Brandon Phillips
Brandon Phillips back in lineup Saturday
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
News: Back spasms did not prevent Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips from landing a spot in the lineup Saturday against the Cubs. He was removed from the Friday game after two at-bats with the ailment.

Phillips had been on a tear with 13 hits in his last 37 at-bats before leaving the game.


Scooter Gennett
Scooter Gennett drives in two
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
News: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett drove in two runs Friday against the Pirates.

Gennett came up big with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. He doubled on the first pitch he saw from Charlie Morton, driving in two runs. He finished 1 for 4, with one run and two RBI.


Cory Spangenberg
Cory Spangenberg on minor-league DL
Cory Spangenberg, 2B, SD
News: Padres infielder prospect Cory Spangenberg has been placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A San Antonio, after suffering concussion-like symptoms Tuesday, according to The report does not indicated whether he has been diagnosed with a concussion, but the organization is taking a cautious approach with him after he missed six weeks with a concussion in 2012.  

Kolten Wong
Kolten Wong sitting Friday
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
News: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Nationals.

Wong will be replaced by Mark Ellis, who recently returned from the disabled list. This is the second time in four days since he's been activated that Ellis finds himself in the starting lineup. It could point to reduced playing time for Wong moving forward.


Anthony Rendon
Anthony Rendon justifying faith of manager with hot start
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
News: Matt Williams certainly can't regret using Anthony Rendon as a full-time starter this season. Rendon has justified that decision - at least so far.

Rendon has hit safely in 13 of 15 games for the Nationals and owns an encouraging stat line of .339/.381/.593. He is the surprising team leader with 12 RBI and is tied for the top with five doubles. His .974 OPS is the best among all starters not named Ryan Zimmerman.

He has also shown a decent eye at the plate and an ability to make consistent contact with 10 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.


Derek Dietrich
Derek Dietrich hits third homer
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
News: Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich continued his hot start to the season Wednesday, clubbing his third home run of the season in a 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

Dietrich accounted for all of the team's offense in the losing effort with one swing of the bat, as he clubbed a three-run homer in the fourth inning to establish an early lead.  He finished the game 1 for 4, with a pair of strikeouts.

Dietrich has impressed early in the season, though he hasn't quite been a full-time player yet. He is hitting .286/.429/.643 in 28 at-bats, with eight RBI and eight runs scored in nine games. 


Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill smacks first home run Wednesday
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
News: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill connected on his first home run of the season in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Mets.

It was the only hit of the game for Hill, who has struggled at the plate thus far. He owns a .222/.273/.375 line with 18 strikeouts in 72 at-bats.


Rickie Weeks
Rickie Weeks off to slow start in second-base platoon
Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
News: After a promising spring, Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has gotten off to a slow start offensively, as he platoons with Scooter Gennett at second base. Though, Weeks is in the lineup when a left-handed starter is on the hill and has made just four starts through 14 games.

"I see him in [batting practice], he still looks good," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, per "But somewhere along the line, you need to have that feeling and get some hits and feel confident, and then hopefully that carries you for a long spell. There’s a lot of platoon systems that work really well. The guy who’s the right-handed hitter, he’s the one who’s got the games where you might not play for two weeks."

The challenge for Roenicke remains figuring out how to get Weeks going offensively.

"It may be difficult," Roenicke said. "We’re trying to win as many games as we can win, and I have to figure out who are the best guys to put out there that day. It’s difficult on some of them. It’s no different than a guy who is playing every single day [in the minor leagues], he comes to the big leagues and now he’s a bench player. It’s the same thing."


Marco Scutaro
Marco Scutaro still not close to returning
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
News: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is still not close to a return, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Last week, manager Bruce Bochy hoped to have a timetable for the second baseman by the end of the team's homestand, which comes this Thursday. It looks like the Giants will continue remain in a holding pattern with Scutaro, who hasn't been able to get over a back injury.


Neil Walker
Neil Walker smacks two home runs in suspended game
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
News: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker went 3 for 5 with two solo home runs in Monday's suspended game against the Reds, which eventually ended with an 8-7 Pirates win Tuesday.

Walker's home runs both came as part of a 10-homer barrage between the two teams in wet conditions Monday. He owns a .255 batting average with four home runs and seven RBI in 51 at-bats.


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