Thursday Lineup Card: Morrison To The Rescue?
Thursday Lineup Card: Morrison To The Rescue?

This article is part of our The Lineup Card series.

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

Athletics (Drew Pomeranz – L) at Mariners (Ricky Nolasco – R), 1:10
Dodgers (Carlos Frias – R) at Brewers (Mike Fiers – R), 1:40
Cubs (Jake Arrieta – R) at Cardinals (John Lackey – R), 1:45
Indians (Corey Kluber – R) at Royals (Edinson Volquez – R), 2:10
Tigers (Kyle Lobstein – L) at White Sox (Jose Quintana – L), 2:10
Orioles (Chris Tillman – R) at Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi – R), 7:05
Reds (Anthony DeSclafani – R) at Pirates (A.J. Burnett – R), 7:05
Rangers (Nick Martinez – R) at Rays (Chris Archer – R), 7:10
Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne – R) at Diamondbacks (Rubby De La Rosa – R), 9:40
Astros (Collin McHugh – R) at Angels (Hector Santiago – L), 10:05
Marlins (Dan Haren – R) at Giants (Tim Hudson – R), 10:15

Day Game After Night Game: OAK/SEA, LAD/MIL, CHC/STL, CLE/KC, DET/CHW

Injuries

Day-to-Day

Leonys Martin, OF, TEX (Wrist) – Expected to be out of action until Friday.
Brett Gardner, OF, NYY (Neck) – Did not play Wednesday due to a stiff neck.
Danny Valencia, 3B, TOR (Ankle) – Should be ready to play on Friday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS (Shoulder) – Did not play Wednesday, but could get some swings in the cage on Thursday with the anticipation of a weekend return.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN (Wrist) – Missed Wednesday's game.
George Springer, OF, HOU (Head) – Will undergo further testing after receiving a concussion test on Tuesday.
Steve Pearce, OF, BAL (Illness) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Michael Saunders, OF, TOR (Knee) – Did not play on Wednesday.
Jayson Werth, OF, WAS (Shoulder) – May return to action on Friday.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS (Shoulder) – Dealing with shoulder irritation with no formal diagnosis as of yet.

Players on the DL

Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD (Hamstring) – Will play on Thursday at DH for the Dodgers' High-A affiliate.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK (Knee) – Is feeling pain-free during his rehab assignment and is on target for an end of May return.
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK (Shoulder) – Expected to throw to hitters on Friday.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET (Triceps) – Threw 50 times on Wednesday and will likely stay on flat ground over his next few outings.
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL (Shoulder) – Will start a rehab assignment on Sunday.
Wesley Wright, RP, BAL (Shoulder) – Expected to throw from the mound on Monday.
Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BAL (Groin) – Expected to be activated from the DL on Friday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX (Elbow) – Hit in a batting cage on Wednesday, and could start a rehab assignment on Monday.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL (Shoulder) – Could return to action on Thursday after reports of feeling "fine" during rehab.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR (Ribs) – Did some running on Wednesday and will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
Jordan Walden, RP, STL (Biceps) – Expected to miss 6-to-10 weeks.
Erik Kratz, C, KC (Foot) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Gregorio Petit, SS, NYY (Hand) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC (Concussion) – Fielded groundballs on Wednesday.
Jake Peavy, SP, SF (Back) – Expected to throw a bullpen session on Friday.
Hunter Pence, OF, SF (Forearm) – Has progressed well in batting practice and could begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.
Andrew Lambo, OF, PIT (Foot) – Was placed on the 15-day DL.
Jake McGee, RP, TB (Elbow) – Threw a scoreless inning on Tuesday night during his third rehab appearance.
Nick Franklin, 2B, TB (Oblique) – Went 1-for-3 in his first rehab game at Triple-A Durham.
Randal Grichuk, OF, STL (Back) – Expected to take at-bats in extended spring training games with the hopes of avoiding a rehab assignment.
Sean O'Sullivan, SP, PHI (Knee) – Expected to only need one rehab assignment before returning from the DL.

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

Activated from the DL

Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
Jose Pirela, 2B, NYY
Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
Justin Grimm, RP, CHC
Greg Holland, RP, KC

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

Gregorio Petit, SS, NYY
Erik Kratz, C, KC
Andrew Lambo, OF, PIT

Called Up

Chris Rusin, RP, COL
Francisco Pena, C, KC
Williams Perez, RP, ATL
Matt Szczur, OF, CHC
Joe Wieland, SP, CHC
Steve Lombardozzi, 2B, PIT
Doug Bernier, SS, MIN
Robbie Ray, SP, ARI

Sent Down (to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)

Javy Guerra, RP, CHW
Michael Kohn, RP, ATL
Craig Gentry, OF, OAK
Anthony Varvaro, RP, CHC
Junior Lake, OF, CHC
Daniel Coulombe, RP, LAD
Yohan Pino, RP, KC

Released

Blake Parker, RP, CHC

Signed>

Michael Blanke, C, BOS

Closer Watch

Washington Nationals – Drew Storen locked down his 8th save of the season on Wednesday, making his owners feel extra squishy inside for snagging him in drafts. Storen has a miniscule 1.50 ERA, with a 13:3 K:BB in 12 IP this season. Feel safe if Storen is one of your closers this season.

Tampa Bay Rays – You have to wonder how the Rays bullpen situation will unfold, with the most recent news that Jake McGee is doing well in his rehab assignment. It's starting to look like McGee will only need a few more outings before being activated from the disabled list. What does that mean for current closer Brad Boxberger? It's tough to say, even though I did touch on the subject not long ago. I still believe McGee gets a shot to close out games, even with Boxberger racking up his 7th save of the season on Wednesday; it's not going to be easy to just shuffle him aside. We should see a shared closer's role once McGee proves he's healthy, at least from the onset of his activation.

Key Matchups

Hot Batter Matchups – May 7, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Adams1BSTL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Arrieta12510324.417.500.5001.000
M. Cabrera1BDET @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Quintana23831324.348.400.565.965
R. DavisOFDET @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Quintana291141214.379.400.586.986
V. Martinez1BDET @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Quintana211010300.476.476.5241.000
M. Moustakas3BKC vs CLE
2:10PM
C. Kluber251161325.440.481.7601.241
J. Votto1BCIN @ PIT
7:05PM
A. Burnett23811556.348.464.478.943
S. DrewSSNYY vs BAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman15531322.333.412.7331.145
A. Rodriguez3BNYY vs BAL
7:05PM
C. Tillman10533712.500.5451.4001.945
D. PeraltaOFARI vs SD
9:40PM
O. Despaigne10410011.400.500.6001.100
M. TrumboOFARI vs SD
9:40PM
O. Despaigne11410311.364.417.455.871
K. CalhounOFLAA vs HOU
10:05PM
C. McHugh12510002.417.417.500.917
A. Pujols1BLAA vs HOU
10:05PM
C. McHugh10311313.300.364.600.964
Hot Pitcher Matchups – May 7, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jake ArrietaCHC @ STL
1:45PM
109207151332.183.270.256.526
Odrisamer DespaigneSD @ ARI
9:40PM
691430589.203.292.250.542
Collin McHughHOU @ LAA
10:05PM
6814418420.206.273.302.575
Tim HudsonSF vs MIA
10:15PM
13831616419.225.252.289.541
Cold Batter Matchups – May 7, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Matchup Stats
Batter
Pos
Game
Pitcher
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
M. Carpenter3BSTL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Arrieta13000054.000.278.000.278
M. HollidayOFSTL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Arrieta15100025.067.176.067.243
Y. MolinaCSTL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Arrieta10200004.200.200.200.400
K. Wong2BSTL vs CHC
1:45PM
J. Arrieta12200004.167.167.167.333
N. Castellanos3BDET @ CWS
2:10PM
J. Quintana13300104.231.231.231.462
L. CainOFKC vs CLE
2:10PM
C. Kluber19300103.158.158.158.316
A. GordonOFKC vs CLE
2:10PM
C. Kluber275326110.185.267.444.711
E. Hosmer1BKC vs CLE
2:10PM
C. Kluber27542826.185.241.481.723
S. PerezCKC vs CLE
2:10PM
C. Kluber18320126.167.238.278.516
E. CabreraSSBAL @ NYY
7:05PM
N. Eovaldi11200014.182.250.182.432
J. BruceOFCIN @ PIT
7:05PM
A. Burnett293103211.103.152.138.289
M. ByrdOFCIN @ PIT
7:05PM
A. Burnett19400113.211.250.211.461
T. Frazier3BCIN @ PIT
7:05PM
A. Burnett14211213.143.188.357.545
E. InciarteOFARI vs SD
9:40PM
O. Despaigne12210000.167.167.250.417
D. Freese3BLAA vs HOU
10:05PM
C. McHugh11100103.091.167.091.258
G. StantonOFMIA @ SF
10:15PM
T. Hudson18300006.167.167.167.333
Cold Pitcher Matchups – May 7, 2015
Matchup Info
Career Stats Allowed To Batters On Opposing Team
Pitcher
Game
AB
H
XBH
HR
RBI
BB
K
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Jose QuintanaCWS vs DET
2:10PM
1444919621623.340.367.565.932
Recommended Pickup

Logan Morrison, OF, Seattle Mariners – I'm betting Morrison is available in most mixed-league settings, although if he continues to hit the way he has over the last week he won't be available for long. Over his MLB career, Morrison hasn't lived up to his status as a one-time top prospect, although at some point I think he puts it together. Is this it? Has Morrison figured it all out? It's possible, although unlikely, but I'm happy to take a chance on him as a role player for my clubs considering his current hot streak. As of April 29, Morrison is 13-for-26 (.500 AVG), with six runs scored, three homers and 5 RBI.

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DraftKings Value Picks

SP: Tim Hudson, SF ($6,700)
C: Brian McCann, NYY ($3,900)
1B: Ike Davis, OAK ($2,600)
2B: Kolten Wong, STL ($3,800)
SS: Addison Russell, CHC ($3,600)
3B: Mike Moustakas, KC ($3,500)
OF: Jorge Soler, CHC ($3,900)

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