Renato Nunez
Athletics' Renato Nunez: Out of lineup with back soreness
Renato Nunez, 3B, OAK
8:12 PM
News: Nunez is out of the lineup Tuesday with back soreness but may be available off the bench, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.

The 22-year-old hasn't played since Saturday, but it sounds like he's available in a pinch Tuesday and has a chance to return to the lineup in the coming days. Nunez has struggled against major league pitching since his Sept. 12 callup, recording two hits (both singles) in 15 at-bats. He managed just a .228 average and .278 OBP during his time with Triple-A Nashville (128 games) and those numbers largely overshadowed his contributions in the power department.

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Nick Castellanos
Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Activated from DL, available Tuesday
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
3:42 PM
News: Castellanos (hand) has been activated from the 15-day DL and is available off the bench Tuesday against the Indians.

This is excellent news, as Castellanos will beat the original ETA of a return this weekend. Look for him to rejoin the Tigers' lineup Wednesday. He will be an interesting player to value heading into leagues next year, as he just missed finishing as a top-10 third baseman on a per-plate-appearance level.

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Alex Bregman
Astros' Alex Bregman: To take groundballs Monday
Alex Bregman, 3B, HOU
9/26/2016
News: Bregman (hamstring) will take groundballs Monday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bregman had previously been limited to running and taking BP, but he'll now begin working in the field prior to Monday's game. With only a week remaining in the regular season, it remains to be seen whether Bregman will be able to return, or if he'll turn his attention toward preparing for 2017.

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Ryon Healy
Athletics' Ryon Healy: Homers in three-hit game
Ryon Healy, 3B, OAK
9/25/2016
News: Healy went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Rangers.

Healy chased Colby Lewis from the game in the second inning with his 12th home run of the year. He also added a pair of singles to his stat line, snapping a 1-for-16 slide at the plate. Six of the 24-year-old rookie's home runs have come during September, helping raise his slash line to a robust .303/.336/.519 in 66 games this year.

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Adrian Beltre
Rangers' Adrian Beltre: Smacks 32nd homer
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
9/25/2016
News: Beltre went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-1 loss to the A's.

Beltre contributed his team's only run with his seventh-inning solo shot -- his 32nd of the year. The bulk of his power production has come during the second half, as he had just 12 home runs prior to the All-Star break. The 37-year-old now has 101 RBI to go along with a .300/.359/.523 batting line.

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Danny Valencia
Athletics' Danny Valencia: Not starting Sunday
Danny Valencia, 3B, OAK
9/25/2016
News: Valencia is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Valencia has started every game since Sept. 9, but will sit out of Sunday's game. Matt Olson will head out to right field in Valencia's place when Oakland faces Colby Lewis and the Rangers.

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Yunel Escobar
Angels' Yunel Escobar: Sitting out Sunday
Yunel Escobar, 3B, LAA
9/25/2016
News: Escobar is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros.

The Angels will give Escobar a day off for the Sunday matinee, with Cliff Pennington entering the lineup in his stead. Escobar has put together a seven-game hitting streak, going 10-for-30 (.333 average) with a homer and six runs scored in that span.

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Chase Headley
Yankees' Chase Headley: In lineup Sunday
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY
9/25/2016
News: Headley (back) is in the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Chad Jennings of LoHud.com reports.

The back issue that cost Headley three games earlier in the week resurfaced Saturday, keeping him on the bench for the team's 3-0 loss to Toronto. He's apparently feeling better Sunday, however, and will get the starting nod at third base. Headley is 0-for-7 at the plate through the first three games of the series, during which the Yankees have been outscored 14-0.

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Pablo Sandoval
Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval: Return this season not ruled out
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS
9/24/2016
News: Manager John Farrell said Saturday that a return for Sandoval (shoulder) this season has not been ruled out, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.

This is certainly surprising, as it was announced back in May that Sandoval would be done for the year after undergoing surgery, but apparently he is well ahead of schedule in his recovery. That said, Sandoval has not yet played third base in the instructional league (only DH) and for fantasy purposes, this news is largely moot as it sounds like Sandoval only has a chance to be an option in October.

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Travis Shaw
Red Sox's Travis Shaw: Out of lineup Saturday
Travis Shaw, 3B, BOS
9/24/2016
News: Shaw is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

He will sit in favor of Brock Holt following an 0-for-4 showing in the series opener against Tampa Bay -- just Shaw's second absence in the team's last 12 games. Shaw has failed to capitalize on his regular playing time this month, posting an underwhelming .232/.274/.411 slash line. Manager John Farrell said earlier this week that third base is "a spot that can further be grabbed."

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