Brewers claim Justin Morneau, cannot work out deal
by Chris Towers |
(8/28/2014) The Brewers won a waiver claim on Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, but were unable to work out a trade for him, reports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Thursday.

The details of the Brewers' offer for Morneau are not known, but the Rockies evidently did not consider it worth of Morneau's services. He is still under contract for next season and is providing excellent value, leading the National league with a .317 average while adding 14 home runs, 69 RBI and an .857 OPS.

Morneau will be paid $6.75 million in 2015, and his contract has a mutual option for $9 million for 2016. 

Anthony Rizzo still sidelined Thursday
by Chris Towers |
(8/28/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo missed his second game in a row Thursday against the Reds, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo told Thursday the injury first began bothering him during Tuesday's rain delay, but it shouldn't be an issue much longer. He hopes to return in time for Friday's series opener against the Cardinals. 

Joey Votto begins fielding ground balls
by R.J. White |
(8/27/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto added fielding ground balls to his baseball activities Wednesday, reports. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Sept. 4 but may have trouble being ready to go on a rehab assignment before the end of the minor-league season.

"I'd hate to say there's no chance, but I think because we're initiating baby steps that ... I don't know if he'll be ready by Sept. 4 or not. I have no idea. I really don't," manager Bryan Price said. "It's been a real gradual recovery, and it's an injury that needs -- more than anything, beyond strengthening and therapy -- it needs time to recover. ... We just haven't been able to force the recovery faster. There's just no quick fix to this quad problem to where he can play on it with the stability that's needed."

Votto remains without a timetable to rejoin the Reds.

John Mayberry expected to return Monday
by R.J. White |
(8/27/2014) The Phillies expect to activate outfielder John Mayberry from the 15-day disabled list Monday, reports.

Mayberry has been out since July 21 with inflammation in his wrist, but he was able to work out with the team Wednesday. He's 4 for 22 with one home run in six games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley during his current rehab assignment.

Adrian Gonzalez out of lineup Wednesday with stiff back
by R.J. White |
(8/27/2014) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup Wednesday due to a stiff back, reports.

Gonzalez has been on a roll in his last few games, going 6 for 9 with a home run and seven RBI. He has hit .275/.334/.460 with 18 home runs and 90 RBI in 480 at-bats.

Ike Davis goes (extremely) deep in defeat of Cardinals
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis answered the following question Wednesday: What would he do for an encore?

Davis followed his heroics of Tuesday night, when he slammed a pinch-hit, three-run homer, by mashing another Wednesday afternoon to key a victory over St. Louis. The latest blast doinked off a speaker an estimated 447 feel away from home plate. His tater off Adam Wainwright was his 10th of the season.

Adam LaRoche ready to roll against Phillies
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has returned to the lineup Wednesday in Philadelphia after missing one game with a back problem.

LaRoche hopes to emerge from a slump that has limited him to just five hits in his last 33 at-bats.

Anthony Rizzo a no-go Wednesday with back problem
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo has been sidelined for the Wednesday night game against Cincinnati with a back ailment.

His absence is a blow to the team. Rizzo has been on a power surge with five home runs since Aug. 12. He has 10 hits in his last eight games to sweeten his stat line to .278/.375/.514.

Brayan Pena grabbing some pine against Cubs
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) A massive slump has Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena out of the lineup Wednesday night against the visiting Cubs. Todd Frazier is set to play first with Kris Negron at third.

Pena has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats. His .374 slugging percentage is at its lowest point since June 28.

Ike Davis delivers pinch-hit three-run home run Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(8/26/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis delivered in a big spot Tuesday, smacking a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to key his team's 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

Davis isn't playing every day with Pedro Alvarez moving across the diamond, and his home run was just his second one in August. He has hit .238/.352/.379 with nine home runs and 42 RBI in 298 at-bats.

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