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Monday Lineup Card: Bauer's Back

Anthony Tynan

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Projected Starters - A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Yankees (David Phelps – R) at Indians (Justin Masterson – R), 12:05
Yankees (Vidal Nuno – L) at Indians (Trevor Bauer – R), 3:35
Mets (Jeremy Hefner – R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn – R), 7:05
Brewers (Marco Estrada – R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05
Astros (Bud Norris – R) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez – R), 7:08
Rockies (Juan Nicasio – R) at Cubs (Travis Wood – L), 8:05
White Sox (Hector Santiago – L) at Twins (Pedro Hernandez – L), 8:10
Braves (Mike Minor – L) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley – L), 9:40
Rangers (Justin Grimm – R) at Athletics (A.J. Griffin – R), 10:05
Royals (Luis Mendoza – R) at Angels (Joe Blanton – R), 10:05
Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann – L) at Dodgers (Josh Beckett – R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: None


Erick Aybar, SS, LAA – (Hamstring) Thinks he can return Monday.
Wei-Yin Chen, P, BAL – (Oblique) Left Sunday’s start with strain.
Prince Fielder, 1B, DET – (Thigh) HBP Saturday, stayed in game, played Sunday.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW – (Chest) Out of lineup Sunday with respiratory infection.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – (Undisclosed) Out of Sunday’s lineup.
Jeanmar Gomez, P, PIT – (Calf) Left Sunday’s game with tightness.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD – (Neck) Aggravated neck injury Saturday, held out of lineup Sunday.
Tommy Hanson, P, LAA – (Undisclosed Personal) No timetable.
Aaron Hicks, OF, MIN – (Elbow) Out of lineup again Sunday, DL appears to be a possibility.
Austin Jackson, OF, DET – (Hamstring) Held out of lineup with soreness Sunday.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB – (Groin) Out of lineup again Sunday, eying Tuesday return.
Austin Kearns, OF, MIA – (Personal) Away from team on personal matter, no timetable.
Russell Martin, C, PIT – (Neck) Out of lineup Saturday and Sunday.
Brandon Morrow, P, TOR – (Back) Thinks he can start Wednesday.
Chris Perez, P, CLE – (Shoulder) Stiff while warming up, so did not enter Sunday’s save situation.
Glen Perkins, P, MIN – (Oblique) Was available Sunday.
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC – (Finger) Was available as pinch hitter Sunday but was not used.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS – (Ribs) Ran into wall, will have both ribs and back examined.

Players on the DL
Andrew Bailey, P, BOS – (Biceps) Will throw off mound Tuesday, then team will decide if he is ready for rehab.
Wilson Betemit, 3B, BAL – (Knee) Will not be activated until June at earliest.
Brandon Beachy, P, ATL – (ATL) Will start in extended spring training Tuesday.
Joba Chamberlain, P, NYY – (Oblique) Could rehab Tuesday and be activated Thursday.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK – (Hamstring) Could be activated when eligible Wednesday.
Frank Francisco, P, NYM – (Elbow) Had discomfort, did not throw as scheduled Saturday.
Matt Garza, P, CHC – (Arm) At least one or two more rehab starts.
Miguel Gonzlaez, P, BAL – (Thumb) Skipped side session but still on track to rehab Thursday or Friday.
Curtis Granderson, OF, NYY – (Forearm) Could be activated Tuesday.
Franklin Gutierrez, OF, SEA – (Hamstring) Could begin rehab by end of week.
Chris Heisey, OF, CIN – (Hamstring) Will begin rehab Monday, could be activated Friday.
Jason Heyward, OF, ATL – (Abdomen) Returned to rehab Saturday, expected to be activated at end of the week.
Ryan Madson, P, LAA – (Elbow) Will not take over closing duties when he returns.
Justin Maxwell, OF, HOU – (Hand) Will not travel with team this week, so no activation immediate.
Charlie Morton, P, PIT – (Elbow) Scheduled to return from Tommy John May 26.
Brett Myers, P, CLE – (Elbow) Had bullpen session Saturday, another one this week.
Ivan Nova, P, NYY – (Oblique) Will not be activated as planned Monday.
Vinnie Pestano, P, CLE – (Elbow) Will throw off mound Monday and should rehab Wednesday.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY – (Hip) Hit off a tee and did some light jogging Saturday.
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, BAL – (Elbow) Should begin rehab Thursday.
Chris Young, OF, OAK – (Quadriceps) Will play in extended spring training Monday and Tuesday, should be activated Wednesday.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B, NYY – (Back) No timetable.

Placed on the DL
Michael Cuddyer, OF, COL
Jeurys Familia, P, NYM
Tom Gorzelanny, P, MIL
Austin Kearns, OF, MIA (restricted list)
Eduardo Nunez, SS, NYY
David Ross, P, BOS (7-day DL)
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (transferred to 60-day DL)
Jake Westbrook, P, STL

Called Up
Charlie Blackmon, OF, COL
Greg Burke, P, NYM
Robert Coello, P, LAA
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B, NYY
Steve Johnson, P, BAL (sent down after Saturday’s game)
Ryan Lavarnaway, C, BOS

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Alex Burnett, P, BAL
Scott Cousins, OF, LAA
Philip Humber, P, HOU (designated for assignment)
Steve Johnson, P, BAL
Fernando Martinez, OF, HOU
Martin Perez, P, TEX

Edgar Gonzalez, P, HOU

Closer Watch
Arizona – I bet most of us were just counting down the days until we would get a Heath Bell implosion. All we had to do to make it happen was make him the Rotowire cover boy for this week’s NL FAAB pickups. Bell coughed up Brandon McCarthy’s eight inning shutout by giving up two runs on four hits while retiring two batters before he was removed on Sunday. David Hernandez is next in line for saves while J.J. Putz is on the DL, and Hernandez could get his chance sooner rather than later.

Cincinnati – Isaac saw a bit of a controversy in the comments section of Sunday’s Lineup Card when he stated that it would take several blips in Chapman’s radar before he would have his job threatened. I agree with the commenters that Chapman’s job is as safe as they come, but I also agree with Isaac because any closer this side of Rivera is always just a few blips in the radar from losing his job. Chapman silenced his Rotowire critics with a walk and three strikeouts in a non-save situation Sunday.

Detroit – Jose Valverde allowed his first run since returning to the Tigers and logged his first blown save this season in the process. Through his first five outings Valverde had not been touched, so he still has a solid grasp on the closer’s job for now.

San Diego – Huston Street had converted his first eight opportunities this season but he blew one for the first time Saturday. It was a two-run homer to Evan Longoria in which Street also absorbed the loss. Street has been pretty good this year, except for the five home runs he has allowed in 14.2 innings. That accounts for six of the eight runs he has allowed. As a Padre, Street has converted 31 of 33 save chances, so he would need more of an implosion to have his job threatened.

Tampa Bay – The Fernando Rodney we all knew and loved in 2012 is all but gone. Hope you were not banking on Rodney to repeat that 0.78 WHIP this season. He has had just one 1-2-3 inning in 14 appearances this year. Still, Rodney has settled down a bit and delivered three scoreless innings in a row, including his sixth save Sunday.


Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ CLE
5/13 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 8-19 .421 0 2 0 0 1 .526 .450 .976
Ryan Braun - OF MIL @ PIT
5/13 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 6-14 .429 0 0 1 2 5 .429 .500 .929
Carlos Pena - 1B HOU @ DET
5/13 7:08 PM
Anibal Sanchez 3-10 .300 1 1 1 2 3 .600 .417 1.017
Jeff Francoeur - OF KC @ LAA
5/13 10:05 PM
Joe Blanton 6-14 .429 0 1 4 1 1 .500 .467 .967
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp
Marco Estrada MIL @ PIT
5/13 7:05 PM
Pirates Batters 14-78 .179 2 4 3 1 18 .278 .190 .468



Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Brett Gardner - OF NYY @ CLE
5/13 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 1-11 .091 0 0 2 0 2 .091 .077 .168
Vernon Wells - OF NYY @ CLE
5/13 12:05 PM
Justin Masterson 2-18 .111 0 1 0 1 4 .167 .158 .325
Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B MIL @ PIT
5/13 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 4-23 .174 0 0 0 0 3 .174 .174 .348
Alex Gonzalez - SS MIL @ PIT
5/13 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 2-10 .200 1 1 1 2 2 .500 .333 .833
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL @ PIT
5/13 7:05 PM
A.J. Burnett 5-22 .227 0 0 1 0 4 .227 .227 .455
Garrett Jones - 1B PIT vs MIL
5/13 7:05 PM
Marco Estrada 3-16 .188 0 0 0 0 3 .188 .188 .375
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ LAD
5/13 10:10 PM
Josh Beckett 3-18 .167 0 1 2 1 5 .222 .211 .433
Kurt Suzuki - C WAS @ LAD
5/13 10:10 PM
Josh Beckett 2-10 .200 0 0 1 1 1 .200 .333 .533
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
BB K Opp

Recommended Pickup
Trevor Bauer, P, CLE – Bauer has been erratic in two MLB starts this year. Walks were the problem on both occasions, as he picked up 13 BBs in ten innings. Bauer has made four starts with Triple-A Columbus and his stats include a 2.55 ERA, .185 average against, and a much more management ten walks in 24.2 innings. And let’s be honest, this could be an audition for Corey Kluber’s rotation spot after Kluber’s Thursday implosion. Oh, and one more thing, and yes, I’m serious: News broke that the television hit 24 will return this fall, reportedly with Jack Bauer. Things are looking up for Bauers right now.

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