Wednesday Lineup Card: Ray of Hope?

Wednesday Lineup Card: Ray of Hope?

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

DET (Buck Farmer - R) at CLE (Carlos Carrasco - R) 12:10 PM
TOR (Marco Estrada - R) at TB (Nate Karns - R) 12:10 PM
PHI (Cole Hamels -L) at NYY (Ivan Nova - R) 1:05 PM
CWS (Chris Sale - L) at MIN (Phil Hughes - R) 1:10 PM
HOU (Lance McCullers - R) at LAA (Matt Shoemaker - R) 3:35 PM
ATL (Shelby Miller - R) at WAS (Jordan Zimmermann - R) 7:05 PM
CIN (Mike Leake - R) at PIT (Gerrit Cole - R) 7:05 PM
BAL (Bud Norris - R) at BOS (Clay Buchholz - R) 7:10 PM
STL (Jaime Garcia - L) at MIA (Mat Latos - R) 7:10 PM
LAD (Michael Bolsinger - R) at CHC (Kyle Hendricks - R) 8:00 PM
OAK (Kendall Graveman - R) at TEX (Wandy Rodriguez - L) 8:05 PM
NYM (Bartolo Colon - R) at MIL (Jimmy Nelson - R) 8:10 PM
ARI (Allen Webster - R) at COL (David Hale - R) 8:40 PM
KC (Danny Duffy - L) at SEA (Roenis Elias - L) 10:10 PM
SD (Ian Kennedy - R) at SF (Ryan Vogelsong - R) 10:15 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - DET/CLE, TOR/TB, PHI/NYY, CWS/MIN, HOU/LAA

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX (back) – Missed Tuesday's game due to back spasms.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN (elbow) – Could have pitched Tuesday, but was held out of his start to get more rest for his elbow.
Dexter Fowler, OF, CHC (ankle) – Sprained his ankle during Monday's game and was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE (neck) – Missed his third straight game Tuesday due to neck stiffness.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (hand) – Suffered a mild left hand sprain during Sunday's game and was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday.
Cole Hamels, P, PHI (hamstring) – Will start Wednesday against the Yankees.
Adam Jones, OF, BAL (shoulder) – Said he doesn't believe he'll be able to return until Friday.
Erasmo Ramirez, P, TB (groin) – Won't throw for another two or three days.
Blake Swihart, C, BOS (foot) – Was held out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against Baltimore.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY (neck) – Received a cortisone shot Monday and was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday.
Yasmany Tomas, OF, ARI (illness) – Was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup due to illness.
Stephen Vogt, C, OAK (elbow) – Received a cortisone shot Sunday and hopes to return to the starting lineup Wednesday.
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, CHC (shoulder) – Exited Monday's start with cramping in his left deltoid, but the Cubs are optimistic he'll make his next start.

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

Matt Adams, 1B, STL (quadricpes) – Will be sidelined until late August and may miss the rest of the season.
Henderson Alvarez, P, MIA (shoulder) – Has begun throwing on flat ground, as he's no longer suffering from inflammation in his shoulder.
Archie Bradley, P, ARI (shoulder) – Slated to throw a simulated game Thursday.
Matt Cain, P, SF (forearm) – Will make one more rehab start before rejoining the Giants.
Jarred Cosart , P, MIA (head) – Walked six over five innings during a rehab start for Double-A Jacksonville on Sunday.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM (elbow) – Diagnosed with a sprained left elbow.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (knee) – Will miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing successful knee surgery.
Delino DeShields Jr., OF, TEX (hamstring) – Expected to be sidelined for three weeks due to a hamstring strain.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (foot) – Is without a timetable to return after hitting the DL on Wednesday.
Danny Duffy, P, KC (shoulder) – Expected to start for the Royals on Wednesday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY (knee) – Ran the bases Thursday and hopes to return before the end of June.
Neftali Feliz, P, TEX (arm) – Has made several rehab appearances with Triple-A Round Rock.
Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (elbow) – Will return from the DL and start July 2 against the Giants.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL (wrist) – An MRI revealed no broken bones, but the Braves want him to rest for a couple weeks.
Miguel Gonzalez, P, BAL (groin) – Will start for the Orioles Friday against Toronto.
Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX (hamstring) – Will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Frisco.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (quadriceps) – Expected to be shelved close to the All-Star break.
Ender Inciarte, OF, ARI (hamstring) – Expected to miss the minimum 15 days on the DL.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA (shoulder) – Fared well in Saturday's rehab start and is expected to start Thursday for Triple-A Tacoma.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU (thumb) – Expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Lance Lynn, P, STL (forearm) – Will be activated from the DL on Thursday to start against Miami.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (hip) – Will undergo season-ending surgery on June 29.
Andrew Miller, P, NYY (forearm) – Scheduled to play catch Wednesdsay.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL (head) – Remains without a timetable to return from the DL.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (quadriceps) – Did some running Tuesday and should start a rehab assignment in the next day or two.
Wil Myers, P, SD (wrist) – Underwent successful surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur in his left wrist.
Jake Odorizzi, P, TB (oblique) – Threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Monday and hopes to return in two weeks.
James Paxton, P, SEA (finger) – Still experiencing discomfort in his finger and will not resume throwing until the soreness subsides.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (wrist) – Will not swing for 5-to-7 days.
Wily Peralta, P, MIL (ribs) – is likely a bit behind his initial timetable of 4-to-6 weeks.
Martin Prado, 3B, MIA (shoulder) – Injured his shoulder while landing on it awkwardly during a play at first base last week.
Aaron Sanchez, P, TOR (upper body) – Dealing with a lat strain.
Jorge Soler, OF, CHC (ankle) – Is about a week away from beginning a rehab assignment.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) – Could return Friday or earlier if needed.
Yordano Ventura, P, KC (hand) – Will likely require a rehab start before rejoining the Royals.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA (hip) – Hit the DL on Sunday due to left hip inflammation.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (wrist) – A CT scan revealed two fractures in his wrist and aiming to return August 1.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (hamstring) – Remains without a clear return date.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (foot) – Took swings Tuesday for the first time since hitting the DL.

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

Called Up

Austin Adams, P, CLE
Erik Kratz, C, BOS
Bryan Mitchell, P, NYY
Johnny Monell, C, NYM
Jose Pirela, 2B, NYY
Josh Smith, P, CIN
Joey Terdoslavich, OF, ATL
Ian Thomas, P, LAD
Kirby Yates, P, TB

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Mike Broadway, P, SF
Rusney Castillo, OF, BOS
Jon Edwards, P, TEX
Ramon Flores, OF, NYY
Dillon Gee, P, NYM
Enny Romero, P, TB
Joe Ross, P, WAS
Steven Wright, P, BOS

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

Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
Jean Machi, P, SF
Justin Masterson, P, BOS
Stephen Strasburg, P, WAS

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

Aroldis Chapman, P, CIN (paternity list)
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
Stephen Drew, SS, NYY (paternity list)
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

Scott Atchison, P, CLE

Signed

None

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Tampa Bay Rays - Brad Boxberger allowed a home run during the ninth inning Tuesday, but preserved a 4-3 win for the Rays to earn his 19th save of the season.

Toronto Blue Jays - Brett Cecil was removed from the closer role on Tuesday. Roberto Osuna (who earned a two-inning save Monday) and Steve Delabar (1.06 ERA, 0.76 WHIP) are the favorites to fill the void in the ninth inning.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 24, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. BournOFCLE vs DET
12:10PM
J. Verlander3513204410.371.436.429.864
Y. GomesCCLE vs DET
12:10PM
J. Verlander18620113.333.429.444.873
C. Santana1BCLE vs DET
12:10PM
J. Verlander4710769610.213.309.617.926
M. Cabrera1BDET @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Carrasco24921336.375.444.542.986
R. DavisOFDET @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Carrasco15540103.333.375.7331.108
J. MartinezOFDET @ CLE
12:10PM
C. Carrasco15531512.333.375.6671.042
C. BeltranOFNYY vs PHI
1:05PM
C. Hamels4311535211.256.289.512.801
B. McCannCNYY vs PHI
1:05PM
C. Hamels611710315710.279.353.541.894
M. Teixeira1BNYY vs PHI
1:05PM
C. Hamels17522503.294.294.647.941
J. Abreu1BCWS @ MIN
1:10PM
P. Hughes17730303.412.474.5881.062
B. Dozier2BMIN vs CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale29853819.276.323.655.978
C. Davis1BBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz22732348.318.423.6361.059
J. HardySSBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz19722315.368.400.6841.084
A. JonesOFBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz329521123.281.316.563.878
H. RamirezSSBOS vs BAL
7:10PM
B. Norris15621300.400.400.6671.067
J. JayOFSTL @ MIA
7:10PM
M. Latos301120126.367.424.433.858
Y. MolinaCSTL @ MIA
7:10PM
M. Latos311241505.387.387.581.968
A. Lind1BMIL vs NYM
8:10PM
B. Colon19621110.316.350.526.876
A. JacksonOFSEA vs KC
10:10PM
D. Duffy20631145.300.417.550.967
M. KempOFSD @ SF
10:15PM
R. Vogelsong351241745.343.410.543.953
B. Belt1BSF vs SD
10:15PM
I. Kennedy2810524310.357.419.7141.134
B. PoseyCSF vs SD
10:15PM
I. Kennedy371530345.405.463.486.950
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 24, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Chris SaleCWS @ MIN
1:10PM
1855019626849.270.310.442.752
Phil HughesMIN vs CWS
1:10PM
1564012214536.256.291.369.660
Jordan ZimmermannWAS vs ATL
7:05PM
9323219313.247.271.291.561
Cold Batter Matchups – June 24, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. Kipnis2BCLE vs DET
12:10PM
J. Verlander363104613.083.205.111.316
C. Headley3BNYY vs PHI
1:05PM
C. Hamels28720208.250.250.321.571
G. Beckham2BCWS @ MIN
1:10PM
P. Hughes18220207.111.111.222.333
A. EatonOFCWS @ MIN
1:10PM
P. Hughes18320012.167.211.333.544
E. EscobarSSMIN vs CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale15410205.267.267.333.600
E. NunezSSMIN vs CWS
1:10PM
C. Sale15331102.200.200.533.733
C. Johnson3BATL @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann18410302.222.222.278.500
A. SimmonsSSATL @ WAS
7:05PM
J. Zimmermann19300003.158.158.158.316
S. MarteOFPIT vs CIN
7:05PM
M. Leake30621109.200.250.333.583
T. SniderOFBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz17100119.059.111.059.170
M. WietersCBAL @ BOS
7:10PM
C. Buchholz30620144.200.294.267.561
M. Napoli1BBOS vs BAL
7:10PM
B. Norris15200108.133.133.133.267
G. BlancoOFSF vs SD
10:15PM
I. Kennedy27510133.185.267.259.526
A. PaganOFSF vs SD
10:15PM
I. Kennedy33610114.182.206.212.418
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 24, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Carlos CarrascoCLE vs DET
12:10PM
12541142131027.328.382.483.866
Gerrit ColePIT vs CIN
7:05PM
6421539516.328.377.516.893
Recommended Pickup

Robbie Ray, P, ARI - Ray has done everything he can to keep his starting spot when Archie Bradley (shoulder) and Patrick Corbin (elbow) are ready to go. In four starts for the D'Backs before Saturday's start, Ray allowed just three runs over 24.2 innings along with a 0.97 WHIP. In addition, Ray's velocity has averaged 93.7 after sitting at 91.3 last year, though he has just a 16:7 K:BB ratio after striking out 57 in 41.2 innings at Triple-A Reno. After struggling at Triple-A and in the majors at Detroit last year, Ray got a new lease on life coming coming to the D'Backs in a three-team deal with the Tigers and Yankees. He has more than made the most of it, using his fastball, change-up and improving slider to retire hitters.

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SS - J.J. Hardy, BAL ($3,300)
OF - Marcell Ozuna, MIA ($3,600)

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