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Thursday Lineup Card: A Light Slate

Jack Moore

Jack Moore is a freelance sports writer based in Minneapolis who appears regularly at VICE Sports, The Guardian and Baseball Prospectus Milwaukee, among others. Follow him on Twitter @jh_moore.

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

Tigers (Max Scherzer – R) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett – R), 7:10 PM
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Rockies (Jeremy Guthrie – R), 8:40 PM
Brewers (Zack Greinke – R) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley – R), 10:10 PM

Injuries - A brief look at players who have been missing time with minor ailments and their expected returns


Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHI – (Knee) Left Wednesday’s game early, expects to play Friday.
Ubaldo Jimenez, P, CLE – (Shoulder) Next start slated for Tuesday.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL – (Wrist) Out Wednesday, will be examined.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS – (Thumb) Could avoid DL stint, out for next few days.
Lou Marson, C, CLE – (Face) Missed second straight game Tuesday.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, BOS – (Illness) Removed from Tuesday’s game.
David Freese, 3B, STL – (Wrist) Out Wednesday against Atlanta.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL – (Elbow) Will miss next start with sore elbow.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL – (Eye) Will return Wednesday wearing new sports goggles.
Cameron Maybin, OF, SD – (Wrist) Out of Wednesday’s lineup.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI – (Hamstring) Ultrasound revealed mild hamstring strain.

Players on the DL

Doug Fister, P, DET – (Upper Body) Placed on 15-day DL.
Jonathan Sanchez, P, KC – (Biceps) Threw 5.2 innings in rehab start Tuesday.
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS, KC – (Ankle) Could rejoin Royals this weekend.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK – (Hand) Should return Friday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB – (Knee) Hopes to play Tuesday.
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE – (Knee) Undergoing surgery Thursday, out 4-6 weeks.
Brent Morel, 3B, CHI – (Back) Began rehab assignment Wednesday.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX – (Elbow) Role in pitching staff uncertain.
David Robertson, P, NY-A – (Oblique) Threw off flat ground Tuesday; targeting mid-June return.
Nick Blackburn, P, MIN – (Thigh) Allowed four runs in 3.2 innings in first rehab start.
Darnell McDonald, OF, BOS – (Oblique) Will resume rehab assignment Wednesday.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET – (Abdomen) Unlikely to return Friday; no date set.
Jered Weaver, P, ANA – (Back) Placed on 15-day DL.
Allen Craig, OF, STL – (Hamstring) Expected to return Friday.
Ronny Cedeno, SS, NY-N – (Calf) Placed on 15-day DL
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF – (Hand) Took first outdoor batting practice Tuesday.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL – (Hand) Expected to miss six weeks after surgery.
Huston Street, P, SD – (Shoulder) Will begin rehab assignment Friday.
Vance Worley, P, PHI – (Elbow) Could come off DL Monday.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI – (Shoulder) Will be shut down for three weeks.
Jim Thome, 1B, PHI – (Back) Could return by June 8.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI – (Achilles) Still no estimated return date.
Welington Castillo, C, CHI-N – (Knee) Will miss at least two weeks.

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

Placed on the DL (15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
Travis Hafner, DH, CLE
Doug Fister, P, DET

Called Up
Omir Santos, C, DET
Scott Barnes, P, CLE

Sent Down
Ryan Raburn, DET

Closer Watch - A closer look at intriguing ninth-inning situations (also check out our Closer Grid)

MIA – Heath Bell recorded his ninth save of the season, working around a hit and striking out two batters. The Marlins have 27 million reasons to leave him in as the closer, and every converted save pushes Steve Cishek (and others) farther and farther from the role.

CHI-N – James Russell picked up his first save of the season, relieving Shawn Camp in the ninth to record a two-out save. It’s difficult to get bearings on how Dale Sveum is going to use his bullpen, but it is worth noting he called Camp the “team MVP” at this point in the year – what that says about the Cubs is another story entirely.


Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET @ BOS
5/31 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 4-12 .333 0 1 0 3 1 .417 .467 .884
Delmon Young - OF DET @ BOS
5/31 7:10 PM
Josh Beckett 5-14 .357 0 3 1 1 3 .571 .400 .971
Adam Kennedy - 2B LAD vs MIL
5/31 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 5-10 .500 0 1 2 0 2 .600 .500 1.100
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ LAD
5/31 10:10 PM
Chad Billingsley 6-19 .316 0 3 1 1 4 .526 .350 .876
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Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
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Recommended Pickup

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