Monday Lineup Card: Counting Down to Correa

Monday Lineup Card: Counting Down to Correa

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

LAA (C.J. Wilson - L) at TOR (Aaron Sanchez - R) 1:07 PM
STL (John Lackey - R) at NYM (Matt Harvey - R) 7:00 PM
MIL (Mike Fiers - R) at DET (Kyle Lobstein - L) 7:08 PM
ARI (Rubby De La Rosa - R) at MIA (Dan Haren - R) 7:10 PM
CLE (Corey Kluber - R) at CWS (Chris Sale - L) 8:10 PM
OAK (Drew Pomeranz - L) at HOU (Lance McCullers - R) 8:10 PM
PHI (Cole Hamels - L) at COL (Jordan Lyles - R) 8:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Mike Aviles, 2B, CLE (personal) – Expects to be activated from the restricted list Monday.
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC (illness) – Left Sunday's game due to an illness.
Jarred Cosart, P, MIA (hamstring) – Hopes to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Arizona.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL (groin) – Questionable to make his next scheduled start Thursday after tweaking his groin during Saturday's start.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (foot) – Missed Sunday's game after his plantar fasciitis flared up on Saturday.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL (face) – Left Sunday's game with a facial contusion but appears to have avoided a concussion after taking a mid-90's fastball off his helmet.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC (leg) – Was held out of Sunday's game due to a minor leg injury.
Shane Greene, P, DET (elbow) – Probable for Wednesday's start against the Brewers.
Mat Latos, P, MIA (lower leg) – Expects to make his next start Thursday after leaving Saturday's game with a lower leg injury.
Jordan Lyles, P, COL (hand) – Intends to make his next start Monday against the Phillies.
Victor Martinez, 1B, DET (illness) – Expects to return to the starting lineup Monday.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (hip) – Will try catching a bullpen session next week, but could elect to receive surgery.
Wil Myers, OF, SD (wrist) – Took swings in a cage Sunday and aims to return to the Padres' lineup Tuesday.
Bud Norris, P, BAL (illness) – Is progressing but will not start Tuesday or Wednesday.
Angel Pagan, OF, SF (back) – Missed Sunday's game after leaving Saturday's game due to back spasms.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (toe) – Left Sunday's game after taking a pitch off his toe.
Chris Tillman, P, BAL (back) – Is improving but still isn't sure he'll make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Seattle.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) – Was removed from Saturday's game after experiencing irritation in his left shoudler.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL (quadriceps) – Missed his second straight game Sunday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (wrist) – Missed his second straight start Sunday after he was hit in the wrist with a pitch Friday.

Out

Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.
Ervin Santana, P, MIN (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.

Players on the DL

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (hip) – Hit in a cage Friday for the first time since suffering a hip injury, but remains without a timetable to return.
Matt Cain, P, SF (forearm) – Threw a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery.
Patrick Corbin, P, ARI (elbow) – Tossed a 30-pitch simulated game on Tuesday and could start a rehab assignment next week. Projected to return sometime in June.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (oblique) – Suffered a serious oblique tear and is expected to miss more than the minimum 15 days.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM (hand) – Slated to have an x-ray Monday, after which he may be cleared to swing a bat. A June return is possible.
Sean Doolittle, P, OAK (shoulder) – Made his second minor league rehab appearance Sunday at High-A Stockton. Expected to return at the end of May.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (elbow) – Threw a bullpen session Saturday. A June return is possible.
Doug Fister, P, WAS (forearm) – Dealing with a flexor strain in his pitching arm, but is not planning to undergo surgery at this time.
Kevin Gausman, P, BAL (shoulder) – Could pitch a simulated game in about 10 days.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE (knee) – Will move his rehab to Triple-A on Monday and could be activated this week.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (shoulder) – Expected to be activated from the DL on May 25.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA (shoulder) – Suffered a setback and has been shut down for 10-14 days.
Austin Jackson, OF, SEA (ankle) – Eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, but will likely appear in a few more rehab games in the minors before he's activated.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (knee) – Is progressing but remains without a timetable to return.
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI (foot) – Expects to begin heavy baseball work next week.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU (thumb) – Expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (toe) – Has been cleared to catch bullpen sessions but still hasn't been cleared to run.
Rafael Montero, P, NYM (shoulder) – Suffering from right rotator cuff inflammation.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL (head) – Dealing with a strained neck and concussion symptoms.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR (hamstring) – Progressing slowly and remains without a timetable to return.
Bobby Parnell, P, NYM (elbow) – Could return in mid-to-late May.
Jake Peavy, P, SF (back) – Threw bullpen sessions Tuesday and Thursday and will face live batters in extended spring training.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (hamstring) – Will be out at least another couple weeks.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (knee) – Went to extended spring training Friday and will begin baseball activities soon.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (ribs) – Will be evaluated Monday after taking batting practice over the weekend.
Alex Rios, OF, KC (hand) – Hit off a tee Wednesday but remains without a timetable to return.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P, LAD (shoulder) – Remains without a timetable to resume throwing.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (finger) – Dealing with a fractured right pinky.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (forearm) – Could begin a rehab assignment next week.
Justin Verlander, P, DET (triceps) – Will throw another bullpen session Monday but remains without a timetable to return.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) – Will rejoin the Orioles in Miami next weekend and could begin a rehab assignment shortly after.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (hamstring) – Will resume baseball activities Monday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK (knee) – Scheduled to play five innings in a rehab game for High-A Stockton on Tuesday.

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

Called Up

Craig Gentry, OF, OAK
Hector Neris, P, PHI
Ross Ohlendorf, P, TEX
Tanner Scheppers, P, TEX
Sam Tuivailala, P, STL

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Andrew Bellatti, P, TB
Raul Fernandez, P, CWS (Double-A)
Tyler Lyons, P, STL
Bryan Mitchell, P, NYY
Kennys Vargas, 1B, MIN

Activated from the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)

Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA
Chris Capuano, P, NYY
Nick Franklin, 2B, TB

Placed on the DL (15-day, unless otherwise noted)

Chad Billingsley, P, PHI
Ike Davis, 1B, OAK
Ross Detwiler, P, TEX

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

Erik Cordier, P, SF
Kyuji Fujikawa, P, TEX
Nick Masset, P, MIA

Signed

Omar Duran, P, OAK

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Baltimore Orioles - Zach Britton, who has allowed multiple hits in each of his last three relief appearances for the Orioles, earned his eighth save of the season Sunday against the Angels.

Houston Astros - Luke Gregerson has allowed multiple base runners in each of his last three save chances for the Astros, but he still earned his 10th save of the season Sunday against Toronto.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Kenley Jansen struck out a batter during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to earn his first save of the season against the Rockies.

Pittsburgh PiratesMark Melancon allowed a hit and struck out a batter to earn his ninth save of the season Sunday against the Cubs.

San Francisco Giants - Santiago Casilla struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to earn his ninth save of the season against the Reds.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 18, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. BautistaOFTOR vs LAA
1:07PM
C. Wilson20921632.450.522.6501.172
J. Donaldson3BTOR vs LAA
1:07PM
C. Wilson26642463.231.375.538.913
E. Encarnacion1BTOR vs LAA
1:07PM
C. Wilson15411240.267.421.467.888
J. Smoak1BTOR vs LAA
1:07PM
C. Wilson38104310312.263.317.526.843
A. Hill2BARI @ MIA
7:10PM
D. Haren311051607.323.344.613.957
M. CuddyerOFNYM vs STL
7:10PM
J. Lackey25854625.320.370.8401.210
R. RaburnOFCLE @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale25752539.280.357.640.997
N. Swisher1BCLE @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale15532414.333.412.8001.212
J. Abreu1BCWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Kluber21842605.381.381.7621.143
C. Gillaspie3BCWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Kluber19720013.368.400.474.874
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 18, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Cole HamelsPHI @ COL
8:40PM
74167311514.216.264.417.681
Cold Batter Matchups – May 18, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
P. Goldschmidt1BARI @ MIA
7:10PM
D. Haren16311501.188.188.375.563
M. Aviles2BCLE @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale16300020.188.278.188.465
M. BrantleyOFCLE @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale223102110.136.208.182.390
A. RamirezSSCWS vs CLE
8:10PM
C. Kluber31530106.161.161.258.419
D. StubbsOFCOL vs PHI
8:40PM
C. Hamels17300006.176.176.176.353
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 18, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C.J. WilsonLAA @ TOR
1:07PM
13539117292221.289.392.473.864
Dan HarenMIA vs ARI
7:10PM
1123612313417.321.350.492.843
Recommended Pickup

Carlos Correa, SS, HOU - Arguably the best prospect still in the minors, the 20-year-old Correa is a precocious talent that is knocking on the door of stardom. He can hit for average, has emerging power, and can steal bases. At Double-A Corpus Christi this season, he hit .385/.459/.726 with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases over 133 plate appearances. He should be a superstar by the time he settles into the majors. For now though, he's at Fresno, adjusting to a new challege. There's an obvious spot for him in Houston right now, as Jed Lowrie (thumb) is on the DL and won't be back until around the All-Star break, but the Astros are doing fine without him, which makes the need for Correa less immediate. As talented as he is, even if he were to come up today, there is no assurance that he'd help fantasy owners, as he has just 149 plate appearances above High-A (see Mike Trout's first time up). Realistically, I expect to see him up sometime in August, though he could easily beat that if he continues to terrorize pitchers in Triple-A like he has everywhere else. He may not be worth picking up in 12-team mixed leagues yet, but in just about anything deeper than that, he should be owned. When he comes up, the hype will be loud, so stash him now if you can. He's coming up this season, it's just a matter of when.

Other Recent Recommendations:Brandon Crawford, Maikel Franco, Jose Quintana, Delino DeShields Jr., Archie Bradley and Noah Syndergaard.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Kyle Lobstein, DET ($4,900)
C - Nick Hundley, COL ($3,200)
1B - Wilin Rosario, COL ($3,300)
2B - Luis Sardinas, MIL ($2,800)
3B - Zach Walters, CLE ($3,100)
SS - Marwin Gonzalez, HOU ($2,900)
OF - Jake Marisnick, HOU ($3,400)

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