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Adam Eaton to begin rehab assignment soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:33 pm ET) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton will begin a rehab assignment soon, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

Eaton will only need a few rehab games before he's ready to return. If all goes well, he could re-join the club Tuesday. Eaton is hitting .304/.370/.401 over 372 at-bats.


Padres reinstate Cameron Maybin


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:10 pm ET) The Padres reinstated outfielder Cameron Maybin from the restricted list Wednesday.

Maybin served a 25-game suspension handed down for violating the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He went 6 for 16 in five games with El Paso before rejoining the team. Maybin has hit .247/.286/.368 with one home run and three stolen bases in 174 at-bats.


Jose Bautista continues to rake in defeat of Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:00 pm ET) The first four hitters in the Blue Jays lineup combined for nine hits in a Wednesday win in Milwaukee, but only one of them blasted off. That was Jose Bautista, who crashed a three-run homer in the sixth inning to stretch the lead to 7-3.

Bautista also doubled in the victory in sweetening his stat line to .290/.406/.512.


Grant Green looking to return next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:48 pm ET) Angels infielder Grant Green is looking to return next week, according to MLB.com.

Green is on pace to start a rehab assignment over the next few days with the intention of returning next week. He's hit .313 over 80 at-bats. Green has been sidelined due to a back injury.


Marcell Ozuna continues heating up with three-hit game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:07 pm ET) Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna has gone from cold to hot. He slammed three hits against visiting Texas on Wednesday to make him 9 for 23 in the last five games after a 0-for-15 slide.

Ozuna homered for the second straight game, a 398-foot shot to left in the ninth inning. He had already doubled and scored in the fourth and singled. He has a stat line .261/.316/.440 stat line on the year with 17 home runs and 63 RBI.


Alex Rios ends slumber at the plate with single, double


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:59 pm ET) Alex Rios is still waiting for his first home run since July 6, but the Rangers outfielder did emerge from a long slump Wednesday in Miami.

Rios managed his first multi-hit game since July 29 with a single and run in the first inning and two-run double in the second. He had been on a 6-for-50 slide.


Michael Cuddyer misses another day Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:42 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Royals. 

Cuddyer also missed Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury. He's considered day-to-day. Cuddyer missed time recently due to a shoulder injury. He's hitting .331 over 130 at-bats.


Manager believes Ryan Zimmerman will return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:34 pm ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams believes infielder Ryan Zimmerman will return this season, according to The Washington Post

Zimmerman is currently rehabbing after tearing his hamstring. When asked about when Zimmerman will return, Williams said "I don't know when but sometime in September." Over 195 at-bats, Zimmerman hit .282/.345/.456.


Alex Hassan moves up, Steven Wright goes down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:20 pm ET) The Red Sox have called up outfielder Alex Hassan and optioned Steven Wright to the minors, according to the Providence Journal.

With Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks unavailable, the team needed to add another hitter. Hassan has only received seven at-bats in the majors this season.


Gregory Polanco benched Wednesday against southpaw


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:32 pm ET) A matchup Wednesday against a left-hander, against whom Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has struggled mightily, has him out of the lineup.

Polanco has just 12 hits in 77 at-bats against southpaws with a stat line of .156/.l193/.254.


Wil Myers back with Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:19 pm ET) What was anticipated has finally become reality - Rays outfielder Wil Myers has been activated from the disabled list.

Myers completed a rehab stint with Triple-A Durham after his recovery from a wrist injury that kept him off a big league field since May 30. He batted .250 in 24 at-bats with two home runs for the Bulls.

He hopes he can perform better with Tampa Bay than he did in the first two months of the season. Myers returns with a stat line of .227/.313/.354 and just five home runs in 198 at-bats.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis back out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:26 pm ET) The Mets have scratched outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis after having placed him in the lineup. He is still dealing with a neck issue.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis healthy and starting Wednesday in Oakland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:03 pm ET) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis not only recovered enough from a stiff neck to be cleared for action Wednesday in Oakland, but he has also received a rare start. The ailment prevented him from playing Tuesday.

Nieuwenhuis has neither started nor managed a hit since Aug. 8.


Setback could wipe out season for Andy Dirks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:01 pm ET) Yet another setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury could prevent Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks from playing major league baseball this season. He has been out all year after back surgery.

Dirks reinjured his hamstring Sunday night while running the bases for Triple-A Toledo. It was the second game of his latest rehab stint.

"Depending on how bad the hamstring is, I don't want to write him off," Brad Ausmus told MLive.com. "But it'd be tough at this point."

The Tigers have not yet recalled Dirks from his rehab assignment, which is his third in less than two months. An announcement is expected Wednesday, a day after an MRI on the hamstring, the results of which has yet to be revealed. Dirks remains on the 60-day disabled list.


Stiff back reason Dustin Ackley is sitting Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:51 am ET) A stiff back that has plagued Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley the last several days caused his absence from the lineup Wednesday in Philadelphia, per the Seattle Times.

The Thursday off-day will allow Ackley to rest his back for two straight days.


Khris Davis not in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:43 am ET) Brewers left fielder Khris Davis is set to sit Wednesday against Toronto. Gerardo Parra is playing the position instead.

Davis has been on a mini-roll with seven hits in his last 21 at-bats.


Dustin Ackley taking a seat against tough Phillies lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:11 am ET) A matchup against tough southpaw Cole Hamels has Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley out of the Wednesday lineup against host Philadelphia.

Ackley, whose .266 average against lefties this year is better than his mark against righties, has four hits and two walks in his last two games.


It's 'thumbs-up' for Alex Rios against Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is back in the lineup for the Wednesday game in Miami. Thumb ailments have limited him to just one at-bat since Sunday.

Rios hopes he can pick it up upon his return. He has not enjoyed a multi-hit game since July 29 and is 6 for 50 since.


Alex Rios strikes out in only at-bat Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:05 am ET) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios struck out in his only at-bat Tuesday after being scratched from the lineup with a thumb injury before the game.

Rios took the field as part of a double-switch in the bottom of the ninth and struck out in the top of the 10th. The Marlins broke through for a win in the next half-inning. Rios has hit .284/.313/.399 with four home runs, 49 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 444 at-bats.


Carl Crawford homers, steals base in three-hit game Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:36 am ET) Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford went 3 for 3 with a walk, a home run, three RBI and a stolen base in his team's 8-6 win over the Padres Tuesday.

Crawford gave his team an insurance run with a fifth-inning single that extended the lead to 6-4, and he followed that up with a two-run blast in the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Padres. Crawford's home run was his first since coming off the disabled list in mid-July. He owns a .268/.304/.370 line with five home runs, 29 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 254 at-bats


Josh Reddick slugs ninth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:10 am ET) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick went 1 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 6-2 win over the Mets Tuesday.

Reddick hadn't homered since slugging two of them on Aug. 3, and he's mixed a few multihit games in with several hitless performances over the last two weeks. Reddick has hit .255/.310/.432 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 271 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez hits 17th home run Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez clubbed his 17th home run Tuesday against the Rays.

Martinez waited until the eighth inning to strike. He led off the inning by taking a 75 mph curveball out to center field for the solo shot. Martinez would also single during the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Oswaldo Arcia continues home run binge


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:18 am ET) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia continued his ridiculous home run binge Tuesday against the Indians.

Arcia struck immediately. With two men on in the first inning, Arcia took an 84 mph changeup out to right for the three-run shot. It was his only hit of the game. Arcia would finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI.


Drew Stubbs homers, collects three hits Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:15 am ET) Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs went 3 for 4 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 7-4 victory over the Royals Tuesday.

Stubbs is on a mini hot streak, going 7 for 11 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in his last three games. He owns a .300/.343/.508 line with 13 home runs, 38 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 303 at-bats.


Marcell Ozuna slugs 17th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Rangers Tuesday.

Ozuna tied the game up at 1-1 with his fourth-inning blast, which was his first home run since July 27. He has hit .257/.312/.428 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI in 444 at-bats.


 
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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