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Report: Miguel Cabrera might not need surgery on ankle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski believes the large bone spur in the right ankle of slugger Miguel Cabrera might not require surgery, per MLB.com.

"Is it a possibility? I'd say it is a possibility," Dombrowski said. "I don't know if it's going to happen or not. Sure. There's a spur in there, and people that have looked at him so far tell me that it has to be removed. It's a relatively easy - for them - procedure. But I don't want to draw any conclusions yet, because he's not done with that whole process."

Cabrera performed better down the stretch despite an ankle ailment that plagued him throughout the year. He won American League Player of he Year honors in September by batting .379 with eight home runs and 18 RBI.


Tigers GM: Miguel Cabrera might undergo ankle surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday first baseman Miguel Cabrera could undergo ankle surgery in the offseason, per MLB.com. Cabrera was bothered by bone spurs in his right ankle during the second half of the season.

"I'd say [surgery] is a possibility. I don't know if it's going to happen," Dombrowski said. "There's a spur in there, and people tell me if it has to be removed, it is for them a relatively simple procedure."


'Mental fatigue' contributes to Jose Abreu's second-half power decline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) By most standards, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had a strong second half, batting .350 with a .513 sluging percentage after the All-Star break.

Though, while he hit for a higher average than in the first half (.292), Abreu saw a drop in home runs, belting just seven in the second half after having 29 before the break.

"It could be some fatigue, but I would say it was a mental fatigue," White Sox strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "And the league knew him a little better in the second half. He still took singles and the opportunities to get hits, he just missed by a little bit."


Mike Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep disorder


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is slated to undergo surgery in early November to alleviate sleep apnea, WEEI.com reports.

"I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career," Napoli wrote in a text. "I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done."

Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe and back this season, but he isn't scheduled for any further surgery. He hit .240/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 415 at-bats this season, marking the first time since 2007 he has failed to collect 20 home runs.


Astros 1B Jesus Guzman elects to become free agent


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman has opted for free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

Guzman struggled mightily with Houston this season, compiling a .182/.272/.248 stat line with just two home runs and 52 strikeouts in 165 at-bats.


Orioles' Chris Davis will not be on ALCS roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday suspended first baseman Chris Davis will not be on the roster for the ALCS against Kansas City. Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, wouldn't be eligible to return until Game 6 of the series.

Astros make a few roster decisions Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Astros announced Thursday they outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and pitcher Rudy Owens off the 40-man roster. The team also announced it declined the $3 million team option on pitcher Matt Albers' contract.

Brandon Moss slated for Oct. 21 hip surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss will undergo surgery on his right hip on Oct. 21, MLB.com reports.

Moss was expected to undergo surgery after hip issues surfaced late in the season. The first baseman indicated he had been dealing with hip problems much of the year. Moss managed to hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats.


Stephen Vogt set for Oct. 14 foot surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt will undergo surgery on his right foot on Oct. 14, MLB.com reports.

Vogt was expected to undergo a procedure to repair a plantar plate tear in the foot but wanted to seek a second opinion before going through with the surgery. He hit .279/.321/.431 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 269 at-bats.


Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira feels he can still play 150 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hasn't played 150-plus games since the 2011 season and hasn't surpassed 123 games over the last three seasons, which has a lot to do with his surgically repaired right wrist.

However, the 34-year-old first baseman still feels he is capable of playing in 150 games as he enters his 13th MLB season in 2015.

"You’d have to be crazy to think we wouldn’t be a little bit better if I was healthier," Teixeira said Monday, per the New York Daily News. "I played 123 games? I want to play 150 and I want to be healthy and strong for 150. So that’s what I expect out of myself."


Rangers send J.P. Arencibia, Guilder Rodriguez outright to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Rangers sent first baseman/catcher J.P. Arencibia and infielder Guilder Rodriguez outright to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

Seven Blue Jays elect for free agency


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) According to Baseball America, the following Blue Jays have elected for free agency rather than an outright assignment: shortstop Jonathan Diaz, outfielders Cole Gillespie and Darin Mastroianni, first baseman Dan Johnson, right-hander Bobby Korecky and left-handers Brad Mills and Raul Valdes.

Dan Johnson opts for free agency


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) First baseman Dan Johnson has elected to become a free agent after being outrighted earlier in the week. Johnson was 8 for 38 in 15 games with the Blue Jays in 2014.

Eric Hosmer blasts extra-innings home run in Game 2 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 3 for 4 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 4-1, 11-inning win over the Angels in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday.

The Royals became the first team to have its first three playoff games reach extra innings Friday after a well-pitched game on each side. However, Hosmer came through with the heroics, slugging a ball over the right-field fence in the top of the 11th to break a 1-1 tie and put the Royals up 2-0. Hosmer, who also went 3 for 4 in the wild-card win, has delivered a .545/.667/1.000 line in 11 at-bats over his first three postseason gams. The series moves to Kansas City Sunday.


Duquette: If O's advance, 'possibility' Chris Davis added to roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) If Orioles advance to the AL Championship Series, executive vice president Dan Duquette said it is a "possibility" the team keeps a roster spot open for infielder Chris Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, according to MASNsports.com.

Report: Justin Smoak likely to hit free agency this offseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will likely reach free agency this offseason, as the team is expected to pay the $150,000 buyout of his 2015 option, the Seattle Times reports.

Smoak has a $3.65-million club option for next season, but the Mariners figure to pay the buyout and decline to tender the first baseman a contract. The option would have vested if he made 525 plate appearances in 2014. Instead, he hit .202/.275/.339 in 276 plate appearances.


Blue Jays outright Munenori Kawasaki, Dan Johnson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Blue Jays have outrighted infielder Munenori Kawasaki and first baseman Dan Johnson.

Kawasaki hit .258/.327/.296 with 17 RBI and one stolen base in 240 at-bats. He made 64 appearances at second base and 19 at third base while also playing shortstop four times. Johnson recorded just 38 at-bats with the Blue Jays, hitting .211/.333/.342 with one home run and seven RBI.


Report: Stephen Vogt expected to undergo foot surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is expected to undergo surgery to repair a plantar plate tear in his injured foot, though he will seek a second opinion before having the procedure, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Vogt, who went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's wild-card loss to the Royals, struggled in the second half of September after missing 11 games earlier in the month. He still finished the season with a .279/.321/.431 line along with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 269 at-bats.


Indians optimistic about Nick Swisher bouncing back in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti talked Monday about how the team expects first baseman Nick Swisher, who finished the season on the disabled list due to problems with his knees, to bounce back next season.

"It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year," Antonetti said, per MLB.com. "Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to spring training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing."


Justin Smoak steps away to attend the birth of his child


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak was away from the team Friday and again on Saturday to attend the birth of his child, according to MLB.com on Saturday.

Smoak has just one at-bat over his last seven days. He is hitting .202 with seven homers and 30 RBI over 248 at-bats. It remains to be seen if he'll return in time for the season finale against the Angels on Sunday.


Miguel Cabrera slugs 25th home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 11-4 loss to the Twins Friday.

Cabrera collected an RBI single in the fifth inning to put his team within three runs of the lead, but by the time he tacked on a solo home run in seventh, the Tigers were behind six runs with little hope of pulling out the win. The Royals are now one back of the Tigers for the division lead with two games left to play.

Cabrera has put an exclamation point on another fantastic season by homering in back-to-back games. He has hit .315/.373/.528 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI in 604 at-bats. Cabrera has been even better in September, hitting .396/.427/.750 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 96 at-bats this month.


Jon Singleton to sit during the weekend


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton will be limited to pinch hitting duties this weekend, according to the Houston Chronicle

Singleton is mired in a slump, and hasn't picked up a hit since September 9. Singleton said the season has been "very hard, very difficult." He added, "when you fail it’s really hard to be positive, but you have to continue to motivate yourself and get up and go do it." Singleton is hitting .168/.287/.336 over 304 at-bats. 


Logan Morrison homers twice in win over Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison came up big at the dish in Toronto on Thursday, swatting a pair of home runs and leading his team to a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays.

Morrison launched a three-run home run in the fourth off reliever Todd Redmond. Two innings later, her struck again -- this time a solo shot off reliever Aaron Loup to lead off the sixth inning. Morrison finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .256 with 11 homers and 37 RBI over 324 at-bats this season.


Joe Mauer able to return Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer returned to the lineup Thursday.

Mauer is dealing with an elbow issue. He's set to hit third and play first base during the game. Mauer is hitting .276/.362/.370 over 438 at-bats. 


Mike Napoli may not play again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli may not play again this season, according to CSNNE.com.

Napoli is dealing with toe, back and finger injuries. Napoli has not played since September 17. He's hitting .248/.370/.419 over 415 at-bats. 


 
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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