Rockies 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) begins rehab stint
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Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau
played in his first live game since the middle of May, as he began a minor-league rehab assignment on Friday. The veteran Morneau went 1 for 2 for Double-A New Britain.
Morneau has been on the disabled list with a concussion for nearly three months. He is expected to need at least two more rehab games before getting the green light to return to the Rockies.
Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez fine for Friday game
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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez
was true to his word. He stated Thursday that he would not miss any time after fouling a pitch off his knee and he is indeed in the lineup Friday against the visiting Cubs.
Gonzalez lost a four-game hitting streak with his 0-for-2 effort Thursday before his removal from the game.
Cardinals' Matt Adams not ready for rehab assignment
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Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams
is still working his way back from a right quad strain and is not ready for rehab games
, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
. Adams has been out since late May with a right quad injury and has been rehabbing in Florida.
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman goes grand for 10th home run Tuesday
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Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman
had one hit on Tuesday, but it was a big one. Zimmerman connected on his 10th home run of the season--a grand slam to put the Nationals up 8-2 in the sixth inning of the 8-3 victory over the Padres.
Half of Zimmerman's home runs this season have come in the 27 games since he returned from the disabled list at the end of July.
1B Ryan Howard back in cleanup spot for Phillies
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Veteran first baseman Ryan Howard
is back in the cleanup spot for the Phillies on Monday after not playing in the last two contests.
Howard has been out of the Phillies lineup in five of the last six games, with Jeff Francoeur taking his familiar No. 4 spot in the lineup. Part of that is due to Philadelphia's youth movement and part of it had to do with the team facing four left-handed pitchers.
"I'm ready to get back in there," Howard told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Ready to get home and try to get back after it."
Pirates activate SS Jordy Mercer, put 1B Travis Ishikawa on DL
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The Pirates have announced that they have activated shortstop Jordy Mercer
off the disabled list and placed first baseman Travis Ishikawa
on it with a back strain.
Mercer has been out for five weeks with a knee injury. It remains to be seen how often he plays considering the emergence of Jung Ho Kang at that position.
Ishikawa has played sparingly this season with just 12 hits in 59 at-bats over 39 games.
Paul Goldschmidt powers D-Backs to victory with two homers
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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt
wasn't going to stay quiet for long. The MVP candidate broke out of a slump in a big way on Saturday, as he went 4 for 5 in the 11-7 win over the Reds.
Goldschmidt hit two home runs, drove in four runs, scored three and even stole a base, as he filled up the box score on Saturday. He launched a two-run home run in the first inning to give the D-Backs an early 3-0 lead. He added another two-run shot in the seventh, giving him 24 longballs on the year.
He also stole his 20th base, giving him his first-career 20-20 season.
Goldschmidt had gone 22 games since his previous home run, which came back on July 27.
Braves' Nick Swisher blasts two home runs in loss on Saturday
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News: Nick Swisher
had his finest performance as a member of the Braves on Saturday. Swisher, who was acquired by the Braves earlier this month, hit a pair of two-run home runs, but it wouldn't be enough, as the Braves fell to the Cubs 9-7.
Swisher now has three home runs in 11 games with the Braves--he had two in 30 games with the Indians prior to the trade.
The switch-hitting Swisher homered from both sides of the plate on Saturday, the 14th time in his career he has accomplished that feat.
Back injury forces Mets' Lucas Duda to 15-day disabled list
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Mets first baseman Lucas Duda
has been placed on the 15-day disabled list
due to a back injury. Duda was forced to exit Friday night's game in the seventh inning after his back locked up on him during the game. He missed six games last week due to the injury and now will have to miss at least 15 more.
"He obviously never fully healed to have it reoccur that quickly," assistant general manager John Ricco said, per ESPN.com. "We gave it a chance last time [without the DL]. The four, five, six days didn't knock it out. I think it's obvious we need to give it more time. While he was cleared to play last time, obviously there was still something in there that it reoccurred. So we decided this time to give it the full 15 days."
It is not yet known if Duda will require more than the 15 days to recover. The Mets recalled reliever Dario Alvarez to replace him on the active roster.
Matt McBride gives Ben Paulsen a rest at first for Rockies
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Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen
isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. Paulsen has started 55 games, including the last seven.
Paulsen is being replaced in the lineup by Matt McBride, who gets his second start of the season at the position.