Josh Donaldson says his knee feels more 'stable'
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Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson
, who's been dealing with a knee injury, said he's encouraged because it feels more "stable" than it did the past couple days, reports CSNCalifornia.com. Donaldson should be in the lineup when Oakland visits the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card game.
Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks chooses not to play winter ball
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Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks
will forgo playing winter ball
and instead spend the offseason in Dallas working out in prep for the 2015 season, according to The Providence Journal
The Red Sox wanted Middlebrooks to make up for some of the at-bats he lost this season due to injury. However, Middlebrooks decided it was best for him to work on being 100 percent by spring training.
"He’s made a decision he’s going to focus on other things," general manager Ben Cherington said. "He feels like he can address what he needs to address without playing winter ball, so that’s the decision that he’s made. Ultimately, the offseason belongs to the players."
Red Sox's Brock Holt scheduled to visit concussion specialist
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Red Sox infielder Brock Holt
is scheduled to visit a concussion specialist
in Pittsburgh for a follow-up appointment on Oct. 9, according to MassLive.com. Holt missed the final month of the season with the injury but participated in baseball activities while rehabbing with the team.
"He was doing baseball activity here - BP, ground balls," Cherington said. "Assuming he gets the clearance from Dr. Collins, we're not concerned about it."
Trevor Plouffe undergoes forearm surgery
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Twins general manager Terry Ryan told reporters that third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery on his fractured forearm
on Monday, per MLB.com.
Plouffe slashed .258/.328/.423 with 14 home runs and a team-high 80 RBI over 520 at-bats. He became the just the third Minnesota player to 80-plus RBI over the last four seasons. Ryan expects Plouffe to be ready for the start of spring training.
Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to be starting 3B in 2015
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday he expects Alex Rodriguez
, who missed the 2014 season due to a 162-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal, to be the team's starting third baseman
in 2015. However, Girardi added the team has to see where Rodriguez is at physically
Ramon Santiago blasts walkoff grand slam Saturday
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Reds shortstop Ramon Santiago
went 1 for 5 with a walkoff grand slam in his team's 10-6, 10-inning win over the Pirates Saturday.
Santiago delivered the key home run with two outs in the 10th, marking his first home run since Aug. 5. He has hit .246/.343/.324 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 179 at-bats.
Todd Frazier homers, draws three walks Saturday
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Reds third baseman Todd Frazier
went 1 for 2 with three walks and a two-run home run in his team's 10-6 win over the Pirates Saturday.
Frazier watched his team fall behind 6-4 after the Pirates scored twice in the top of the seventh, but he evened the game with his blast in the bottom half of the inning before the Reds went on to win in extra innings. Frazier has hit .274/.337/.461 with 29 home runs, 79 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 594 at-bats.
Orioles add Alexi Casilla to active roster, DFA Preston Guilmet
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The Orioles selected the contract of infielder Alexi Casilla
from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday, designating pitcher Preston Guilmet
for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
Casilla is starting at third base for the Orioles Saturday. He hit .264/.315/.320 with one home run, 19 RBI and nine stolen bases in 213 at-bats with Norfolk.
Mike Olt to learn corner outfield positions this offseason
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The Cubs will talk with infielder Mike Olt
about learning the corner outfield positions
this offseason, ESPNChicago.com reports.
"He's always a threat against left-handed pitching, so he can be a guy that covers the four corners and mashes left-handed pitching," team president Theo Epstein said Friday. "That's a nice default for him if the opportunity to play every day doesn't materialize."
Olt has hit .263/.370/.368 in 38 at-bats since rejoining the Cubs in September.
Josh Harrison extends hit streak to 14 games Friday
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Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison
went 1 for 4 in his team's 3-1 win over the Reds Friday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
Though he hasn't managed to homer in September, Harrison has continued to be a tough out, hitting .344/.357/.417 in 96 at-bats. While he didn't enter the season as a starter, the versatile player has certainly worked his way into Pittsburgh's long-term plans moving forward. Harrison has hit .318/.349/.494 with 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 512 at-bats.