The Fantasy Baseball Forecaster pitching grid has been updated as of Wednesday, May 24, at 2:55 p.m. ET.
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Here's the scheduled starter for each game from May 22 to 28, including a projected game score for each pitcher in each matchup. A 50 is typically deemed a "quality start" by this measure, while a 70 is considered a dominant start:
David Price (DL: elbow) made a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Pawtucket on May 19 but threw only 65 pitches of his scheduled 90 while surrendering three earned runs in his two innings' work, making it likely that he'll require another such start before rejoining the Boston Red Sox's rotation. The Red Sox will likely turn to Brian Johnson for one more start before Price's return, that coming on May 26.
The Toronto Blue Jays have May 22 and 25 off days, so they can go with only four starters through Week 8 if the wish. Aaron Sanchez (DL: finger) won't be eligible to return this week, and Francisco Liriano (DL: shoulder) seems more likely to make a minor league rehabilitation start during the May 26-28 weekend than rejoin the Blue Jays. Joe Biagini would lose his second start if Liriano does return during Week 8.
The Chicago White Sox need a spot starter sometime between May 26 (Friday of Week 8) and 30 (Tuesday of Week 9) due to their doubleheader on the former date, and it appears that they will select this individual for the first game of said May 26 doubleheader.
The Detroit Tigers need a spot starter for one of the games of their May 26 doubleheader, and it is unclear who that pitcher will be.
Kyle Gibson rejoined the Minnesota Twins' rotation on May 22, and he is expected to make his next start on May 28. Though the team has not yet announced a starter for May 27, Adalberto Mejia is a logical candidate.
The Houston Astros expect Dallas Keuchel (DL: neck) to miss only one start, on May 22, so he should be ready to pitch the next time that turn in their rotation arrives on May 27. Brad Peacock filled in on May 22, and if Keuchel suffers a setback, Peacock might take the other turn as well.
With off days on May 22 and 25, the Oakland Athletics could choose to skip a starter this week.
James Paxton (DL: forearm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on May 21 before making a minor league rehabilitation start sometime during Week 8. He's therefore unlikely to be ready to start for the Seattle Mariners on May 27. It is unclear who will get that assignment.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have six viable candidates for their Week 8 rotation. Kenta Maeda (DL: hamstring) made a rehabilitation start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on May 19, and he's scheduled to rejoin their rotation on May 25. Though the team has only announced starters for their May 23-25 series versus the St. Louis Cardinals, the Orange County Register suggests Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was hit both in the arm by a pitch and the foot by a ground ball on May 18, might be skipped -- and or DL'ed -- this week. Clayton Kershaw would pick up a second start in that event.