Wednesday Lineup Card: Cubs Make Flurry of Moves

Wednesday Lineup Card: Cubs Make Flurry of Moves

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Wednesday's Starters (All times Eastern)

Brewers (Kyle Lohse – R) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler – L), 6:05
Phillies (John Lannan – L) at Pirates (Jeff Locke – L), 7:05
Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Blue Jays (Josh Johnson – R), 7:07
Diamondbacks (Randall Delgado – R) at Mets (Matt Harvey – R), 7:10
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez – R) at White Sox (Hector Santiago – L), 7:10
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco – R) at Braves (Mike Minor – L), 7:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez – R) at Red Sox (Jon Lester – L), 7:10
Giants (Barry Zito – L) at Reds (Tony Cingrani – L), 7:10
Mariners (Felix Hernandez – R) at Rangers (Derek Holland – L), 8:05
Indians (Scott Kazmir – L) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:10
Dodgers (Zack Greinke – R) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood – R), 8:10
Yankees (CC Sabathia – L) at Twins (P.J. Walters – R), 8:10
Rays (Roberto Hernandez – R) at Astros (Bud Norris – R), 8:10
Cubs (Matt Garza – R) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon – R), 10:05
Cardinals (Shelby Miller – R) at Angels (Jerome Williams – R), 10:05

Day Game After Night Game: None

Injuries

Day-To-Day
Dustin Ackley, 2B, SEA (thumb) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.
J.P. Arencibia, C, TOR (shoulder) – Out of the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Lance Berkman, 1B, TEX (knee) – Remains out of the lineup Tuesday but hopes to be back Wednesday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (back) – Returned to the starting lineup Tuesday.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS (hamstring) – Not expected to play during three-game series with the Padres.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (hamstring) – Remains out of the lineup Tuesday but likely to return Wednesday.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS (back) – Out of the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles.
Adam Lind, 1B, TOR (back) – Out of the lineup for the second consecutive game.
Evan Longoria, DH, TB (foot) – Back in the lineup Tuesday at designated hitter.
Gerardo Parra, OF, ARI (head) – Removed from Monday's game for precautionary reasons.
Rick Porcello, SP, DET (suspension) – Suspended six games for throwing at the Rays' Ben Zobrist on Sunday.
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (finger) – Was available off the bench Tuesday.
Travis Snider, OF, PIT (foot) – Returned to lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.
Mike Trout, OF, LAA (hamstring) – Returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Disabled List
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (hand) – Could begin rehab assignment this weekend.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS (neck) – Will play catch on flat ground from 75-to-90 feet Tuesday.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL (oblique) – Will make one more rehab start before rejoining Orioles.
Alex Cobb, SP, TB (head) – Played catch from 90 feet Tuesday.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL (oblique) – Still has yet to begin baseball activities.
Chad Gaudin, SP, SF (forearm) – Expected to be activated from the DL on Saturday and start against the Dodgers.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY (hand) – Played catch Monday but still unable to grip a bat.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR (ankle) – Set to play 6-to-7 innings at High-A Dunedin on Tuesday before moving rehab to Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN (shoulder) – Has continued throwing and hitting off a tee but has not yet faced live pitching.
Zach McAllister, SP, CLE (finger) – Threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday.
Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR (forearm) – No longer experiencing pain when throwing off flat ground.
Mike Morse, OF, SEA (quadriceps) – Improving in his recovery and could go on rehab assignment Friday.
Mike Pelfrey, SP, MIN (back) – Gave up two runs over six innings in final rehab start at Low-A Cedar Rapids on Monday. Expected to return to rotation to start Saturday against Blue Jays.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET (shoulder) – Not believed to have suffered any serious damage after he was struck in the calf by a line drive during rehab start at High-A Lakeland on Monday. Expected to return to rotation Saturday against the Indians.
Joakim Soria, RP, TEX (elbow) – Set to make back-to-back rehab outings Wednesday and Thursday at Double-A Frisco.
Matt Tuiasosopo, OF, DET (ribs) – Will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

Transactions

Called Up
Collin Cowgill, OF, LAA
Brandon Cumpton, SP, PIT
Gonzalez Germen, RP, NYM
Josh Lindblom, P, TEX
Brett Oberholtzer, RP, HOU
Chris Rusin, SP, CHC
Dave Sappelt, OF, CHC
Donovan Solano, 2B, MIA

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)
Hector Ambriz, RP, HOU
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC
Jordan Brown, OF, MIA
Steve Clevenger, C, BAL
Josh Harrison, SS, PIT
Bryan Holaday, C, DET
Cole Kimball, RP, WAS (outrighted off 40-man roster)
Zach Lutz, 3B, NYM
Kyle McClellan, RP, TEX (designated for assignment)
Ryan Roberts, 3B, TB

Activated from the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Alex Avila, C, DET
Edgmer Escalona, RP, COL
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN
David Price, SP, TB
Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA
Dexter Fowler, OF, COL
Ryan Sweeney, OF, CHC (60-day DL)
Josh Willingham, OF, MIN

Traded
Jake Arrieta, SP, from BAL to CHC
Steve Clevenger, C, from CHC to BAL
Matt Guerrier, RP, from LAD to CHC
Scott Feldman, SP, from CHC to BAL
Carlos Marmol, RP, from CHC to LAD
Pedro Strop, RP, from BAL to CHC
Ronald Torreyes, 2B, from CHC to HOU

Signed
Gleyber Torres, SS, CHC (international prospect)

Released
Luis Cruz, 3B, LAD

Closer Watch

Diamondbacks – After J.J. Putz allowed three runners to reach base and gave up an earned run to blow the save (his fifth of the season) in his return from the DL on Monday, manager Kirk Gibson said Heath Bell would re-assume closing duties for the time being. Gibson was apparently not pleased with Putz's mechanics, and he will use him in low-leverage middle relief situations until he is able to iron some things out. Bell racked up 14 saves in Putz's absence, but he was hardly reliable in June, so Putz stands a decent chance to get his job back at some point.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Chad Tracy - 1BWAS vs MIL
7/3 6:05 PM
Kyle Lohse5-15.33312402.600.375.975
Jayson Werth - OFWAS vs MIL
7/3 6:05 PM
Kyle Lohse8-21.38136615.952.4091.361
Andrew McCutchen - OFPIT vs PHI
7/3 7:05 PM
John Lannan7-16.43814243.875.5501.425
Gaby Sanchez - 1BPIT vs PHI
7/3 7:05 PM
John Lannan4-10.40001320.500.5381.038
Prince Fielder - 1BDET @ TOR
7/3 7:07 PM
Josh Johnson4-11.36402220.636.5001.136
Jose Bautista - OFTOR vs DET
7/3 7:07 PM
Max Scherzer6-11.545143311.091.6431.734
Edwin Encarnacion - 1BTOR vs DET
7/3 7:07 PM
Max Scherzer5-15.33311105.533.333.867
Jason Heyward - OFATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco7-20.35014132.700.4581.158
Brian McCann - CATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco19-55.3457112228.800.3621.162
Dan Uggla - 2BATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco5-16.31322234.688.4211.109
Shane Victorino - OFBOS vs SD
7/3 7:10 PM
Edinson Volquez5-12.41701034.500.5331.033
Jay Bruce - OFCIN vs SF
7/3 7:10 PM
Barry Zito5-14.35712303.643.333.976
Brandon Phillips - 2BCIN vs SF
7/3 7:10 PM
Barry Zito8-19.42103250.579.5201.099
Paul Konerko - 1BCWS vs BAL
7/3 7:10 PM
Scott Feldman6-22.27324632.636.346.983
Alex Rios - OFCWS vs BAL
7/3 7:10 PM
Scott Feldman10-29.34526512.690.3671.056
Logan Morrison - OFMIA @ ATL
7/3 7:10 PM
Mike Minor3-10.30013303.900.3001.200
Kyle Seager - 3BSEA @ TEX
7/3 8:05 PM
Derek Holland4-11.36411221.636.4621.098
Nelson Cruz - OFTEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Felix Hernandez12-50.240344313.440.283.723
Ian Kinsler - 2BTEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Felix Hernandez14-65.21536699.400.338.738
Jason Giambi - 1BCLE @ KC
7/3 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie4-10.400225021.000.4001.400
Nick Swisher - OFCLE @ KC
7/3 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie13-29.44828948.897.5001.397
Miguel Tejada - SSKC vs CLE
7/3 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir11-28.39314344.607.4551.062
Jamey Carroll - SSMIN vs NYY
7/3 8:10 PM
CC Sabathia4-10.40000221.400.500.900
James Loney - 1BTB @ HOU
7/3 8:10 PM
Bud Norris7-14.50001224.571.5631.134
 
Hot Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Derek HollandTEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Mariners Batters19-90.2113910423.384.245.628
Zack GreinkeLAD @ COL
7/3 8:10 PM
Rockies Batters14-67.209158120.309.231.540
CC SabathiaNYY @ MIN
7/3 8:10 PM
Twins Batters23-120.19215111037.252.262.514

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter MatchupsAt-BatsAVGHRXBHRBIBBKSLGOBPOPS
Ian Desmond - SSWAS vs MIL
7/3 6:05 PM
Kyle Lohse4-17.23500001.235.235.471
Clint Barmes - SSPIT vs PHI
7/3 7:05 PM
John Lannan2-11.18200002.182.182.364
Garrett Jones - 1BPIT vs PHI
7/3 7:05 PM
John Lannan1-13.07700103.077.077.154
Rajai Davis - OFTOR vs DET
7/3 7:07 PM
Max Scherzer2-10.20000021.200.333.533
Paul Janish - SSATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco2-12.16701022.250.286.536
B.J. Upton - OFATL vs MIA
7/3 7:10 PM
Ricky Nolasco2-13.15400115.154.214.368
Joey Votto - 1BCIN vs SF
7/3 7:10 PM
Barry Zito3-18.16700422.167.286.452
Carlos Quentin - OFSD @ BOS
7/3 7:10 PM
Jon Lester0-11.00000015.000.267.267
Dustin Ackley - 2BSEA @ TEX
7/3 8:05 PM
Derek Holland3-17.17612306.412.176.588
Kendrys Morales - 1BSEA @ TEX
7/3 8:05 PM
Derek Holland2-10.20002013.400.273.673
Brendan Ryan - SSSEA @ TEX
7/3 8:05 PM
Derek Holland2-13.15401005.231.154.385
Adrian Beltre - 3BTEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Felix Hernandez3-15.20011215.400.250.650
A.J. Pierzynski - CTEX vs SEA
7/3 8:05 PM
Felix Hernandez6-32.18803016.281.212.493
Asdrubal Cabrera - SSCLE @ KC
7/3 8:10 PM
Jeremy Guthrie2-12.16711101.417.167.583
Carlos Pena - 1BHOU vs TB
7/3 8:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez2-12.16700241.167.353.520
Alex Gordon - OFKC vs CLE
7/3 8:10 PM
Scott Kazmir2-10.20001113.300.273.573
Ryan Doumit - CMIN vs NYY
7/3 8:10 PM
CC Sabathia3-17.17600107.176.176.353
Joe Mauer - CMIN vs NYY
7/3 8:10 PM
CC Sabathia6-35.171013314.200.231.431
Justin Morneau - 1BMIN vs NYY
7/3 8:10 PM
CC Sabathia6-43.14013349.256.240.496
Coco Crisp - OFOAK vs CHC
7/3 10:05 PM
Matt Garza1-13.07701211.154.143.297
Jed Lowrie - SSOAK vs CHC
7/3 10:05 PM
Matt Garza2-11.18200003.182.182.364
Seth Smith - OFOAK vs CHC
7/3 10:05 PM
Matt Garza1-11.09100015.091.167.258
 
Cold Pitcher MatchupsAt-BatsOpp
AVG
HR
Allow
XBH
Allow
RBI
Allow
BBKOpp
SLG
Opp
OBP
Opp
OPS
Kyle LohseMIL @ Was
7/3 6:05 PM
Nationals Batters41-129.31861419617.526.353.879
Max ScherzerDET @ Tor
7/3 7:07 PM
Blue Jays Batters21-67.3133661012.500.403.903
Ricky NolascoMIA @ Atl
7/3 7:10 PM
Braves Batters51-167.3051222351531.588.364.952
Barry ZitoSF @ Cin
7/3 7:10 PM
Reds Batters25-77.3252613117.461.408.869
Jeremy GuthrieKC vs Cle
7/3 8:10 PM
Indians Batters30-97.30971625619.643.345.988
 
Recommended Pickup

Bud Norris, SP, HOU – Though he's noticed a steep decline in strikeout rate this season (6.26 K/9) compared to 2012 (8.82 K/9), Norris has compensated by keeping runs off the board, producing a 3.35 ERA on the season, fueled by a 2.77 mark in six June starts. The ERA seems more or less sustainable, as his BABIP and strand rate have actually increased. Norris has instead compensated by generating more groundballs while cutting down his walk rate, exchanging making batters whiff for improved control. Of course, the constraints of playing for the Astros have hurt him with just five wins on the season, he's a prime candidate to get traded to a contender before the deadline, which would only boost his growing value going forward. At the moment, Norris is owned in just 6.1 percent of ESPN leagues, 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and 47 percent of CBS leagues.

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