This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.
Projected Starters - A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Orioles (Jake Arrieta – R) at Pirates (Charlie Morton – R), 7:05
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Indians (Fausto Carmona – R), 7:10
Yankees (Ivan Nova – R) at Reds (Johnny Cueto – R), 7:10
Angels (Jered Weaver – R) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez – R), 7:10
Padres (Wade LeBlanc – L) at Red Sox (Andrew Miller – L), 7:10
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero – L) at Braves (Tim Hudson – R), 7:10
Astros (J.A. Happ – L) at Rangers (Derek Holland – L), 8:05
Rays (Jeff Niemann – R) at Brewers (Chris Narveson – L), 8:10
Cubs (Carlos Zambrano – R) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd – L), 8:10
Tigers (Brad Penny – R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw – L), 10:10
Day game after a night game: None
Injuries - A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns
Day-to-Day (includes players expected to make their return from the DL)
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, LAA – (Hamstring) Available to pinch hit over the weekend; should be able to return to the lineup Monday.
Brian Matusz, P, BAL – (Hamstring) Says he can make his next start later this week.
Luke Scott, OF, BAL – (Back) Was not available Sunday, but could return Monday.
John Danks, P, CHW – (Head) Struck in head by line drive Saturday, but stayed in game.
Danny Valencia, 3B, MIN – (Triceps) Says he should be ready to start Tuesday with Monday's team off day.
Danny Duffy, P, KC – (Leg) Left with cramp Sunday after striking out nine in 3.2 innings.
Yorvit Torrealba, C, TEX – (Illness) Given fluids Sunday; should be available Monday.
Alexi Ogando, P, TEX – (Illness) Given fluids Sunday; should make start next Saturday.
Chipper Jones, 3B, ATL – (Thigh) Was not in lineup Saturday or Sunday.
Ubaldo Jimenez, P, COL – (Calf) Sore after Saturday's outing; should make next start.
Mike Stanton, OF, FLA – (Eye) Out Sunday; will see a specialist Monday.
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT – (Thumb) Received treatment Sunday morning but did not play; could return in next couple days.
J.R. Towles, C, HOU – (Undisclosed) Was not in Sunday's lineup due to general soreness.
Hunter Pence, OF, HOU – (Elbow) MRI revealed sprain. Trying to play through it; could return Monday.
Albert Pujols, 1B, STL – (Wrist) X-ray and MRI Monday should reveal extent of injury.
Players on the DL
Matt LaPorta, 1B, CLE – (Ankle) Likely out three weeks after being placed on DL Saturday.
Darren O'Day, P, TEX – (Hip) Will begin rehab at Double-A on Monday.
Bruce Chen, P, KC – (Back) Allowed four runs in five innings in what may have been final rehab start Saturday,
Kyle Davies, P, KC – (Shoulder) May have completed rehab Saturday by pitching six innings in Double-A.
Bobby Jenks, P, BOS – (Back) Threw 45 pitches on flat ground.
Jed Lowrie, SS, BOS – (Shoulder) MRI results due Monday.
Brandon McCarthy, P, OAK – (Shoulder) Could start rehab very soon.
Jake Peavy, P, CHW – (Groin) Good rehab start Thursday; should make Wednesday's start.
Alex White, P, CLE – (Finger) Will start playing catch Friday; still weeks away from return.
Joe Nathan, P, MIN – (Elbow) Scoreless outing in rehab; could be activated by end of the week.
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN – (Wrist) Cast coming off later this week; late-June return appears likely.
Jim Thome, DH, MIN – (Quadriceps) Slowed by illness, will start simulated games in next couple of days.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS – (Back) Placed on DL Sunday; eligible to return July 2. Andrew Miller takes his spot for now.
Jonathan Broxton, P, LAD – (Elbow) Threw simulated game Friday; should return at end of month.
Jon Garland, P, LAD – (Shoulder) Won't return soon; could have torn labrum, which would end season.
Vicente Padilla, P, LAD – (Neck) Likely out for the season.
Takashi Saito, P, MIL – (Oblique) More discomfort during Saturday's rehab outing.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT – (Quadriceps) Likely out through All-Star break.
Homer Bailey, P, CIN – (Shoulder) At least one more rehab outing before returning to Reds.
Rick Ankiel, OF, WAS – (Ribs) Placed on DL, retroactive to June 14, because Nats needed roster spot.
Juan Gutierrez, P, ARI – (Shoulder) Bullpen session Monday, then staff will decide whether he returns Thursday.
Luke Gregerson, P, SD – (Oblique) Threw Saturday for first time since hitting DL.
Rod Barajas, C, LAD – (Ankle) Placed on DL; looks like he will be out quite some time.
Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN – (Shoulder) Could be optioned to Triple-A after being activated; rehab has not gone well.
Mark DeRosa, 2B, SF – (Wrist) Hitting off a tee; still no timetable.
Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded , released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Designated For Assignment
Joe Mather, OF, ATL
Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)
Los Angeles (NL) – Javy Guerra picked up Sunday's save and could be earning more consideration for the regular role. Matt Guerrier earned the win while pitching in a tie ballgame in the eighth inning.
New York (AL) – Mariano Rivera's job is hardly in jeopardy, but he did struggle some in the ninth inning Saturday against the Cubs. Reed Johnson led off with a solo home run, followed by a single by Alfonso Soriano. Rivera was able to get out of it with a double play and a strikeout.
St. Louis – Fernando Salas allowed a run in the ninth to blow a save opportunity Sunday. However, he picked up the win thanks to a Skip Schumaker walk-off home run. Salas has earned some leeway, but Sunday's outing makes it two shaky outings in his last three appearances.
KEY MATCHUPS: HOT
|Hot Batter Matchups||At-Bats||AVG||HR||XBH||RBI||BB||K||SLG||OBP||OPS|
|Adam Dunn - 1B||CWS vs CHC |
6/20 8:10 PM
|Paul Konerko - 1B||CWS vs CHC |
6/20 8:10 PM
|Hot Pitcher Matchups||At-Bats||Opp|
|Jered Weaver||LAA @ FLA |
6/20 7:10 PM
|Brad Penny||DET @ LAD |
6/20 10:10 PM
KEY MATCHUPS: COLD
|Cold Batter Matchups||At-Bats||AVG||HR||XBH||RBI||BB||K||SLG||OBP||OPS|
|John Buck - C||FLA vs LAA |
6/20 7:10 PM
|Alfonso Soriano - OF||CHC @ CWS |
6/20 8:10 PM
|Jamey Carroll - 2B||LAD vs DET |
6/20 10:10 PM
|Cold Pitcher Matchups||At-Bats||Opp|
|Carlos Zambrano||CHC @ CWS |
6/20 8:10 PM
|White Sox Batters||47-174||.270||16||22||29||31||29||.573||.383||.955|
***For a deeper look at the matchups please consult the new Batter v. Pitcher tool in the left hand menu.***
Andrew Miller, P, Red Sox – Has Miller finally turned a corner? The can't-miss prospect turned journeyman will make his first start for the Red Sox Monday against the Padres. Miller went 3-3 with a 2.47 ERA while figuring things out in Triple-A this season; but despite not giving up many runs, he did walk an alarming 35 batters in 65.2 innings. However, Miller has really put it together over his last four starts, allowing just five runs in 25.1 innings with 26 strikeouts against only three walks. He had an opt-out clause in his contract that would have kicked in last Wednesday, and other teams were interested in signing Miller, but he stayed with the Red Sox out of loyalty. Clay Buchholz hit the DL Sunday and Miller will fill in for now, but it could be difficult for Miller to find a long-term opportunity. Still, he looks like a good option to stash in keeper leagues.
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