Chase d'Arnaud
Braves' Chase d'Arnaud: Out of lineup Thursday
Chase d'Arnaud, SS, ATL
8/25/2016
News: D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

D'Arnaud has failed to capitalize on his limited opportunities this month, going 6-for-33 with one extra-base hit and nine strikeouts. He figures to continue seeing only sporadic starts around the infield, and his at-bats may be dialed back even further in September if the team opts to evaluate more promising young talent.

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Zack Cozart
Reds' Zack Cozart: Not guaranteed to play Friday
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
8/25/2016
News: Cozart (knee) took grounders on the field prior to Wednesday's game, and while he's targeting a Friday return, that start isn't assured, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I don't think it'll be a whole lot longer, but at the same time we'll continue to err on the side of caution to make sure to the best of our ability we can avoid setbacks," manager Bryan Price said.

Cozart did report feeling good and not hindered while taking those grounders. "It just feels good to be back out there, moving around and not being hindered," Cozart said. "So far, so good. I said it earlier in the week, my main concern is moving out on defense. I don't anticipate hitting being a big deal since I felt so good out there defensively."

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Jordy Mercer
Pirates' Jordy Mercer: Bounces back Wednesday
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
8/25/2016
News: Mercer went 2-for-4 with his ninth homer against the Astros on Wednesday.

He had cooled off with two hits in his last 17 at-bats, so the afternoon performance was encouraging. Mercer has already played in his second-highest total of games (119), and the Pirates will continue to spot him with Sean Rodriguez at shortstop. Mercer has gone 1-for-15 against Thursday starter Wily Peralta.

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Dansby Swanson
Braves' Dansby Swanson: Sitting out Wednesday
Dansby Swanson, SS, ATL
8/24/2016
News: Swanson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Swanson will have Wednesday night off and give way to Chase d'Arnaud at shortstop. Since joining Atlanta on Aug. 17, Swanson has posted a .292/.308/.333 line over six games. He'll likely return to the lineup Thursday for Atlanta's series finale against Arizona.

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Adeiny Hechavarria
Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria: Sitting out Wednesday
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA
8/24/2016
News: Hechavarria is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Hechavarria has had a poor showing at the plate recently. Over the last 14 games, he's gone just 6-for-40 (.150) with 11 strikeouts, bringing his batting average down to .245 for the season. He'll give way to Miguel Rojas for Wednesday's contest versus Kansas City.

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Asdrubal Cabrera
Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Strong game Tuesday
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
8/23/2016
News: Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a run scored and driven in along with a stolen base in the Mets' 7-4 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Cabrera also made two spectacular plays in the field to rob St. Louis of hits and runs scored. Maybe it was the golden locks he now has, but whatever the reason, Cabrera was locked in at the plate and in the field Tuesday. He and Jose Reyes combined to go 6-for-9 with four runs scored, two runs driven in and a pair of stolen bases.

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Charlie Culberson
Dodgers' Charlie Culberson: Recalled, starting Tuesday
Charlie Culberson, SS, LAD
8/23/2016
News: Culberson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and is in the lineup Tuesday against the Giants, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

With lefty Madison Bumgarner due up for San Francisco, Culberson will step in right away for his ninth start with the big club this season, pushing Chase Utley to the bench. Culberson's second stint with the big club may only last days -- the team may need to add a starter for Thursday with Brett Anderson (blister) unlikely to be cleared -- but Culberson should settle in with the Dodgers for good once rosters expand.

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Jonathan Villar
Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Steals 50th base against Rockies
Jonathan Villar, SS, MIL
8/22/2016
News: Villar went 1-for-3, scored a run, and stole two bases in Monday's win over the Rockies.

Villar reached 50 stolen bases with the performance, making him the first Brewer to do so since Scott Podsednik stole 70 bases in 2004. He has already stolen 12 bases in August after stealing 12 in July, and if he keeps running at this rate, Villar has a chance to get to 70 himself. Villar also walked Monday, giving him 14 walks in just 93 plate appearances. If he maintains that plate discipline, he'll have plenty of opportunities to add to his career high stolen base total down the stretch.

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Danny Espinosa
Nationals' Danny Espinosa: Hits 19th homer of season
Danny Espinosa, SS, WAS
8/22/2016
News: Espinosa's bat showed some life on Monday, going 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Orioles.

Espinosa had a massive month of June, but hasn't gotten much done at the dish in any other month. The shortstop has a .175 batting average this month, and Monday's blast was his first home run since July 3. Fort he season Espinosa has a .216 average with 19 home runs and 59 RBI.

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Luis Sardinas
Padres' Luis Sardinas: Recalled from Triple-A
Luis Sardinas, SS, SD
8/22/2016
News: Sardinas has been recalled from Triple-A El Paso.

Sardinas has struggled at every level this year, as he posted a .467 OPS in 77 plate appearances with the Mariners and a .571 mark in 44 games at Triple-A Tacoma. He'll give the Padres a backup with a solid, versatile glove across the diamond, but little else.

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