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Jed Lowrie starts rehab stint Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:12 am ET) Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie began a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. He singled in the fifth inning and played the field for seven innings. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored. Lowrie could be back as early as Monday against Seattle.

Orioles, Red Sox swap infielders Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) The Orioles have acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus, MLB.com reports.

Hanley Ramirez initially scratched, ultimately in lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was not initially in the Dodgers lineup for Saturday against the Padres due to a leg injury, but was cleared to play after testing the injury out prior to the game. He is in the lineup, despite suffering an injury in Friday's game. 

Hanley Ramirez sidelined by neck injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in Saturday's lineup against the Padres due to a left leg injury, which he suffered during Friday's game. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but Ramirez was on the field prior to the game testing the leg out.  

Marwin Gonzalez scratched with hamstring issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup Saturday against the Rangers, due to discomfort in his right hamstring, reports the Houston Chronicle. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but it appears to be a day-to-day issue.  

Xander Bogaerts returns to lineup, as expected


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) As expected, Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts is back in the team's lineup Saturday, after recovering from a concussion.

Bogaerts has been out a week while recovering, and he spent that time on the 7-day disabled list. He is hitting eighth in Saturday's game against the Rays, and carries a .223/.293/.333 line for the season into the action. 


Trio of Diamondbacks coming back September 1


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The Diamondbacks are set to bring back some of their injured players once rosters expand, according to FoxSports.

Outfielder A.J. Pollock, shortstop Chris Owings and starter Daniel Hudson should be back with the team September 1. Pollock has been out since late May with a hand issue. Owings has been dealing with a should injury. Hudson is coming back following Tommy John surgery.


Jed Lowrie ready for rehab stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (finger) will start a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Sacramento, the Bay Area News Group reports. Lowrie could return from the disabled list as early as Tuesday, per the paper.

Brandon Crawford back in action Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who sat out with a shoulder issue on Thursday, returned to the starting lineup Friday night against Milwaukee, per the Bay Area News Group.

Ryan Rua gets the call Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The Rangers purchased the contract of 24-year-old infielder Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock Friday, the team announced.

Rua has never appeared in a major-league game, but was hitting a solid .313/.382/.505 in 58 games at Round Rock prior to his callup. 


Zack Cozart picks up another three-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Reds infielder Zack Cozart continued to swing a hot bat Thursday, in a 7-2 win over the Cubs.

Cozart went 3 for 4 in the game, his second three-hit game in the last four. He drove in one run with a second-inning single, and then added a double later in the game, in addition to two stolen bases.

Even with eight hits in his last four games, Cozart is still hitting just .235 in the month of August, though he does have a season-high 35 RBI in the month as well. 


Brandon Crawford dealing with shoulder issue, out Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was scratched from the lineup for the second day in a row Thursday against the Rockies, due to a right shoulder that "has been bugging me pretty good the last four or five day," he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Crawford was also out of the lineup Wednesday, and it is not clear when he is expected back. It seems like he could play through the injury, but it is affected his throwing right now. 


Adeiny Hechavarria finally hits first homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The Marlins received a rare boost from an unexpected source Wednesday, but Adeiny Hechavarria's contribution went to waste in a 6-1 loss to the Angels.

Hechavarria put together one of his best performances of the season, including his first home run of the year. He went 3 for 3 with a walk, driving in one run and scoring one in the loss.

Hechavarria had just five home runs in 189 career games entering the season, and didn't hit his first in 2014 until game No. 117. He has just 28 RBI while hitting .277/.308/.363 in 433 at-bats. 


Jimmy Rollins smacks 17th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 2 with two walks and a solo home run in his team's 8-4 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Rollins delivered his home run in the bottom of the first inning after the team fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first. He's recorded four multi-hit performances in his last seven games. Rollins has hit .242/.324/.392 with 17 home runs, 53 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 500 at-bats.


Wilmer Flores smacks second home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores went 1 for 2 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Braves Wednesday.

Flores was just 1 for 10 over his last four games before going yard Wednesday. He has hit .224/.258/.301 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 156 at-bats.


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. 


Brewers sitting Jean Segura against Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is catching a break Wednesday in San Diego. Elian Herrera is set to man the position in his place.

Segura has broken from a 2-for-26 slide with six hits in his last 13 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. 


Reid Brignac opts for Triple-A assignment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Veteran infielder Reid Brignac has accepted an assignment by the Phillies to Triple-A Lehigh Valley rather than opting for free agency.

Used sparingly in recent games, Brignac finished his latest stint with Philadelphia on a 0-for-14 slide.


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. 


Starlin Castro brought back from bereavement list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds, after being away from the team for nearly a week while on the bereavement leave list. He is starting at shortstop and batting cleanup Tuesday. 

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.


 
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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