Maikel Franco
Phillies' Maikel Franco: Crushes grand slam Wednesday
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
4/26/2017
News: Franco went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, his fourth home run of the season, in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Marlins.

He's still hitting just .203 (15-for-74) on the year, but Franco has started to put things together, racking up three multi-hit performances and 11 RBI in his last six games.

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Ryan Schimpf
Padres' Ryan Schimpf: Remains out Wednesday
Ryan Schimpf, 3B, SD
4/26/2017
News: Schimpf is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Schimpf will head to the bench for the second straight game as Cory Spangenberg starts in his place again at the hot corner. Given his struggles to start the season (.102/.276/.254 with 25 strikeouts in 59 at-bats), he could start losing playing time to Spangenberg.

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Adrian Beltre
Rangers' Adrian Beltre: Not seeing much improvement
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
4/26/2017
News: Beltre is not seeing much improvement in his injured right calf, and remains out indefinitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.

This has been a theme since he hit the DL, as any progress has been very gradual. He has not yet been cleared for on-field activities, and Joey Gallo will continue to start at third base in his stead.

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Wilmer Flores
Mets' Wilmer Flores: Discharged from hospital
Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM
4/26/2017
News: Flores (knee) has been released from the hospital and will remain at the Mets' spring training facility in Florida to continue his recovery, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

While it seems doctors were able to successfully treat the infection in Flores' knee, it's not clear when he'll be cleared to resume baseball activity. The Mets have recalled T.J. Rivera and Matt Reynolds to add some infield depth in the interim while Flores and Lucas Duda (elbow) remain on the disabled list.

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Kyle Seager
Mariners' Kyle Seager: Remains out Wednesday
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
4/26/2017
News: Seager (hip) is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Tigers, MyNorthwest.com's Shannon Drayer reports.

He was available as a pinch hitter Tuesday (although he was not used), and that likely remains the case as he sits for the third game in a row. Taylor Motter will start at third base and hit fifth.

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David Freese
Pirates' David Freese: Out of lineup again Wednesday
David Freese, 3B, PIT
4/26/2017
News: Freese (hamstring) is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs.

He didn't play in Tuesday's game due to right hamstring soreness, an ailment that appears to have lingered for at least one more game. Josh Harrison slots in as the third baseman and Phil Gosselin gets the start at second base while Freese remains day-to-day.

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Cory Spangenberg
Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Starts at third Tuesday
Cory Spangenberg, 3B, SD
4/26/2017
News: Spangenberg batted second and started at third base Tuesday, going 1-for-5 in a loss to the Diamondbacks. He moved to left field once a right-hander entered the game.

The utility man was called up Tuesday, immediately relieving the struggling Ryan Schimpf at third base. Manager Andy Green said that he wants to play Spangenberg on a pretty consistent basis, but he added that he wants Schimpf to remain in the mix as well. Tuesday's usage is roughly what we can expect for the 26-year-old going forward, starting at third against lefties and seeing time in left field against righties. Spangenberg batted .348 with a homer and three steals in 17 games with Triple-A El Paso, which falls in line with his strengths: batting average and speed on the basepaths.

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Jhonny Peralta
Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: Could be out another week
Jhonny Peralta, 3B, STL
4/26/2017
News: Peralta (illness) could be out another week or so as he recovers from a taxing medication, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

General manager John Mozeliak said the medication Peralta is taking needs 10 to 14 days to leave the body and serves as a prerequisite to returning to baseball activities. "The biggest thing for him is getting his energy and his strength back," said the GM. "The medication he took didn't sit well, so he's seeing side effects." Peralta will continue to build up strength within the next few days and should return to a reserve infield role upon his return to action.

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Todd Frazier
White Sox's Todd Frazier: Three runs, three RBI in Tuesday's win
Todd Frazier, 3B, CHW
4/26/2017
News: Frazier went 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's 10-5 win over the Royals.

He's started to put a charge in the ball again, collecting three doubles and five RBI over his last two games. Frazier's still only slashing .156/.250/.311 through 13 games, but a few more strong performances will turn those numbers around very quickly.

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Mike Moustakas
Royals' Mike Moustakas: Pops seventh homer Tuesday
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
4/26/2017
News: Moustakas went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Tuesday's 10-5 loss to the White Sox.

The 28-year-old has been one of the few bright spots in the Royals' lineup so far in 2017, and Moustakas is now slashing .296/.333/.634 through 19 games with seven homers, 11 RBI and 12 runs scored.

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