JT Riddle
Marlins' J.T. Riddle: Likely ticketed for DL
JT Riddle, SS, MIA
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News: The Marlins are expected to place Riddle (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Riddle has missed the Marlins' last four games, but it wasn't revealed until Monday that the shoulder issue may have played a role in the string of absences. The rookie's expected move to the disabled list comes at a difficult time for the Marlins, who were already starved for depth on the left side of the infield with Martin Prado (knee) on the disabled list, Adeiny Hechavarria having since been traded away and Riddle's replacement at shortstop, Miguel Rojas, sustaining a shoulder injury in Monday's game. Rojas is listed as day-to-day and is expected to avoid the DL for the time being, but utility man Mike Aviles will be recalled to provide some insurance in the infield while Riddle is sidelined.

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Zack Cozart
Reds' Zack Cozart: Hits 12th homer in loss Monday
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
7/24/2017
News: Cozart went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Monday's loss to Cleveland.

The shortstop is turning in a solid fantasy campaign with a .318/.404/.570 slash line, 12 homers, 39 RBI and 48 runs. Cozart is also locked into the two-hole of the lineup, which is a ripe setup to continue posting solid numbers. It's worth noting that his .353 BABIP is unsustainably high, though.

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Miguel Rojas
Marlins' Miguel Rojas: Injures shoulder Monday
Miguel Rojas, SS, MIA
7/24/2017
News: Rojas injured his shoulder during Monday's game against the Rangers, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

Rojas suffered the injury while diving for a ball in the sixth inning, but he was able to stay in for the remainder of the game. The shortstop will see a doctor Tuesday to determine the severity of his injury. He'll be considered day-to-day for the time being.

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Erick Aybar
Padres' Erick Aybar: Out indefinitely with fractured foot
Erick Aybar, SS, SD
7/24/2017
News: Aybar was diagnosed with a fractured foot Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

It appears that Aybar will be sidelined for quite some time after fouling a ball off his foot during Friday's game. Initial reports suggest that the shortstop will likely miss the remainder of the season, though he could return in September in a best-case scenario. Allen Cordoba and the recently promoted Dusty Coleman will handle shortstop duties in his absence.

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Dusty Coleman
Padres' Dusty Coleman: Receives call to majors
Dusty Coleman, SS, SD
7/24/2017
News: Coleman had his contract selected by the Padres and is starting at shortstop and batting seventh in Monday's game against the Mets.

Coleman inked a minor-league deal with the Padres this offseason and will make his team debut despite posting a subpar .209 average and 34.2 percent strikeout rate with Triple-A El Paso this season.

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Amed Rosario
Mets' Amed Rosario: Returns to lineup Monday
Amed Rosario, SS, NYM
7/24/2017
News: Rosario is in the Las Vegas lineup Monday after missing six games due to an injured hand and stomach issue, Betsy Helfand of the Review Journal reports.

Helfand reported Sunday that manager Pedro Lopez indicated Rosario was suffering from gastroenteritis and dehydration. This small absence shouldn't affect the timeline for him to be up in New York, which could be in about one more week, once the July 31 trade deadline passes.

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Addison Russell
Cubs' Addison Russell: Not in Monday's lineup
Addison Russell, SS, CHC
7/24/2017
News: Russell is not in the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Russell has underwhelmed at the plate for much of the year, but he's hitting .288 in July after going 1-for-3 with a double in Sunday's win over St. Louis. Even so, Russell will get the day off Monday as the Cubs go with Javy Baez at shortstop.

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Wilmer Difo
Nationals' Wilmer Difo: Pops second homer Sunday
Wilmer Difo, SS, WAS
7/24/2017
News: Difo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

It's just his second homer of the year, but Difo has been locked in at the plate since the calendar flipped to July, slashing .405/.491/.500 in 14 games with a homer, two steals, six RBI and 12 runs. The 25-year-old should continue to see the majority of starts at shortstop while Trea Turner (wrist) is sidelined, but Sunday's start in left field suggests manager Dusty Baker wants to keep Difo's hot bat in the lineup even when he's not manning short.

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Paul DeJong
Cardinals' Paul DeJong: Staking claim to shortstop job
Paul DeJong, SS, STL
7/24/2017
News: DeJong, who went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, is staking a claim to the everyday shortstop job previously held by Aledmys Diaz, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "The way he's going about it defensively, it's hard to see him being anywhere else right now," manager Mike Matheny said. "And you mix in the offense and what he's capable of doing, that really puts him as a pretty special shortstop."

Last season, Diaz was the rookie that swooped in and displaced veteran Jhonny Peralta's job during the latter's absence in the early going of the campaign. Through his impressive play and Diaz's own struggles, DeJong may have already done the same. Factoring in Sunday's production, the rookie's season line stands at .284/.299/.574, and his 25 extra-base hits in 46 games heading into the contest had already tied him for first in that category in franchise history with Albert Pujols. DeJong's 15 extra-base hits in July are tops in the National League as well, and he's also been an asset defensively, posting a plus-5 in Defensive Runs Saved. With Diaz continuing to scuffle at the plate with Triple-A Memphis, it appears increasingly likely that DeJong's major-league audition will continue through the balance of 2017.

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Pat Valaika
Rockies' Pat Valaika: Launches pinch-hit homer Sunday
Pat Valaika, SS, COL
7/23/2017
News: Valaika mashed a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Pirates.

Valaika was one of three Colorado hitters to hit one into the seats during the sixth inning, along with Trevor Story and Mark Reynolds. The 24-year-old infielder has seven home runs in just 66 plate appearances at Coors Field, and owns a terrific .538 slugging percentage overall.

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