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Starting pitcher projections for Week 13: June 26 to July 2

Week 13 could be the week Carlos Rodon will finally make his return to the Chicago White Sox rotation. AP Photo/David Banks

The Fantasy Baseball Forecaster pitching grid has been updated as of Friday, June 30, at 5:50 p.m. ET.

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Here's the scheduled starter for each game from June 26 to July 2, 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

Doug Fister joined the Boston Red Sox's rotation on June 25, replacing Hector Velazquez and seemingly lining him up for another start on June 30 (Friday of Week 13).

The Cleveland Indians will give Ryan Merritt a spot start in one of the games of their July 1 (Saturday of Week 13) doubleheader. Danny Salazar (DL: shoulder) won't be ready to return during Week 13.

The Detroit Tigers will give Matthew Boyd a spot start in one of the games of their July 1 (Saturday of Week 13) doubleheader.

The Kansas City Royals will give Eric Skoglund a spot start in one of the games of their July 1 (Saturday of Week 13) doubleheader.

The Minnesota Twins will give Felix Jorge a spot start in one of the games of their July 1 (Saturday of Week 13) doubleheader.

Charlie Morton (DL: lat) is likely to make a second minor league rehabilitation start on June 27 or 28, so he's unlikely to be ready to rejoin the Houston Astros rotation during Week 13. Dallas Keuchel (DL: neck) hasn't yet had a timetable set for his return.

Matt Shoemaker (DL: forearm) suffered a setback and no longer has a timetable set for his return to the Los Angeles Angels rotation. Parker Bridwell has been taking his rotation spot, which arrives on June 30 (Friday of Week 13).

Hisashi Iwakuma (DL: shoulder) suffered another setback and is unlikely to rejoin the Seattle Mariners' rotation during Week 13. The Mariners have both June 26 and 29 off, so they will go with four starters in the meantime.

Zack Wheeler (DL: biceps) was scheduled to miss only one turn in the New York Mets rotation, and he'd be eligible to rejoin them on June 30 (Friday of Week 13). He appears on track for a July 1 return, but either Rafael Montero or Tyler Pill or both might be needed to make a spot start on either July 1 or 2 after Robert Gsellman (hamstring) left his most recent turn.

Homer Bailey (DL: elbow) rejoined the Cincinnati Reds rotation on June 24, lining him up for a June 29 (Thursday) start during Week 13. Brandon Finnegan (DL: trapezius), who returned to action on June 26 (Monday), suffered a setback and the Reds will now need a fill-in for him on July 1 (Saturday).

Jon Gray (DL: foot) made a third minor league rehabilitation start on June 24, pitching for Triple-A Albuquerque,and he'll rejoin the Colorado Rockies rotation on June 30 (Friday of Week 13).

Kenta Maeda will make a spot start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 27 (Tuesday of Week 13) in order to provide their other starters an additional day's rest. He'll make another start on July 2 (Sunday) in place of the injured Brandon McCarthy (DL: knee).

The San Diego Padres will likely need a fill-in for Miguel Diaz (forearm) during Week 13, after he left his June 21 start due to injury. Trevor Cahill (DL: shoulder) made a rehabilitation start for Class A Lake Elsinore and could be a candidate.