Addison Russell
Cubs promote infielder Addison Russell
Addison Russell, SS, CHC
12:09 AM
News: The Cubs are calling up shortstop Addison Russell , sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Russell was recently moved to second base at Triple-A to help provide the Cubs with more infield depth at second. He is batting .314 with one home run and seven RBI at Triple-A.

The team is expected to demote Arismendy Alcantara, who is batting .077, reports MLB.com.

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Zack Cozart
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart cracks second homer of the year
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
4/20/2015
News: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 1 for 4 at the plate in Cincinnati's 6-1 win over the Brewers Monday. 

His one hit was key though, as he broke the game wide open with a three-run home run over the left field wall in the sixth inning off Wily Peralta to give the Reds a 4-0 lead. It was Cozart's second home run of the year and now boasts a .326 average with five RBI in 46 at-bats.

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Hector Gomez
Brewers to start Hector Gomez at second base Monday
Hector Gomez, SS, MIL
4/20/2015
News: The Brewers will slot infielder Hector Gomez at second base for Monday's game against the Reds with Scooter Gennett battling a hand injury, the team announced.

Gomez has made three starts so far this season and is hitting .273 with two RBI in 11 at-bats. Gomez will likely be in the lineup for the next two days with Gennett waiting for a cut on his hand to heal. The Brewers are currently the favorites (-115) against the Reds.

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Jordy Mercer
Pirates' Jordy Mercer out of lineup Monday
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
4/20/2015
News: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.

Mercer left Sunday's game after getting by a pitch, but X-rays on his rib cage came back negative. Manager Clint Hurdle said that the shortstop has one test remaining but the team is treating the injury as a contusion, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"He's in a better place than when I was talking to him (while he was) on his knees on the field," Hurdle said. "He's sore. He feels a lot better."

Jung Ho Kang is making his second start at shortstop for the Pirates, who are favorites (-110) at home against the Cubs Monday.

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Starlin Castro
Cubs giving Addison Russell work at second in minors
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
4/20/2015
News: Top Cubs prospect Addison Russell is being played at second base at Triple-A Iowa. With Starlin Castro entrenched at shortstop in Chicago, the move will give Russell a chance to advance to the Major Leagues sooner. 

Iowa manager Marty Pevey said, "He'll play second until I'm told for him not to play second," per the Des Moines Register.

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Brandon Crawford
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford cranks third home run Saturday
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
4/18/2015
News: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 1 for 4 at the plate in San Francisco's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday. 

Crawford did his damage in the fourth inning when he ripped the first pitch he saw from Rubby De La Rosa over the right field wall, driving in Gregor Blanco. His home run came on a changeup, a pitch he seeing more frequently this season, MLB.com reports.

"I've been making the adjustment to be able to hit those pitches," Crawford said.

It was Crawford's third home run of the year and now has eight RBI with a .163 average.

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Wilmer Flores
Mets SS Wilmer Flores keys offense in Saturday win
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM
4/18/2015
News: Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores didn't perform like an eight-hole hitter Saturday night against Miami. And he didn't perform like a batter with no multi-hit games this season.

Flores slugged a two-run homer to cap a three-run sixth and added a single in the victory. He nudged his average 40 points to .222 in the process and is batting .300 in his last six games.

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Ian Desmond
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond struggling with his defense
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
4/18/2015
News: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond couldn't get things figured out on defense in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Phillies. Desmond was charged with an error after mishandling a throw from Dan Uggla in the third inning, allowing a run to score.

"Both times Desmond didn't get a grip on the baseball. It's one of those things," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "He is going to be back out there tomorrow playing short for us and helping us win a game."

Desmond now has eight errors on the year.

"Brutal," Desmond said. "But I've done it before and I'm going to work my way out of it. … If this is the biggest problem in my life, I guess I'm doing all right. At the end of the year, I will look back at this and know that I made my way through it."

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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates not considering sending Jung Ho Kang to the minors
Jung Ho Kang, SS, PIT
4/18/2015
News: Pirates utility infielder Jung Ho Kang is still working to find his way in the majors. A path that can prove difficult for players coming from overseas, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune.

With the tough transition, manager Clint Hurdle is looking to find something that works for Kang.

"We have conversations on how we're going to use him. Where we're going to use him," Hurdle said. "We've given (sending Kang to the minors) hardly any thought right now."

Kang is hitting just 1 for 9 to start the season with no RBI.

"It's up to Clint, it's up to the team," Kang said. "I'm open to anything the team wants me to do."

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Freddy Galvis
Freddy Galvis has two hits, two RBI in Phillies win
Freddy Galvis, SS, PHI
4/18/2015
News: Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis went 2 for 5 with two RBI in Saturday's win at Washington. 

Galvis drove in the Phillies first run of the game with an RBI single in the third inning. He drove in another run with a single in the fifth. 

Galvis is hitting .317 with five RBI. 

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