Danny Valencia
Athletics' Danny Valencia: Expected to play three rehab games
Danny Valencia, 3B, OAK
2:01 PM
News: Manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Valencia (hamstring) will play in three minor league rehab games before rejoining the A's, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

A location and start date for Valencia's rehab has not been officially announced, but Valencia suggested he will likely head out soon to join the team's High-A Stockton affiliate. It seems Valencia has a chance to return May 6 when first eligible.

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Nick Castellanos
Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Has banner three-hit day in Friday win
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
1:41 PM
News: Castellanos went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI in Friday's 9-2 rout of the Twins.

The 24-year-old third baseman's bat had been largely quiet since a strong first half of the month, but has seen a resurgence over the past five games. Castellanos has three multi-hit games over his last five contests, hitting .444 (8-for-18) with two doubles, a homer and four RBI over that span.

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Martin Prado
Marlins' Martin Prado: Records another three-hit outing in Friday victory
Martin Prado, 3B, MIA
12:55 PM
News: Prado went 3-for-5 with a double and run scored in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Brewers.

The veteran infielder's bat has been smoking, with Friday's performance marking his third straight three-hit effort. Prado has hit safely in all but one game in which he's registered an official at-bat in this season, and is hitting a red-hot .545 (12-for-22) with two doubles, a walk and three RBI over his last five games. He's proven to be an outstanding spark plug early in the lineup for a Marlins club that will need plenty of help at the top of the order to make up for the 80-game absence of Dee Gordon (suspension).

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David Wright
Mets' David Wright: Out of Saturday's lineup
David Wright, 3B, NYM
11:49 AM
News: Wright is out of the lineup Saturday against the Giants.

The theme of Wright getting a rest day about once a week continues, and Wilmer Flores will start at third base and hit seventh Saturday. Wright has 14 strikeouts in his last 25 at-bats, but he's getting on base at a solid clip, sitting with a .353 OBP on the season.

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Nolan Arenado
Rockies' Nolan Arenado: Hits 10th homer Friday
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
8:33 AM
News: Arenado went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at the Diamondbacks.

Arenado's 10th blast of the year put the Rockies comfortably ahead in a game in which they blew out the Diamondbacks. The slugger's on fire as he's now homered in three straight contests and raised his slash line to .287/.354/.678.

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Alexi Amarista
Padres' Alexi Amarista: Not returning soon
Alexi Amarista, 3B, SD
4/29/2016
News: Padres manager Andy Green said Friday that Amarista (hamstring) is not close to a return, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

An estimated timetable for Amarista's recovery was not provided by the team when he hit the DL, but it sounds like he will be out well beyond the minimum 15 days. Even on the Padres, Amarista will likely remain merely a bench option upon his eventual return.

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Yangervis Solarte
Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Not close to returning
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SD
4/29/2016
News: Padres manager Andy Green said Friday that Solarte (hamstring) is not close to returning, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

When Solarte first hit the DL, the Padres were hopeful he would make it back before the end of April, but the 28-year-old was just cleared to begin running on an anti-gravity treadmill this week. He is without a timetable for a return, but considering where he's at in his recovery, it seems possible Solarte could miss the majority of May.

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Luis Valbuena
Astros' Luis Valbuena: Not in Friday's lineup
Luis Valbuena, 3B, HOU
4/29/2016
News: Valbuena is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the A's.

Marwin Gonzalez will man third base and bat eighth with left-hander Sean Manaea toeing the rubber for Oakland. With seven strikeouts in his last three starts, Valbuena has now struck out 19 times in 57 at-bats this season, and he's still without a home run.

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Trevor Plouffe
Twins' Trevor Plouffe: Heading out on rehab assignment Saturday
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
4/29/2016
News: Plouffe (intercostal strain) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers on Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

This is in line with the last report on Plouffe's status, as he continues to target a May 3 return to the Twins. He will play seven innings at third base Saturday and nine innings at third base Sunday, at which point the next step will be determined.

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Eduardo Nunez
Twins' Eduardo Nunez: Starting at third base Friday
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, MIN
4/29/2016
News: Nunez is batting seventh and playing third base for Friday's game against the Tigers. Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

The super-utility infielder has been one of the lone bright spots for the Twins offense this season, as he has hit .392/.439/.471 with eight RBI, nine runs, and five stolen bases. If he keeps hitting he will likely continue to see fairly consistent playing time due to his extreme versatility.

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