Monday Lineup Card: Preston Tucker Must Hit Third
Monday Lineup Card: Preston Tucker Must Hit Third

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

TOR (R.A. Dickey - R) at WAS (Jordan Zimmermann - R) 7:05 PM
MIN (Mike Pelfrey - R) at BOS (Clay Buchholz - R) 7:10 PM
CHC (Jason Hammel - R) at MIA (Jose Urena - R) 7:10 PM
MIL (Mike Fiers - R) at STL (Jaime Garcia - L) 8:00 PM
BAL (Ubaldo Jimenez - R) at HOU (Brett Oberholtzer - L) 8:10 PM
LAD (Clayton Kershaw - L) at COL (Kyle Kendrick - R) 8:40 PM
ATL (Alex Wood - L) at ARI (Archie Bradley - R) 9:40 PM
TB (Alex Colome - R) at LAA (Garrett Richards - R) 10:05 PM
NYY (Michael Pineda - R) at SEA (Felix Hernandez - R) 10:10 PM
NYM (Jacob deGrom - R) at SD (Andrew Cashner - R) 10:10 PM
PIT (Gerrit Cole - R) at SF (Ryan Vogelsong - R) 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS (finger) – Missed his second straight start Sunday due to a swollen finger.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN (elbow) – Threw a successful bullpen Sunday and expects to start Tuesday against the Phillies.
Jason Hammel, P, CHC (finger) – Expects to start Monday against the Marlins after having his start pushed back twice last week.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA (shoulder) – Missed his second straight start Sunday, but was available off the bench and could return to the lineup Monday against the Cubs.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (illness) – Was scratched from Sunday's lineup after leaving early during Saturday's game due to an illness.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL (ankle) – Missed his second straight start Sunday due to what's believed to be a mild ankle sprain, although an MRI has yet to confirm the injury officially.
Scott Kazmir, P, OAK (shoulder) – Threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday without pain.
Adam Lind, 1B, MIL (back) – Missed Sunday's game due to a minor back issue.
Ben Paulsen, 1B, COL (head) – Was pulled from Sunday's game after suffering a migraine.
David Peralta, OF, ARI (finger) – Suffered a left middle finger contusion during a bunt attempt Sunday and was removed from the game, however x-rays came back negative.
Sergio Romo, P, SF (illness) – Was unavailable Sunday due to an illness.
Alfredo Simon, P, DET (personal) – Left the Tigers early last week but is expected to rejoin the team and start Tuesday against Oakland.

Out

Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX (thumb) – Suffered a sprained left thumb and a laceration during Sunday's game and will miss more than two weeks.
Jordan Lyles, P, COL (thumb) – Aggravated his sprained toe during Sunday's start and is expected to go on the DL.
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.
Ervin Santana, P, MIN (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension.

Players on the DL

Matt Adams, 1B, STL (quadricpes) – Will be sidelined until late August and may miss the rest of the season.
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD (shoulder) – Moved his rehab to Triple-A El Paso on Friday and could return to the Padres on Monday.
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (shoulder) – Remains on a no-throw schedule with no timetable to return.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN (hip) – Has been rehabbing with Triple-A Rochester and could rejoin the Twins this week.
Kyle Blanks, 1B, TEX (back) – Has a cyst on his lower back.
Enrique Burgos, P, ARI (shoulder) – Dealing with shoulder tendinitis.
Matt Cain, P, SF (forearm) – Tentatively scheduled to make an extended spring training start Wednesday.
Jarred Cosart , P, MIA (head) – Scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training game Monday.
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 undergo a bone scan Monday and receive an epidural to ease the pain in his neck.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM (hand) – Suffered a bruise during his rehab process, but an early-June return is still possible depending on pain tolerance.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (knee) – Suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (foot) – Has no plans to undergo surgery to address plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Sean Doolittle, P, OAK (shoulder) – Re-injured his shoulder and went back on the DL after just one appearance.
Danny Duffy, P, KC (shoulder) – Threw his second bullpen session in the last three days as he aims to return from a sore shoulder.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY (knee) – Has not increased his workload after an MRI revealed a knee injury that will take at least a few weeks to heal.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX (arm) – Could return as early as June 5 after hitting the DL with an abscess under his right arm.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (elbow) – Slated to throw 45 pitches in his first extended spring training start Monday.
Doug Fister, P, WAS (forearm) – Threw again Friday as he continues a slow progression back from forearm tightness.
Kevin Gausman, P, BAL (shoulder) – Will throw a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday in Houston.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA (shoulder) – Unlikely to throw off a mound within the next week.
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (knee) – Getting closer to baseball activities but remains without a timetable to return.
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI (foot) – Not expected to return for two more weeks.
Mat Latos, P, MIA (knee) – Will throw a bullpen session Monday at extended spring training.
Kyle Lobstein, P, DET (shoulder) – Hasn't thrown since landing on the DL, as he's still waiting for soreness to subside.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU (thumb) – Expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL (toe) – Began a rehab assignment with High-A Brevard on Thursday and expects to begin playing again by Milwaukee's next road trip at the latest.
Victor Martinez, 1B, DET (knee) – Has yet to be cleared for baseball activities and remains without a timetable to return.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL (head) – Little has been reported in terms of Morneau's progress and it's uncertain where he stands in his recovery.
Wil Myers, OF, SD (wrist) – Took 30 swings off a tee Saturday but did not swing at 100 percent intensity.
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR (hamstring) – On schedule to return to the Blue Jays on Monday.
James Paxton, P, SEA (finger) – Dealing with a strained middle finger tendon.
Jake Peavy, P, SF (back) – Experienced more back tightness after his rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.
Wily Peralta, P, MIL (ribs) – Dealing with a rib-cage strain.
Drew Pomeranz, P, OAK (shoulder) – Began a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Sunday.
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (hamstring) – Could start another rehab assignment in the coming week.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (knee) – Went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in a rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg on Friday.
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS (neck) – Dealing with neck tightness and a back issue.
Masahiro Tanaka, P, NYY (forearm) – Will start Wednesday against the Mariners.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) – Will be shut down for the next week after traveling to Florida to receive further treatment on his ailing shoulder.
Justin Verlander, P, DET (triceps) – Felt good following Sunday's rehab start and hopes to avoid making another rehab appearance.
Shane Victorino, OF, BOS (calf) – Re-injured his calf.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (wrist) – A CT scan revealed two fractures in his wrist and will likely remain out until early August.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL (elbow) – Could DH for the Orioles on Thursday or rejoin the club Friday in Houston.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (hamstring) – Was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and received epidural injections in his back Monday.

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

Called Up

Munenori Kawasaki, SS, TOR
Tyler Wagner, P, MIL
Matt West, P, LAD

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Travis Ishikawa, 1B, SF
Chris Martin, P, NYY
Robbie Ross, P, BOS

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

Carlos Santana, 1B, CLE (paternity list)

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

Tim Beckham, SS, TB
Khris Davis, OF, MIL
Paco Rodriguez, P, LAD
Steve Tolleson, 2B, TOR

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

Jerry Sands, OF, CLE

Signed

Jeff Bianchi, SS, BOS
Phil Coke, P, TOR

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Atlanta Braves - Jason Grilli earned his 15th save of the season Sunday against the Giants.

Boston Red Sox - Koji Uehara blew his second save of the season Sunday after allowing two runs on a hit and a walk against the Rangers.

Colorado Rockies - With John Axford unavailable Sunday after pitching both Friday and Saturday, Scott Oberg earned his first save of the season against the Phillies.

Minnesota Twins - Glen Perkins earned his MLB-leading 19th save of the season Sunday against the Blue Jays.

New York Mets - Jeurys Familia pitched 1.2 innings to earn his 15th save of the season Sunday against the Marlins.

Oakland Athletics - Tyler Clippard allowed a hit and walk but struck out a batter and held the Yankees scoreless to earn his seventh save of the season Sunday.

St. Louis Cardinals - Trevor Rosenthal walked two but struck out a batter and held the Dodgers scoreless to earn his 15th save of the season Sunday.

Tampa Bay Rays - Brad Boxberger earned his 15th save of the season Sunday against the Orioles.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 1, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Prado3BMIA vs CHC
7:10PM
J. Hammel16611311.375.412.563.974
I. SuzukiOFMIA vs CHC
7:10PM
J. Hammel20800225.400.455.400.855
J. Mauer1BMIN @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz19730130.368.478.5261.005
K. SuzukiCMIN @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz18920301.500.500.6111.111
J. Altuve2BHOU vs BAL
8:10PM
U. Jimenez15520110.333.375.533.908
C. RasmusOFHOU vs BAL
8:10PM
U. Jimenez311381228.419.455.7741.229
A. Ramirez3BMIL @ STL
8:10PM
J. Garcia21632914.286.318.619.937
T. TulowitzkiSSCOL vs LAD
8:40PM
C. Kershaw6015538515.250.303.433.736
A. Gonzalez1BLAD @ COL
8:40PM
K. Kendrick18840432.444.524.6671.190
M. Teixeira1BNYY @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez6419959815.297.370.594.964
N. Walker2BPIT @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong16740300.438.438.6881.125
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 1, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Mike PelfreyMIN @ BOS
7:10PM
9321316616.226.273.282.555
Cold Batter Matchups – June 1, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Y. EscobarSSWAS vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey22420122.182.280.273.553
D. Espinosa2BWAS vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey23310113.130.167.174.341
J. LobatonCWAS vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey15310104.200.200.267.467
D. Uggla2BWAS vs TOR
7:05PM
R. Dickey26111345.038.161.154.315
H. RamirezSSBOS vs MIN
7:10PM
M. Pelfrey501011348.200.259.260.519
P. Sandoval3BBOS vs MIN
7:10PM
M. Pelfrey20410204.200.200.250.450
B. Dozier2BMIN @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz16310115.188.222.250.472
T. HunterOFMIN @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz24410054.167.310.208.519
T. Plouffe3BMIN @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz16320125.188.278.313.590
M. Carpenter3BSTL vs MIL
8:10PM
M. Fiers16210013.125.176.188.364
Y. MolinaCSTL vs MIL
8:10PM
M. Fiers16310003.188.188.250.438
C. GonzalezOFCOL vs LAD
8:40PM
C. Kershaw336224217.182.250.364.614
C. Headley3BNYY @ SEA
10:10PM
F. Hernandez24500119.208.240.208.448
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 1, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jason HammelCHC @ MIA
7:10PM
7225728316.347.371.525.896
Ubaldo JimenezBAL @ HOU
8:10PM
94291527523.309.343.528.871
Kyle KendrickCOL vs LAD
8:40PM
10329143171712.282.383.477.861
Recommended Pickup

Preston Tucker, OF, HOU - Who is hitting third for the team with the best record in the AL? It's Tucker, who has hit third in last five starts and for good reason, as he's hitting .306/.377/.516 over 69 plate appearances since being promoted in early May. Before he was called up, he was hitting .320/.378/.650 with 10 home runs over 111 plate appearances at Triple-A Fresno. If for some reason he's still available in your mixed league, fix that pronto.

Other Recent Recommendations:Billy Burns, Cameron Maybin, Eduardo Rodriguez, Kyle Gibson and Michael Bolsinger.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL ($6,400)
C - A.J. Pierzynski, ATL ($2,900)
1B - Justin Bour, MIA ($2,800)
2B - Logan Forsythe, TB ($2,700)
3B - Mark Reynolds, STL ($2,800)
SS - Jung-Ho Kang, PIT ($3,600)
OF - Randal Grichuk, STL ($3,300)

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