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Nick Swisher to miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher will miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery, according to WTAM.

Swisher will have surgery on both his knees. He hit the disabled list August 10, and received a second opinion on his knee recently. Swisher hit .208/.278/.331 over 360 at-bats.


Mike Napoli dealing with back spasms


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is dealing with back spasms, according to the Providence Journal

Napoli is not available for Wednesday's game due to the injury. The club called up Alex Hassan as a possible replacement. Napoli has not been placed on the disabled list, so there's a chance he's just day-to-day for now. 


Vince Belnome demoted to Triple-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) One day after smacking his first major league hit, first baseman Vince Belnome has been dispatched by the Rays to Triple-A Durham to make room on the roster for Wil Myers.

Belnome managed one hit in 10 at-bats during his three-game stint with Tampa Bay.


James Loney goes deep Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rays first baseman James Loney hit his seventh home run Tuesday against the Tigers.

Loney struck in the first inning. With two men on base, Loney took a 93 mph fastball from Max Scherzer out to right for a three-run shot. Loney would go on to single twice during the contest. He finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Jose Abreu ends homer drought


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu ended his homer drought Tuesday against the Orioles.

Abreu struck in the first inning. With the bases empty, Abreu took an 84 mph changeup out to left center for the solo shot. The home run snapped a steak of 77 plate appearances without a dinger. Abreu finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Logan Morrison likely to get a day off Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison will likely get Wednesday off, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Morrison and Kendrys Morales have switched off at the position with the team playing a National League opponent. Morrison is hitting .233/.287/.357 over 227 at-bats.


Jesus Guzman brought off DL Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman was activated from the disabled list in time for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, after his recovery from a back injury.

Guzman has been out since Aug. 1 with the injury, and was hitting .200/.275/.269 in 145 at-bats before going on the DL.  


Eric Hosmer could go for an X-ray Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could go for another X-ray Thursday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Hosmer was expected to be pushed back longer after last week's X-ray didn't show the improvement the team wanted. Hosmer was expected to wait until the team's next homestand to have his next X-ray. He's been out since July 31 with a hand injury.


Kennys Vargas has 15 RBI in 15 games since promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Twins rookie first baseman/DH Kennys Vargas doubled, homered and drove in three runs during a 12-6 loss Sunday against the Royals. He finished 3 for 4 with two runs.

Vargas gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI single off Jeremy Guthrie. He came back in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 9-4 with a two-run homer off Guthrie.

Vargas has hit safely in all but three of 15 games since his promotion from the minors. He is batting .317 with three home runs, two doubles and 15 RBI.


Nate Freiman finishes Braves series with three HRs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Athletics first baseman Nate Freiman homered twice Sunday at Atlanta, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss. Freiman hit a home run leading off the second inning and added his second solo home run off Mike Minor in the seventh.

"At the end of the day, we do what we do to try to help the team win," Freiman said, per MLB.com. "I was happy to be able to contribute a little bit, but ultimately, I'm here to help the team win, and unfortunately, we didn't win. It was nice to take some good swings, do some stuff to contribute, but it's going to be tough to leave a good taste in our mouths after being swept."

Freiman also homered Friday at Atlanta. He is batting .286 (4 for 14) with one double, three home runs and five RBI in five August games.


Carlos Santana ends home run drought at 16 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana homered and drove in three runs during a 6-0 win Saturday against the Orioles. He finished 2 for 3 with one walk.

Santana gave Cleveland an early 3-0 lead with a three-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez in the bottom of the first inning. It was his 21st home run, but his first homer in 17 games.


Albert Pujols belts 23rd home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed his 23rd home run Saturday against the Rangers.

Pujols struck in the first inning. With the bases empty, Pujols took a 90 mph fastball out to left field for a solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?

The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately. 

On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances. 

The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep. 

Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time. 

Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add. 


Hitters to sit in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Thinking about starting Stephen Vogt, Lucas Duda, Aaron Hill, Nick Castellanos, J.J. Hardy or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Vince Belnome gets the call from Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) The Rays recalled first baseman Vince Belnome from Triple-A Durham prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees. Belnome has appeared in just one game for the Rays this season, when he was called up in early July.  

James Loney ends long power drought with homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Rays first baseman James Loney put together yet another multi-hit game Friday, his third in a row, in a win over the Yankees.

Loney went 2 for 4 in Friday's game and clubbed his first home run since July 1 in the 5-0 win. He also drove in a run with a fielder's choice earlier in the game, finishing with two RBI and one run scored.

Loney is 7 for 13 over the last three games, with five RBI, raising his season line to .289/.341/.378 in 463 at-bats. 


Eric Hosmer pushed back 10 days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer won't have another X-ray on his hand for 10 days, according to the Kansas City Star.

Hosmer had an X-ray Thursday, and the team decided to give him another week to recover. It appears he won't receive another X-ray until after the team's road trip, which will push him back an additional three days. Hosmer is attempting to return from a hand injury. He hasn't played since July 31. 


Edwin Encarnacion returns from DL Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The Blue Jays officially activated first baseman Edwin Encarnacion from the disabled list Friday, following his recovery from a quad injury. He is expected back in the lineup as the team begins a series with the White Sox. 

Edwin Encarnacion coming back Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will be activated from the disabled list in time for Friday's game against the White Sox, reports Sportsnet.CA.

Encarnacion has been out since July 5 due to a quad injury, but has been playing in Triple-A on a rehab assignment in recent days. An officially move has yet to be announced to bring Encarnacion off the DL. 


Jesus Guzman reaches base twice in rehab debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Astros first baseman/outfielder Jesus Guzman (back) began a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Guzman served as a designated hitter and finished 0 for 1 with two walks and two runs scored before Preston Tucker replaced him in the sixth inning.

Matt Hague designated for assignment Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The Pirates have designated Matt Hague for assignment Thursday.

Hague was up with the big-league club earlier this season. He went hitless in two at-bats. Hague was sent back to the minors in mid-July. 


Edwin Encarnacion expected to return Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is expected to return to action Friday, according to the National Post

Encarnacion has been sidelined since July 5 due to a quad injury. Over 328 at-bats, he's hit .277/.368/.591. 


Eric Hosmer will not be cleared to swing for another week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will not be cleared to swing a bat for at least another week, according to the Kansas City Star

Hosmer was set to have X-rays on his hand Thursday. If all went well, he would have been cleared to swing a bat. Instead, Hosmer will need to wait another week before attempting to swing. He's been out since July 31 with the injury. 


Kyle Blanks has yet to play a full game of rehab


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Athletics infielder Kyle Blanks hasn't played a full rehab game yet, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Blanks is attempting to return from a calf strain. He's been playing every other day at Triple-A, but hasn't played a full nine innings yet. Blanks could return to action soon despite not completing a game. 


Joe Mauer cranks out first homer in more than three months


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer wasted little time smashing his first home run since coming off the disabled list. He blasted off Wednesday in Houston in his third game back and added a single.

Mauer, however, has just three taters in 315 at-bats this season. His last was on May 3.


 
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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