This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.Projected Starters - A look at Friday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi – R) at Cubs (Jason Hammel – R), 4:05
Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Pirates (Brandon Cumpton – R), 7:05
Athletics (Tommy Milone – L) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen – L), 7:05
Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R) at Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman – R), 7:07
Red Sox (Rubby De La Rosa – R) at Tigers (Drew Smyly – L), 7:08
Phillies (Cole Hamels – L) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R), 7:10
Mariners (Chris Young – R) at Rays (Erik Bedard – L), 7:10
Indians (Trevor Bauer – R) at Rangers (Yu Darvish – R), 8:05
Yankees (Chase Whitley – R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Astros (Dallas Keuchel – L) at Twins (Phil Hughes – R), 8:10
Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L) at Rockies (Eddie Butler – R), 8:40
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R), 9:40
White Sox (Andre Rienzo – R) at Angels (Jered Weaver – R), 10:05
Nationals (Tanner Roark – R) at Padres (Tyson Ross – R), 10:10
Mets (Jonathon Niese – L) at Giants (Matt Cain – R), 10:15
Day Game After Night Game: None
John Baker, C, CHC (Neck) – Received a day off on Thursday after getting hit by a foul ball to the throat.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL (Oblique) – Will play catch on Friday after missing a start.
Bud Norris, SP, BAL (Forearm) – Expected to make next scheduled start.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KC (Elbow) – Only missed one start before returning Thursday.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU (Elbow) – Did not start on Thursday.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DET (Knee) – Missed Thursday start and underwent MRI which revealed no damage.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (Back) – Will not start Thursday's game and could miss Friday as well.
Players on the DL
Jim Adduci, OF, TEX (Finger) – Rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Round Rock.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Elbow) – MRI revealed further damage and will be rested for three weeks.
Bruce Chen, SP, KC (Back) – Will make a rehab start on Sunday.
Tommy Hunter, RP, BAL (Groin) – Will pitch Saturday at Single-A Delmarva with the anticipation of being activated from the DL on Sunday.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (Elbow) – Had a Thursday throwing session with no significant improvement.
Boone Logan, RP, COL (Elbow) – Was placed on the 15-day DL with inflammation.
Jordan Lyles, SP, COL (Hand) – Meeting with a doctor to determine the severity of injury, placed on 15-day DL.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (Quadriceps) – Fielded ground balls and took batting practice on Thursday.
Ryan Lavarnway, C, BOS (Wrist) – Transferred to the 60-day DL.
Luis Garcia, RP, PHI (Forearm) – Started a rehab assignment on Thursday.
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD (Elbow) – Will be reevaluated soon after improvement.
Sergio Santos, RP, TOR (Forearm) – Will throw a bullpen session on Sunday after Thursday's successful stint.
Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR (Hamstring) –After taking batting practice on Wednesday, is in line for rehab games next week.
Eric O'Flaherty, RP, OAK (Elbow) – Expected to make a rehab start on Friday.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI (Elbow) – Still has not been given clearance on a throwing program.
Felix Doubront, SP, BOS (Shoulder) – Will start a few rehab games before being reassessed.
Carter Capps, RP, MIA (Elbow) – Will avoid Tommy John surgery and start a program of rest.
Geovany Soto, C, TEX (Knee) – Resumed light running and expects to swing the bat next week.
Engel Beltre, OF, TEX (Leg) – Expected to report to extended spring training over the next few days.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TB (Hamstring) – Expected to return to action next Wednesday after taking batting practice on Thursday.
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF (Hamstring) – Threw a bullpen session on Thursday with an expected rehab assignment in the near future.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS (Shoulder) – Expected to start a rehab game on Friday.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF (Back) – Is now cleared to resume throwing after resting for a few weeks after surgery.
Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Activated from the DL
Placed on the DL (15-day DL, unless otherwise noted)
Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Baltimore Orioles – Tommy Hunter is expected to be activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday, but does that mean he's automatically pushed into the Orioles' closer role again? Some questions remain, but with current closer Zach Britton doing a solid job its possible Hunter is relegated to middle relief. It's a situation that certainly bears watching, but if I'm putting money on one guy – yes, I'm a gambling man – it's Britton (0.88 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with four saves out of five opportunities).
Detroit Tigers – Joe Nathan is a great closer… by name alone. His numbers over his last three appearances would have him picking daisies as a middle reliever if his name wasn't "Joe Nathan". Keep a close eye on the Tigers closer situation, as Nathan's numbers are quite pitiful. Nathan has given up eight runs over his last 1.1 innings pitched, with zero saves – no bueno. Joba Chamberlain is a wonderful hedge option right now for all owners scrounging for saves.
Career Matchup Stats
|J. Tabata||OF||PIT vs MIL|
|N. Walker||2B||PIT vs MIL|
|R. Ludwick||OF||CIN vs PHI|
|M. Byrd||OF||PHI @ CIN|
|R. Howard||1B||PHI @ CIN|
|J. Rollins||SS||PHI @ CIN|
|J. Ellsbury||OF||NYY @ KC|
|B. Gardner||OF||NYY @ KC|
|B. Ryan||SS||NYY @ KC|
|R. Tejada||SS||NYM @ SF|
|D. Wright||3B||NYM @ SF|
|B. Posey||C||SF vs NYM|
Career Matchup Stats
Career Matchup Stats
|P. Alvarez||3B||PIT vs MIL|
|C. Barmes||SS||PIT vs MIL|
|G. Sanchez||1B||PIT vs MIL|
|J. Bruce||OF||CIN vs PHI|
|B. Phillips||2B||CIN vs PHI|
|C. Utley||2B||PHI @ CIN|
|W. Bloomquist||SS||SEA @ TB|
|D. Jeter||SS||NYY @ KC|
|K. Johnson||2B||NYY @ KC|
|M. Teixeira||1B||NYY @ KC|
|B. Upton||OF||ATL @ ARI|
|P. Konerko||1B||CWS @ LAA|
|A. Ramirez||SS||CWS @ LAA|
|M. Morse||OF||SF vs NYM|
|H. Pence||OF||SF vs NYM|
Joba Chamberlain, RP, NYY – Remember him? The one-time prized prospect has now found some peace in Detroit, where a player can play ball without having to worry about the pressure that goes along with playing in New York. Chamberlain has settled in nicely as one of the Tigers go-to middle relievers, and he's been putting himself in the mix at a potential closer role with Joe Nathan sucking wind right now. The Tigers can't stick with Nathan for too much longer, so get your Joba while you still can.
DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Rubby De La Rosa, BOS ($13,229)
C: Hank Conger, LAA ($4,214)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI ($7,224)
2B: D.J. LeMahieu, COL ($4,458)
SS: Ian Desmond, WAS ($5,394)
3B: Aramis Ramirez, MIL ($6,383)
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY ($6,299)