Ruben Tejada
Ruben Tejada leaves after getting hit in the head by pitch
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
5:00 PM
News: Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada left Wednesday's game at Seattle in the fifth inning after getting hit in the head by a pitch from Taijuan Walker.

Tejada immediately fell to the ground after getting struck in the front of the helmet. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes while being evaluated by trainers before walking off the field under his own power.

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Hanley Ramirez
Dodgers without Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez again
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
4:48 PM
News: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez were both held out of the starting lineup again Wednesday against the Pirates due to hand injuries. Puig was sidelined a fourth straight game, while Ramirez missed a third straight game.

Puig will take batting practice Wednesday and might be available off the bench.

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Javier Baez
Cubs pleased with how Javier Baez has bounced back
Javier Baez, SS, CHC
12:42 PM
News: Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer tried to downplay Tuesday the significance of prospect Javier Baez moving from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa.

"The Baez second-base thing is really more big-picture than anything else," Hoyer said, per CSN Chicago. "We want to increase his versatility. We thought it was the right thing to do to start putting him there. ... These moves are not connected.

"We went into the year thinking we would move him around a bit earlier, and he struggled offensively. We thought it was going to be the wrong time to have this guy worry about a defensive change. (So) we held off on it, and really waited until he got going offensively. We’re pretty proud of what he’s done this year. In some ways, it’s been ideal for him."

Baez had a chance to be up in the majors by now, but a slow start offensively cost him that opportunity. Still, he looks like a potential September callup and has gotten on track offensively at Iowa. He hit .275 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 28 June games and is batting .275 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 18 July games.

"He really built on every single month, until the last three or four weeks, when he’s been outstanding. Hopefully, we’ll continue to see that trajectory. In the minor leagues, you want to see guys finishing strong. You want to see them conquer that level, and his ability to fight through what was a difficult start has been really impressive."

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Zack Cozart
Zack Cozart absent from lineup day after hurting hand
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
11:10 AM
News: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was absent from the starting lineup Wednesday at Milwaukee after leaving Tuesday's game due to a hand injury. Ramon Santiago took Cozart's place in the lineup Wednesday.

"It's swollen, but I think it's better," said Cozart, who was hit on the right hand Tuesday trying to bunt, per MLB.com. "I don't think hitting will be the problem. Throwing will be the problem."

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Francisco Lindor
Indians not ready to promote Francisco Lindor
Francisco Lindor, SS, CLE
10:49 AM
News: If Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera needs a stint on the disabled list due to a back injury, the team will not promote top prospect Francisco Lindor to replace him on the roster, according to The Plain Dealer. Lindor was just promoted to Triple-A Akron Monday.
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Asdrubal Cabrera
Asdrubal Cabrera absent from lineup against Twins
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
10:48 AM
News: An ailing back has Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera sidelined again Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota. Just-promoted Jose Ramirez is in the lineup instead.

Cabrera was removed from the game Monday with back spasms.

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Jose Reyes
Jose Reyes fills up stat sheet in win vs. Red Sox
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
7/22/2014
News: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes delivered a big performance Tuesday, going 3 for 5 with a double, a home run, two RBI and a stolen base in his team's 7-3 win over the Red Sox.

Reyes has started to hit his stride in July, hitting .333 with two home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases in 75 at-bats. He's brought his season line up to .276/.326/.420 with eight home runs, 32 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 355 at-bats.

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Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew homers in second straight game Tuesday
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
7/22/2014
News: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays Tuesday.

It was Drew's second conseuctive game with a home run and the second time this month he's delivered home runs in back-to-back games. He's 8 for 21 in his last six games to give himself a .178/.254/.346 line with four home runs and 11 RBI in 107 at-bats.

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Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki could need more than 15 days
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
7/22/2014
News: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki could need more than 15 days on the disabled list, according to the Denver Post

Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said there's no guarantee Tulowitzki will be ready after 15 days. He's dealing with a hip flexor injury, but the team has not yet announced a timetable for his recovery. Tulo is hitting .340/.432/.603 over 315 at-bats.

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Erick Aybar
Erick Aybar returns as expected Tuesday
Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
7/22/2014
News: As expected, Erick Aybar is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, after recovering from a groin strain.

Aybar missed three games in a row as a result of the injury, but was available off the bench Monday and was expected to return Tuesday. He has a 10-game hitting streak active heading into Thursday's action. 

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