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Mets shut down Dilson Herrera


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:22 pm ET) Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera will not play again this year due to a quad strain, MLB.com reports. Herrera last played Saturday and finishes with a .220/.303/.407 line in 59 at-bats.

Mike Napoli hopes to play again before end of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:43 pm ET) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is hopeful he'll be able to play before the end of the season Sunday, MLB.com reports. Napoli has been sidelined for nearly a week with finger, back and toe injuries.

Tigers activate Anibal Sanchez from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:35 pm ET) The Tigers activated pitcher Anibal Sanchez from the disabled list prior to the start of Tuesday's game against the White Sox. Sanchez will be available out of the bullpen.

Michael Morse, Angel Pagan remain sidelined Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:28 pm ET) Giants outfielders Michael Morse and Angel Pagan are not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.

Morse is recovering from an oblique issue, while Pagan is dealing with a back injury. Both could also end up missing the series finale Wednesday.


Juan Lagares shut down, will avoid offseason surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:23 pm ET) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares will not play again this season due to an elbow sprain, but he is not expected to require offseason surgery, NJ.com reports.

Lagares will rehab this offseason to strengthen the elbow. He finishes 2014 with a .281/.321/.382 line along with four home runs, 47 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 416 at-bats.


David Freese sidelined Tuesday with back issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:10 pm ET) Angels third baseman David Freese is not in the starting lineup Tuesday due to a minor back issue, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Freese is suffering from some tightness in the middle of his back. He has hit .260/.321/.383 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 454 at-bats.


Howie Kendrick back in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:01 pm ET) Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick returned to the starting lineup Tuesday.

Kendrick was held out of Monday's game with a hamstring injury. He returns to a .292/.347/.395 line with seven home runs, 72 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 600 at-bats.


Abraham Almonte remains sidelined Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:19 pm ET) Padres outfielder Abraham Almonte is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

Almonte hasn't started since last Wednesday as he continues to deal with the affereffects of an ankle sprain. He has hit .230/.275/.333 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 204 at-bats.


Astros announce rotation plans for final series


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:17 pm ET) The Astros named the team's probable starters for the final series of the season this weekend against the Mets, MLB.com reports.

Brad Peacock will get the start Friday as expected, while Samuel Deduno is slated to take the mound Saturday. Nick Tropeano has been tabbed to make the team's final start Sunday.


Jurickson Profar to be shut down for 2-3 months


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:13 pm ET) Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar is expected to be shut down for two-to-three months, FOXSportsSouthwest.com reports.

Profar has been sidelined the entire season due to shoulder injuries, and he's expected to visit with multiple doctors this offseason in an attempt to get healed up before the beginning of the 2015 season.


Blue Jays set rotation plans, send Marcus Stroman to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:10 pm ET) The Blue Jays have named Daniel Norris the starter for Thursday's game against the Orioles, with Marcus Stroman being sent to the bullpen upon his return from suspension, MLB.com reports.

Red Sox scratch Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:06 pm ET) The Red Sox scratched infielders Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks from the starting lineup Tuesday. Bogaerts is still dealing with neck stiffness, while Middlebrooks has a sprained right hand, the Boston Herald reports.

Jenrry Mejia to undergo sports hernia surgery next week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:02 pm ET) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery on Oct. 2, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Mejia has pitched with the injury through the second half of the season, and he should remain available over the final week before having the procedure. He owns a 3.77 ERA and 94:40 K:BB ratio in 90 2/3 innings along with 27 saves.


Steve Pearce's return pushed back to Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:56 pm ET) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce will take batting practice Wednesday before potentially returning to the lineup Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pearce, who has been recovering from a wrist injury, had been aiming for a Wednesday return. He has hit .297/.376/.557 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI in 327 at-bats.


Jonathan Papelbon returns from suspension


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:52 pm ET) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon returns from a seven-game suspension Tuesday, and he'll immediately slide back into a ninth-inning role, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"He’s our closer right now, as we speak," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Papelbon was ejected after making an obsence gesture to the crowd upon blowing a three-run lead in his last outing. The league later slapped him with a seven-game suspension. Papelbon owns a 2.10 ERA and 61:15 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings to go with 37 saves.


Mike Minor shut down, David Hale to start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:48 pm ET) The Braves will skip Mike Minor this week and shut the pitcher down with shoulder inflammation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

David Hale will fill Minor's spot Thursday against the Pirates. Minor was removed from his last start Saturday after just one inning with the shoulder issue. He finishes the season with a 4.77 ERA and 120:44 K:BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings.


Steven Wright named Friday starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:44 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will start the opener of the final series of the season Friday when the Yankees come to town, WEEI.com reports.

Wright was likely to earn the nod after the team shuffled the rotation Sunday, but the Red Sox made it official Tuesday. He owns a 3.38 ERA and 18:2 K:BB ratio in 16 innings over five relief outings.


Anthony DeSclafani loses suspension appeal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:40 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Anthony DeSclafani has lost his appeal of a three-game suspension, which he'll begin serving Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

DeSclafani was suspended for hitting Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez with a pitch on Sept. 11 after teammate Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the face by a pitch earlier in the game. He'll be eligible to return to action Friday.


Rangers active Jim Adduci from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:35 pm ET) The Rangers reinstated outfielder Jim Adduci from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, the team announced.

Adduci was placed on the seven-day disabled list in late August and transferred to the 15-day DL automatically after two weeks off. He returns to a .173/.245/.235 line in 98 at-bats.


Cubs set final rotation plans, send Edwin Jackson to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:32 pm ET) The Cubs announced the probable starters for the final series of the season Tuesday, tabbing Eric Jokisch to face the Brewers Friday, Tsuyoshi Wada to take the mound Saturday and Kyle Hendricks to pitch the season's final game Sunday.

With the news, Edwin Jackson has been moved to the bullpen for the remainder of the season.


Starlin Castro unlikely to play before end of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is unlikely to resume playing before the end of the season, 670thescore.com reports.

Manager Rick Renteria indicated Tuesday that Castro's high ankle sprain is likely to keep him sidelined. Castro, who hasn't played since Sept. 2, has hit .292/.339/.438 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI in 528 at-bats.


Derek Norris batting cleanup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Athletics catcher Derek Norris is batting cleanup and serving as the designated hitter in Tuesday's game against the Angels. Norris has been battling a shoulder issue, for which he received a cortisone shot this weekend.

Eduardo Escobar returns to lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:23 pm ET) Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar is in the starting lineup and batting ninth in Tuesday's matchup with the Diamondbacks.

Escobar has been slowed by a jammed shoulder but was able to enter Monday's game as a pinch runner and eventually smack a single in his only at-bat. He has hit .275/.315/.404 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 411 at-bats.


Aaron Hill out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:19 pm ET) Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins.

Hill dislocated his pinkie finger on a slide at home plate late in Monday's game, but he remained in to finish the game. He has hit .244/.287/.367 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 501 at-bats.


Adam Lind back starting against righty


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:01 pm ET) Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind was back in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners after sitting out the previous three games with a back issues. Two of those three, including Monday's, were against left-handers, so Lind probably wouldn't have started them anyway.

 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689