Thursday Lineup Card: Sit Harang?

Thursday Lineup Card: Sit Harang?

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Pirates (James McDonald - R) v. Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) 12:35
Nationals (Livan Hernandez - R) v. Mets (Dillon Gee - R) 1:10
Astros (J.A. Happ - L) v. Cardinals (Kyle McClellan - R) 1:45
Twins (Nick Blackburn - R) v. Athletics (Tyson Ross - R) 3:35
Angels (Dan Haren - R) v. Mariners (Doug Fister - R) 3:40
Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin - R) v. Phillies (Joe Blanton - R) 7:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia - L) v. Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie - R) 7:05
Rays (Wade Davis - R) v. Blue Jays (Ricky Romero - L) 7:07
Cubs (Casey Coleman - R) v. Marlins (Chris Volstad - R) 7:10
Tigers (Justin Verlander - R) v. Red Sox (Josh Beckett - R) 7:10
Indians (Fausto Carmona - R) v. White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R) 8:10
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) v. Royals (Luke Hochevar - R) 8:10
Braves (Jair Jurrjens - R) v. D-Backs (Josh Collmenter) 9:40
Brewers (Chris Narveson - L) v. Padres (Aaron Harang - R) 10:05
Giants (Madison Bumgarner - L) v. Dodgers (Chad Billingsley) 10:10




Dan Wheeler, RP, BOS - (calf) Expected to return Friday
John Buck, C, FLA - (forearm) Listed as probable for Thursday
Josh Johnson, SP, FLA - (forearm) Questionable for Sunday vs. TAM
Vicente Padilla, SP, LAD - (forearm) Questionable for Wednesday at SF
Nick Swisher, OF, NYY - (illness) Questionable for Thursday at BAL
Shane Victorino, OF, PHI - (hamstring) Doubtful for Thursday vs COL
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD - (knee) Questionable for Thursday vs MIL
Will Venable, OF, SD - (hand) Questionable for Thursday vs MIL
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, SF - (knee) Questionable for Thursday at LAD
Colby Rasmus, OF, STL - (abdominal) Questionable for Thursday vs. HOU
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX - (hamstring) Questionable for Thursday at KC
Brian Roberts, 2B, BAL - (illness) Questionable for Thursday vs BOS
Joe Blanton, SP, PHI - (elbow soreness) Questionable for Wednesday start vs COL
Michael Stutes, RP, PHI - (oblique) Questionable for Thursday vs COL

Players on the DL

Randy Wells, SP, CHI. CUBS - (forearm) - Expected to make Triple-A rehab start Sunday
Mitch Talbot, SP, CLE - (elbow) - Expected to make Triple-A rehab start Thursday
Casey Blake, 3B, LAD - (elbow) - Expected to begin Triple-A rehab Friday
Joe Mauer, C, MIN - (leg) - May begin Class A rehab assignment Thursday
Jose Contreras, RP, PHI - (elbow) - Expected to begin Class A rehab assignment Thursday
Orlando Hudson, 2B, SD - (hamstring)- Expected to return from Triple-A rehab Thursday vs. Milwaukee
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF - (elbow) - On Class A rehab assignment
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX - (quadriceps) On Double-A rehab assignment and could return Friday at PHI
Scott Feldman, SP, TEX - (knee) - Expected to make Triple-A rehab start Thursday
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX - (shoulder) - Expected to begin Double-A rehab assignment Wednesday
Andrew Bailey RP, OAK - (forearm) - Expected to begin rehab assignment Wednesday or Thursday
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI - (knee) - On Class A rehab assignment
Stephen Strasburg , SP, WAS - (elbow) - Expected to throw from the mound soon
Aaron Cook, SP, COL - Continuing Rehab assignment in Double-A ball

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

Called Up
Fernando Rodriguez, RP, HOU
Nick Evans, 3B, NYM
Julio Teheran, RP, ATL
Sean Burroughs, 3B, ARI

Sent Down
Randy Flores, RP, NYY
Armando Galarraga, SP, ARI (DFA'd)
Fernando Abad, RP, HOU
Tom Wilhelmson, RP, SEA
Cory Gearrin, RP, ATL

Placed on DL
David Wright, 3B, NYM (officially)
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, BOS
Kyle Davies, SP, KC
Nick Punto, SS, STL
Melvin Mora, 3B, ARI (bereavement list)

Activated from DL
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA
Willie Bloomquist, OF, ARI

Closer Watch

Toronto - Frank Francisco has earned four saves and a victory in his 11 appearances to date for Toronto but has also surrendered three home runs in the 11 innings that he has worked. His 3.60 ERA is almost a full run higher than Jon Rauch who held down the fort and earned five saves and a couple of wins, before Francisco made his Toronto debut. There has been some talk that the two relievers would flip roles depending on situational matchups, but the truth of the matter is that the club looks to Francisco to be their closer as he has the ability to blow away hitters, which is what you ideally prefer in a closer, while Rauch despite his size, pitches to contact.

Seattle - Brandon League was handed the closer's role out of camp, largely due to Davis Aardsma's injury troubles and though he started off well, surrendering earned runs in only two of his first 14 appearances, he has faltered badly of late. Last week, he opened the door for some internal competition to challenge his status as he was rocked for 10 earned runs over four outings, which totaled only three innings. The Mariners have a couple of options whom they may turn to in the near future. David Pauley has posted a 1.15 ERA in his 13 appearances and (23.1 innings) and Jamey Wright has pitched to a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings. Of the two, Wright is the better bet to get save chances if League continues to struggle.

Los Angeles (NL) - With injuries sidelining two more experienced closer-types here, in Jonathan Broxton and Vicente Padilla, veteran setup man Matt Guerrier was pressed into the closer role Tuesday and responded with a 1-2-3 ninth inning that included two strikeouts. That effort should keep him at the front of the closer line while the injured players heal, but this situation remains fluid for now.

Tampa - Kyle Farnsworth has not yet been officially called the Rays' closer as manager Joe Maddon continues to dodge that question, but the fact remains that Farnsworth has been given every save opportunity to date and has converted eight of nine opportunities while pitching to a sparkling 1.26 ERA in 18 appearances. We'll say it for them, "Farnsworth is the Rays' closer."

San Diego - Mike Adams earned a rare save as he entered the fray in the eighth inning with Arizona trying to put together a late-game rally. When he escaped that trouble spot, he converted the save by getting the final three outs in the ninth. Despite Adams' impressive numbers for the year to date, 20.2 innings with a miniscule 0.87 ERA, Heath Bell is the man here. This was a rare bone thrown his way.

Key Matchups





Recommended Pickup

Coco Crisp, OF, OAK - The speedy outfielder is in his 10th major league season and seems to be settling into a very favorable setting with Oakland after playing for three different teams in the last three seasons. He has turned back the clock, in terms of his base-stealing prowess since joining the A's last season and has continued to be a terror on the bases with 13 steals in 17 attempts so far. He is surrounded by a number of other experienced outfielders here and is making a determined bid to show that he intends to stay healthy. That had to be concern when noting that 361 at-bats is his high water mark over the last three years. He has not lost any ability to close ground quickly on balls hit to the spacious confines of his home park and that defensive ability gives him an edge on this roster. He's riding a hot streak of late, with eight hits in 16 at-bats during his last four games, including a homer, three RBI and three stolen bases.

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C - Buster Posey, $5,187
1B - Paul Konerko, $7,482
2B - Dan Uggla, $4,338
3B - Aramis Ramirez, $5,260
SS - Stephen Drew, $6,441
OF - Jonny Damon, $5,935
OF - Andrew McCutchen, $7,424
OF - Corey Hart, $5,201
UTIL - Adam Jones, $6,994
UTIL - Carlos Pena, $5,687
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SP - Jair Jurrjens, $12,461
RP - Craig Kimbrel, $3,006
P - Tyson Ross, $9,418

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