I'd like to thank all those members of the U.S. armed forces who have given their lives for our freedom. It's because of them that we're able to have elections instead of violent overthrows, disagree with anyone about issues large and small, and even write blog posts in our pajamas. Happy Memorial Day, everyone.
We got a terrific outing from A.J. Burnett on Friday, a blah performance from Felipe Paulino on Saturday, and a solid effort from Hector Noesi on Sunday. With the streaming starter record up to 34-21 for the season, today's selection is the surging Phil Hughes (owned in 11.8 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Angels, while Tuesday's is Oakland rookie Jarrod Parker (1.8 percent owned) against the Twins. I don't love the Parker pick, but I didn't like the alternatives, either.
On to the news:
- Been wondering why Roy Halladay has been pitching like a mere mortal lately? We may have a reason, as he left Sunday's start after two bad innings due to a sore shoulder. Halladay's condition will be re-evaluated early this week, and his status for Saturday's scheduled start is TBD. Your safe bet is to bench Halladay until we know his prognosis.
- Dodgers OF Matt Kemp hit a home run in his latest rehab game on Sunday, and is expected to come off the DL in time for Tuesday's game against the Brewers. Get Kemp in your weekly league lineup.
- Speaking of the Dodgers, SP Ted Lilly is headed to the DL with a shoulder injury, and will be replaced in the rotation on Tuesday by 22-year-old Nathan Eovaldi (3.09 ERA at Double A). Eovaldi might have a bright future, but he shouldn't be targeted now beyond NL-only leagues.
- D-backs SP Daniel Hudson was OK in his return to the mound on Sunday.
- Brandon League has been temporarily relieved of his closer duties for the Mariners. Manager Eric Wedge said that he'll use a matchup-based approach until League gets things straightened out, but if you're looking to speculate, hard-throwing Tom Wilhelmsen is the best option.
- It sounds like the Padres are about to activate OF Carlos Quentin from the DL. I'd get Quentin into a weekly lineup if I had him.
- Torii Hunter is back with the Angels, and his status for tonight's game will be determined following an afternoon workout. If Hunter isn't activated today, he probably will be tomorrow.
- Remember when we thought Blue Jays' closer Sergio Santos would be back by now? Santos is still on the DL with his shoulder injury, hasn't thrown off a mound yet, and has an uncertain return timetable. He's at least a few weeks away.
- In other Blue Jays' injury news, SS Yunel Escobar is day-to-day with a groin injury, and 2B Kelly Johnson (hamstring) hopes to play today after missing a couple of games over the weekend.
- The Angels won three games over the weekend, with Scott Downs getting saves on Friday and Sunday, and Ernesto Frieri closing things out on Saturday. Frieri's K/BB ratio (41/12 in 22 2/3 innings) makes him really interesting.
- Cardinals 1B/OF Allen Craig is expected to come off the DL sometime during the team's 10-day road trip. It can't be before Friday, though.
- The A's will activate 3B Brandon Inge from the DL today. After going five-for-five with two homers and seven RBI in a Triple-A rehab game on Saturday, Inge is probably ready, right?
- Manny Ramirez is eligible to join the A's on Wednesday, but the team hasn't committed to activating him yet. Ramirez is batting .214 with no homers and a .505 OPS in eight games at Triple A so far. While waiting for Ramirez to return, read this interesting feature about him.
- There will be plenty of afternoon games today, while the Astros and Rockies have a doubleheader scheduled. Set your lineups accordingly.
- White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) hopes to come off the DL next week.
- With Chien-Ming Wang set to start on Wednesday, the Nationals have sent lefty Ross Detwiler to the bullpen.
- In other Nats' news, catcher Jesus Flores is day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
- The Giants seem to think that 3B Pablo Sandoval (hand) is two weeks away from returning to the lineup.
- What black cat ran in front of the Brewers' charter jet this spring? 1B Travis Ishikawa (oblique) is on the DL.
- Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring) probably won't return to the lineup today, but he hopes to do so Tuesday or Wednesday. In other Tribe news, SP Josh Tomlin will come off the DL to start today, and the team website's beat writer tweeted this morning that 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was pulled from Sunday's Triple-A game. That's often the indication of an imminent promotion.
- Jorge De La Rosa's latest rehab start wasn't so good. He's probably a few starts away from rejoining the Rockies.
- With rookie Rafael Dolis out as the Cubs' closer, lefty James Russell appears to be next in line, though Shawn Camp might get a shot, too.
- I hate the Red Sox as much as the next guy, but Clay Buchholz's strong Sunday outing was his second good one over his last three starts. That might not sound like much, but he's gotta start somewhere, right?
- Brian McCann (flu) hopes to be back in the Braves' lineup today, while 1B Freddie Freeman is still waiting for his new prescription glasses to arrive. No, I'm not making that up. Keep Freeman out of your lineup until you know he can see clearly.
- The Diamondbacks hope to get newly wealthy catcher Miguel Montero (groin) back in their lineup today.
See you back here tomorrow morning.
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