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Starting pitcher projections for Week 10: June 5 to 11

Seth Lugo may make his 2017 regular season debut this week. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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Here's the scheduled starter for each game from June 5-11, 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

Brian Johnson is expected to assume Eduardo Rodriguez's (DL: knee) spot in the Boston Red Sox's rotation, but the team is likely to push that spot back to June 10 during Week 10.

Matt Andriese (DL: groin) is eligible to rejoin the Tampa Bay Rays on June 10, and he's a leading candidate to start one of the team's doubleheader games on that day. Jose De Leon, Jacob Faria, Austin Pruitt, Blake Snell and Chase Whitley are all options to start the other game. Brent Honeywell is also a candidate, though he's the only one of the six who isn't on the team's 40-man roster.

James Shields (DL: shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Charlotte on June 3, giving him a chance at a late-Week 10 return to the Chicago White Sox's rotation. It's possible he'll replace David Holmberg, either in Holmberg's spot on June 10 or a day or two sooner with the team's other starters being pushed back.

After demoting Matthew Boyd to Triple-A Toledo, the Detroit Tigers are expected to add Buck Farmer to their rotation. He appears likely to pitch on June 9, affording Justin Verlander (groin) an additional day's rest.

Nate Karns (DL: forearm) is more likely to make a minor league rehabilitation start during Week 10 than rejoin the Kansas City Royals' rotation directly, so Jake Junis will make a spot start in his place on June 6. Junis might make another turn if needed when that spot in the Royals' rotation next arrives on June 11.

Phil Hughes (DL: neck/shoulder, biceps) hasn't yet resumed throwing and appears to be a long shot to rejoin the Minnesota Twins' rotation during Week 10.

Joe Musgrove (DL: shoulder) won't be ready to rejoin the Houston Astros' rotation the next time his turn arrives on June 6, so David Paulino will fill in at least for that game. Musgrove could be ready to return on June 11, with Paulino the fallback if Musgrove isn't ready then either. Charlie Morton (DL: lat), meanwhile, hasn't had a timetable set for his return.

Jesse Hahn (DL: triceps) threw 75 pitches and 5 1/3 innings in a rehabilitation start for Class A Stockton on May 31 and will rejoin the Oakland Athletics' rotation on June 6. The team can get by with only five starters during Week 10 despite a June 10 doubleheader due to June 8 and 12 (Monday of Week 11) off days.

Tyson Ross (DL: thoracic outlet syndrome) will make another rehabilitation start for Triple-A Round Rock rather than rejoin the Texas Rangers' rotation during Week 10. Dillon Gee will also fill in for Nick Martinez on June 6, and one of the two will presumably pitch when that spot next arrives on June 11.

The Atlanta Braves will need a sixth starter for one of the games of their June 10 doubleheader. Lucas Sims, on the 40-man roster and pitching for Triple-A Gwinnett, is a possibility as he should be on turn for that game.

Justin Nicolino (DL: finger/blood blister) isn't eligible to rejoin the Miami Marlins until June 10, so Vance Worley seems likely to make another start in Nicolino's place on June 9. If Nicolino does return during Week 10, Jeff Locke would lose his second start.

Seth Lugo (DL: partially torn UCL) made his final rehabilitation start for Double-A Binghamton on June 2, and Steven Matz (DL: elbow) made his final rehab start for Triple-A Las Vegas on June 3, and both will rejoim the New York Mets' rotation during the June 9-11 series at Atlanta. One will start one of the June 10 doubleheader games with the other working on June 11, though their order hasn't yet been announced.

Ben Lively joined the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation on June 3, replacing the demoted Zach Eflin, lining Lively up for a June 8 start during Week 10. Nick Pivetta is expected to fill in for Vince Velasquez (DL: elbow) on June 5 and 10.

Amir Garrett (DL: hip) rejoined the Cincinnati Reds' rotation on June 4, setting him up for a June 9 start during Week 10.

Jameson Taillon (DL: testicular cancer) will make his second rehabilitation start for Triple-A Indianapolis on June 2, and while the Pittsburgh Pirates haven't yet announced a timetable for his rejoining their big-league rotation, he'd be on track for either a June 7 or 8 start if the team deems him ready for Week 10. Taillon would presumably slot in on one of those dates, bumping Trevor Williams from the Pirates' rotation and pushing their other starters back accordingly.

After the Arizona Diamondbacks demoted Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno on June 1, Randall Delgado appears likely to remain in their Week 10 rotation, as Godley wouldn't be eligible for recall until June 11 and the team would need a fifth starter no later than June 10. Taijuan Walker (DL: blister) is unlikely to be ready to pitch during Week 10, so Braden Shipley might be asked to make one more start on June 10.

Tyler Anderson (DL: knee) isn't eligible to rejoin the Colorado Rockies' rotation until June 11, so Jeff Hoffman will almost assuredly make another start in his place on June 10. Anderson appears more likely to make a Week 11 return.

Alex Wood (DL: SC joint) is expected to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation during the June 9-11 weekend series. Hyun-Jin Ryu will make one more start in his place on June 5.