Miguel Cabrera
Report: Miguel Cabrera might not need surgery on ankle
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
10/15/2014
News: Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski believes the large bone spur in the right ankle of slugger Miguel Cabrera might not require surgery, per MLB.com.

"Is it a possibility? I'd say it is a possibility," Dombrowski said. "I don't know if it's going to happen or not. Sure. There's a spur in there, and people that have looked at him so far tell me that it has to be removed. It's a relatively easy - for them - procedure. But I don't want to draw any conclusions yet, because he's not done with that whole process."

Cabrera performed better down the stretch despite an ankle ailment that plagued him throughout the year. He won American League Player of he Year honors in September by batting .379 with eight home runs and 18 RBI.

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Jose Abreu
'Mental fatigue' contributes to Jose Abreu's second-half power decline
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
10/14/2014
News: By most standards, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had a strong second half, batting .350 with a .513 sluging percentage after the All-Star break.

Though, while he hit for a higher average than in the first half (.292), Abreu saw a drop in home runs, belting just seven in the second half after having 29 before the break.

"It could be some fatigue, but I would say it was a mental fatigue," White Sox strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "And the league knew him a little better in the second half. He still took singles and the opportunities to get hits, he just missed by a little bit."

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Mike Napoli
Mike Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep disorder
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
10/14/2014
News: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is slated to undergo surgery in early November to alleviate sleep apnea, WEEI.com reports.

"I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career," Napoli wrote in a text. "I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done."

Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe and back this season, but he isn't scheduled for any further surgery. He hit .240/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 415 at-bats this season, marking the first time since 2007 he has failed to collect 20 home runs.

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Jesus Guzman
Astros 1B Jesus Guzman elects to become free agent
Jesus Guzman, 1B, HOU
10/11/2014
News: Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman has opted for free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

Guzman struggled mightily with Houston this season, compiling a .182/.272/.248 stat line with just two home runs and 52 strikeouts in 165 at-bats.

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Chris Davis
Orioles' Chris Davis will not be on ALCS roster
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
10/9/2014
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday suspended first baseman Chris Davis will not be on the roster for the ALCS against Kansas City. Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, wouldn't be eligible to return until Game 6 of the series.
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Brandon Moss
Brandon Moss slated for Oct. 21 hip surgery
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
10/8/2014
News: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss will undergo surgery on his right hip on Oct. 21, MLB.com reports.

Moss was expected to undergo surgery after hip issues surfaced late in the season. The first baseman indicated he had been dealing with hip problems much of the year. Moss managed to hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats.

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Stephen Vogt
Stephen Vogt set for Oct. 14 foot surgery
Stephen Vogt, 1B, OAK
10/8/2014
News: Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt will undergo surgery on his right foot on Oct. 14, MLB.com reports.

Vogt was expected to undergo a procedure to repair a plantar plate tear in the foot but wanted to seek a second opinion before going through with the surgery. He hit .279/.321/.431 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 269 at-bats.

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Mark Teixeira
Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira feels he can still play 150 games
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
10/7/2014
News: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hasn't played 150-plus games since the 2011 season and hasn't surpassed 123 games over the last three seasons, which has a lot to do with his surgically repaired right wrist.

However, the 34-year-old first baseman still feels he is capable of playing in 150 games as he enters his 13th MLB season in 2015.

"You’d have to be crazy to think we wouldn’t be a little bit better if I was healthier," Teixeira said Monday, per the New York Daily News. "I played 123 games? I want to play 150 and I want to be healthy and strong for 150. So that’s what I expect out of myself."

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J.P. Arencibia
Rangers send J.P. Arencibia, Guilder Rodriguez outright to Triple-A
J.P. Arencibia, 1B, TEX
10/6/2014
News: The Rangers sent first baseman/catcher J.P. Arencibia and infielder Guilder Rodriguez outright to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
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Dan Johnson
Seven Blue Jays elect for free agency
Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR
10/5/2014
News: According to Baseball America, the following Blue Jays have elected for free agency rather than an outright assignment: shortstop Jonathan Diaz, outfielders Cole Gillespie and Darin Mastroianni, first baseman Dan Johnson, right-hander Bobby Korecky and left-handers Brad Mills and Raul Valdes.
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