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Jed Lowrie could begin rehab assignment Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie could start a rehab assignment Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Lowrie has been sidelined since August 13 due to a finger injury. He's been able to make progress recently, and could be close to a return. Lowrie hit .238/.317/.354 over 407 at-bats. 


Jed Lowrie takes batting practice Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie took batting practice Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Lowrie took two-handed swings in the cages prior to Wednesday's game. His throwing session went well Tuesday, and he seems to be making progress. He's planning to hit again Thursday. Lowrie has been out since August 13 with a finger injury.


Xander Bogaerts ready to return Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts has passed Major League Baseball's concussion protocal, and should be back Saturday, according to the Providence Journal

Bogaerts can return from the 7-day disabled list Saturday, and it's looking like that will happen. He's hitting .223/.293/.333 over 435 at-bats. 


Alexei Ramirez slugging better than .500 in August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez homered for the second straight game during an 8-6 loss Tuesday against the Indians. He finished 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBI.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer off T.J. House in the fifth inning to give Chicago a 5-4 lead. He then tied the game at 6 with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

Ramirez is batting .303 with a .506 slugging percentage, .832 OPS, three home runs, nine doubles, 12 RBI, 13 runs and one stolen base in 22 August games.


Xander Bogaerts could return Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts is no longer feeling the effects of his concussion, according to the Providence Journal

Bogaerts still has to pass league-mandated tests before he's cleared to return. He can come off the seven-day disabled list as early as Saturday. There's a chance he'll do that based on his progress. Bogaerts is hitting .223/.293/.333 over 435 at-bats. 


Jed Lowrie to play catch Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie will attempt to play catch Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

If that goes well, Lowrie could begin a rehab assignment later this week. He's been sidelined since August 13 due to a finger injury. Lowrie is hitting .238/.317/.354 over 407 at-bats. 


J.J. Hardy slugs eighth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 9-1 win over the Rays Sunday.

Hardy was one of five Orioles to hit home runs in the blowout win. After entering August with just four home runs to his credit, the shortstop has swatted four more home runs this month. He has hit .282/.316/.394 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 447 at-bats.


Yunel Escobar sticking with Rays


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar will remain with Tampa Bay, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Escobar was claimed on waivers by the Athletics, but the Rays opted to pull him back. Escobar had expressed a desire to remain in Tampa Bay, and the team decided that was for the best. Escobar is hitting .253/.317/.318 over 396 at-bats.


Jed Lowrie hopes to resume throwing this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie hopes to begin throwing in the next few days as his injured finger continues to improve, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Lowrie, who is eligible to return from the disabled list Thursday, could make it back to the active roster soon after he begins throwing, provided he doesn't run into any issues. He has hit .238/.317/.354 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 407 at-bats.


Pirates make several roster moves Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) The Pirates announced a few roster moves prior to Monday's game against the Cardinals. The team has recalled and reinstated infielder Clint Barmes from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Jayson Nix for assignment. They have also officially selected the contract of outfielder Jose Tabata from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned outfielder Gregory Polanco to Indianapolis. 

Report: Rays unlikely to trade Yunel Escobar to A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) The Rays are unlikely to trade shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Athletics, according to the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. The A's won the claim to Escobar on Sunday and had until 1 p.m. Tuesday to work out a trade, but it seems as if Tampa Bay will pull the shortstop back from waivers.

Escobar is hitting .253 with four homers and 31 RBI over 396 at-bats in his second season for Tampa Bay.

Alexei Ramirez swats 12th home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 1 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 7-4 loss to the Yankees Sunday.

Ramirez led off the game with the home run, which was his first since Aug. 2. He has hit .285/.318/.418 with 12 home runs, 60 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 505 at-bats.


Red Sox call up Carlos Rivero


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Red Sox have called up infielder Carlos Rivero , WEEI.com reports. He has hit .264/.324/.379 with seven home runs and 53 RBI in 390 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A.

Red Sox place Xander Bogaerts on 7-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Red Sox placed infielder Xander Bogaerts on the seven-day concussion disabled list Sunday, retroactive to Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.

Bogaerts took a changeup to the earpiece of his helmet Friday and hasn't played since. He underwent further concussion testing Sunday, and the team saw enough to stick him on the disabled list. He has hit .223/.293/.333 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 435 at-bats.


Report: A's win claim on Yunel Escobar


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Athletics have won the claim to Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar, who is on revocable waivers, FOXSports.com reports.

The teams have until 1 p.m. Tuesday to work out a trade, and the Rays also have the options of pulling Escobar back from waivers or letting the A's take him for no compensation aside from the salary relief associated with the shortstop's contract. Escobar is set to make $12 million over the next two seasons, and his contract has a $7-million club option for 2017 that includes a $1-million buyout.


Xander Bogaerts set for concussion tests Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts will undergo more concussion tests Sunday, ESPNBoston.com reports.

If Bogaerts doesn't pass Sunday's testing, the Red Sox will put him on the disabled list and bring up a replacement for the active roster. He was hit on the helmet by a pitch Friday and sat out Saturday's game, and he's not in the lineup Sunday either.


Xander Bogaerts: 'I'm OK' after scary HBP


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has declared himself fine after taking an 89 mph changeup to the earpiece of his helmet Friday night. He wasn't blaming Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for the errant pitch.

"He's 0-2 and it probably slipped in his hand but it wasn't intentional," Bogaerts told ESPN. "You don't want to get hit in your head, obviously, but I got hit pretty good and thank God I'm OK right now."


Xander Bogaerts can't return Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mariners, one day after he was hit by a pitch in the head. At this point, it is not clear what the nature of the issue is, but he will likely be re-evaluated throughout the day, with an update expected later.  

Xander Bogaerts leaves after being hit in the head


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after being hit in the head by a pitch.

Bogaerts was hit in the head while up to bat in the fifth inning. Trainers looked at Bogaerts following the play, but he managed to stay in the game. Bogaerts actually stayed in through the following inning, but was pulled at the beginning of the seventh. He will be evaluated for a concussion. Bogaerts was 0 for 1 with a strikeout before leaving the game. 


Hitters to start in Week 22


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/22/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 25-31)? You may just find him in the latest Start and Sit Hitters. Stephen Vogt, Justin Morneau, Jedd Gyorko, Martin Prado, J.J Hardy and Michael Morse are all labeled "starts" for the upcoming scoring period, with several other sleeper suggestions sprinkled throughout.

Be sure to give it a look before setting your lineup.


Jed Lowrie not ready to throw or hit yet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie is not ready to throw or hit yet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Lowrie did say his injured finger was getting better. He's hoping to begin throwing and hitting drills in a few days. Lowrie has been sidelined since August 13 with a fractured finger. 


Carlos Sanchez get the call


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The White Sox have recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte Friday, as expected, to take Gordon Beckham's spot on the active roster. 

Carlos Sanchez to get the call Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) White Sox infielder Carlos Sanchez will be called up Friday, according to MLB.com.

Sanchez will take the place of Gordon Beckham on the roster. Sanchez has hit .293/.349/.412 over 437 at-bats at Triple-A. 


 
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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