Monday Lineup Card: Go Ham for Hamilton?
Monday Lineup Card: Go Ham for Hamilton?

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

KC (Jeremy Guthrie - R) at NYY (Nathan Eovaldi - R) 1:00 PM
COL (Eddie Butler - R) at CIN (Jason Marquis - R) 1:10 PM
PHI (Severino Gonzalez - R) at NYM (Bartolo Colon - R) 1:10 PM
HOU (Dallas Keuchel - L) at BAL (Wei-Yin Chen - L) 1:35 PM
SF (Tim Lincecum - R) at MIL (Kyle Lohse - R) 2:10 PM
BOS (Joe Kelly - R) at MIN (Ricky Nolasco - R) 2:10 PM
WAS (Tanner Roark - R) at CHC (Tsuyoshi Wada - L) 2:20 PM
DET (Shane Greene - R) at OAK (Jesse Hahn - R) 4:00 PM
TEX (Phil Klein - R) at CLE (Shaun Marcum - R) 4:10 PM
ARI (Chase Anderson - R) at STL (Carlos Martinez - R) 4:15 PM
MIA (David Phelps - R) at PIT (Charlie Morton - R) 7:05 PM
CWS (Hector Noesi - R) at TOR (Drew Hutchison - R) 7:07 PM
SEA (Roenis Elias - L) at TB (Jake Odorizzi - R) 7:10 PM
ATL (Williams Perez - R) at LAD (Brett Anderson - L) 8:10 PM
SD (Tyson Ross - R) at LAA (Jered Weaver - R) 9:05 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - TEX, NYY

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Jose Bautista, OF, TOR (shoulder) – Was held out of Sunday's game after receiving a cortisone shot in his left shoulder.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN (elbow) – Expects to miss just one start due to elbow stiffness.
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM (hamstring) – Was held out of Sunday's game due to hamstring tightness.
Danny Duffy, P, KC (shoulder) – His next start was pushed back to Tuesday due to shoulder stiffness.
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN (shoulder) – Was OK to play Sunday but was held out of the starting lineup as a precaution.
Jason Heyward, OF, STL (hip) – Missed his second straight game Sunday due to tightness in his hip.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET (knee) – Missed Sunday's game due to a bruised knee.
Juan Lagares, OF, NYM (oblique) – Was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup with muscle soreness.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, OAK (back) – Missed his second straight game Sunday due to back soreness.
Lance Lynn, P, STL (back) – Struggled in Friday's loss to the Royals due to back cramps.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (hip) – Suffered a setback this weekend and may opt to have surgery.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC (collarbone) – Was held out of Sunday's starting lineup due to soreness.
Wily Peralta, P, MIL (upper body) – Is at risk of missing his next scheduled start Wednesday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS (knee) – Missed his third straight start Sunday but is likely to return to action Monday.
Alex Wood, P, ATL (illness) – Missed his scheduled start Friday with a stomach virus.

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

Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (shoulder) – Has full range of motion in his right shoulder but has yet to resume baseball activities.
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (shoulder) – Was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with right shoulder inflammation.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (hip) – Will start a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Rochester.
Kyle Blanks, 1B, TEX (back) – Has a cyst on his lower back.
Matt Cain, P, SF (forearm) – Threw all his pitches in a bullpen session Friday. There's a chance he could pitch to live hitters as soon as Tuesday.
Jarred Cosart , P, MIA (head) – Dealing with vertigo.
Patrick Corbin, P, ARI (elbow) – May have his next rehab start pushed back after he was not as strong in his most recent outing as he was previously.
Carl Crawford, OF, LAD (oblique) – Suffered a serious oblique tear and is not close to returning.
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK (neck) – Will attempt to rehab his recurring next injury to avoid potentially career-ending surgery.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM (hand) – On track to begin a rehab assignment by the middle of next week.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (foot) – Has no plans to undergo surgery to address plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Sean Doolittle, P, OAK (shoulder) – Will not be activated from the DL until Tuesday at the earliest.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY (knee) – An MRI revealed his knee injury will take at least a few weeks to heal.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (elbow) – Faced live hitters Wednesday and is on-track to begin pitching in extended spring training games in mid-June.
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) – Threw 28 pitches in Baltimore's bullpen Saturday and felt great.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE (knee) – Will move his rehab to Triple-A on Monday and could be activated this week.
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD (head) – Should be fine in a few days according to Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly.
Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA (shoulder) – Will 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) – The Mariners will discuss Monday whether he's ready to return from the DL.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (knee) – Is feeling better but remains without a timetable to return.
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI (foot) – Could come off the DL around June 1.
Mat Latos, P, MIA (knee) – Dealing with left knee inflammation but the severity is unknown.
Kyle Lobstein, P, DET (shoulder) – Will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU (thumb) – Expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (toe) – Expects to begin playing again by Milwaukee's next road trip at the latest.
Victor Martinez, 1B, DET (knee) – Has been rehabbing in Orlando and remains without a timetable to return.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL (head) – Will need at least a few more days before he's able to return from the DL.
Wil Myers, OF, SD (wrist) – Has not been cleared to resume swinging a bat and is highly unlikely to be activated from the DL when first eligible on Tuesday.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR (hamstring) – Progressing slowly and remains without a timetable to return.
Jake Peavy, P, SF (back) – Threw 50 pitches in a rehab start Friday and may only need two or three starts before rejoining the Giants.
Drew Pomeranz, P, OAK (shoulder) – Will resume playing catch Monday.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (hamstring) – Felt tightness in his hamstring while jogging Friday.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (knee) – Will play simulated games next week when he heads back to the Nationals' spring training complex.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (ribs) – Tentatively expected to join the Blue Jays on Monday.
Alex Rios, OF, KC (hand) – Will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL (finger) – Will undergo an x-ray on Monday and may be activated before Friday's game if his bones are healed.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (forearm) – Will make his next rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) – Dealing with shoulder inflammation.
Justin Verlander, P, DET (triceps) – Will throw a simulated game Tuesday.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (calf) – Re-injured his calf.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (wrist) – His wrist is too swollen to swing a bat or wear a glove.
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) – Was diagnosed with spinal stenosis.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK (knee) – The A's hope to activate him from the DL on Monday.

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

Called Up

Cam Bedrosian, P, LAA
Jeff Bianchi, SS, BOS
Taylor Jordan, P, WAS
Preston Guilmet, P, TB
Chaz Roe, P, BAL

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

A.J. Cole, P, WAS
T.J. McFarland, P, BAL
Enny Romero, P, TB

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

Yan Gomes, C, CLE

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

Mike Morin, P, LAA
Anthony Varvaro, P, BOS
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
Wesley Wright, P, BAL (60-day DL)

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

Brett Hayes, C, CLE

Signed

None

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Atlanta Braves - Jason Grilli struck out the side and walked one in the ninth inning to earn his 13th save of the season Sunday against the Brewers.

Cleveland Indians - Cody Allen was shaky again Sunday, allowing a run on one hit and a walk with two strikeouts in a non-save situation against the Reds.

Miami Marlins - A.J. Ramos earned his second save of the season Sunday against the Orioles.

Washington Nationals - Drew Storen earned his 14th save of the season Sunday against the Phillies.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
B. GardnerOFNYY vs KC
1:05PM
J. Guthrie17620120.353.400.529.929
A. Rodriguez3BNYY vs KC
1:05PM
J. Guthrie28831654.286.432.464.897
C. Utley2BPHI @ NYM
1:10PM
B. Colon14520002.357.357.500.857
J. Altuve2BHOU @ BAL
1:35PM
W. Chen10400201.400.400.400.800
D. OrtizDHBOS @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco10433521.400.4621.3001.762
P. Sandoval3BBOS @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco211073721.476.5221.0951.617
R. BraunOFMIL vs SF
2:10PM
T. Lincecum25843817.320.370.7201.090
A. PaganOFSF @ MIL
2:10PM
K. Lohse14610502.429.400.500.900
C. CoghlanOFCHC vs WAS
2:20PM
T. Roark10510001.500.500.6001.100
A. Beltre3BTEX @ CLE
4:10PM
S. Marcum23963932.391.481.9131.395
G. StantonOFMIA @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton15720234.467.556.6001.156
C. YelichOFMIA @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton10400002.400.400.400.800
A. Callaspo2BATL @ LAD
8:10PM
B. Anderson11410111.364.417.455.871
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Tim LincecumSF @ MIL
2:10PM
120278516834.225.284.380.664
Cold Batter Matchups – May 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. BeltranOFNYY vs KC
1:05PM
J. Guthrie12200002.167.167.167.333
M. Teixeira1BNYY vs KC
1:05PM
J. Guthrie23321246.130.333.304.638
R. Howard1BPHI @ NYM
1:10PM
B. Colon17322611.176.222.529.752
C. CarterDHHOU @ BAL
1:35PM
W. Chen10211114.200.273.500.773
D. Pedroia2BBOS @ MIN
2:10PM
R. Nolasco11200001.182.182.182.364
A. Ramirez3BMIL vs SF
2:10PM
T. Lincecum24500115.208.240.208.448
S. ChooOFTEX @ CLE
4:10PM
S. Marcum11210036.182.357.364.721
A. HechavarriaSSMIA @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton12300002.250.250.250.500
M. Prado3BMIA @ PIT
7:05PM
C. Morton13210112.154.214.231.445
N. CruzOFSEA @ TB
7:10PM
J. Odorizzi10100012.100.182.100.282
E. AybarSSLAA vs SD
9:05PM
T. Ross12000012.000.077.000.077
M. KempOFSD @ LAA
9:05PM
J. Weaver15300037.200.333.200.533
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 25, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Ricky NolascoMIN vs BOS
2:10PM
55201161244.364.407.8271.234
Recommended Pickup

Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX - Hamilton is set to join the Rangers on Monday after dealing with a shoulder injury and an offseason fueled by self-destructive behavior. At 33, his power is in decline, while his strikeout rate is on the rise. Combine those two elements with his shoulder injury and it's unclear as to what Hamilton has left in the tank. Fortunately, he returns to Texas, which is a familiar team and ballpark. Given all he's been through, bid cautiously in mixed leagues, while those in AL-only formats will likely need to go after him on the playing time he'll see alone.

Other Recent Recommendations:Curtis Granderson, Rusney Castillo, Chris Colabello, Brad Miller, Enrique Burgos and Matt Shoemaker.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Phil Klein, TEX ($5,100)
C - Miguel Montero, CHC ($3,100)
1B - Ben Paulsen, COL ($3,600)
2B - Luis Sardinas, MIL ($2,800)
3B - Jonathan Villar, HOU ($3,300)
SS - Danny Espinosa, WAS ($3,300)
OF - Odubel Herrera, PHI ($3,100)

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