
2B - Kelly Johnson, ARI ($7,747)
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SS - Erick Aybar, LAA ($5,783)
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