Monday Lineup Card: Cain Is Able

Monday Lineup Card: Cain Is Able

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

TEX (Wandy Rodriguez - L) at BAL (Bud Norris - R) 7:00 PM
MIL (Jimmy Nelson - R) at PHI (Sean O'Sullivan - R) 7:05 PM
BOS (Clay Buchholz - R) at TOR (R.A. Dickey - R) 7:07 PM
MIN (Mike Pelfrey - R) at CIN (Mike Leake - R) 7:10 PM
CLE (Cody Anderson - R) at TB (Nate Karns - R) 7:10 PM
KC (Joe Blanton - R) at HOU (Lance McCullers - R) 8:10 PM
LAD (Michael Bolsinger - R) at ARI (Allen Webster - R) 9:40 PM
NYY (C.C. Sabathia - L) at LAA (C.J. Wilson - L) 10:05 PM
COL (David Hale - R) at OAK (Kendall Graveman - R) 10:05 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Erick Aybar, SS, LAA (hamstring) – Expects to rejoin the Angels' lineup Monday.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC (hamstring) – Tweaked his hamstring during Saturday's game and was held out of the lineup Sunday.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL (finger) – Optimistic he'll make his next start.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC (finger) – Left Sunday's game but thinks he'll be able to play Monday.
Jaime Garcia, P, STL (groin) – Will be pushed back from his scheduled start Tuesday.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC (finger) – Will likely be held out of the lineup Monday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, SD (ankle) – Left Sunday's game and the extent of his injury is unknown.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN (hand) – Left Sunday's game with injuries to both hands.
Colby Rasmus, OF, HOU (illness) – Missed his second straight game Sunday due to a skin infection.

Out

Tim Lincecum, P, SF (arm) – Likely headed for the DL.
Jenrry Mejia, P, NYM (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension. Eligible to return July 7.
Hanley Ramirez, OF, BOS (hand) – Headed back to Boston for an MRI.
Ervin Santana, P, MIN (suspension) – Serving an 80-game suspension. On track to make his season debut July 5.

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) – Threw a bullpen session Saturday and is working his way back from his second DL stint this season.
Archie Bradley, P, ARI (shoulder) – Will get a second opinion on his ailing shoulder from Dr. James Andrews.
Byron Buxton, OF, MIN (thumb) – Expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a left thumb sprain.
Matt Cain, P, SF (forearm) – Expects to rejoin the Giants early next week.
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) – Began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (foot) – Is without a timetable to return after hitting the DL on Wednesday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY (knee) – Expects to begin a rehab assignment this week.
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.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (quadriceps) – Took batting practice Saturday but has yet to resume running. Expected to be shelved close to the All-Star break.
Ender Inciarte, OF, ARI (hamstring) – Expected to miss more than the minimum 15 days on the DL.
Hisashi Iwakuma, P, SEA (shoulder) – Will start for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU (thumb) – Expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN (hip) – Will undergo season-ending surgery on June 29.
Andrew Miller, P, NYY (forearm) – Made 45 throws from 100 feet on Saturday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL (head) – Remains without a timetable to return from the DL.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM (quadriceps) – Expected to be activated from the DL on Tuesday.
Wil Myers, P, SD (wrist) – Hopes to return in 4-to-6 weeks.
Jake Odorizzi, P, TB (oblique) – Will make a rehab start with High-A Charlotte on Thursday and hopes to rejoin the Rays shortly thereafter.
James Paxton, P, SEA (finger) – Played catch at Safeco Field on Friday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (hamstring) – Will be out at least 2 weeks.
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) – Took some groundballs Wednesday, but felt continued discomfort in his sprained right shoulder.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS (quadriceps) – Hit the DL on Friday, but the injury doesn't appear to be related to the left knee and left oblique issues he was dealing with earlier this season.
Aaron Sanchez, P, TOR (upper body) – Threw for the first time in two weeks Monday and was pain free.
Jorge Soler, OF, CHC (ankle) – Will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Monday.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (wrist) – Will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI (ankle) – Unsure how long he'll be sidelined.
Yordano Ventura, P, KC (hand) – Will make another rehab start before rejoining the Royals.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA (hip) – Doesn't expect to return until after the All-Star break.
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) – Is progressing but has yet to resume baseball activities.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS (foot) – Ran on a treadmill and took throws at first base on Wednesday.

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

Called Up

Wilmer Difo, SS, WAS
Michael Feliz, P, HOU
Severino Gonzalez, P, PHI
Gorkys Hernandez, OF, PIT
Ryan Kelly, P, ATL
Steve Lombardozzi, 2B, PIT
Steven Matz, P, NYM
T.J. McFarland, P, BAL
Toru Murata, P, CLE
Esmil Rogers, P, NYY
Grady Sizemore, OF, TB

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Matt Andriese, P, TB
Edgar Ibarra, P, LAA
Erik Kratz, C, BOS
Sugar Ray Marimon, P, ATL
Brett Oberholtzer, P, HOU
Gregorio Petit, SS, NYY

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

Jason Bourgeois, OF, CIN (60-day DL)
Neil Ramirez, P, CHC

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

Slade Heathcott, OF, NYY (60-day DL)
Desmond Jennings, OF, TB (60-day DL)
Jon Moscot, P, CIN (60-day DL)
Tsuyoshi Wada, P, CHC

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

Jose Tabata, OF, PIT
Chris Volstad, P, PIT

Signed

D.J. Stewart, OF, BAL

Released

Scott Atchison, P, CLE

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Atlanta Braves - Jason Grilli allowed a run in the ninth inning Sunday against the Pirates, but still preserved a 2-1 victory for the Braves to earn his 21st save of the season.

Arizona Diamondbacks - Brad Ziegler walked one but struck out two during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Padres to earn his 12th save of the season.

Boston Red Sox - Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Rays to earn his 16th save of the season.

Houston Astros - Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Yankees to earn his 18th save of the season.

Kansas City Royals - With Greg Holland unavailable Sunday after pitching both Friday and Saturday, Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the A's to earn his ninth save of the season.

Los Angeles Angels - Huston Street allowed a game-tying home run in the ninth inning Sunday against the Mariners to blow his third save of the season.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Kenley Jansen struck out two during a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Marlins to earn his 11th save of the season.

Philadelphia Phillies - Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Nationals to earn his 14th save of the season.

San Francisco Giants - Santiago Casilla pitched two-thirds scoreless innings Sunday against the Rockies to earn his 21st save of the season.

Toronto Blue Jays - Roberto Osuna allowed a hit but struck out two over 1.1 scoreless innings Sunday against the Rangers to earn his second save of the season.

Washington Nationals - Drew Storen pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Phillies to earn his 23rd save of the season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – June 29, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. HardySSBAL vs TEX
7:05PM
W. Rodriguez24762323.292.346.7081.054
X. BogaertsSSBOS @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey20820302.400.400.500.900
M. Napoli1BBOS @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey22731636.318.423.545.969
D. OrtizDHBOS @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey25953847.360.448.8001.248
P. Sandoval3BBOS @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey22751503.318.318.636.955
R. Goins2BTOR vs BOS
7:07PM
C. Buchholz19920603.474.474.6321.105
R. MartinCTOR vs BOS
7:07PM
C. Buchholz19644703.316.316.9471.263
B. Phillips2BCIN vs MIN
7:10PM
M. Pelfrey19721411.368.400.579.979
J. Votto1BCIN vs MIN
7:10PM
M. Pelfrey14543513.357.4001.0711.471
M. TroutOFLAA vs NYY
10:05PM
C. Sabathia11431123.364.462.8181.280
Hot Pitcher Matchups – June 29, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
CC SabathiaNYY @ LAA
10:05PM
6512522620.185.265.339.604
C.J. WilsonLAA vs NYY
10:05PM
1222394111031.189.265.326.592
Cold Batter Matchups – June 29, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
J. BradleyOFBOS @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey16211414.125.176.313.489
B. Holt3BBOS @ TOR
7:07PM
R. Dickey12200004.167.231.167.397
J. Donaldson3BTOR vs BOS
7:07PM
C. Buchholz10210213.200.273.300.573
E. Encarnacion1BTOR vs BOS
7:07PM
C. Buchholz35722485.200.349.371.720
E. AybarSSLAA vs NYY
10:05PM
C. Sabathia14200002.143.200.143.343
A. Rodriguez3BNYY @ LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson24310244.125.323.167.489
M. Teixeira1BNYY @ LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson25211254.080.233.200.433
C. YoungOFNYY @ LAA
10:05PM
C. Wilson17221108.118.118.353.471
Cold Pitcher Matchups – June 29, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
R.A. DickeyTOR vs BOS
7:07PM
1484519629929.304.353.526.879
Mike PelfreyMIN @ CIN
7:10PM
631984939.302.345.570.915
Recommended Pickup

Matt Cain, P, SF - Cain, who had bone chips removed from his elbow last August and has been sidelined all season with a strained forearm, made the last of his rehab starts Thursday and should rejoin the Giants to start July 3. That start was his third rehab outing, with the last two coming at Triple-A Sacramento. Cain has posted a 15:3 K:BB ratio over 13.2 innings during his rehab, so he could use some more innings and get closer to 100 pitches before rejoining San Francisco, as he only went 5.2 innings but threw 98 pitches Thursday. He will either take Chris Heston's spot or replace Tim Hudson or Tim Lincecum, either of whom could land on the disabled list.

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DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Kendall Graveman, OAK (6,200)
C - Blake Swihart, BOS ($3,100)
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2B - Logan Forsythe, TB ($3,600)
3B - Joey Gallo, TEX ($3,300)
SS - Xander Bogaerts, BOS ($3,600)
OF - Shin-Soo Choo, TEX ($3,500)

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