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Starting pitcher projections for Week 15: July 17 to 23

The Cubs may get Kyle Hendricks back in the rotation during Week 15. Jon Durr/Getty Images

The Fantasy Baseball Forecaster is updated as of Monday, July 17, at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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Here's the scheduled starter for each game from July 17-23, 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:

Pitching scuttlebutt

The Boston Red Sox will activate Eduardo Rodriguez (DL: knee) for a July 17 (Monday of Week 15) start, and will require a sixth starter on July 18 (Tuesday) following their July 16 doubleheader, but Doug Fister will likely no longer be considered for the Tuesday assignment after he threw 53 pitches in relief on July 15. Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez are considered the leading candidates to pitch Tuesday.

Bryan Mitchell will make a spot start for the New York Yankees on July 17 (Monday of Week 15), as the team needed a sixth starter for this week following the July 16 doubleheader. If Mitchell significantly out-pitches scheduled July 18 (Tuesday) starter Luis Cessa, it's possible that he'll remain in the rotation instead for the team's next opening on July 23 (Sunday).

The Chicago White Sox activated Miguel Gonzalez (DL: shoulder) to assume the open rotation spot vacated by Jose Quintana's trade. Despite July 17 and 20 off days, the White Sox appear set to use a five-man rotation during Week 15.

Matthew Boyd will begin the second half as the Detroit Tigers' fifth starter, lining him up for July 18 (Tuesday of Week 15) and July 23 (Sunday) starts. Daniel Norris (DL: groin) will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Toledo on July 18.

Travis Wood is expected to begin the second half as the Kansas City Royals' fifth starter, with his first start coming July 18 (Tuesday of Week 15).

Bartolo Colon is expected to join the Minnesota Twins' rotation as their fifth starter beginning on July 18 (Tuesday of Week 15).

Collin McHugh (DL: elbow) threw 69 pitches while allowing one unearned run in six innings in his final rehabilitation start for Double-A Corpus Christi on July 16, and he's now expected to rejoin the Houston Astros' rotation sometime during the July 21-23 weekend. It seems most logical for McHugh to return on four days' rest on July 21 (Friday), replacing Joe Musgrove.

The Los Angeles Angels seem likely to go with only four starters during Week 15, thanks to July 17 and 20 off days.

Jharel Cotton (DL: blister) will make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Nashville on July 19 (Wednesday of Week 15), so Chris Smith will make another start in Cotton's place for the Oakland Athletics on July 18 (Tuesday).

Adam Conley will make a spot start for the Miami Marlins on July 18 (Tuesday of Week 15).

Vince Velasquez (DL: elbow) is likely to rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation on July 18 (Tuesday of Week 15), the next date they'll need a fifth starter.

Edwin Jackson is expected to make a spot start for the Washington Nationals on July 15 (Tuesday of Week 15), replacing Joe Ross (DL: torn UCL).

Kyle Hendricks (DL: hand) will make a rehabilitation start for Double-A Tennessee on July 17 (Monday of Week 15), giving him an outside chance at rejoining the Chicago Cubs' rotation on either July 22 or 23.

Junior Guerra (DL: shin) is expected to rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation on July 18 (Tuesday of Week 15).

With Tyler Chatwood (DL: calf) sidelined, the Colorado Rockies could go with only four starters for Week 15, as projected above, delaying a decision on the right-hander's replacement. Kyle Freeland seems the logical fill-in, so he could make a start on July 21 (Friday), which was Chatwood's originally scheduled day.