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The Week Ahead

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Break Time!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Teams across baseball will enjoy the longest respite on their schedules in the upcoming week, with no games scheduled Monday through Thursday other than, of course, the Midsummer Classic.

This means no two-start pitchers. It also means a number of pitchers won't even get one start. Today, we'll take a look at some of the hurlers who are expected to be skipped in the coming week.

(Please keep in mind that these are all very much subject to change because managers often tweak their rotations at the break and potential appearances in the All-Star Game on Tuesday can throw an added wrench into the equation.)

Here's a tentative listing of pitchers NOT scheduled to go in The Week Ahead, followed by some injury updates:

American League

Matt Moore
James Shields
Phil Hughes
Franklin Morales
Bruce Chen
Ricky Romero
Gavin Floyd
Ubaldo Jimenez
Derek Holland
Freddy Garcia
Felix Doubront
Jason Hammel
Jered Weaver
Jason Vargas
Jarrod Parker
Zach McAllister
Everett Teaford
Max Scherzer
Wei-Yin Chen
Felix Hernandez
Bartolo Colon
Roy Oswalt
Ivan Nova
Jon Lester

National League

Zack Greinke
Wandy Rodriguez
Jeff Francis
Gio Gonzalez
Ryan Vogelsong
James McDonald
Jeff Samardzija
Dillon Gee
Carlos Zambrano
Kyle Lohse
Tommy Hanson
Joe Blanton
Homer Bailey
Clayton Richard
Chad Billingsley
Trevor Cahill
Jordan Zimmermann
Jair Jurrjens
Vance Worley
Tim Lincecum
A.J. Burnett
Marco Estrada
Jordan Lyles
Anibal Sanchez
Joe Kelly
Johnny Cueto
Ross Ohlendorf
Chris Capuano
Jon Niese

The Infirmary

You can get a full listing of injured players at Rotoworld's Injury Page but here's the latest on a few prominent players who have been out of action:

Dan Haren: Out until late July (back)
Jonny Venters: Out until late July (elbow)
Brian Roberts: Out indefinitely (groin)
Daisuke Matsuzaka: Out until late July (neck)
Jesse Crain: Out until late July (shoulder)
Dee Gordon: Out until late August (thumb)
Andre Ethier: Out until mid-July (ribs)
Alex Presley: Out indefinitely (concussion)
Andrew Cashner: Out until August (shoulder)
Chien-Ming Wang: Out until late July (hip)

Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to Rotoworld's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter @NickNelsonMN.
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