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Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:27 pm ET) 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.


Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:25 pm ET) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Michael Morse not quite ready for batting practice


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:59 pm ET) Michael Morse, who has not played since Aug. 31 due to a strained oblique, was out of the Giants' starting lineup against the Dodgers on Sunday as expected, and it may be awhile longer before he see game action. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Morse may not take batting practice until Tuesday.

Will Venable still out of lineup with back injury


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(1:50 pm ET) Will Venable was absent from the Padres' starting lineup for the third straight game with a strained back. He remains day to day with the injury. Cameron Maybin received the start in center field on Sunday at the Diamondbacks.

Matt Kemp back in Dodgers' lineup


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(1:05 pm ET) Matt Kemp was in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Sunday's game at the Giants, one day after making an early exit due to a toe injury. Kemp fouled a pitch off his left foot during Saturday's contest.

Starling Marte still on the bench


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11:20 am ET) Starling Marte was not in the Pirates' starting lineup for Sunday's game versus the Cubs, as Travis Snider got his third straight start in left field. Marte has not played since he exited Thursday's game at the Phillies with a sore left elbow resulting from a hit-by-pitch.

Matt Kemp exits game after fouling ball off foot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:24 am ET) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp left Saturday's game against the Giants after fouling a ball off his left foot, per MLB.com. Joc Pederson took over for him at right field in the fifth inning. Kemp told reporters his toe was fine after the game, however, his status for Sunday's series finale still remains uncertain.

David Peralta to resume baseball activities Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta underwent an MRI on his injured back, which revealed no major structural damage, according to FOX Sports Arizona on Saturday. He has been sidelined since Sept. 5, but is expected to resume baseball activities on Monday.

Matt den Dekker to see doctor Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker is scheduled to be evaluated by a doctor Saturday regarding his injured hand, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"That hand is just not getting much better," manager Terry Collins said. "He can't grip the bat yet. He's having a tough time throwing. We're going to have them take a look at it when the doctor gets here today to reexamine his hand."

den Dekker was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch Tuesday, and he remains unable to grip a bat.


Giancarlo Stanton will have stitches removed Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is expected to have the stitches on his face removed on Tuesday, as well as more tests that day, according to MLB.com Saturday. The team will know by then if he'll be able to return at any point this season.

Along with the facial laceration, Stanton had multiple facial fractures and dental damage after being drilled in the face by an 88 mph fastball on Thursday. He was not diagnosed with a concussion.

Stanton was in the midst of his best season in the majors, likely earning MVP consideration before the incident. He batted .288, owned the third-best slugging percentage in the majors (.555) along with 37 homers and 105 RBI over 538 at-bats.

Will Venable remains out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game in Arizona.

Venable hasn't played since Wednesday due to a back strain. He has hit .222/.287/.318 line with six home runs, 27 RBI and nine stolen bases in 365 at-bats.


Starling Marte out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte remains out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Marte is available for pinch-running duty, but the soreness in his arm will prevent him from participating at the plate. He has hit .286/.357/.447 with 11 home runs, 50 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 441 at-bats.


Daniel Murphy in, Matt den Dekker out Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Nationals, but outfielder Matt den Dekker still remains sidelined.

Murphy was sidelined Friday after taking a pitch to the wrist the previous day. den Dekker continues to deal with left hand soreness.


Jayson Werth back in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

Werth was given Friday off while recovering from the flu. He has hit .283/.383/.448 with 16 home runs, 78 RBI and nine stolen bases in 498 at-bats.


Khris Davis returns to lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Brewers outfielder Khris Davis is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

Davis hasn't played since Wednesday while recovering from a forearm injury. He returns to a .251/.308/.475 line with 22 home runs and 68 RBI in 474 at-bats.


A.J. Pollock homers, drives in four runs Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock led the offense Friday, going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 6-5 loss to the Padres.

Pollock singled home the first run of the game in the first inning, but the Padres scored six unanswered runs through the top of the fifth. After the team added a run in the bottom of the fifth, Pollock smashed a three-run home run to bring the score to within one, which is where it would settle. It was his first home run since returning from his extended injury absence, but he's nonetheless performed well this month, going 10 for 27 with three stolen bases in eight games.


Ryan Zimmerman tests hamstring running the bases Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Nationals outfielder Ryan Zimmerman took full batting practice Friday while also taking grounders, throwing on the field and running the bases at about 60 percent, the Washington Post reports.

"[He] didn’t have any issues," manager Matt Williams said. "He turned all the bags, started and stopped, and did all the things that are required by this step."

Zimmerman is expected to continue a similar program this weekend before flying to Florida to face live pitching in the instructional league. While he doesn't have a specific timetable for his return, he is on track to make it back to action during the regular season, provided he doesn't suffer a setback.


Will Venable held out of starting lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Padres outfielder Will Venable was held out of the starting lineup Friday night against the Diamondbacks. Venable suffered a back strain on Wednesday. He is hitting .222/.287/.318 line with six home runs, 27 RBI and nine stolen bases in 365 at-bats.

Matt den Dekker not in the lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker was not in the starting lineup Friday night against the Nations because of soreness in his left hand. Den Dekker was hit by a pitch on Tuesday and hasn't returned since the injury. He is hitting .222/.321/.282 with five stolen bases in 117 at-bats.

Joe Paterson, Brett Jackson recalled from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Diamondbacks recalled reliever Joe Paterson and outfielder Brett Jackson from Triple-A Reno prior to Friday's game against the Padres, the team announced. The move puts the team with 32 players on the active roster.

Arm ailment has Starling Marte out Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte participated in batting practice Friday, but the left arm discomfort that forced him out of the Thursday game after a hit-by-pitch remained. He is set to sit in the series opener against the Cubs.

Marte has 11 hits in his last 23 at-bats. When he does return, he will try to extend a 10-game hitting streak. 


Khris Davis on bench again for Friday night game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) A forearm injury continues to keep Brewers left fielder Khris Davis out of the lineup. He is a no-go for the Friday night game against Cincinnati. His return had been expected.

Davis last played Wednesday. He is batting just .200 in his last seven games and has not achieved a multi-hit game since Sept. 3.


Skip Schumaker done for year after shoulder surgery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Reds outfielder Skip Schumaker has undergone surgery to repair a torn labrum in the shoulder and is out for the season.

Schumaker played only three games in September. He finishes the year with a stat line of .235/.287/.308 in 247 at-bats, his lowest total since 2007.


Jayson Werth out with illness against Washington


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Nationals have given right fielder Jayson Werth the night off for the Friday game against the host Mets. He is dealing with the flu. Nate Schierholtz is set to start there instead.

Werth is in a 2-for-15 mini-slump, but he owns a strong .283/.383/.448 stat line on the season with 77 runs scored and 78 RBI.


Domonic Brown back in lineup Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown has returned to action Friday for the first game of a series against Miami. He had been out since being removed from the Wednesday game after sustaining a shoulder injury diving for a ball.

Brown returns in the midst of a disappointing season in which he has just nine home runs, one-third the total he racked up in 2013.


 
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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