The Fantasy Baseball Forecaster has been updated as of Monday, May 22, at 9:55 a.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 turn to Hector Velazquez, Brian Johnson, Kyle Kendrick or Henry Owens for one more start before Price's return, and they can push that spot back as far as May 27.
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. If they decide to slot that pitcher in this week, then Dylan Covey would lose his second start.
Carlos Carrasco (pectoral) is scheduled to rejoin the Cleveland Indians' rotation on May 23 after receiving two additional days' rest, though Corey Kluber (DL: back) appears unlikely to rejoin the team during Week 8. He will throw a simulated game May 20 and might then make a minor league rehabilitation start during the week.
The Kansas City Royals have announced only their starters through May 24, with Jason Hammel pushed back to that date. Nate Karns (forearm) is questionable for his May 25 scheduled start. Chris Young might be a candidate to fill in if needed.
Kyle Gibson will rejoin the Minnesota Twins' rotation on May 22. It is unclear how the team will approach its May 26-27 starts, as Gibson and Ervin Santana could remain on four days' rest apiece and start those games, or the team could give Adalberto Mejia another start on either day. Either Gibson or Santana would lose his second start if Mejia remains in the rotation during Week 8.
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 will fill in on May 22, and if Keuchel suffers a setback, Peacock might take the other turn as well.
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. Chris Heston, who filled in for the team on May 21, seems likely to get that assignment as well.
The Washington Nationals haven't listed a starter for May 23, indicating that Jacob Turner might remain in their rotation in regular order. The team could, however, turn to A.J. Cole or Joe Ross instead, or it has the option of using the May 22 off day to push that spot back.
Junior Guerra (DL: calf) made a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 20, and he'll return to the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation no later than the next time his spot arrives on May 26. The team could also move him up a day to keep him on four days' rest.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will need a fill-in for Taijuan Walker (DL: blister) on May 24, with a "bullpen day" a distinct possibility. Braden Shipley, their most obvious option at Triple-A Reno, just threw 81 pitches on May 21. Anthony Banda is their only other rotation option at Reno who would be on proper rest.
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.
The San Diego Padres will need a fill-in for Jered Weaver (DL: hip) no later than May 27, with Walker Lockett and Matt Magill considered the leading candidates. Lockett would be on four days' rest for Weaver's original rotation spot on May 25; Magill was scheduled to pitch for Triple-A El Paso on May 21 and would next be on four days' rest on May 26.