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Josh Donaldson says his knee feels more 'stable'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's been dealing with a knee injury, said he's encouraged because it feels more "stable" than it did the past couple days, reports CSNCalifornia.com. Donaldson should be in the lineup when Oakland visits the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card game.

Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks chooses not to play winter ball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will forgo playing winter ball and instead spend the offseason in Dallas working out in prep for the 2015 season, according to The Providence Journal.

The Red Sox wanted Middlebrooks to make up for some of the at-bats he lost this season due to injury. However, Middlebrooks decided it was best for him to work on being 100 percent by spring training.

"He’s made a decision he’s going to focus on other things," general manager Ben Cherington said. "He feels like he can address what he needs to address without playing winter ball, so that’s the decision that he’s made. Ultimately, the offseason belongs to the players."


Red Sox's Brock Holt scheduled to visit concussion specialist


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is scheduled to visit a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh for a follow-up appointment on Oct. 9, according to MassLive.com. Holt missed the final month of the season with the injury but participated in baseball activities while rehabbing with the team.

"He was doing baseball activity here - BP, ground balls," Cherington said. "Assuming he gets the clearance from Dr. Collins, we're not concerned about it."


Trevor Plouffe undergoes forearm surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan told reporters that third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery on his fractured forearm on Monday, per MLB.com.

Plouffe slashed .258/.328/.423 with 14 home runs and a team-high 80 RBI over 520 at-bats. He became the just the third Minnesota player to 80-plus RBI over the last four seasons. Ryan expects Plouffe to be ready for the start of spring training.


Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to be starting 3B in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday he expects Alex Rodriguez, who missed the 2014 season due to a 162-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal, to be the team's starting third baseman in 2015. However, Girardi added the team has to see where Rodriguez is at physically.

David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and third baseball Will Middlebrooks are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Yankees.


Josh Donaldson in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Rangers.

Donaldson suffered a knee injury in Friday's game but managed to stay in and finish the game. He was examined after the game and expressed hope he'd be able to play Saturday. Donaldson has hit .251/.340/.452 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI in 593 at-bats.


Alex Rodriguez passes on winter ball


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he is uninterested in playing in winter ball after missing the season while serving a suspension, the New York Times reports.

General manager Brian Cashman said Saturday that he has been in touch with Rodriguez about his workouts and added that the third baseman didn't want to participate in an offseason league. Rodriguez seems likely to appear in the team's starting lineup on opening day of next season, barring an injury.


Orioles add Alexi Casilla to active roster, DFA Preston Guilmet


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) The Orioles selected the contract of infielder Alexi Casilla from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday, designating pitcher Preston Guilmet for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Casilla is starting at third base for the Orioles Saturday. He hit .264/.315/.320 with one home run, 19 RBI and nine stolen bases in 213 at-bats with Norfolk.


Will Middlebrooks remains sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks remains out of the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Yankees.

Middlebrooks hasn't played since being scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sprained hand. He has struggled with the bat this season, hitting .191/.256/.265 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 215 at-bats.


David Freese singles in first game back from injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Angels third baseman David Freese returned to the starting lineup Friday night in Seattle. Freese, who missed two games with a back injury, singled in the seventh for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 in a 4-3 defeat. He owns a .260/.320/.382 slash line with 10 homers and 55 RBI over 458 at-bats.

Josh Donaldson plays despite knee injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Athletics infielder Josh Donaldson appeared to suffer a knee injury Friday against the Rangers.

Despite the injury, Donaldson managed to stay in the game. He was examined after the game, and said he was "OK." Donaldson admitted that there's a chance he won't play Saturday, but remains optimistic he'll be in there. "Obviously they’re going to look at it," Donaldson said. "But how I felt at the end of the game, it didn’t get any worse, which was good. So hopefully I’ll be in there tomorrow.”

Donaldson singled in his first at-bat after suffering through the injury, but was not at 100 percent running the bases.


Alexi Casilla to rejoin Orioles this weekend


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Orioles infielder Alexi Casilla will rejoin the club this weekend, according to the Baltimore Sun

Casilla has been rehabbing from a hamstring injury, and the team wants to get a look at him with the playoffs approaching. Casilla hasn't played since September 23 due to the issue. 


Will Middlebrooks still sitting Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks was not in the team's lineup Friday.

Middlebrooks is still dealing with a hand injury. The club would like to get him at-bats during the last weekend, but don't want to jeopardize his long-term health. Middlebrooks is hitting .191/.256/.265 over 215 at-bats. 


Trevor Plouffe seeking second opinion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe will receive a second opinion on his broken left forearm, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press on Thursday. Surgery still remains an option for the 28-year-old who ended his season with a .258/.328/.423 slash line and a team-high 80 RBI over 520 at-bats.

Brock Holt may not play again this season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt may not play again this season, according to CSNNE.com.

Holt is dealing with a concussion. He has not played since September 5 due to the injury. Holt hit .281/.331/.381 over 449 at-bats. 


Trevor Plouffe: No surgery needed on fractured forearm


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe has tweeted the news that his fractured forearm will not require surgery. He will wear a cast for 6-8 weeks.

Plouffe ended this season with a stat line of .258/.328/.423 and a team-high 79 RBI.


Report: Trouble brewing between Red Sox, Will Middlebrooks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) The Red Sox have become frustrated with third baseman Will Middlebrooks, according to Comcast Sportsnet. Middlebrooks was benched Wednesday night and is still plagued by a hand injury.

Middlebrooks has not homered in his last 194 at-bats, but John Farrell does not believe that is the result of any ailments.

"I don't think he's been limited any (more) than other players that deal with nagging ailments over the course of a full season," Farrell said. "There's been times when he's been unavailable, but to say it's been to the extent where he can't go, or can't play ... we're not at that point.

"He's missed time over the past couple of years, as we know. The inconsistent playing time has had some effect. Sure, he's banged up a little bit. But is that the sole reason why the powers numbers have dropped? I can't say that it is.

The Red Sox have been upset in the past at the refusal of Middlebrooks to commit to playing winter ball. He has earned just 215 at-bats this season while compiling a disturbing stat line of .191/.256/.265.


Garin Cecchini slugs first career home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Red Sox third basmean Garin Cecchini went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 11-3 win over the Rays Wednesday.

Cecchini is seeing time at the hot corner with Will Middlebrooks banged up, and he was able to translate Wednesday's start into his first career home run, which came in his seventh game. He has hit .313/.450/.563 in 16 at-bats.


Joey Gallo expanding horizons in outfield


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Rangers are experimenting in the Fall Instructional League with playing premier prospect Joey Gallo in the outfield. He has played third base, but his path to the majors has been blocked at that position by Texas star Adrian Beltre.

"Versatility is a plus," general manager Jon Daniels told the Dallas Morning News. "It gives both the club and the player options. Joey's a good athlete and, while we don't doubt he can play third, this is an easy way to give him additional paths to the big leagues."

Daniels added that he expects Gallo, who slugged 42 home runs this season at Class A and Double A combined, to open next season at third base.


Will Middlebrooks sits again Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday. 

Middlebrooks was scratched Tuesday due to a hand injury. It's unclear how long the issue will keep him sidelined. Middlebrooks has hit .191/.256/.265 over 215 at-bats. 


Fractured forearm ends season for Trevor Plouffe


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe has been removed from the Wednesday game against Arizona with a fractured left forearm and is done for the season, per various reports.

Plouffe, who left the game in the sixth inning, finishes the year with a stat line of .256/.328/.423. He leads the team with 79 RBI.


David Freese still sidelined Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) A back problem has Angels third baseman David Freese out of the lineup again Wednesday in Oakland.

Freese, who also missed the Tuesday game, has no multi-hit games since Sept. 10.


David Freese sidelined Tuesday with back issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) 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.


Red Sox scratch Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) 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.

 
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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