Giancarlo Stanton
Marlins expecting to have Giancarlo Stanton on roster in 2015
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
3:33 PM
News: Marlins president David Samson said even if the team can't sign outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal, he is still expected to be part of the Marlins' plans next season, per The Miami Herald.

"He’s on this team [in 2015] either way," Samson said. "I can’t wait until after the season to sit down with Giancarlo and [agent] Joel Wolfe and talk about contract. We’re ready. We want him to be a Marlin well past his arbitration years.

"We hope that he believes in us and believes in Miami and believes in the direction of this team and recognizes that he has a chance to be the leader of a successful team for many years to come."

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Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zimmerman could be Nationals' starting first baseman in 2015
Ryan Zimmerman, LF, WAS
10:14 AM
News: Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman has come to terms with his future role likely being as a full-time first baseman since Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper appear to be the long-term options at third base and left field, respectively, for Washington.

"Do I wish some of the injuries that I've had never happened so I can continue to play Gold Glove third base that I enjoy doing? Of course I do," Zimmerman said, per MLB.com. "But things happen. They are not easy decisions. It's not easy for me to say I have the possibility of moving from third base. It's reality."

If the Nationals choose to make Zimmerman the starting first baseman in 2015, then it doesn't appear the team will bring back incumbent first baseman Adam LaRoche, who has a mutual $15 million option for next season.

"Sometimes those things are tough. That's just how it is. We'll see what happens," Zimmerman said. "But I think it's more important to look at what [LaRoche] has done while he has been here, how much he has meant, not only to the players, but the fans and the organization. He is a great guy, never complains. He is a great teammate and a great player."

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Kirk Nieuwenhuis to stay in the hospital longer
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF, NYM
9/29/2014
News: Updating an earlier report, Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to remain in the hospital the next few days while undergoing tests related to the infection he contracted, reports Newsday.
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Abraham Almonte
Abraham Almonte still out for season finale
Abraham Almonte, CF, SD
9/28/2014
News: Padres outfielder Abraham Almonte (ankle) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Giants.
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Matt Holliday
Matt Holliday in lineup for season finale
Matt Holliday, LF, STL
9/28/2014
News: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (illness) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Diamondbacks.
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Michael Morse
Buster Posey back in lineup Sunday
Michael Morse, LF, SF
9/28/2014
News: Giants catcher Buster Posey (back) returned to the starting lineup for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Padres. Outfielder Michael Morse (oblique) remained sidelined Sunday.
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Ryan Braun
Ryan Braun set for thumb surgery Thursday
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL
9/28/2014
News: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure Thursday in Los Angeles, the Journal Sentinel reports. It'll be the first time a cryotherapy prodecure has been done on the thumb of a baseball player.

"It has been the plan for a while," Braun said. "The plan all along has been to find the least invasive option that we felt like would give me the best chance to get the closest to 100%. I don't feel like I need to be at 100% to be one of the best players in the game, but I've got to be at 80-90%. I have to be able to use my top hand in my swing to feel like I can do the things I'm used to doing and capable of doing."

"I wanted to do it when we were in L.A. (in mid-August) because that's where we're going to do it. I thought maybe if we could do it then, it would help me get through the rest of this season and finish strong. But we don't know, because they haven't done this on a baseball player. So, everybody was worried, not knowing what the side effects potentially could have been. But, based on what we've been told, we don't think there's going to be a lot of down time."

Braun has been unable to properly grip a bat due to an ongoing nerve issue in the thumb.

"This type of procedure has been successful with other parts of the body," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "Never on a thumb, but it's worth a try. Our understanding is that there is no downside to it; that it can't make it worse."

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Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton not in lineup Sunday
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN
9/28/2014
News: Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton (concussion) is out of the lineup as expected for Sunday's season finale against the Pirates.
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Mark Trumbo
Mark Trumbo registers second multi-HR game of the month
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARI
9/27/2014
News: Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Trumbo registered his second multi-home run performance of the month Saturday night against the Cardinals.

Trumbo launched a solo home run in the opening frame off Lance Lynn and then took reliever Seth Maness deep for a three-run home run in the seventh inning to break the game open in Arizona's favor. He went 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and four RBI in a 5-2 victory. He is hitting .237 with 14 homers and 61 RBI over 325 at-bats.

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Cameron Maybin
Cameron Maybin returns to lineup Saturday
Cameron Maybin, CF, SD
9/27/2014
News: Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants.

Maybin has been limited by an illness over the past few days. He has hit .241/.292/.339 with one home run and 15 RBI over 245 at-bats.

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