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Mike Olt hits minor-league DL with hamstring strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:09 pm ET) Cubs minor-league infielder Mike Olt has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, MLB.com reports.

Olt hit .139/.222/.353 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 187 at-bats with the Cubs before being sent to the minors. He owns a .302/.348/.585 line with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 106 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa.


Will Middlebrooks sits Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:28 pm ET) Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday.

Middlebrooks was pulled from Tuesday's game after beating out a single. He's officially day-to-day with a hamstring issue. Middlebrooks is hitting .188 over 117 at-bats. 


Anthony Rendon set to sit for Nationals on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:40 pm ET) Hot-hitting Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is grabbing some pine Wednesday against Arizona in favor of Kevin Frandsen.

Rendon has been productive and consistent since late May. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and owns a .276/.332/.461 stat line on the year.


Brent Morel returned to Indianapolis


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:01 pm ET) Infielder Brent Morel stuck around for just three days after his promotion by the Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis. He has been sent down to make room for Wednesday starter Gerrit Cole on the roster.

Morel was 0 for 5 in his latest stint with the team and has just three hits in 21 at-bats this season.


Josh Donaldson a no-go Wednesday against Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:28 pm ET) Slumping Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Mets.

Donaldson has just three hits in 21 at-bats since slugging two home runs in Kansas City on Aug. 12.


Will Middlebrooks day to day with hamstring tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:09 am ET) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is day to day with a tight hamstring after being removed from Tuesday's game as a precaution, WEEI.com reports.


Nolan Arenado homers in three-hit night Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 3 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 7-4 loss to the Royals.

Arenado put his team ahead for the last time in the bottom of the fifth before the Royals scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings. He's 9 for 16 with three walks and two home runs in his last four games. Arenado owns a .298/.340/.500 line with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 342 at-bats.


Todd Frazier swats 21st home run Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 2 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Frazier missed time this past weekend with a back issue, but he's managed to go 4 for 7 with a home run and two walks since returning. His line is up to .284/.344/.465, and he has 21 home runs, 66 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 469 at-bats.


Juan Uribe progressing from strained hamstring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that third baseman Juan Uribe is progressing nicely from a strained hamstring, MLB.com reports.

"Uribe is feeling better," Mattingly said. "Mostly inside work, doing a little bit of baseball stuff. He'll be progressing toward the field, a lot like the first time he hurt it."

Uribe initially injured the hamstring earlier in the year and was placed on the disabled list Saturday after re-injuring it.


Pedro Alvarez unlikely to return to third base this season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season in anything but an emergency situation, MLB.com reports.

"Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."


Will Middlebrooks leaves game after beating out single


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game after beating out a single.

Middlebrooks pulled up lame after running out the hit. He went 1 for 2 during the game, and was pulled in the bottom of the fourth inning.


Aramis Ramirez back after day off


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, after leaving Sunday's game with tightness in his hamstring. He is in his usual spot, batting fourth and starting at third base for his return to action. 

Kris Bryant returns to Triple-A lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Cubs infield prospect Kris Bryant is back in the lineup Tuesday at Triple-A Iowa, his first game since leaving Saturday's with a bruised left foot. He is batting third and starting at third base for Tuesday's game, after appearing Monday as a pinch-hitter. 

Trevor Plouffe's late homer not enough


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe came up with a big hit late in Monday's game against the Royals, but it was not enough to stave off a 6-4 loss.

Plouffe had just one hit, but it was a big one, as he brought the Twins back into the game with his three-run home run in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, the rally would end there, with Plouffe finishing the game 1 for 4 with three RBI and a strikeout.

Plouffe has nine home runs and 58 RBI in 402 at-bats on the season, while hitting .244/.313/.400.


Miguel Sano on a throwing program


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Twins infielder Miguel Sano has been able to swing a bat and take part in a throwing program, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Sano has misssed nearly the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. He's considered one of the team's best prospects. 


Three Rangers clear waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Three Rangers have cleared waivers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo are now all eligible to be traded in the coming days. That doesn't seem likely, considering their big contracts and importance to the Rangers franchise. Neal Cotts was also placed on waivers, which are expected to expire tomorrow. There's a higher chance he gets dealt. 


Brock Holt the king of versatility


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) It kind of flew under the radar in Fantasy, but when Brock Holt started at shortstop Thursday against the Astros, he did more than just give rookie Xander Bogaerts a day off. He also became eligible at the position in standard CBSSports.com leagues, pulling off the rare feat of quintuple eligibility.

You're now able to use him at -- count them with me -- first base, second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield, though if you start him anywhere but shortstop, you're a real sucker -- a sucker, I tell you!

OK, not really. You probably just have a ton of infield depth. But no doubt, shortstop is where he's most valuable. It's by far the weakest position in Fantasy, and at the position, he stacks up with just about anybody.

No, really. He's been an everyday player, more or less, since May 17, and during that time, he ranks seventh among shortstops in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. That's compared to 12th and 13th among third basemen.

Granted, much of that production is front-loaded, but he's still scoring a bunch of runs batting leadoff for the Red Sox. And if you have a weakness anywhere on the infield, he's now capable of filling it. That should apply to just about all Fantasy owners.


Pedro Alvarez makes his first start at first base


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez will make his first start at first base Monday.

Alvarez has played the majority of his games at third this season. Alvarez has taken extra infield practice lately in expectation of the move. He's hitting .233/.314/.392 over 378 at-bats.


Josh Harrison gets another big boost in value


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) For Josh Harrison, everything's coming up Milhouse.

Just a couple weeks after declaring him an everyday player (not that he had been playing any less than every day since mid-May, but the declaration spoke volumes), the Pirates shifted him to shortstop to fill in for the injured Jordy Mercer. After three straight starts there, he's now played the position six times this year, and the CBSSports.com requirement for gaining eligibility in-season is five.

In other words, you can now play Harrison at the weakest position in Fantasy, shortstop. Let's all celebrate and have a good time.

That's in addition to second base, third base and the outfield, for what it's worth, not that you should aim to play him at any of those positions when he's eligible at shortstop. To put it in perspective, he's the No. 4 third baseman in Head-to-Head points leagues since May 18, which is about the he become an every day player. Pretty good, right? Well, he's the No. 1 shortstop during that same period.

Yup.


Todd Frazier back from three-game absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier rejoined the starting lineup Monday against the Cardinals after missing three straight starts due to a back injury.

Kris Bryant available to pinch-hit for Triple-A Iowa


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Triple-A Iowa manager Marty Pevey said Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant, who is day to day with a bruised foot, was able to run Monday, according to the Des Moines Register. He will take batting practice and be available to pinch-hit Monday.

Conor Gillaspie connects for first career grand slam


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie hit his first career grand slam during a 7-5 win Sunday against the Blue Jays. He finished 1 for 3 with one walk and two runs.

Gillaspie gave Chicago a 4-1 lead when he homered off Drew Hutchison in the bottom of the first inning. It was his fifth home run and first homer in 31 games. He is batting .286 with 11 RBI in his last 31 games.


Matt Carpenter chips in three RBI during 7-6 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter doubled, homered and drove in three runs during a 7-6 win Sunday against the Padres. He also finished with three hits and two runs.

Carpenter led off the bottom of the second inning with a home run off Odraismer Despaigne to put St. Louis ahead 5-0. He then added a two-RBI double in the sixth inning, which gave St. Louis a 7-4 lead.

He is batting .271 with one triple, one home run, five doubles, 10 RBI, 11 runs, nine walks and one stolen base in 16 August games.


David Wright makes it into lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright returned to the starting lineup Monday against the Cubs after missing one game due to shoulder soreness.

Manager Terry Collins indicated Sunday Wright might miss multiple games, but the veteran third baseman bounced back quickly after leaving Saturday's game.

"If the injury is going to cause him to not help us, then we're making a mistake by putting him in there, but we don't know until he's in there," Collins said, per MLB.com. "Right now, he says he feels pretty good. ... I'm not worried about David Wright telling me the truth."


Todd Frazier held out of Game 2 of doubleheader


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier was held out of the starting lineup for Game 2 of a doubleheader Sunday night against Colorado due to a back injury. He owns a stat line of .279/.338/.457. He is hitting  .300 with no home runs, three doubles and eight RBI 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