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Chase Headley gets the nod Monday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:14 pm ET) As he had hoped, Yankees third baseman Chase Headley was back in the starting lineup Monday at Tampa Bay. He had missed four straight games after taking a pitch off the chin Thursday -- an injury that required stitches.

Headley is expected to wear a protective mask at the plate going forward.


Chase Headley hopes to play Monday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:00 pm ET) Yankees third baseman Chase Headley, who took a fastball off the chin Thursday and hasn't played since, took part in a full workout Sunday and is hoping to play Monday at the Rays, according to NJ.com.

"Everything was good. I'm all right," he said.

Headley, who needed stitches after the incident, will wear a protective mask when he returns.


Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Trevor Plouffe blasts off again in defeat of White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe widened his team lead in RBI on Sunday by blasting off in the second inning to open the scoring in a Sunday win against the host White Sox.

Plouffe, who also singled, has 76 RBI on the year. He has four hits, including two home runs, in the last two games combined.


Brock Holt out indefinitely


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Boston Globe reports that Brock Holt (concussion) will sit out Sunday's game at the Royals, and is due to see a concussion specialist later this week. Holt has been out for the Red Sox since Sept. 5, and though he wasn't diagnosed with a concussion until Thursday, he sustained it during a game against the Blue Jays back on Aug. 25.

There is currently no timetable for Holt's return, though he hopes to play again before the end of the season.


Evan Longoria slugs 21st home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays Saturday.

Longoria put his team up early with an RBI groundout in the first inning, and he was able to tie the game 3-3 with a solo home run in the sixth, but that would be the Rays' final run of the game. Longoria has hit .252/.320/.406 with 21 home runs and 87 RBI in 579 at-bats.


Brock Holt held out Saturday vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Royals.

Holt was diagnosed with a concussion Friday after missing a week of action due to dizziness. He has hit .281/.331/.381 with four home runs, 29 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 449 at-bats.


Chase Headley to miss weekend series


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that third baseman Chase Headley won't return to the lineup until at least Monday, NJ.com reports.

Headley will take part in light workouts Saturday before advancing to batting practice Sunday. He was struck in the face by a pitch Thursday but was able to escape the incident without suffering serious injury.


Three injured Yankees remain sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, third baseman Chase Headley and catcher Francisco Cervelli all remain out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

Beltran has been out since Tuesday with an elbow injury that could keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. Headley is on the mend after being struck on the face by a pitch Thursday. Cervelli hasn't played since Sept. 2 due to migraines.


X-rays, neurological tests come back clean for Chase Headley


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Yankees third baeman Chase Headley underwent X-rays and neurological tests, which came back negative Friday, according to MLB.com. Headley has joined the team in Baltimore, although it remains uncertain if he'll be available to play this weekend.

Brock Holt diagnosed with concussion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt, who is still dealing with dizziness, was diagnosed with a concussion on Friday, according to the Providence Journal. Holt has been sidelined since Sept. 5 because of the ailment. He is hitting .281 with four homers and 29 RBI over 449 at-bats.

Dizziness continues to keep Brock Holt out of lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) An illness will again prevent Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt from making his appointed rounds Friday in Kansas City.

Word on a possible concussion has yet to be revealed. Holt, who was scheduled to visit a concussion specialist Thursday, has been sidelined with dizziness for a week.


Chase Headley status uncertain for weekend series


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Yankees third baeman Chase Headley has no fractures after taking a pitch to the face Thursday, per MLB.com. He is still slated to be tested for a concussion and is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the Friday doubleheader in Baltimore. He did not travel with the team, but could join it at some point this weekend if he's cleared.

Yankees trio still sidelined Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Yankees are still sans three starters for the first game of their doubleheader Friday against the Orioles. Outfielders Brett Gardner (abdomen) and Carlos Beltran (elbow) and third baseman Chase Headley (face) are all out.

Beltran could be done for the season.


Chase Headley departs after being struck in face by pitch


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Yankees third baseman Chase Headley was forced out of Thursday night's contest against the Rays after being struck in the face by a Jake McGee pitch. Headley left the game in the bottom of the ninth and was sent for X-rays, according to the YES Network.

Headley is hitting .238 with 11 homers and 45 RBI over 429 at-bats.

Brock Holt to see a concussion specialist


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt, who is still dealing with dizziness, is expected to see a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, according to the Providence Journal on Thursday. Holt has been sidelined since Sept. 5 because of the issue and remains without a timetable for return. He is hitting .281 with four homers and 29 RBI over 449 at-bats.

Marcus Semien goes yard to give White Sox win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) White Sox infielder Marcus Semien played the role of offensive hero Thursday against Oakland in a game with virtually no offense.

Semien blasted off to left in the sixth inning to provide the lone run in the game and give teammate Chris Sale the victory. He has hit safely in five of his last six games.


Will Middlebrooks in, Brock Holt out of Thursday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Two Red Sox third basemen had different fates Thursday in Kansas City after missing time with illnesses. Brock Holt has been deemed unable to play, but Will Middlebrooks is healthy enough to start at that spot.

Middlebrooks, who left the Tuesday game with the illness, has just three hits in his last 30 at-bats as his average has dropped to .182 on the season.


Lonnie Chisenhall absent from Game 2 lineup Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is catching a break in Game 2 of the Thursday doubleheader against the Twins. Mike Aviles has been penciled in at that spot.

Chisenhall singled and walked in the first game.


Mike Aviles recovers from concussion, set for action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Indians utility man Mike Aviles has been cleared to play after missing 10 days with a concussion. He is not in the lineup for the first game of the Thursday doubleheader against Minnesota.

Aviles, who plays often against left-handers, owns a stat line of .245/.270/.334. He has just 11 walks in 302 at-bats.


Evan Longoria hits No. 20 Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Rays infielder Evan Longoria belted his 20th home run Wednesday against the Yankees.

Longoria struck in the ninth inning. With the bases empty, Longoria belted an 89 mph cutter out to left for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Ryan Flaherty smacks career-high four hits against Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty established a career-high with a four-hit game Wednesday against host Boston.

Flaherty began a six-run rally in the third inning with an infield single and ended it with an RBI single. He added another infield single in the fifth and doubled in a run in the eighth to raise his batting average to .219, its highest point since July 20.


Brock Holt still sidelined against Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) An illness that has prevented Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt from playing since Friday has him out again Wednesday against Baltimore.

Holt has been one of the few bright spots for Boston this season. He boasts a stat line of .281/.331/.381 with 68 runs scored.


Will Middlebrooks exits game Tuesday with illness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was removed from Tuesday's game due to illness, the team announced.

Middlebrooks was 0 for 2 before coming out of the game. He has hit just .182/.249/.260 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 181 at-bats.


Mike Aviles shows improvement, could return this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Indians infielder Mike Aviles was able to take part in all baseball activities Tuesday except for batting practice on the field, MLB.com reports.

"He's doing much better," manager Terry Francona said. "If you see him now, he looks like night and day. He feels it. He's starting to get antsy. He's pushing the trainers. That's all good signs. He was kind of cloudy there for a few days, man. It's what a concussion does."

Aviles is following the league's standard concussion protocol, though he isn't on the disabled list. If he continues to improve, he could return to game action by Thursday or Friday.


 
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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