This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.Projected Starters - A look at Friday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Rays (Alex Colome – R) at Orioles (Kevin Gausman – R), 1:05
Nationals (Tanner Roark – R at Cubs (Jason Hammel – R), 4:05
Rays (Jake Odorizzi – R) at Orioles (Chris Tillman – R), 7:05
Red Sox (Brandon Workman – R) at Yankees (Vidal Nuno – L), 7:05
Braves (Julio Teheran – R) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick – R), 7:05
Mets (Jacob DeGrom – R) at Pirates (Brandon Cumpton – R), 7:05
White Sox (John Danks – L) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey –R), 7:07
Athletics (Jesse Chavez – R) at Marlins (Anthony DeSclafani – R), 7:10
Twins (Kevin Correia – R) at Rangers (Nick Tepesch – R), 8:05
Angels (Matt Shoemaker – R) at Royals (Jason Vargas – L), 8:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander – R) at Astros (Brad Peacock – R), 8:10
Rockies (Tyler Matzak – L) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R), 8:10
Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy – R) at Padres (Tyson Ross – R), 10:10
Indians (Trevor Bauer – R) at Mariners (Chris Young – R), 10:10
Cardinals (Carlos Martinez – R) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu – L), 10:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto – R) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner – L), 10:15
Day Game After Night Game: None
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD (Shoulder) – Did not start on Thursday due to doctor's appointment.
Mike Morse, OF, SF (Illness) – Scratched from Thursday's lineup.
Adam Eaton, OF, CHW (Leg) – Left Thursday's game with cramps.
Shelby Miller, SP, STL (Back) – Expected to start on Sunday.
Junior Lake, OF, CHC (Undisclosed) – Left Thursday's game after sliding into the outfield wall.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Finger) – Did not start on Thursday.
Danny Santana, SS, MIN (Knee) – Did not start on Thursday and waiting on MRI results.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR (Hamstring) – Did not start on Thursday but could be back Friday or Saturday.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS (Foot) – Expected to return to lineup on Friday after fouling ball off foot.
Bud Norris, SP, BAL (Groin) – Will miss his scheduled start on Friday and may be headed to the DL after MRI results show a strain.
Players on the DL
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL (Finger) – Hit off a tee on Thursday and will likely start rehab assignment next week.
Derek Holland, SP, TEX (Knee) – Will throw a simulated game on Saturday.
Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX (Elbow) – Shut down for three weeks.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC (Oblique) – Expected to start rehab soon.
Gavin Floyd, SP, ATL (Elbow) – Will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on Wednesday.
Tyler Thornburg, SP, MIL (Elbow) – Is not throwing as of yet, but rehab process is moving forward nicely.
Scott Elbert, RP, LAD (Elbow) – Moving to Triple-A Albuquerque for his rehab assignment.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (Back) - Will take it easy for the next few days after being placed on the DL on Wednesday.
Bryce Harper, OF, WAS (Thumb) – Expected to be activated early next week.
Jesse Crain, RP, HOU (Biceps) – Not expected to return before the All-Star break.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT (Oblique) – Threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD (Elbow) – Transferred to the 60-Day DL
Boone Logan, RP, COL (Elbow) – Expected to have first rehab start this week.
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM (Back) – Will have next rehab start on Sunday.
Christian Yelich, OF, MIA (Back) – Expected to return to the Marlins on Wednesday.
Anthony Bass, RP, HOU (Ribs) – Likely to return to the bullpen next week.
Matt Albers, RP, HOU (Shoulder) – No timetable for return after throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL (Finger) – Not expected t o return before the All-Star Break.
Tyler Chatwood, RP, COL (Elbow) – Not expected to return before the All-Star Break.
Josh Fields, RP, HOU (Forearm) – Eligible to return from DL on Monday, but may need a rehab assignment.
Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Activated from the DL
Irving Falu, 3B, SD – (from MIL)
Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Pittsburgh Pirates – Over his last two appearances (June 22 and 24) Melancon managed to lock down two saves, but he did give up three earned runs on five hits over those two games. It's nothing to be too concerned about right now, but worth watching if Melancon has trouble settling down in his ninth inning appearances. It's not a bad idea to pick up set-up man Tony Watson just in case, who happens to be sporting a ridiculously good 5-0 record with a 0.76 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Plus, you have to love Watson's ability to strike out hitters (45 K in 35.7 IP).
Career Matchup Stats
|R. Zimmerman||3B||WAS @ CHC|
|C. Johnson||3B||ATL @ PHI|
|A. Simmons||SS||ATL @ PHI|
|D. Uggla||2B||ATL @ PHI|
|J. Upton||OF||ATL @ PHI|
|J. Rollins||SS||PHI vs ATL|
|A. Dunn||1B||CWS @ TOR|
|P. Konerko||1B||CWS @ TOR|
|D. Navarro||C||TOR vs CWS|
|A. Beltre||3B||TEX vs MIN|
|T. Tulowitzki||SS||COL @ MIL|
|J. Hamilton||OF||LAA @ KC|
|A. Pujols||1B||LAA @ KC|
|P. Goldschmidt||1B||ARI @ SD|
|N. Swisher||1B||CLE @ SEA|
|B. Phillips||2B||CIN @ SF|
Career Matchup Stats
Career Matchup Stats
|I. Desmond||SS||WAS @ CHC|
|A. LaRoche||1B||WAS @ CHC|
|D. Span||OF||WAS @ CHC|
|J. Heyward||OF||ATL @ PHI|
|B. Upton||OF||ATL @ PHI|
|D. Brown||OF||PHI vs ATL|
|M. Byrd||OF||PHI vs ATL|
|C. Ruiz||C||PHI vs ATL|
|D. Stubbs||OF||COL @ MIL|
|M. Montero||C||ARI @ SD|
|G. Parra||OF||ARI @ SD|
|J. Bruce||OF||CIN @ SF|
|R. Ludwick||OF||CIN @ SF|
|J. Votto||1B||CIN @ SF|
|H. Pence||OF||SF vs CIN|
Mike Zunino, C, SEA– Over the last week, Zunino has been one of the hottest hitters in the game with four homers over his last five games played. He has also raised his batting average from .217 to .231, going 7-for-20 (.350) with six runs and five RBI in the process. I'm not saying Zunino will keep this sort of play up from here on out, but if you need a short-term fill at catcher go ahead and snag him while he's scorching hot. Zunino certainly has the talent to be more than a short-term option for you considering his skill set and quick ascent through the Mariners' farm system, especially if you need the power. Zunino has a great shot of hitting 25 homers this season assuming his contact rate continues to swing up in the right direction. Not too shabby, eh?
DraftStreet Value Picks
SP: Jason Vargas, KC ($14,425)
C: Mike Zunino, SEA ($4,719)
1B: Joe Mauer, MIN ($6,154)
2B: Ben Zobrist, TB ($5,197)
SS: J.J. Hardy, BAL ($4,564)
3B: Brock Holt, BOS ($6,041)
OF: Marcell Ozuna, MIA ($3,894)