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Shoulder bruise has Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria sidelined


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:27 pm ET) Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is sidelined for the first time this season with a shoulder bruise, per MLB.com. He is out of the lineup against the Mets as Donovan Solano is taking his place.

Hechavarria, who is also expected to miss the Sunday game, is getting his shoulder checked by a doctor Saturday.

The Marlins will miss him. He has also hit safely in seven of his last eight games.


Many Reds have struggled against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has been hot-and-cold recently, but if history is any indication, he's likely to perform well Saturday in Cincinnati.

Gonzalez has been lights-out in the past against several Reds hitters, including Brandon Phillips (1-8), Todd Frazier (0-5), Jay Bruce (2-10), Marlon Byrd (5-21) and Zack Cozart (1-11).

The Reds have 16 hits in 116 at-bats lifetime against Gonzalez.


Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed blasts game-winning home run


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed had one hit in four at-bats on Friday against the Brewers. But was it ever a big hit. Ahmed launched a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Diamondbacks a lead they would hang on to, as they were victorious 7-5. It was Ahmed's third homer of the season.

The 25-year-old Ahmed has been hot at the plate. Over his last 10 games, he has 12 hits in 35 at-bats, including two home runs, two doubles and a triple. Despite the hot streak, however, Ahmed holds just a .214 season batting average.


Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford promoted to Double-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) The Phillies have promoted shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford to Double-A Reading on Friday, according to Philly.com. Crawford, the team's first-round draft pick in 2013, was batting .392 (29 for 74) in 20 games with Class A Clearwater this season.

Crawford is ranked the 14th best prospect in the game by Baseball America


Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki belts two solo home runs Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had his best game in a long time on Friday, as Colorado defeated the Phillies 4-1. Tulowitzki was a perfect 4 for 4 with two solo home runs, both coming off starter Cole Hamels. 

"It's nice," Tulowitzki said, per MLB.com. "I haven't been myself all season. That's why I keep working, because I know I can turn it around."

The two home runs doubled his season total to four. Friday was the first time Tulowitzki had at least four hits in a game since he had five on June 5, 2013, and his season batting average was increased to .285. 


Alcides Escobar homers in Royals' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit a solo home run to lead off the game in Friday's win over the Cubs. 

Escobar went 2 for 5 and drove in two runs. The home run was his second of the year, and he now has 17 RBI. 


Brad Miller returns to shortstop for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Brad Miller returns to the Mariners' lineup at shortstop for Friday's game against Cleveland. 

Miller will start his team-high 28th game at short, but it's just his second time there in the last 11 games. He replaces Chris Taylor.


Robinson Cano out of Mariners' lineup for second straight day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was held out of the team's starting lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland. It's the second straight game he's missed due to an illness. 

Cano is replaced by Willie Bloomquist, who makes his first start at second base this season. It's the sixth different position where Bloomquist has started this year. He'll bat eighth in the lineup. 


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) plans to return Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has declared himself fine after sustaining a hamstring injury on Thursday, per the Orange County Register. He is on the bench Friday night, but plans on playing Saturday.

Aybar will return to a seven-game hitting streak, though he has just one multi-hit game during that stretch.


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison gets day off Friday vs. Padres


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) After starting 15 straight games, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is receiving a day off Friday against the Padres. Harrison has been on fire with the bat in that stretch, batting .429 (27 for 63) with two home runs and 11 RBI in those 15 games. 

Jung Ho Kang will slide over to the hot corner with Jordy Mercer entering the lineup at shortstop. This is likely just a rest day for Harrison, and he could be back in the lineup on Saturday.


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) A left hamstring issue has Angels shortstop Erick Aybar set to sit Friday night against Detroit. He sustained the injury on Thursday.

Aybar did run his hitting streak to seven games before going down.


Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts fine for Friday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) A forearm issue will not keep Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts sidelined Friday night at Texas. He is in the lineup at his usual position and batting seventh.

Bogaerts, who was hit by a pitch Thursday, is on an 0-for-12 slide after hitting safely in nine of his previous 10 games.


Rangers SS Hanser Alberto set to debut Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Rangers newcomer Hanser Alberto will make his major league debut Friday night against Boston. He is playing shortstop.

The 22-year-old Alberto was batting .303 at Triple-A Round Rock before his promotion.


Rangers SS Elvis Andrus set to sit Friday for first time in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is out of the lineup Friday night against Boston knuckleballer Stephen Wright for the first time this season. He had started all previous 48 games.

Andrus is hitless in his last two games with three strikeouts in five at-bats. He owns a slash line of .241/.298/.316.


Trio of ailing Rays in lineup for Friday clash in Baltimore


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) A trio of ailing Rays are ready to roll Friday night in Baltimore. Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (ankle), shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) and right fielder Steven Souza are all in the lineup.

Cabrera and Souza had missed the last three games while Kiermaier lost no time to his ailment.


Brewers activate shortstop Jean Segura from 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was activated off the 15-day disabled list Friday. Segura has been out since May 13 due to a broken finger. 

Luis Sardinas saw most of the playing time at shortstop in Segura's absence. Sergura is batting .243 with one home run, two triples, four RBI, six runs and two stolen bases in his last 10 games.

He returned to the starting lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks, batting sixth.


Angels' Erick Aybar (hamstring) not expected to need DL stint


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Thursday's win over the Tigers that shortstop Erick Aybar (hamstring) is not expected to need a trip to the disabled list, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Aybar left Thursday's game due to hamstring tightness. He suffered the injury while trying to beat a bunt to first base. The team could call up a capable replacement at shortstop even if the Angels believe Aybar will only miss a few games with the injury. He was replaced Thursday by Taylor Featherston, who had played a total of six innings across four games at the position this season.


Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang slugs three-run home run in Thursday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang connected off pitcher Ian Kennedy in the first inning for his third home run of the season during Thursday's 11-5 win over the Padres.

Ho Kang finished the game 1 for 5 with three RBI. Ho Kang has hit safely in his last 10 games. During that time, he is 15 for 41 with eight RBI and he has raised his average from .270 to .308.


Angels' Erick Aybar exits Thursday with hamstring tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was removed from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to left hamstring tightness, the team announced.

Aybar appeared to suffer the injury on a safety squeeze in the fifth inning while trying to beat out his bunt. He was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI before being replaced by Taylor Featherston. Aybar has hit .273/.318/.328 with one home run, 15 RBI and three stolen bases in 183 at-bats and has served as the team's regular leadoff hitter as of late.


Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (forearm) avoids fracture


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) X-rays have confirmed that Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts did not suffer a fractured forearm on Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.

Bogaerts was hit by a pitch in the second inning of Thursday's win over the Rangers but initially stayed in the game before being replaced by a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning. With his X-rays coming back negative, the shortstop is day-to-day with the injury.


Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts exits game with forearm contusion


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was removed from Thursday's game against the Rangers due to a left forearm contusion, the team announced, per CSNNE.com.

Bogaerts was hit by a pitch in the second inning but initially stayed in the game. He played a few innings in the field before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the fourth. He has hit .268/.320/.376 with two home runs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases in 157 at-bats.


Rangers recall infielder Hanser Alberto from Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) The Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto from Triple-A Round Rock, according to MLB.com. The 22-year-old Alberto has been playing primarily shortstop for Round Rock, and owns a .303 batting average with a pair of home runs on the season. This is his first time reaching the Major Leagues.

To clear room for him on the 25-man roster, the team optioned pitcher Phil Klein to Triple-A. 


Red Sox designate infielder Jeff Bianchi for assignment


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Red Sox infielder Jeff Bianchi has been designated for assignment, the team announced Thursday. Bianchi, who was signed over the offseason, was recalled from Triple-A Sunday but did not receive a plate appearance with Boston. 

At Pawtucket, Bianchi was hitting .302 (16 for 53) with a pair of doubles and four RBI. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for recently-acquired Carlos Peguero, who was added to the club on Thursday. 


Tigers option Dixon Machado to Triple-A Toledo


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) The Tigers optioned infielder Dixon Machado to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, the team announced.

Machado was sent down to clear a roster spot for Buck Farmer, who's set to start Thursday against the Angels. He went 1 for 7 with a walk in three appearances with the Tigers and returns to a .274/.339/.331 line with one home run, 16 RBI and five stolen bases in 157 at-bats with Toledo.


Tigers SS Jose Iglesias returns to starting lineup Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Angels. Iglesias hasn't played since Saturday when he exited the game with a knee contusion. Iglesias missed four consecutive games with the latest ailment, but has recovered enough to play on Thursday.

"It's sore, but playable," Iglesias said, per MLive.com. "I'm going to do my best. Once I put on my uniform, I'm going to make some plays for my team."


 
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