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Yunel Escobar (hand), Michael Taylor (knee) still out for Nationals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) The Nationals will once again be without two key members of their lineup on Saturday, as both Yunel Escobar (hand) and Michael Taylor (knee) are out of Saturday's lineup against the Marlins.

Both players were injured during Thursday's game and will be missing their second straight game with their injuries. The Nationals have not passed along any updates on their status, so they are both considered day-to-day at this point.


Phillies' Maikel Franco optimistic about returning this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) Phillies 3B Maikel Franco will test out his injured wrist Wednesday by taking batting practice, reports The News Journal. Franco is on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist, but is optimistic of returning this season.

Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar (hand) out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) A hand injury sustained Thursday on a hit-by-pitch has Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar set to sit Friday night against Miami.

Anthony Rendon will assume his position with Trea Turner playing second.

Escobar had been on a roll before going down with nine hits in his last 19 at-bats to sweeten his slash line to .308/.367/.423.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar out of game after HPB on hand


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar has been removed from the game Thursday night against San Diego after getting hit in the hand by a pitch, per Comcast SportsNet.

He remained on the bases, but left when his team took the field in the bottom of the inning.

X-rays taken of Escobar's hand came back negative, and he is considered day-to-day for now.


Pirates bench Josh Harrison, Jung-Ho Kang on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) The logjam on the left side of the Pirates infield has both Josh Harrison and Jung Ho Kang out of the lineup Thursday at Miami. Aramis Ramirez will play third with Jordy Mercer at short.

Harrison has slumped since his return from injury with two hits in 13 at-bats. Kang, however, has hit safely in six of his last seven starts in maintaining a fine slash line of .289/.364/.457.


Giants 3B Matt Duffy remains in lineup Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Giants third baseman Matt Duffy has lost no time to a right ankle sprain that plagued him during the game Wednesday. He is in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

The team can ill-afford to lose Duffy, who has been among their most productive hitters. He just had an eight-game hitting streak snapped in which he batted .333 (11-for-33).


Giants' Matt Duffy is day to day with sprained right ankle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Giants third baseman Matt Duffy is day to day after spraining his right ankle during Wednesday's 4-2 win against the Cubs, according to MLB.com.

Duffy hurt himself during a first-inning pickoff attempt at first base. Surprisingly, Duffy remained in the game and even had a stolen base. Manager Bruce Bochy was already down a pair of position players to injury, so if Duffy left the game, catcher Buster Posey might have played third base.

Duffy underwent X-rays after the game, which showed no fracture. He is considered day to day.

He is batting .317 with one triple, one home run, seven doubles, 13 RBI, 14 runs, six walks, 15 strikeouts and three stolen bases in 24 August games.


Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado gets rare day off Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves. Arenado hasn't had a day off since early July, so he is long due for a rest day.

Arenado is batting .268 with a home run and eight RBI over his last 10 games. Daniel Descalso will replace Arenado at the hot corner on Wednesday.


Nationals' Denard Span, Yunel Escobar return to lineup Tuesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/25/2015) The Nationals will receive some reinforcements in the shape of center fielder Denard Span and infielder Yunel Escobar for Tuesday's game against the Padres.

Span comes off the 15-day disabled list to start in center field and bat out of the leadoff spot.

Escobar, who was dealing with a lingering neck injury, will start at third base and hit out of the fifth spot in the lineup.


Mets 3B David Wright blasts off in first at-bat of dramatic return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2015) Too bad Mets third baseman David Wright didn't make his comeback Monday at home. His dramatic entrance would have been far more appropriate closer to Broadway.

Wright slammed a home run in his first at-bat after returning from a four-month stint on the disabled list with a back injury. The blast was the first shot in another comeback attempt - that by his team that eventually succeeded in a dismantling of Philadelphia.

He was far from done. He singled and scored in the fourth and walked and scored in the sixth. He also committed two errors, but there was no room for the negative on the night of his return to action.


3B David Wright returns to Mets lineup, bats cleanup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/24/2015) Third baseman David Wright isn't easing back into the lineup Monday in his first game since April -- the veteran is hitting in the No. 4 spot in the order for the Mets in his return from back problems that have nearly wiped out his whole season. 

Wright played in just eight games this season before being sidelined. He fared well in a rehab stint at the Class A level, picking up nine hits in 28 at-bats. 


3B Kris Bryant blasts two homers in Cubs' win


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) Kris Bryant was an offensive force for the red-hot Cubs Sunday, crushing two home runs and driving in three runs in Chicago's 9-3 rout of the Braves. 

Bryant's two longballs gave him 19 on the season. He hit a 404-foot, two-run shot to right field in the first inning and then added a solo shot to center in the sixth. 

Bryant, like most of the Cubs, has been productive in August, with five homers and 14 RBIs to go along with 24 hits in the month. 


Collins: Mets 3B David Wright set to return Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2015) Terry Collins has confirmed what had been anticipated - Mets third baseman David Wright will come off the disabled list and play Monday against Philadelphia.

He has been sidelined for more than four months with a back injury.

Wright performed well in his rehab stint with Class A St. Lucie with nine hits in 28 at-bats and five runs scored.


3B Aramis Ramirez back in familiar spot for Pirates


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) After a day off, Aramis Ramirez returns to third base and the cleanup spot for the Pirates in their series finale with the Giants.

Even though Ramirez is hitting just .249 for the season, he's been a nice pickup for Pittsburgh in the stretch run. Ramirez has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games to raise his average by 16 points. 


Nationals SS Yunel Escobar (neck) out on Sunday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game after crashing into the side wall while chasing a pop up.


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter gets ejected on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter was ejected from Saturday's game against the Padres. Carpenter was tossed for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. He was 0 for 3 prior to the ejection.

Pirates' Jung Ho Kang blasts two solo homers in win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang homered twice on Saturday against the Giants, as he helped lead the team to a 3-2 win. Kang hit his first solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 1-1. He added another solo homer in the seventh to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

The big game gives Kang an even dozen longballs in his rookie season. This was his first multi-home run game of his career.


Rockies' Nolan Arenado drives in four runs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2015) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 3 for 5 in Friday's loss to the Mets. Arenado scored three times, doubled twice and homered and drove in four runs.

It's the fifth time this year Arenado has had four RBI in a game and first since June 26. It's also the sixth time he's had at least eight total bases this season and first since June 28.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco (wrist) could still return in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/21/2015) Phillies rookie third baseman Maikel Franco may still be able to play again this season after all. Franco is currently on the disabled list with a small fracture in his left wrist, which was thought to have ended his season prematurely. But interim manager Pete Mackanin is not ready to write Franco off just yet.

"The prognosis for Franco is a little bit better than what they've previously noted," Mackanin said, per MLB.com. "So he perhaps might be able to come back a little sooner. He might be back before the season is over."

Franco will remain in a splint for a couple of weeks, but he still stands a chance of returning before season's end.

"That's still up in the air [if he would return], but he very well might be able to come back," Mackanin said. "I was told there's a chance he can come back and play some this year. ... It would be nice to get Franco's bat back in the lineup if possible."


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar leaves Friday's game in first inning


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/21/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the Brewers in the top of the first inning with an apparent injury. Escobar crashed into the side wall trying to chase down a foul pop-up by the third batter of the game.

He was checked out by the trainers and immediately left the game. The Nationals have classified the injury as a hyperextended neck. It is not yet known how much time Escobar will miss with the injury.

"For now, he is day to day," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "He ran into a fan running into that ball. As he went to reach for it, he kind of leaned over with his upper body. The fence caught him at the waist and he hyperextended his neck a little bit. He is a little sore. So we'll see how he is tomorrow." 


Hurdle: Pirates 3B Aramis Ramirez no longer an everyday player


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) The days of full-time starter status for aging Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez are apparently over. Clint Hurdle has stated that he is not longer an "everyday guy," per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The 37-year-old Ramirez will lose time now that Josh Harrison has returned off the disabled list, but he remains productive. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, though he hasn't homered since July 18.


Josh Harrison in, Neil Walker out of Pirates lineup Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) Pirates just-activated infielder Josh Harrison will return as a starter at second base Friday night against San Francisco lefty stud Madison Bumgarner. Neil Walker is out of the lineup.

Harrison is batting .322 (19-for-59) against left-handers this season.


Pirates activate 3B Josh Harrison from DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) The Pirates have recalled versatile Josh Harrison from his rehab assignment and designated for assignment reliever Josh Wall, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Harrison, whose versatility will be needed with Aramis Ramirez remaining a strong option at third base, has been out with July 6 with a thumb injury. He returns on a five-game hitting streak and with a slash line of .279/.313/.384.


Braves 3B Adonis Garcia set to sit Friday at Wrigley


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) A recent slump has Braves starting third baseman Adonis Garcia benched Friday afternoon against the host Cubs.

Garcia, who has been in the lineup every game since Aug. 2, is out in favor of Pedro Ciriaco. He is hitless in four of his last five games, during which time he has just two hits in 17 at-bats.


Return of 3B Harrison, SS Mercer creates issues for Piates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2015) Clint Hurdle has declared that Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer could be back at some point during the weekend series against San Francisco.

Harrison is rehabbing after thumb surgery. He has been out for seven weeks. Mercer (knee strain) has been sidelined for a month.

Their comebacks will create quite the logjam on the left side of the infield. Jung Ho Kang is the current shortstop with Aramis Ramirez at third.

"I love the job that (Kang) has been able to do in Jordy's absence at short," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Jordy is a better defender at short, so you have to weigh the two. Kang is a very good defender at third. Ramirez has done a nice job. We've got all those pieces ... I think we have a very good idea of what we want to do and how we want to do it."

Harrison could return to a super-utility role. Mercer would appear to be the odd-man out unless Hurdle prioritizes defense at that position.


 
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