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Brewers to exercise $14-million option on Aramis Ramirez


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Brewers intend to exercise the team's side of the $14-million option on third baseman Aramis Ramirez, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The team has the choice of picking up the option or paying a $4-million buyout, and the team being "very pleased" with his performance. Ramirez will return to the hot corner with Milwaukee in 2015 if he picks up his end of the mutual option. He has hit .295/.341/.447 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 454 at-bats.


Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.


Juan Uribe torrid at the plate for Dodgers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is saving his best for last in 2014 with a tear in September.

Uribe owns a nine-game hitting streak with five multi-hit games. He is 15 for 34 during with two home runs during that stretch to sweeten his stat line to .308/.334/.443.


Jake Lamb, David Peralta still out for Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb (quad) and outfielder David Peralta (back) remain absent from the lineup Wednesday against visiting San Francisco.

Lamb has had just one at-bat since Friday after an encouraging 7-for-19 stretch. Peralta has been sidelined since Sept. 5.


Nolan Arenado down again Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is set to sit again Wednesday against the visiting Dodgers with a chest contusion. Rafael Ynoa has been tabbed to man the position.

Arenado was on a 1-for-13 slide before going down.


Nolan Arenado has chest contusion, early onset pneumonia


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) An MRI on injured Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has revealed that Arenado is dealing with a chest contusion and early onset pneumonia, the team announced Tuesday.

Arenado is at home resting Tuesday while recovering. He has hit .287/.328/.500 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 432 at-bats.


Nolan Arenado unable to play Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is still out of the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, as he recovers from a rib injury. He left Sunday's game with the injury and went for an MRI Monday, the results of which are still being awaited.  

Jake Lamb still out Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Diamondbacks infielder Jake Lamb is out of the starting lineup yet again Tuesday against the Giants, as he deals with a quad injury. He has not played since Friday, and is day to day at this point. 

Jake Lamb dealing with a quad injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Diamondbacks infielder Jake Lamb was held out of the starting lineup Monday night against San Francisco, due to a quad injury, the Arizona Republic reports. He has now missed three consecutive games with the ailment. Lamb is hitting .227 with three homers and 10 RBI over 88 at-bats.

Nolan Arenado sent for an MRI Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado underwent an MRI on his ribs on Monday. Although the results of the exam have not been made public, the Rockies don't expect the injury to be serious, per the Denver Post. Arenado will rejoin the team at Coors Field on Monday.

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.


Nolan Arenado exits early with chest injury


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Sunday's game at the Cardinals in the fourth inning, and according to the team's Twitter account, he suffered a chest contusion. Arenado, who was replaced in the game by Rafael Ynoa, is day to day with the injury.

Casey McGehee gets tossed after arguing a missed call by umpire


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee was ejected Thursday night in Milwaukee after arguing a missed call by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg. His teammate Giancarlo Stanton was sent off the field in an ambulance after being struck in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch. On the very next pitch, Fiers plunked Reed Johnson, but Kellogg called him out on strikes, which prompted McGehee's ejection.

McGehee is hitting .294 with four homers and 70 RBI over 551 at-bats this season.

Pedro Alvarez dealing with stress reaction in foot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is dealing with a stress reaction in his foot.

Alvarez will be sidelined four to six weeks due to the injury, effectively ending his season. He's hitting .231/.312/.405 over 398 at-bats.


Starters on left side of infield out Wednesday for Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) The Nationals lineup Wednesday against Atlanta is sans shortstop Ian Desmond and third baseman Anthony Rendon.

The former is out with back tightness that forced him out of the game Tuesday. The latter is simply getting a day off with Kevin Frandsen playing third instead.


Freddy Galvis explodes for three hits in Tuesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) The first three-hit game for Freddy Galvis since last September pretty much handed the Phillies a victory Tuesday night against Pittsburgh.

Galvis fell a triple short of the cycle. He blasted a solo home run in the fifth inning and scored three runs, including the game-winner in the seventh inning. He raised his batting average from .085 to a less-disturbing .129 and even recorded his first stolen base of the season.


David Wright to miss remainder of season with shoulder issues


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright will miss the remainder of the season due to persistent inflammation in the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.

Wright underwent an MRI Tuesday, and while he will not require surgery on the injured shoulder, he will rest until the inflammation recedes before undergoing a rehabilitation program. He ends the season with a .269/.324/.374 line along with eight home runs, 63 RBI and eight stolen bases in 535 at-bats.


David Wright getting shoulder check out, not in lineup Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies, as his left shoulder continues to cause him problems.

Wright has been trying to play through this shoulder issue since June, and the team announced he is set to have the shoulder checked out again Tuesday. At this point, his status moving forward is not yet known. 


Josh Harrison able to return, bats leadoff Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, after missing three games with an ankle injury. He is starting at third base and batting leadoff for his return, his first game back since Saturday.  

Maikel Franco moved to No. 2 spot in order


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Phillies infielder Maikel Franco started his third game in a row Tuesday against the Pirates, and has been moved up to second in the lineup in the absence of Jimmy Rollins.

Franco has now started four of the last five games and five of seven since being recalled at the start of the month. He is 2 for 15 with two RBI so far. 


Freddy Galvis starting at shortstop with Jimmy Rollins out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014)  Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis got the start at shortstop Tuesday, in the first game after Jimmy Rollins' hamstring injury. He could get the majority of the starts while Rollins is out, expected to be at least at week.

Galvis has appeared in 24 games this season, starting 14 of them. He is hitting just .085/.141/.136 in 59 at-bats. 


Pedro Alvarez not progressing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has suffered a setback in his recovery from a sprained left foot, leaving the Pirates to reassess his status. As of now, he continues to travel with the team, but he may need to be re-evaluated at some point.

"The initial diagnostic tests gave us reason to move forward as we did," general manager Neal Huntington said. "He's feeling more pain. He's not progressing the way he was before the pinch-hit at-bat. As a result, we need to re-evaluate things and see where we go from there."

Alvarez's status for the rest of the season is at this point unknown.


Josh Harrison again on the bench


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Pirates utility player Josh Harrison remained sidelined for the third straight game by an ankle injury Monday at Philadelphia, though he is available to pinch hit, according to the Pitsburgh Tribune-Review. Brent Morel started in his place.

Harrison had been the team's starting third baseman in recent weeks and was as hot as ever before the injury, batting .386 (22 for 57) with three homers and a 1.098 OPS in his last 13 games.


 
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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