Wilmer Flores
Mets' Wilmer Flores: Could require DL stint
Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM
8/16/2017
News: Flores went to a hospital to have his sore ribcage further evaluated, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

It appears Flores, who was scratched from Wednesday's game after he was unable to take swings during pregame, may be dealing with something pretty serious. Manager Terry Collins said the Mets might need a pair of infielders for Thursday, according to Marc Carig of Newsday, so it sounds like he may ultimately require a stint on the disabled list to get over the ailment. More should be known after the results from his hospital visit are disclosed.

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Travis Shaw
Brewers' Travis Shaw: Connects for 26th home run
Travis Shaw, 3B, MIL
8/16/2017
News: Shaw went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

The 27-year-old has now hit safely in nine straight games, and he's homered in two of his last three. Shaw missed a start over the weekend with a foot injury, and it's possible he will require additional maintenance in the near future, but it doesn't seem like the issue will limit him in any significant way moving forward.

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Ke'Bryan Hayes
Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes: Still waiting for power to arrive
Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT
8/16/2017
News: Hayes, 20, is hitting .272/.349/.357 with two home runs, 36 RBI and 26 steals through 95 games for High-A Bradenton.

Hayes has shown stellar plate discipline along with the ability to steal bases, though his lack of power is concerning. The Pirates are still hoping that the 6-foot-1, 210-lb Hayes has that power stroke coming, though next season at Double-A will be the real test as to his future trajectory.

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David Wright
Mets' David Wright: Optimistic about 2017 return
David Wright, 3B, NYM
8/16/2017
News: Wright (shoulder) remains confident that he'll be able to return to the Mets before the season comes to a close, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.

Wright was able to begin some baseball activities earlier this month, but he's essentially going through the equivalent of spring training again with the right shoulder impingement having sidelined him since late February. It may take several weeks for Wright to ramp up his workouts and progress to full batting practice and fielding drills before eventually kicking off a rehab assignment, so if he does end up suiting up for the Mets in 2017, it may only be for a handful of games in the second half of September. Having Wright back on the field before the campaign draws to a close would certainly aid the Mets in their evaluation for him heading into 2018, but after the 34-year-old missed most of the past three seasons due to injury, the organization may not view him as a realistic everyday option at this stage of his career.

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Austin Riley
Braves' Austin Riley: Finding footing at Double-A
Austin Riley, 3B, ATL
8/16/2017
News: Riley, 20, is batting .349 with two home runs and nine RBI over his last 10 games for Double-A Mississippi.

Riley got off to a slow start following his promotion, but is now slashing .270/.311/.396 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 28 games at Double-A. His patience at the dish remains questionable, though, as Riley has fanned 31 times while drawing just six walks over that span. While there are certainly worries about his ability make consistent contact at the higher levels, Riley has shown some solid power thus far during his brief professional career.

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Miguel Gomez
Giants' Miguel Gomez: In line for activation Saturday
Miguel Gomez, 3B, SF
8/16/2017
News: Gomez (knee) will play two games with High-A San Jose on Thursday and Friday before returning to the Giants on Saturday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Gomez was placed on the 10-day DL last Saturday due to knee inflammation that had kept him out of the lineup for the previous couple games. He was able to hit the field and take grounders Tuesday, and barring any setbacks, should be able to rejoin the big-league club prior to Saturday's contest against the Phillies.

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Anthony Rendon
Nationals' Anthony Rendon: Three hits in Tuesday's win
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS
8/16/2017
News: Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Angels.

His bat cooled off a little in late July, and Rendon had a .143/.256/.200 slash line over a 12-game stretch prior to this past weekend's series with the Giants, but he seems to be snapping out of it with six hits in his last four games. Don't be surprised if the 27-year-old catches fire again to close out the regular season.

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Ryder Jones
Giants' Ryder Jones: Flashes power Tuesday
Ryder Jones, 3B, SF
8/16/2017
News: Jones went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

Jones returned to the lineup with a bang after getting the day off Monday. The rookie slugger has looked better in his second stint in the majors this season, slashing .270/.289/.486 since Aug. 3 after going 1-for-21 in his brief June call-up. Brandon Belt (concussion) still remains without a timetable to return from the disabled list, so Jones should continue to see regular playing time at first base while spelling Pablo Sandoval at the hot corner against southpaws.

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Cory Spangenberg
Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Another day, another homer
Cory Spangenberg, 3B, SD
8/16/2017
News: Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

He's now homered in three straight games, driving in eight runs over that span. On the strength of 12 multi-hit games since the All-Star break, Spangenberg has raised his average nearly 30 points over the past month. The positional flexibility Spangenberg offers -- he's eligible at second base, third base and outfield in most formats -- gives him added appeal in mixed leagues.

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Nolan Arenado
Rockies' Nolan Arenado: Back hitting third Tuesday
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
8/15/2017
News: Arenado (hand) is starting at third base and hitting third Tuesday against the Braves, Rox Pile of the FanSided Network reports.

While he sat out Monday with the hand injury, he made an appearance off the bench, so it is not surprising to see him back in the mix for the second game of this series against Atlanta. Arenado should be deployed in all formats, particularly against lefty Sean Newcomb in Coors Field.

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