Tim Anderson
White Sox's Tim Anderson: Racks up three hits in win over Mariners
Tim Anderson, SS, CHW
8/26/2016
News: Anderson went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs against the Mariners on Thursday.

He went hitless Wednesday but still has eight base knocks over the last four games, with three of those going for extra bases (two doubles and a triple). The rookie shortstop's shown surprising pop since being called up (seven homers, 16 doubles), but his speed's shown up surprisingly little (six steals in eight tries over 64 games) and he has struggled mightily with his plate discipline (7:78 BB:K). Anderson was always a high-BABIP hitter in the minors but he'll find it hard to sustain his current .376 mark in that category as a major leaguer, so his long-term success will hinge on the improvement of his batting eye.

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Matt Duffy
Rays' Matt Duffy: Continues hot hitting Thursday
Matt Duffy, SS, TB
8/26/2016
News: Duffy went 2-for-4 with a double in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Red Sox, bringing his line to date in a Rays uniform to .357/.386/.381.

The recently acquired shortstop, who'd endured a sluggish campaign before his trade deadline move from the Giants, has found new life at the plate in Tampa. Duffy has now raised his average 18 points since his Aug. 12 debut in a Rays uniform, going 15-for-42 over that span. While there hasn't been much impactful contact-- as evidenced by the fact that his Thursday two-bagger was the first extra-base hit of his Rays tenure-- Duffy is certainly making meaningful contributions in an offense that has often been starved for production this season.

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Marcus Semien
Athletics' Marcus Semien: Activated from paternity list
Marcus Semien, SS, OAK
8/26/2016
News: The A's activated Semien from the paternity list Friday.

Semien is back with the A's after being away from the team for three days to be with his wife and newborn son. Expect him to resume his role as Oakland's everyday shortstop moving forward.

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Jose Iglesias
Tigers' Jose Iglesias: Will come off DL on Saturday
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET
8/26/2016
News: Iglesias (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Saturday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Iglesias completed his rehab assignment and is with the team in Detroit. He played very well over four games at Triple-A Toledo, going 6-for-16 with a home run. Although Iglesias will be activated from the DL on Saturday, the club says that Erick Aybar will likely continue seeing occasional time at shortstop moving forward.

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Zack Cozart
Reds' Zack Cozart: Out again Friday
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
8/26/2016
News: Cozart (knee) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Make it eight straight absences for Cozart, who continues to nurse a bout of knee soreness. Cozart was able to field grounders during pregame drills Wednesday and manager Bryan Price said, "I don't think it'll be a whole lot longer," although the skipper also acknowledged that the team will continue to be cautious with its starting shortstop. Jose Peraza has been filling in at the position for Cincinnati.

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Nick Ahmed
Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Undergoes hip surgery
Nick Ahmed, SS, ARI
8/26/2016
News: Ahmed successfully underwent knee surgery Friday, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports.

After the procedure finished, Ahmed was able to ride a stationary bike. News regarding his return for the 2017 campaign should become available as Ahmed gets deeper into the rehab process. For the remainder of the 2016 season, Jean Segura and Chris Owings will likely share time at shortstop.

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Erick Aybar
Tigers' Erick Aybar: May continue to get starts at short after Jose Iglesias returns
Erick Aybar, SS, DET
8/25/2016
News: Aybar may continue to get starts at shortstop after Jose Iglesias (hamstring) returns from injury, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Aybar was hitting .233 in eight games with the Tigers after hitting .242 in 97 games with the Braves. He may also get starts at third, but 1,235 of his 1,293 games played in the majors came at short. Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Thursday that starter Jose Iglesias' hamstring was still bothering him, so he may not be activated from the disabled list right away. Keep Aybar going while you can.

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Alcides Escobar
Royals' Alcides Escobar: Homers in Thursday's win
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
8/25/2016
News: Escobar went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and scored twice in Thursday's game against the Marlins.

Escobar's fourth-inning shot was his third of the year, matching his total from each of the past two seasons. The shortstop's numbers won't pop open any eyes, but he has made some minor improvements since the All-Star break. Escobar is striking out less and walking more than he did in the first half of 2016, leading to a higher OBP since mid-July.

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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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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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