Daisuke Matsuzaka will return to the Red Sox rotation on Saturday. I'll take the over on 100 pitches through five innings, if he gets that far. Who wants the under?
Clayton Richards' blah start dropped our streaming starter record to 39-25 for the season. Today's pick is Houston's J.A. Happ (owned in 4.6 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Cardinals, while Friday's choice is Kevin Millwood (3.3 percent owned) at home against the Dodgers. In Wednesday's post, I had tabbed Edinson Volquez for today, but he's been pushed to Friday at Milwaukee, and I don't like him away from PETCO.
On to the news:
- The Angels plan to start Kendrys Morales at least twice at first base during their upcoming interleague stretch against the Rockies and Dodgers, with Albert Pujols moving to third base for those games. Pujols has made one appearance at the hot corner this season, so keep an eye on the Angels' lineup over the next week, and check your league's positional eligibility rules if you own him. This could get very interesting.
- Tigers OF Austin Jackson will begin a rehab assignment today, and hopes to return within a few days. Barring any setbacks, you can plan to activate Jackson next week. I think his breakout (.958 OPS in 36 games) is for real, by the way.
- Rays 3B Evan Longoria, who has been on the DL since May 1 with a hamstring injury, hopes to begin a rehab assignment by this weekend, and may be able to return to the lineup 7-10 days after that. If you own Longoria, your long era of suffering is probably almost over.
- Tom Wilhelmsen got his second save for the Mariners last night. If the M's are still pretending they have a closer committee, Wilhelmsen is the chairman.
- There are six afternoon games on today's schedule, including three 1:05 p.m. ET starts. Set your lineups accordingly.
- D-backs SP Wade Miley hurled another gem last night, and is now 7-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Does anyone else know why Miley's walk rate is better this season than it was at any of his minor-league stops over the last four years? Color me skeptical.
- In other news from the desert, OF Justin Upton was benched Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort to clear his head or something. Look for Upton to play again Friday.
- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw 32 pitches last night en route to his third save in as many days. Jansen won't pitch today, and might be held out Friday as well.
- Royals SP Felipe Paulino left Wednesday's game during the first inning due to a strained groin. His prognosis is TBD.
- In other Royals' news, catcher Salvador Perez has been assigned to Triple A as part of his rehab assignment, and should return before the end of June.
- Brandon Moss (15 HRs at Triple A) has been called up to be the A's new first baseman. You may remember the 28-year-old Moss as a power-challenged outfielder who came up through the Red Sox system, but he surpassed 20 homers at Triple A in both 2010 (Pirates) and 2011 (Phillies). Moss can be targeted in AL-only leagues, but don't expect too much.
- Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia will have his shoulder examined today, and isn't expected to make his next start.
- Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis is on the DL with a back injury.
- Been wondering about Derek Holland's recent struggles? He's apparently lost 15 pounds over the last month due to a stomach virus. They think he's getting better now, though.
- Reds OF Drew Stubbs is day-to-day with an oblique injury, and they're trying to keep him off the DL. We should know more in a day or two.
- Braves 1B Freddie Freeman left Wednesday's game with a bruised finger on his left hand, and is day-to-day. On the bright side, he can probably see the bruise on his finger very clearly, thanks to his spiffy new glasses.
- The Braves don't seem sure if 3B Chipper Jones will go on a rehab assignment this weekend before coming off the DL.
- The Giants are targeting a Tuesday return for 3B Pablo Sandoval. Bruce Bochy didn't make any more comments about Sandoval's weight when discussing the timetable, so that's a good sign, right?
- White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (wrist) might be back in the lineup tonight, but it's not a guarantee.
- Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion hasn't swung a bat since bruising hit right hand on Sunday. The Jays don't think that E5 will need a DL stint, but let's see what happens over the next couple of days.
See you back here tomorrow morning.