Monday Lineup Card: Extend An Olivera Branch
Monday Lineup Card: Extend An Olivera Branch

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

COL (Jon Gray - R) at NYM (Jon Niese - L) 7:10 PM
DET (Matt Boyd - L) at KC (Johnny Cueto - R) 8:00 PM
LAA (Hector Santiago - L) at CWS (Chris Sale - L) 8:10 PM
PHI (Aaron Harang - R) at ARI (Rubby De La Rosa - R) 9:40 PM
BAL (Wei-Yin Chen - L) at SEA (Vidal Nuno - L) 10:10 PM
WAS (Gio Gonzalez - L) at LAD (Brett Anderson - L) 10:10 PM
CIN (David Holmberg - L) at SD (Ian Kennedy - R) 10:10 PM

Day Game After Night Game: - None

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Norichika Aoki, OF, SF (head) – Left Sunday's game after he was hit in the head by a pitch.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (finger) – Was held out of Sunday's lineup due to left middle finger irritation.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD (leg) – Left Sunday's game with a left leg injury.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS (foot) – Missed his second straight game Sunday due to a foot injury.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS (thumb) – Was held out of Sunday's lineup but hopes to play Tuesday against the Marlins.
Koji Uehara, P, BOS (wrist) – Will not be available to pitch until Tuesday at the earliest.
Alex Wilson, P, DET (shoulder) – Was unavailable to pitch Saturday night due to right shoulder fatigue.

Out

Jose Fernandez, P, MIA (shoulder) – Expected to be placed on the DL.

Players on the DL

Mookie Betts, OF, BOS (concussion) – Was sent to Double-A Portland Sunday to begin a rehab assignment.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET (calf) – Will likely run the bases and take live batting practice Tuesday.
Corey Dickerson, OF, COL (ribs) – Has broken ribs but the Rockies have yet to release a timetable for his return.
Alex Gordon, OF, KC (groin) – Could begin a minor league rehab assignment in late August or early September.
Matt Holliday, OF, STL (quadriceps) – Is likely to return this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE (shoulder) – Indians GM is optimistic he'll be ready to come off the DL when first eligible on August 17.
Steven Matz, P, NYM (side) – Is expected to throw a bullpen session next week.
Joe Panik, 2B, SF (back) – Dealing with lower back inflammation.
James Paxton, P, SEA (finger) – Threw 25 fastballs during Sunday's bullpen session and experienced no pain afterwards.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS (hamstring) – Expected to resume baseball activities this weekend.
Michael Pineda, P, NYY (shoulder) – Played catch Thursday and will throw again Saturday.
Steven Souza, OF, TB (hand) – Aiming to rejoin the Rays by mid-September.
Denard Span, OF, WAS (back) – Is unsure if he'll return this season.
George Springer, OF, HOU (wrist) – Expected to see a doctor for a follow up late next week.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA (wrist) – Experiencing soreness while hitting off a tee.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR (shoulder) – Dealing with a shoulder strain.

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

Called Up

Tom Gorzelanny, P, DET
Munenori Kawasaki, SS, TOR
Paulo Orlando, OF, KC
Cliff Pennington, SS, TOR
Oliver Perez, P, HOU

Sent Down (to Triple-A unless otherwise noted)

Cam Bedrosian, P, LAA
Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, KC
Shane Greene, P, DET
Taylor Thompson, P, OAK
Asher Wojciechowski, P, HOU

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

Jered Weaver, P, LAA

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

None

Claimed

None

Designated for Assignment

None

Signed

Nick Additon, P, BAL

Released

None

Traded

None

Closer Watch

Chicago Cubs - Hector Rondon allowed two hits Sunday, but struck out three against the Giants to earn his 19th save of the season.

Colorado Rockies - Tommy Kahnle walked two batters Sunday, but held the Nationals scoreless during the ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.

Houston Astros - Luke Gregerson allowed two runs on four hits and a walk to blow his fifth save of the season and take the loss against the Athletics.

Kansas City Royals - With Greg Holland unavailable Sunday after pitching in the previous two games, Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the White Sox to earn his second save of the season.

Miami Marlins - A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday on only seven pitches (all for strikes) against the Braves to earn his 18th save of the season.

Milwaukee Brewers - Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Cardinals to earn his 26th save of the season.

Philadelphia Phillies - Ken Giles allowed a run on two hits but struck out three Sunday against the Padres to earn his sixth save of the season.

Seattle Mariners - Carson Smith pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Rangers to earn his 12th save of the season.

Tampa Bay Rays - With Brad Boxberger unavailable Sunday after pitching in the previous two games, Jake McGee pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets to earn his sixth save of the season.

Toronto Blue Jays - Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Yankees to earn his 10th save of the season.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – August 10, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
P. Goldschmidt1BARI vs PHI
9:40PM
A. Harang15642564.400.571.9331.505
J. SaltalamacchiaCARI vs PHI
9:40PM
A. Harang14630313.429.412.6431.055
M. ByrdOFCIN @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy18522713.278.300.611.911
S. SchumakerOFCIN @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy26930223.346.393.462.854
J. Votto1BCIN @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy12520131.417.533.5831.117
Hot Pitcher Matchups – August 10, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Gio GonzalezWAS @ LAD
10:10PM
114256071424.219.305.282.587
Wei-Yin ChenBAL @ SEA
10:10PM
10115612729.149.204.239.442
Cold Batter Matchups – August 10, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
C. GonzalezOFCOL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese10210124.200.333.300.633
J. ReyesSSCOL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese13200030.154.313.154.466
D. StubbsOFCOL @ NYM
7:10PM
J. Niese16200006.125.125.125.250
A. Pujols1BLAA @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale12111103.083.083.333.417
M. TroutOFLAA @ CWS
8:10PM
C. Sale11211423.182.308.455.762
J. BruceOFCIN @ SD
10:10PM
I. Kennedy15210005.133.133.200.333
A. Gonzalez1BLAD vs WAS
10:10PM
G. Gonzalez14200114.143.200.143.343
J. Montero1BSEA vs BAL
10:10PM
W. Chen10110013.100.182.300.482
K. Seager3BSEA vs BAL
10:10PM
W. Chen20100015.050.095.050.145
Cold Pitcher Matchups – August 10, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Aaron HarangPHI @ ARI
9:40PM
712010412817.282.353.563.916
Recommended Pickup

Hector Olivera, 2B, ATL - Olivera, traded to the Braves as part of a three-team deal and sidelined with a hamstring injury, could be activated in about two weeks. Olivera is hitting well over .300 in limited action in the minors this year and should play every day at third base when he's activated, replacing Adonis Garcia. Atlanta is investing $6.5 million for each of the next five years, which gives them ample incentive to see what Olivera can do.

Other Recent Recommendations:Luis Severino, Kyle Parker, Michael Taylor, Yangervis Solarte, Matt Shoemaker and Jesus Montero.

DraftKings Value Picks

SP - Jon Niese, NYM (6,800)
C - Mike Zunino, SEA ($2,400)
1B - Ryan Zimmerman, WAS ($3,400)
2B - Anthony Rendon, WAS ($3,200)
3B - Daniel Murphy, NYM ($3,400)
SS - J.J. Hardy, BAL ($2,900)
OF - Yasiel Puig, LAD ($3,000)

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