Thursday Lineup Card: September Callup Version

Thursday Lineup Card: September Callup Version

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Pirates (Brian Burres - L) at Cubs (Ryan Dempster - R), 2:20
White Sox (John Danks - R) at Tigers (Justin Verlander - R), 7:05
Mets (R.A. Dickey - R) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler - R), 7:05
Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow - R) at Yankees (Ivan Nova - R), 7:05
Phillies (Roy Oswalt - R) at Marlins (Brad Hand - L), 7:10
Rangers (Derek Holland - L) at Red Sox (Andrew Miller - L), 7:10
Orioles (Zach Britton - L) at Rays (David Price - L), 7:10
Dodgers (Chad Billingsley - R) at Braves (Brandon Beachy - R), 7:35
Brewers (Zack Greinke - R) at Astros (Lucas Harrell - R), 8:05
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Royals (Bruce Chen - L), 8:10
Reds (Johnny Cueto - R) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter - R), 8:15
Mariners (Jason Vargas - L) at Athletics (Guillermo Moscoso - R), 10:05
Rockies (Kevin Millwood - R) at Padres (Aaron Harang - R), 10:05
Twins (Carl Pavano - R) at Angels (Jered Weaver - R), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Joe Saunders - L) at Giants (Matt Cain - 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)

Jair Jurrjens, SP, ATL (knee) - Will have Sunday start skipped
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN (oblique) - Activated before Thursday's game
Ryan Spilborghs, OF, COL (foot) - Rejoining the team Friday
Jose Tabata, OF, PIT (wrist) - Played Wednesday, but looked to be in pain
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (wrist) - Got Wednesday off due to soreness
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL (illness) - Getting skipped Saturday
Jason Hammel, SP, COL (personal) - On paternity leave
Cody Ross, OF, SF (hand) - X-rays negative; back Friday
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX (hamstring) - Back in the lineup and off the DL Thursday
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (thumb) - Out Thursday
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (quad) - Back in Thursday; doubled and homered
Russell Martin, C, NYY (thumb) - Back in Thursday's lineup
Felipe Paulino, SP, KC (back) - Won't miss extended time
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, BOS (back) - On track for Friday return; homered in rehab Wednesday
Casey Janssen, RP, TOR (back) - Out the next few days
Tommy Hunter, SP, BAL (illness) - Hospitalized after last start; unlikely for upcoming road trip

Players on the DL

Casey Blake, 3B, LAD (neck) - Having season-ending surgery
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA (shoulder) - No structural damage, but surgery still possible
Scott Rolen, 3B, CIN (shoulder) - May not return from DL this weekend
Ryan Ludwick, OF, PIT (back) - Has been feeling fine; should return Sept. 7, when eligible
Jack Wilson, SS, ATL (heel) - Traded to Braves and expected to be activated Saturday
Joe Blanton, SP, PHI (elbow) - Starting rehab assignment Friday
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE (abdomen) - Nightmare season continues with another DL trip
Carlos Quentin, OF, CHW (shoulder) - Said he probably won't return Monday
Nelson Cruz, OF, TEX (hamstring) - Would like to return in two weeks
Bobby Jenks, RP, BOS (back) - Transferred to 60-day DL
Grady Sizemore, OF, CLE (knee) - Started rehab Wednesday; will be re-evaluated over weekend
J.D. Drew, OF, BOS (shoulder, finger) - Hurt finger on rehab assignment, slowing return
Michael Brantley, OF, CLE (wrist) - Successful surgery Wednesday; should be back for ST
Josh Johnson, SP, FLA (shoulder) - Will try to throw off mound soon, but still out for year

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

Called Up

Brandon Guyer, OF, TB
Logan Schafer, OF, MIL
Merkin Valdez, RP, TEX
Scott Proctor, RP, NYY
Esteban German, 2B, TEX
Luis Marte, RP, DET
Brian Burres, SP, PIT
Josh Satin, 2B, NYM
Josh Stinson, RP, NYM
Jesus Montero, C, NYY
Rick VandenHurk, RP, BAL
Efren Navarro, 1B, LAA
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN
Kyle Hudson, OF, BAL
Dana Eveland, SP, LAD
Horacio Ramirez, RP, LAA
J.C. Boscan, C, ATL
Corey Kluber, RP, CLE
Jesse Chavez, RP, KC
Nick Hagadone, SP, CLE
Chris Dickerson, OF, NYY
Raul Valdes, RP, NYY
Sam Demel, RP, AZ
Russell Mitchell, 3B, LAD
Jason Jaramillo, C, PIT
Chris Valaika, 3B, CIN
Jeremy Horst, RP, CIN
Jared Burton, RP, CIN
Martin Maldonado, C, MIL
Andrew Romine, 3B, LAA
Carlos Fisher, RP, CIN
Lance Pendleton, RP, NYY
Anthony Varvaro, RP, ATL
Juan Francisco, 3B, CIN
Sandy Rosario, RP, FLA
Felix Doubront, RP, BOS
Ryan Cook, RP, AZ
Jeremy Moore, OF, LAA
Brandon Laird, 3B, NYY
Will Rhymes, 2B, DET
Matt Maloney, RP, CIN
Brandon Dickson, RP, STL
Jacob Turner, SP, DET
Andy Dirks, OF, DET

Sent Down

Fred Lewis, OF, CIN (Outrighted)
Pat Neshek, RP, SD (DFA)

Placed on DL
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, CLE

Activated from DL
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
Dee Gordon, SS, LAD
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN
Doug Slaten, RP, WAS
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL
Justin Ruggiano, OF, TB
Alberto Castillo, RP, AZ
Jon Rauch, RP, TOR
Andres Blanco, SS, TEX
Carlos Guillen, 2B, DET
Geoff Blum, 1B, AZ

Waiver Claims
Pedro Strop, RP, BAL (from TEX)
Jeff Fulchino, RP, SD (from HOU)

Traded
Daniel Herrera, RP, NYM (from MIL, completing Francisco Rodriguez trade)

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

Blue Jays - Jon Rauch is back from the DL, which may mean that Frank Francisco's closing days are numbered. Again. It was Francisco who pitched a scoreless ninth Thursday, though, for his 12th save; Rauch fired a scoreless eighth with a strikeout in his return. Meanwhile, dark horse Casey Janssen is hurting. It all adds up to Francisco closing until his next implosion.

Mets - Bobby Parnell converted for the third time Wednesday, and despite claims of a platoon with him and Jason Isringhausen, Izzy hasn't seen the ninth inning since Parnell's first save.

Key Matchups

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Marlon Byrd - OFCHC vs PIT
9/2 2:20 PM
Brian Burres3-13.23123512.769.3331.102
Carlos Pena - 1BCHC vs PIT
9/2 2:20 PM
Brian Burres6-18.33322716.667.3681.035
Ronny Cedeno - SSPIT @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster5-12.41701212.500.462.962
Andrew McCutchen - OFPIT @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster5-16.31312522.563.389.952
Carlos Guillen - 2BDET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks6-13.46201322.538.5331.071
Victor Martinez - CDET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks6-23.26133512.652.292.944
Magglio Ordonez - OFDET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks15-26.57726712.962.5931.555
Delmon Young - OFDET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks11-36.30625512.556.333.889
Brett Gardner - OFNYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow3-11.27312227.727.3851.112
Jorge Posada - CNYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow7-15.46703143.667.5791.246
Mark Teixeira - 1BNYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow6-18.33314523.667.3811.048
Rick Ankiel - OFWAS vs NYM
9/2 7:05 PM
R.A. Dickey5-14.35702100.500.357.857
Jayson Werth - OFWAS vs NYM
9/2 7:05 PM
R.A. Dickey6-17.35313124.647.4211.068
Nick Markakis - OFBAL @ TB
9/2 7:10 PM
David Price6-17.35302226.529.400.929
Shelley Duncan - OFCLE @ KC
9/2 8:10 PM
Bruce Chen3-10.30011121.600.4171.017
Melky Cabrera - OFKC vs CLE
9/2 8:10 PM
Justin Masterson6-11.54511220.818.6151.433
Jeff Francoeur - OFKC vs CLE
9/2 8:10 PM
Justin Masterson4-10.40000100.400.400.800
Alex Gordon - OFKC vs CLE
9/2 8:10 PM
Justin Masterson5-13.38504201.769.3851.154
Joey Votto - 1BCIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter8-22.36423336.682.4621.144
Lance Berkman - 1BSTL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Johnny Cueto5-15.33324695.867.5831.450
Matt Holliday - OFSTL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Johnny Cueto5-11.45501521.545.5001.045
Yadier Molina - CSTL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Johnny Cueto6-14.42912201.714.4381.152
Ryan Theriot - SSSTL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Johnny Cueto11-28.39313213.571.4331.004
Alberto Callaspo - 3BLAA vs MIN
9/2 10:05 PM
Carl Pavano12-26.46227823.923.5001.423
Vernon Wells - OFLAA vs MIN
9/2 10:05 PM
Carl Pavano9-23.39145802.957.3751.332
Jason Kubel - OFMIN @ LAA
9/2 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver4-15.26712334.533.389.922
Hideki Matsui - DHOAK vs SEA
9/2 10:05 PM
Jason Vargas4-17.23533725.765.3001.065
Orlando Hudson - 2BSD vs COL
9/2 10:05 PM
Kevin Millwood7-14.50002212.643.5331.176
Justin Upton - OFARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Matt Cain6-20.30003055.450.440.890
Orlando Cabrera - SSSF vs ARI
9/2 10:15 PM
Joe Saunders12-22.54506020.818.5831.401
Aubrey Huff - 1BSF vs ARI
9/2 10:15 PM
Joe Saunders9-21.42900002.429.429.858
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Justin VerlanderDET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
White Sox Batters28-142.1973712834.291.244.535
David PriceTB vs BAL
9/2 7:10 PM
Orioles Batters19-86.221055723.296.275.572
Chris CarpenterSTL vs CIN
9/2 8:15 PM
Reds Batters31-149.208211141233.320.271.591
Matt CainSF vs ARI
9/2 10:15 PM
Diamondbacks Batters20-98.2042881223.342.291.633

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Ryan Doumit - CPIT @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster4-22.18200016.182.250.432
Garrett Jones - 1BPIT @ CHC
9/2 2:20 PM
Ryan Dempster2-15.13311235.333.278.611
Gordon Beckham - 2BCWS @ DET
9/2 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander2-10.20000102.200.182.382
Paul Konerko - 1BCWS @ DET
9/2 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander5-41.122112312.195.200.395
Alexei Ramirez - SSCWS @ DET
9/2 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander5-28.17911114.286.207.493
Omar Vizquel - 3BCWS @ DET
9/2 7:05 PM
Justin Verlander3-13.23100201.231.231.462
Brandon Inge - 3BDET vs CWS
9/2 7:05 PM
John Danks6-26.23112418.385.286.671
Curtis Granderson - OFNYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow2-12.16701227.250.333.583
Derek Jeter - SSNYY vs TOR
9/2 7:05 PM
Brandon Morrow3-16.18801227.250.278.528
Ian Desmond - SSWAS vs NYM
9/2 7:05 PM
R.A. Dickey1-10.10000012.100.182.282
Ryan Zimmerman - 3BWAS vs NYM
9/2 7:05 PM
R.A. Dickey2-10.20000011.200.333.533
Adam Jones - OFBAL @ TB
9/2 7:10 PM
David Price2-14.14301114.214.200.414
Nolan Reimold - OFBAL @ TB
9/2 7:10 PM
David Price2-12.16700101.167.167.334
Mike Cameron - OFFLA vs PHI
9/2 7:10 PM
Roy Oswalt9-30.300121111.433.323.756
Dan Uggla - 2BATL vs LAD
9/2 7:35 PM
Chad Billingsley1-14.07100017.071.133.204
Carlos Lee - OFHOU vs MIL
9/2 8:05 PM
Zack Greinke2-13.15411300.385.154.539
Billy Butler - 1BKC vs CLE
9/2 8:10 PM
Justin Masterson4-20.20001213.250.238.488
Jay Bruce - OFCIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter3-20.15001122.250.227.477
Ryan Hanigan - CCIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter2-11.18200014.182.250.432
Ramon Hernandez - CCIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter4-22.18202215.273.217.490
Brandon Phillips - 2BCIN @ STL
9/2 8:15 PM
Chris Carpenter6-36.16703525.250.211.461
Eliezer Alfonzo - CCOL @ SD
9/2 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang2-10.20000121.200.385.585
Todd Helton - 1BCOL @ SD
9/2 10:05 PM
Aaron Harang2-12.16700222.167.286.453
Michael Cuddyer - OFMIN @ LAA
9/2 10:05 PM
Jered Weaver3-18.16701404.222.167.389
Miguel Montero - CARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Matt Cain4-20.20011324.350.273.623
Gerardo Parra - OFARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Matt Cain2-14.14301223.214.250.464
Chris Young - OFARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Matt Cain4-24.16701016.208.200.408
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Brian BurresPIT @ ChC
9/2 2:20 PM
Cubs Batters22-66.33341317712.643.4061.049
John DanksCWS @ Det
9/2 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters73-243.3011026352140.481.362.844
Justin MastersonCLE @ KC
9/2 8:10 PM
Royals Batters24-74.32416778.448.389.837
Johnny CuetoCIN @ StL
9/2 8:15 PM
Cardinals Batters43-123.350514201615.559.426.984
Carl PavanoMIN @ LAA
9/2 10:05 PM
Angels Batters34-110.30961620914.564.361.925
Aaron HarangSD vs Col
9/2 10:05 PM
Rockies Batters17-60.2832911912.516.386.901
Joe SaundersARI @ SF
9/2 10:15 PM
Giants Batters31-69.44907155.548.4871.034
 

Recommended Pickup

Jesus Montero, C, NYY - In truth, I don't like Montero as much as Devin Mesoraco, but Montero has a clearer path to playing time (mostly at DH), and so he's the man who emerges from this enormous list of call-ups. Although he's been somewhat disappointing at Triple-A this year, he's lit on fire lately, raising his season average to .288 with 18 homers and an OPS of .815. Montero could see plenty of action at DH and also occasionally spell Russell Martin behind the plate, and he's going to be hitting in a great park and great lineup, which certainly helps allay any concerns that he might not be ready.

Other recent recommendations: Nick Evans, Tom Milone, Brad Lincoln, J.D. Martinez, Steve Cishek

DraftStreet Lineup

C - Carlos Santana, CLE ($4,883)
1B - Lucas Duda, NYM ($6,412)
2B - Dustin Ackley, SEA ($6,353)
3B - Alberto Callaspo, LAA ($5,585)
SS - Jhonny Peralta, DET ($5,994)
OF - Carlos Beltran, SF ($6,909)
OF - Eric Thames, TOR ($6,673)
OF - Peter Bourjos, LAA ($5,359)
UT - Mark Trumbo, LAA ($6,408)
UT - Angel Pagan, NYM ($6,749)
SP - Brandon Beachy, ATL ($14,690)
SP - Roy Oswalt, PHI ($9,129)
RP - Mariano Rivera, NYY ($2,457)
P - Johnny Cueto, CIN ($11,913)

Total: $99,514
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