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Wilfredo Tovar getting the call


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) According to NJ.com, the Mets will call up Wilfredo Tovar for Tuesday's game at Washington. They need an extra infielder with Dilson Herrera sidelined by a strained right quadriceps.

Tovar has spent most of 2014 at Double-A Binghamton, hitting .282 with a .690 OPS in 255 at-bats there.


Nationals rest several regulars


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) For their Sunday matchup at the Marlins, the Nationals left Ian Desmond, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos out of their starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman, who made his return from a two-month hiatus due to a hamstring injury on Saturday, was also not in Sunday's lineup.

Dilson Herrera still out on Sunday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Dilson Herrera was out of the Mets' lineup for Sunday's game at the Braves. He exited Saturday's contest with a leg injury. Wilmer Flores got the start at second base in place of Herrera.

Jimmy Rollins may not play again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins may not play again this season, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

Rollins is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, and manager Ryne Sandberg is unclear if he'll play again. "I'm not going one way or another on it," Sandberg told reporters. Rollins has hit .243/.323/.394 over 538 at-bats.


Alexi Amarista swats two homers in three-game stretch


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Padres infielder Alexi Amarista knocked two home runs in a three-game stretch this week to extend his quality play over the last week-plus.

Amarista is batting .400/.406/.667 with two home runs and 10 RBI over his last eight games, and he's 7 for 15 with the pair of home runs in his last four games. His hot streak has improved his line to .246/.293/.325 with five home runs, 37 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 391 at-bats.


Andrelton Simmons back in action Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons returned to the starting lineup, hitting second Friday night at home against the Mets. Simmons was removed from Wednesday's game against the Nationals after aggravating an ankle injury. He is hitting .251/.297/.374 on the year.

Everth Cabrera not likely to return before end of homestand


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Updating a previous report: It now appears doubtful that Padres infielder Everth Cabrera will join the team before the end of their Sept. 15-24 homestand, per U-T San Diego. Cabrera been sidelined since August 9 due to a hamstring injury. He's hit .232/.272/.300 in 357 at-bats. 

Jordy Mercer gets thumbs-up for Thursday action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is back in action Thursday against visiting Boston. He had been absent from the lineup since Sunday with a back problem.

Mercer returns on a roll. He was 14 of 36 in his last eight games before going down.


Hanley Ramirez ready to roll again Thursday in Windy City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has returned to the lineup Thursday aganst the host Cubs after missing two starts with an elbow ailment.

Ramirez had 13 hits in his previous seven games before going down. His stat line on the season is .277/.362/.444.


Jean Segura can't hit Shelby Miller - and won't Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Brewers are sitting shortstop Jean Segura in St Louis on Thursday in favor of Hector Gomez. He is hitless in 15 at-bats lifetime against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller.

Segura has not driven in a run in his last 21 games.


Andrelton Simmons ankle fine


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The ankle injury that Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons aggrevated Wednesday night is not severe enough to keep him out of the lineup going forward, per MLB.com.

Though he was removed from the game in the fourth inning against Washington and was walking with a noticeable limp after the game, Simmons said it wasn't hurting him.

"It's not a sprained ankle," Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's more of an Achilles thing, up high, that bites him every once in a while. I didn't want to take a chance with it."

Simmons ended his six-game hitting streak with a 0-for-2 performance and now owns a stat line of .251/.297/.374.


Andrelton Simmons exits with ankle injury Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was removed from Wednesday's game in the top of the fourth inning due to an apparent ankle injury.

Simmons went 0 for 2 at the plate before exiting, ending a six-game hitting streak. He said after the game that he just tweaked the ankle area, but the injury wasn't bad, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Simmons owns a .243/.285/.333 line with seven home runs and 45 RBI in 510 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer out again for Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been given the red light for the second straight game Wednesday against Boston. He has been dealing with a back issue.

Mercer was on a 14-for-36 run before being sidelined.


Adeiny Hechavarria ready to return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria returned to the starting lineup Wednesday.

Hechavarria was dealing with an arm injury. He missed one game due to the injury. Hechavarria is hitting .281/.312/.366 over 495 at-bats. 


Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.


Hanley Ramirez targeting weekend return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Don Mattingly has claimed that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is feeling better Wednesday and could rejoin the lineup this weekend against the host Cubs.

Ramirez pinch-hit Tuesday and is not starting Wednesday in Colorado. He has been dealing with an elbow strain.


Wilmer Flores upping his stock for 2015


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/17/2014) Granted, if the Mets make a play for Starlin Castro or some other high-profile shortstop this offseason, all bets are off, but Wilmer Flores' two-homer performance Tuesday against the Marlins was just the latest indication that the 23-year-old is on the verge of turning the corner.

And that's an exciting prospect for Fantasy owners now that he's proven at least competent at the weakest position in the game.

In his last 18 games, he's batting .303 with five home runs and a .984 OPS. He has struck out just twice in 66 at-bats during that stretch. In 43 games since the All-Star break (or since his return from the minors, more accurately), he has struck out just nine times in 140 at-bats.

That was his calling card in the minors, where he never struck out even 80 times in a season and was typically between 60 and 70. The high contact rate often resulted in a .300 batting average -- particularly in the upper levels, when he began to develop the power to hit 15-plus homers and 30-plus doubles.

It's a skill set similar to the one Edgardo Alfonzo brought with him to the majors in the late 90s. If you were playing Fantasy then, you'll probably remember he had a few years when he was a pretty stellar option even at the height of the steroids era. And he wasn't even a shortstop during that time.

Sleeper alert?


Hanley Ramirez again a no-go Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) An elbow strain that prevented oft-injured Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez from playing Tuesday night also has him sidelined Wednesday afternoon in Colorado.

Ramirez, who has missed more than 30 games this season, boasts a stat line of .277/.362/.444. He had nine hits in 17 at-bats before his latest physical setback.


Wilmer Flores blasts off twice in Tuesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores has been tearing it up at the plate recently, but went downright hog-wild Tuesday night.

Flores achieved the first two-homer game of his career in a rout of Miami. He began his big night with an RBI double in the fourth inning, socked a three-run blast in the fifth and added a two-run shot in the seventh for six RBI. He is 8 for 15 with two homers and 10 RBI in the last four games combined.


Ian Desmond dominates in defeat of Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Shortstop Ian Desmond was pretty much the entire offense for the Nationals in their shutout win Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Desmond slammed a two-run homer in the sixth to break a scoreless tie, then doubled in the ninth and tallied on a wild pitch as he had his hand in all of his team's runs. He improved his stat line to .252/.308/.423 in the process.


Hanley Ramirez scratched Tuesday with strained elbow


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup due to an elbow strain.

Ramirez has been on fire at the plate lately, going 9 for 17 over his last five games. He has hit .278/.362/.445 with 13 home runs, 69 RBI and 14 stolen bases.


Jordy Mercer scratched with back tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness, the team announced. Clint Barmes will replace Mercer at the position and bat eighth.

Adeiny Hechavarria out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is not in the lineup Tuesday due to arm soreness, MLB.com reports. He has hit .281/.312/.366 with seven stolen bases in 495 at-bats. The shortstop is day-to-day.

Everth Cabrera could return as early as Sept. 15


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) U-T San Diego reports that Padres infielder Everth Cabrera (hamstring)  is getting back "up to speed" with the team's instructional league group in Arizona. He is expected to return at some point during their Sept. 15-24 homestand.

Nick Ahmed, Andrew Chafin get called up from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Diamondbacks recalled shortstop Nick Ahmed and pitcher Andrew Chafin from Triple-A Reno prior to Monday's game against San Francisco. 

 
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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