Ozzie Albies
Braves' Ozzie Albies: Expected to be ready for spring training
Ozzie Albies, SS, ATL
9/24/2016
News: Albies (elbow) is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring training, the Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien reports.

He underwent successful elbow surgery earlier this month, and should be set to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster at the outset of spring training. Albies is the Braves' clear second baseman of the future, and should spend the bulk of 2017 at the keystone for the big club, regardless of whether he makes the roster out of camp.

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Brandon Crawford
Giants' Brandon Crawford: Remains out Saturday
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
9/24/2016
News: Crawford (finger) remains out of the lineup Saturday, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.

He was doubtful to play Saturday, so this comes as no surprise. It sounds as though he has been progressing with his recovery, so he should be expected back in the coming days. Ehire Adrianza will start at shortstop again and bat eighth Saturday.

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Asdrubal Cabrera
Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Playing through knee injury
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
9/24/2016
News: Cabrera (knee) is starting at shortstop and hitting second Saturday against the Phillies.

He left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his right knee area but continues to demonstrate his toughness as the season winds to a close and the Mets keep chasing a Wild Card spot. Cabrera may not be 100 percent healthy, but he's been so hot at the plate lately (.342/.419/.645 in September) that he should be deployed as usual.

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Jordy Mercer
Pirates' Jordy Mercer: Out of Saturday's lineup
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
9/24/2016
News: Mercer (forearm) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals, MLB.com's Adam Berry reports.

He has made two pinch-hitting appearances with the injury, but has yet to take the field. Sean Rodriguez will start at shortstop and hit sixth Saturday.

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Danny Espinosa
Nationals' Danny Espinosa: Blasts two-run homer in Friday loss
Danny Espinosa, SS, WAS
9/24/2016
News: Espinosa went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in Friday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Pirates.

His 423-foot shot in the second drove in Ryan Zimmerman, making it a 3-0 Nationals lead at the time. Espinosa has six RBI over his last four games, but is only slashing .131/.206/.295 overall in September. However, his power and RBI numbers have seen a resurgence in a season where he's played his highest number of games since 2012, with his 23 round-trippers and 69 RBI both serving as career highs.

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Aledmys Diaz
Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Out of Friday's lineup
Aledmys Diaz, SS, STL
9/23/2016
News: Diaz is out of the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

He is hitting .185/.267/.444 with two home runs in 30 plate appearances since returning from a lengthy absence due to a thumb injury. Jedd Gyorko will start at shortstop and hit second Friday while Jhonny Peralta gets the start at third and Matt Carpenter slots in at second.

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Dansby Swanson
Braves' Dansby Swanson: Out of lineup Thursday
Dansby Swanson, SS, ATL
9/22/2016
News: Swanson is not in the lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

Despite notching a hit in seven of the past eight games, Swanson will head to the bench for a night off. Gordon Beckham will enter the lineup as the shortstop for the evening.

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Corey Seager
Dodgers' Corey Seager: Two hits Wednesday against the Giants
Corey Seager, SS, LAD
9/22/2016
News: Seager was 2-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

The probable NL Rookie of the Year and potential MVP candidate is batting .317/.375/.525 with 25 home runs while playing top-notch defense at shortstop.

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Daniel Descalso
Rockies' Daniel Descalso: Homers, scores twice against former team
Daniel Descalso, SS, COL
9/21/2016
News: Descalso homered and scored twice in a 3-for-4 game Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Descalso now has eight home runs, and surprisingly enough, only three of those have come at Coors Field. His batting line is up to .275/.369/.455, career highs across the board, and it can't all be attributed to his new hitter friendly home park. His .833 OPS ranks fifth among shortstops with at least 250 plate appearances.

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Addison Russell
Cubs' Addison Russell: Homers against Reds
Addison Russell, SS, CHC
9/19/2016
News: Russell homered and scored twice in a 2-for-4 game Monday against the Reds.

Russell hit just his second home run of September, but he has five doubles this month and owns a solid .283/.333/.491 batting line in 16 games. The home run marks Russell's 21st of the year, placing him seventh among qualified shortstops this season.

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