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Week 10 Fantasy Pitching Planner

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The carousel of pitchers entering and leaving the disabled list continues to turn. Kyle McClellan and Sean O'Sullivan are among the latest starting pitchers to go on the DL, while others, including Matt Garza and Francisco Liriano, prepare to rejoin their rotations for Fantasy Week 10 (June 6-12).

There are plenty of pitchers who are potentially close to activation, but with few sure things, many rotations enter the upcoming scoring period in a state of flux. Will Astros prospect Jordan Lyles get another start or will he have to make way for a recovering Wandy Rodriguez? We know that Daisuke Matsuzaka's season is over, as he awaits Tommy John surgery, but what does that mean for current starters Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves? And what is the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of Josh Johnson and his ailing shoulder?

This week's Pitching Planner sorts out all of these ruffled rotations, as well as the more stable ones. Use the tool below to view the likely starters for each team in Week 10. To isolate the rotation for a particular team, just use the team selector check boxes at the top of the tool. For more detailed information on all two-start pitchers, several one-start options, and every pitcher affected by movement on and off the DL, check out the analyses further down below.

Advisable Two-Start Pitchers (Standard Mixed Leagues)

Scott Baker, Minnesota: Baker has been a little wilder than normal this year, but he is getting more than enough punchouts and flyouts to make up for it. He's worth a shot in most weeks in which he has two starts, and he should produce enough in his start at the Indians to weather a potentially tough assignment at home against the Rangers.

Kevin Correia, Pittsburgh: Like his teammate, Charlie Morton, Correia is succeeding despite allowing all sorts of contact. Mostly, that contact is resulting in ground balls, and unlike Morton, Correia is not putting runners on with walks. The two Pirates are among a small number of pitchers who can be trusted in standard mixed leagues with ultra-low strikeout rates, especially when they have two starts. Correia gets home starts against the Diamondbacks and Mets next week.

John Danks, Chicago White Sox: Now that the Sox are sticking with their six-man rotation a while longer, Danks' job is safe. Owners may still be put off by the lefty's 5.25 ERA, but aside from the home run binge he's allowed over his last two games, Danks has been pretty much his usual self. Plenty of pitchers get sunk by the long ball when facing the Rangers and Blue Jays in their homer-friendly parks, but next week, Danks gets the lighter-hitting Mariners and A's.

Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs: Garza (elbow) will be activated prior to Monday's game against the Reds. With starts at Cincinnati and Philadelphia, Garza would have historically been considered a home run risk for these starts, but he has been an entirely different pitcher this season, relying much less on his fastball and more on his breaking and offspeed pitches. His fly-ball rate is down dramatically and he has allowed only one homer all season. He should be safe for these two starts.

Gio Gonzalez, Oakland: Gonzalez isn't making any headway on his walk rate, as he currently ranks sixth in the majors in bases on balls. That might make him a risky start in shallower formats, but his strikeout-an-inning stuff is something owners should get the benefit of practically every week in standard mixed leagues.

Zack Greinke, Milwaukee: Greinke has been getting a lot of strikeouts, but he's also been leaving the ball up a little too much. Tuesday's start at Cincinnati was a step in the right direction, as he held the Reds to two runs in six innings, while inducing a season-high eight ground balls. Even with a home run every now and then, there's been enough to like from Greinke to trust him in Week 10.

Tommy Hanson, Atlanta: Hanson has struck out nine batters or more three times already this season, which has helped him to 12th place in the majors in strikeout rate. Add in reasonable walk and flyball rates, and you have yourself a must-start pitcher.

Felix Hernandez, Seattle: Hernandez has compiled an un-Felix-like 22 percent line-drive rate. That's probably the biggest factor in his difficulties with stranding runners this season, which in turn has sent his ERA to the north side of 3.00. All of these stats could correct themselves, or maybe they won't. Either way, Hernandez is a must-start.

Daniel Hudson, Arizona: After reeling off six straight quality starts, Hudson has struggled in his last two outings. Still, the bigger picture shows a reduction in homers and walks and just generally a more skilled pitcher than he was last year. His 4.22 ERA doesn't show it, but with a high BABIP (.343) and low strand rate (67 percent), Hudson has been pretty unlucky through his first 12 starts.

Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado: Jimenez had his best start yet on Tuesday, twirling a complete game shutout against the Dodgers. That may not have been his toughest test this year, but Jimenez's command has been much improved over his last four starts. He is back to being a pitcher you can trust just about every week. With another start against L.A. and a visit to San Diego, Jimenez is primed for a good Week 10.

Cliff Lee, Philadelphia: With Lee giving up more gopher balls than is customary for him, you might think that the move to Citizens Bank Park isn't working in his favor. In fact, his home run rate on the road (1.22) is nearly double that at home (0.63) this season. Lee's road woes have come in just 37 innings, so chances are good that things will even out for him. It's not a concern for owners next week, as Lee gets to stay in his cozy Philly confines to face the Dodgers and Cubs.

Most Added Pitchers
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Player % increase
1. Aaron Crow, SP, Royals 38
2. Dillon Gee, SP, Mets 28
3. Kevin Correia, SP, Pirates 17
4. Josh Collmenter, SP, Diamondbacks 17
5. Philip Humber, SP, White Sox 12
6. Jordan Lyles, SP, Astros 11
7. Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Nationals 9
8. Freddy Garcia, SP, Yankees 9
9. Jeremy Guthrie, SP, Orioles 8
10. Mike Leake, SP, Reds 8

Jon Lester, Boston: Lester has been in a funk lately. Over his last five starts, despite a 3-1 record, he has yielded 21 earned runs in 29 innings (6.52 ERA). Bad luck (.357 BABIP) may have played a role, but so have some lapses (five home runs, 16 walks). Lester has been too good over the last three-plus seasons to bench him over a few bad games, and if he gets through Week 10 unscathed, owners have to be encouraged. He gets starts at the Yankees and Blue Jays in the coming scoring period.

Colby Lewis, Texas: This campaign may be only two months old, but it's as if Lewis has already pitched two seasons since early April. His first four starts felt like an eternity for owners, as Lewis slumped his way to a 6.95 ERA. In his "second season," Lewis has been even better than he was last year, going 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 10 walks over 53 innings in seven starts. Having reestablished his strong command, Lewis can be trusted in all formats with starts against the Tigers and Twins.

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco: Not only is Lincecum over his brief bout of gopheritis from the second half of last season, he is posting the highest ground-ball rate of his career. John Lannan and Mike Leake will be no match for Lincecum, giving him a strong opportunity to pick up two wins this week.

Shaun Marcum, Milwaukee: Marcum's 1.02 WHIP is good enough to rank him 12th in the majors, but he's really even better than that. While some higher-ranking starters like Alexi Ogando, Josh Tomlin and Philip Humber are due for some regression, Marcum should be just as effective at preventing baserunners over the long haul. He has blossomed into a must-start option.

Brian Matusz, Baltimore: Matusz was sharp in his season debut against the Mariners, though he was pulled after just 84 pitches. It may be a few starts before O's manager Buck Showalter lets Matusz work deep into games, but even with shorter outings, Matusz is worth using as a two-start option.

Brandon Morrow, Toronto: After eight starts, one has to wonder if Morrow's .348 BABIP from a year ago was really all that unlucky. His .384 rate this season has neutralized the impact of his 11.7 K/9 ratio, as Morrow is allowing a hit per inning. As long as he continues to allow line drives on nearly one-third of all hit balls, opposing batters will continue to rack up hits. These tendencies make Morrow a highly-questionable one-start option, but two games worth of strikeouts ought to make him worth using, especially in Rotisserie leagues.

Roy Oswalt, Philadelphia: Oswalt's velocity and strikeouts have been down, but he's been effective nonetheless. The schedule-makers have done him a favor for Week 10, giving him the Dodgers and Cubs, two teams that have struggled at times to put runs on the board.

Michael Pineda, Seattle: Pineda has been everything he's been advertised to be and more. His blazing fastball has baffled hitters, and his slider has been one of the best in the majors. Pineda's only potential weakness is his penchant for allowing flyballs, but having pitched just two games so far in home run parks, he has not had that weakness exposed. Monday's visit to U.S. Cellular Field will be a test for Pineda, but until it's proven otherwise, all owners should consider him to be trustworthy in any two-start week.

David Price, Tampa Bay: Only Roy Halladay has a higher strikeout-to-walk ratio than Price. It's a little surprising to find that the Rays' ace has allowed five runs in three separate games this season, but despite the occasional stumble, Price is still a pitcher on a major upswing.

Jonathan Sanchez, San Francisco: Sanchez was bitten by the walk bug yet again on Thursday against the Cardinals, but this is nothing new. All of his rate stats this season are very similar to last year's when he was a top 40 Fantasy pitcher. Sanchez has been benched in nearly one-quarter of our leagues, but with two starts in Week 10, more owners need to get him into their rotations.

Max Scherzer, Detroit: Scherzer is normally a no-brainer to use as a two-start option, but this week should give owners a little bit of hesitation. His biggest problems this season have been high flyball and home run rates, and Scherzer's first Week 10 assignment is to face Texas' lineup of mashers at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. His second start is against the milder Mariners, but he will vie for a win against Michael Pineda. Owners who are deep in two-start options should consider sitting Scherzer, but he is still a worthwhile start if superior options are lacking.

Tim Stauffer, San Diego: Stauffer has good command, so it's a bit hard to figure why he hasn't been more efficient. Even though he isn't always providing a lot of innings, Stauffer has been effective in the vast majority of his starts. He's worth a try with home starts against Colorado and Washington in Week 10.

Josh Tomlin, Cleveland: Fly-ball-prone Tomlin could have his hands full next Sunday at Yankee Stadium. However, his first start of the week against the Twins should give him enough production to provide a buffer against whatever damage the Yankees might inflict.

Jake Westbrook, St. Louis: Typically, pitchers who walk almost as many batters as they strike out have no place on a recommended start list. That exception has been made for Charlie Morton this season, and for the same reason, I am making it for Westbrook, too. The Cardinals' sinkerballer trails Morton by a hair for the majors' highest ground ball rate. While Westbrook allows contact, he is not vulnerable to extra-base hits, as is shown by opposing hitters' .109 Isolated Power rate against him. Westbrook has been overcoming a poor start to the season, posting a 2.45 ERA over his last four starts. Really, all that separates him from Morton is a much lower strand rate, and that should improve over time.

Jordan Zimmermann, Washington: Including Thursday's stellar outing at Arizona, Zimmermann had rolled off a series of six straight quality starts. During that span, he has racked up 34 strikeouts over 37 2/ 3 innings while walking just nine batters. With starts in pitcher-friendly San Francisco and San Diego next week, Zimmermann looks poised for a big scoring period.

Other Add/Activate Targets

Erik Bedard, Seattle: Bedard has shaken off his early-season rust and has been outstanding over his last seven starts, yet he is still active in only 61 percent of our leagues. Even in a one-start week, Bedard is worth using in most standard mixed leagues.

Zach Britton, Baltimore: Britton has gotten whacked around in two straight outings, but he had posted a quality start in six of his prior seven outings. The rookie gets Oakland in Week 10, and he should be able to rebound against one of the least potent offenses in baseball. If not, it will be hard to trust him in standard mixed leagues.

Bartolo Colon, N.Y. Yankees: Colon enters the weekend with a 3.39 ERA and xFIP indicates that he has actually underperformed. He has had just two bad starts out of nine, yet Colon is still benched in 21 percent of our leagues. It's time to get him active, even if he has just a one-start week coming up.

Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati: Cueto isn't always a clear choice for active rosters in one-start weeks, but in facing the Giants, he'll go up against an offense that has scored fewer runs than any team, except for the Twins and Padres. Unless you have an embarrassment of riches, you need to start Cueto next week.

Aaron Harang, San Diego: Away from PETCO Park, Harang hasn't been much better than the pitcher who struggled badly for Cincinnati a year ago. At home, though, he's been good enough to trust in standard mixed leagues. Especially with a favorable matchup against the Nationals, Harang is a good one-start option for the coming week.

Dan Haren, L.A. Angels: After tweaking his back in a bullpen session on Wednesday, Haren was scratched from his Saturday start against the Yankees. Owners should still plan on keeping Haren active for Week 10, as he has been pushed back to face the Rays on Tuesday. Technically, Haren could keep his major league-leading streak of 214 consecutive starts intact, but owners should check back on Monday before setting their lineups to make sure he's still ready.

Philip Humber, Chicago White Sox: Humber's overall minor-league numbers have been unimpressive, and that has not been lost among Fantasy owners, who have passed on him in 57 percent of our leagues. An undistinguished track record has likely made owners skeptical of his 3.06 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Lost amidst years of mediocre minor-league stats is a key to Humber's current success. Last year, in the Royals' system, Humber dramatically reduced his walk rate, and that has carried over into the 2011 season. He is still marginal enough for standard mixed leagues that he should be avoided in most one-start weeks. However, Humber will go up against the Mariners in Week 10, facing off against Felix Hernandez. Despite opposing a Cy Young Award winner, this is a potentially good matchup. When these two opposed each other on May 6, Humber held his own against the Seattle ace in a White Sox victory.

James McDonald, Pittsburgh: McDonald had one of his occasional lapses in control on Sunday against the Phillies, but he had been good over his last four starts as a whole. He has a 2.86 ERA in his career at PNC Park, and with a home start against the Mets on Saturday, McDonald is worth starting in standard mixed leagues, even in this one-start week.

Randy Wolf, Milwaukee: Wolf's inconsistency is frustrating for sure, but he's had enough good moments that standard mixed-league owners shouldn't give up on him entirely. He has turned in quality starts in seven out of his 12 outings this season, and overall, he has improved his strikeout and walk rates from a year ago. Wolf is too risky for standard mixed leagues in most one-start weeks, but with the Mets and Mike Pelfrey on his plate in Week 10, owners should feel comfortable in using him.

Inadvisable Two-Start Pitchers (Standard Mixed Leagues)

Chris Capuano, N.Y. Mets: Capuano has been something of a hard luck case (.219 flyball BABIP), and in certain weeks, he could be a viable two-start option. His Achillies' heel, however, has been a consistent tendency to give up homers, and a start at Milwaukee does not bode well for his week, even with a second start at Pittsburgh.

Tyler Chatwood, L.A. Angels: Among qualifying starting pitchers, only Kyle Drabek and Jonathan Sanchez have higher walk rates than Chatwood. To make matters worse, he has struck out more than three batters only twice this year. Even if he manages to maintain an ERA under 4.00, Chatwood can't be trusted outside of deeper leagues, even in two-start weeks.

Doug Davis, Chicago Cubs: Davis has been an emergency fill-in for the Cubs and has pitched like it. He is not dependable enough to use in standard mixed leagues in any two-start week.

Rubby De La Rosa, L.A. Dodgers: De La Rosa will make his first major-league start on Tuesday at Philadelphia, temporarily replacing Jon Garland (shoulder) in the rotation. He will then get a second start at Colorado. These matchups would be difficult even for a seasoned veteran, and they will really be a test for the 22-year-old. De La Rosa has had some problems with control in the minors, so he could get into trouble quickly, especially against a patient Rockies lineup.

Kyle Drabek, Toronto: As mentioned above, Drabek has the highest walk rate among all major-league starters. Owners should have expected the 23-year-old to have some difficulties, but there has been a lot more bad than good since three effective starts to begin the year.

Freddy Garcia, N.Y. Yankees: Garcia's high home run and line drive rates don't add up to a 3.34 ERA, and xFIP agrees. With less favorable strand and BABIP rates, Garcia would be sporting an ERA in the low 4.00s. That's a reasonable expectation going forward, and that's not good enough to trust Garcia in standard mixed leagues. This is especially true with a pair of starts at home, where he has been too prone to yielding homers.

Brad Hand, Florida: Hand will make his major league debut on Tuesday against Atlanta, taking over Josh Johnson's rotation spot for now. The 21-year-old southpaw has had good results at Double-A despite some underwhelming peripherals. Between his lack of experience and high walk rate, there are enough question marks to make Hand a borderline option, even for owners in NL-only leagues. Assuming he pitches well enough in his first start to stay in the rotation, Hand should also face Arizona on Sunday.

Matt Harrison, Texas: With a start at Minnesota (and another one at home against the Tigers), Harrison would normally be worth keeping active next week, provided he actually takes the mound. While his blister has healed, now he is dealing with kidney stones. There is too much risk of him either missing a start or being ineffective.

John Lannan, Washington: Lannan has not allowed a run in his last 13 innings, and he's good enough to succeed in spurts like these. He's also too wild and inconsistent to be trusted as a two-start pitcher in standard mixed leagues. He does have extremely favorable matchups next week, getting starts at San Francisco and San Diego, so he should be owned in far more than eight percent of our leagues.

Mike Leake, Cincinnati: In his young career, Leake has not been very effective pitching at home, as he has allowed an eye-popping 15 home runs over 106 1/3 innings on the way to a 4.74 ERA. With a pair of starts at good pitchers' parks, Leake could be a worthwhile standard mixed league option, but one start at the Giants on top of a home start versus the Cubs is not enough.

Ted Lilly, L.A. Dodgers: In almost any scenario, Lilly is someone you want to have active in a two-start week. His Week 10 schedule, with starts at Philadelphia and Colorado, presents the rare exception. Having the major leagues' poster child for flyball pitching ply his craft in a pair of home run havens provides too many opportunities for disaster.

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Francisco Liriano, Minnesota: After being scratched from his start a week prior to Saturday, Liriano was placed on the DL on Monday with shoulder inflammation. Liriano's DL stint was backdated to May 23, so he is eligible to be activated this coming Tuesday, and it appears he will be in order to start against the Indians. Liriano will be a two-start pitcher in Week 10, also facing the Rangers on Sunday. Between Liriano's inconsistency, recent shoulder woes and tough matchup against Texas, it's best to let him sit in standard mixed leagues for next week.

Clayton Mortensen, Colorado: Mortensen's ERA and WHIP have been good so far, but eventually his poor command will catch up with him. Even with favorable matchups against the Padres and Dodgers next week, there is little reason to take a risk with the 26-year-old rookie outside of NL-only leagues. If you did need a reason to avoid him, though, there is some chance that he could lose his spot in the rotation if Monday's start in San Diego does not go well.

Guillermo Moscoso, Oakland: Moscoso may start on Wednesday instead of Tuesday, as he may flip rotation spots with Josh Outman, endangering his two-start status. He's not a reliable enough two-start option to use in standard mixed leagues anyway, so keep him active only in AL-only leagues for the coming week.

Brett Myers, Houston: Myers has regressed badly this season, and he's been especially bad at home (5.28 ERA, 2.6 HR/9). With starts in Houston against the Cardinals and Braves, Myers could be trouble even for owners in NL-only leagues.

Felipe Paulino, Kansas City: If I've preached patience with the likes of Ryan Vogelsong and Bartolo Colon, then I shouldn't get too excited about Paulino, who has made all of one start this year. Still, it's hard not to think that the Royals may have found themselves a new ace. Paulino has looked like a breakout candidate who was the victim of bad luck the last couple of seasons. If he can continue to keep his walk rate low, it may not be long before owners can trust him in standard mixed leagues in two-start weeks. For now, though, owners just have to wait and see how he responds to his Week 10 starts against the Blue Jays and Angels.

Rick Porcello, Detroit: Porcello has been on a roll, posting quality starts in six out of his last eight times out. He has done a great job of stranding baserunners, but there aren't any signs that we should expect him to keep up this pace. Porcello's command still leaves something to be desired, and until we see improvement, he is best left to owners in deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats.

Clayton Richard, San Diego: It's not clear what happened to the version of Richard that owners saw last season, but he is nowhere to be found in 2011. He has completed six innings in just one of his last seven starts. Until he turns things around, Richard should not be owned in roughly one-third of our leagues.

Javier Vazquez, Florida: Vazquez has been notably better in his last three starts, but he still has a long way to go to get back to standard mixed league viability. Certainly, with matchups against the Brewers and Diamondbacks, this is not the week to roll the dice with the veteran.

Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati: The Reds are planning on recalling Volquez in order to start Tuesday's game against the Cubs. The last time we saw Volquez up with the Reds, he was struggling badly with his control. He was issuing fewer walks during his time in Triple-A, but wasn't exhibiting pinpoint control either. We haven't seen enough improvement to trust Volquez in standard mixed leagues.

Other Drop/Stash Targets

Jake Arrieta, Baltimore: Arrieta was gaining popularity, but poor command caught up with him in a pair of recent losses to Washington and Seattle. Already owners are starting to drop Arrieta, but with a 65 percent ownership rate, there are still some owners who need to find a more reliable arm.

Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati: Over the last couple of seasons, Arroyo was one of the majors' more successful finesse pitchers, but he hasn't fooled many hitters over the last couple of months. In all fairness, he has been pitching with mononucleosis, the effects of which can linger for months. While you can admire Arroyo's effort, the results are not helping Fantasy owners much. Until we see a healthier, more effective Arroyo on the mound, he needs to be benched in virtually any mixed league.

Clay Buchholz, Boston: Buchholz had a poor start against the A's on Friday, though a sore back could be to blame. He's had his next start pushed all the way back to next Friday due to that very same back problem. Because it's not clear that he will be at his best, owners should take the cautious route and bench Buchholz in standard mixed leagues for Week 10.

A.J. Burnett, N.Y. Yankees: Burnett turned in a nice performance on Wednesday at Oakland and he's given owners a few of these over the season's first couple of months. He's also had some clunkers along the way and he has produced this mixed bag with the help of a .245 BABIP. Once that rate starts to rise, as it almost surely will, Burnett's results won't be very different from last year's. His current stats justify his 91 percent ownership rate, but given the warning signs, many of those owners should start shopping around for an alternative.

Hiroki Kuroda, L.A. Dodgers: Kuroda is normally a reliable inducer of ground balls, but homers have been more of a problem for the 36-year-old this year. With just one start this week -- and with start happening at Citizens Bank Park -- most mixed league owners need to think about benching Kuroda for Week 10.

Bud Norris, Houston: Over his first seven starts this season, Norris looked like he was breaking out, but he has only one quality start out of five tries since. His command has worsened, and he is getting fewer ground balls and allowing more line drives. Especially with an unenviable matchup against Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals, this would be a good week to let Norris sit one out in standard mixed leagues.

Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox: Peavy left Sunday's game against the Tigers with a groin injury and he will be evaluated on Monday. This new injury puts his Week 10 start against Oakland at risk. Barring any positive developments before the lineup deadline, the safe route is to bench Peavy for the coming week.

Joel Pineiro, L.A. Angels: Though Pineiro has been striking out even fewer batters than normal, he continues to be one of Fantasy's most reliable control artists. In Head-to-Head formats, Pineiro's consistent avoidance of the one-point penalty per walk is a boon to owners, but in standard mixed leagues the benefit of those additional points only starts to matter in two-start weeks. With a single start against the Royals, Pineiro should be stashed in Week 10.

Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco: I have been urging caution with Vogelsong due to his limited major-league track record. He is making himself hard to ignore, though, putting up one strong start after another. If this were a two-start week or even a one-start week against weaker competition, there would be no reason to sit Vogelsong in standard mixed leagues. However, he's got the Reds on his calendar next week, and he could come up short for standard and shallower formats. In deeper mixed leagues, make sure he's active.

Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs: After mediocre results through his first 10 starts, Zambrano may have turned a corner in his last three turns in the rotation. He'll go to Philadelphia next week, where he could be more vulnerable to the big fly than he's been in recent starts. Zambrano needs to ride the pine for Week 10, especially since he will face off against Roy Halladay.

Might Not Start in Week 10

Chris Jakubauskas, Baltimore: The Orioles will need a starter on Tuesday due to the recent demotions of Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman. Neither will have spent the required 10 days in the minors when the opening comes up, so Jakubauskas stands as the most likely pitcher to make a spot start.

Rodrigo Lopez, Chicago Cubs: Lopez will lose his rotation spot with Matt Garza (elbow) coming off the DL on Monday. The veteran righty will return to the Cubs' bullpen.

Vin Mazzaro, Kansas City: The Royals have not yet announced who will replace Sean O'Sullivan (biceps) in the rotation, but when his turn comes up on Tuesday, it could very well be Mazzaro. Kevin Pucetas is also a candidate, but Mazzaro has been the better pitcher of late in Triple-A. Whichever one gets the call, he is likely to get two starts in Week 10, though neither is a recommended start in practically any format.

Juan Nicasio, Colorado: It has been widely assumed that Nicasio would be demoted back to the minors once Aaron Cook (finger) was activated from the DL, but his success in two spot starts may have earned him a longer look. Cook will return on Wednesday, but Nicasio could take the second of Clayton Mortensen's two starts in Week 10, facing off against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Anthony Swarzak, Minnesota: With Francisco Liriano (shoulder) set to come off the DL to start on Tuesday, Swarzak's time in the Twins' rotation has come to an end. He can be dropped in nearly all formats.

Vance Worley, Philadelphia: Worley was sent to Triple-A on Monday in order to build up his arm strength. The Phillies clearly want him to be ready to reassume the fifth spot in the rotation, so Kyle Kendrick's promotion from the bullpen is likely a temporary one. It's not a given that Worley will be back up when his former rotation spot comes up on Thursday, but it is a possibility.

DL Watch

Kyle McClellan, St. Louis: McClellan was placed on the DL on Thursday with a strained hip flexor. He was replaced in the rotation by rookie Lance Lynn. McClellan is expected to miss only two weeks with the injury and is slated to return for a June 15 start at Washington.

Tom Gorzelanny, Washington: Though the Nationals had hoped that Gorzelanny (elbow) would spend just the minimum time on the 15-day DL, it appears that he will not be ready to return for Week 10. For the time being, Yunesky Maya will continue to hold down Gorzelanny's rotation spot.

Wandy Rodriguez, Houston: Rodriguez (elbow) is scheduled to make a Double-A rehab start on Wednesday, which could put him on course for a June 13 return to the Houston rotation. That will keep rookie Jordan Lyles' rotation spot safe for another week.

Josh Johnson, Florida: Johnson (shoulder) will not be ready to return to the Marlins' rotation for Week 10. In fact, his return may be weeks rather than days away, as he has yet to throw off a mound. Owners should continue to keep Johnson stashed until he makes concrete progress towards activation.

Jon Garland, L.A. Dodgers: Garland was placed on the DL on Saturday with a sore shoulder. He will be replaced in the rotation by rookie Rubby De La Rosa.

Homer Bailey, Cincinnati: Bailey (shoulder) has been throwing off a mound and is eligible to be activated on June 11, but he will need a little more time on the DL, as he has yet to start a rehab assignment. He could be ready to return sometime during Fantasy Week 11 (June 13-19).

Aaron Cook, Colorado: Cook (finger) will re-enter the Colorado rotation for Wednesday's game at San Diego. He will bump either Juan Nicasio or Clayton Mortensen from a starting role.

Phil Coke, Detroit: Coke (ankle) will start for the Tigers on Wednesday at Texas. He supplants Andrew Oliver, who was optioned back to Triple-A on Sunday.

Sean O'Sullivan, Kansas City: O'Sullivan (biceps) was placed on the DL on Friday. Either Vin Mazzaro or Kevin Pucetas will be recalled from Triple-A to take his rotation spot.

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Orioles bring back Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O'Day
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:17 pm ET) The Orioles have brought back pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day for next season.

The club had options on both players and decided to pick them up. Chen posted a 3.54 ERA over 185 2/3 innings last year. O'Day posted a 1.70 ERA over 68 2/3 innings. 


Dan Haren decides to return to Los Angeles
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:15 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren has decided to remain with the club, according to the Los Angeles Times

Haren opted to exercise a $10 million option to stay with the team. In his first season with Los Angeles, Haren posted a 4.02 ERA 186 innings. 


Royals expected to decline option on Billy Butler
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:07 pm ET) The Royals are expected to decline an option on designated hitter Billy Butler, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Butler slumped last season, hitting .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats. He hit just nine home runs. Butler is owed $12 million next season, and the team is expected to go a different direction. 


Royals pitcher Danny Duffy limited by rib issue
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:05 pm ET) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was limited by a rib injury throughout the playoffs, according to the Kansas City Star.

Duffy suffered a stress fractuce in his ribcage late in the year, which prevented him from throwing more than two or three innings at a time. Duffy was a candidate to start the first game of the ALDS until the injury cropped up. Duffy was excellent down the stretch for Kansas City. He posted a 2.53 ERA over 149 1/3 innings. 


Marlins expected to bring back Jeff Mathis
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:00 pm ET) The Marlins are expected to pick up an option on catcher Jeff Mathis, according to MLB.com.

Mathis is owed $1.5 million next season, and the club will likely pick that up. Mathis isn't much of a threat at the plate, but receives high marks for his defense and ability to work with a pitching staff. 


Phillies decline option on Mike Adams
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) The Phillies have declined an option on reliever Mike Adams, according to SBNation.

Adams could have been brought back for $6 million, but the team opted to cut bait. He posted a 2.89 ERA over 18 2/3 innings, but struggled with arm injuries throughout the year. 


Rangers' Jurickson Profar at about 95 percent
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:54 pm ET) Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar is at about 95 percent, according to the Dallas Morning News

A shoulder injury limited Profar throughout the entire season. The team will give Profar three more weeks before re-evaluating him. The hope is that Profar will be cleared by January. He did not appear in the majors last season. 


Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo done in the AFL
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:51 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will not play in the Arizona Fall League, according to the Providence Journal.

Castillo is dealing with a thumb injury, and the team wants to play it safe. It's unclear whether Castillo will go to Puerto Rico in order to play winter ball.


Yankees activate Alex Rodriguez from restricted list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) The Yankees have activated third baseman Alex Rodriguez from the restricted list Thursday.

He's back! After serving a full season suspension, Rodriguez has been reinstated by the club. It's unclear what role Rodriguez will play next season. There have been reports that A-Rod may see time at first or could serve as the designated hitter. The 39-year-old hit .244/.348/.423 over 156 at-bats back in 2013. 


Cardinals retain John Lackey for 2015
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:40 pm ET) The Cardinals have picked up an option on pitcher John Lackey for 2015.

Lackey's contract situation was somewhat unique. Since he missed time a couple years ago due to elbow surgery, Lackey's 2015 option dropped to just $500,000. The move was a no-brainer for St. Louis. Last season, Lackey posted a 3.82 ERA over 198 innings.


 
 
 
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