Rockies 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) begins rehab stint
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau played in his first live game since the middle of May, as he began a minor-league rehab assignment on Friday. The veteran Morneau went 1 for 2 for Double-A New Britain.

Morneau has been on the disabled list with a concussion for nearly three months. He is expected to need at least two more rehab games before getting the green light to return to the Rockies.

Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez fine for Friday game
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/28/2015) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was true to his word. He stated Thursday that he would not miss any time after fouling a pitch off his knee and he is indeed in the lineup Friday against the visiting Cubs.

Gonzalez lost a four-game hitting streak with his 0-for-2 effort Thursday before his removal from the game.

Rockies 1B Justin Morneau to begin rehab assignment Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(8/28/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been cleared to begin his rehab assignment Friday at Double-A New Britain, reports The Denver Post.

Morneau is expected to need at least three games before he can return to the team. A concussion has kept Morneau out since mid-May.

Cardinals' Matt Adams not ready for rehab assignment
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(8/28/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is still working his way back from a right quad strain and is not ready for rehab games, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Adams has been out since late May with a right quad injury and has been rehabbing in Florida.

Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez insists he'll play Friday
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2015) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has vowed that a knee contusion sustained in the game Thursday in Cincinnati will not keep him out of the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

He hurt the knee when he fouled a pitch off it.

Gonzalez has assured that he's "100 percent" certain that he will be back in action, per the Orange County Register.

Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez exits game Thursday due to knee injury
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2015) A right knee contusion has forced Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez out of the game Thursday in Cincinnati. Scott Van Slyke has entered to play first base instead. He had fouled a pitch off his knee in the third inning.

Gonzalez, who was hitless in his only two at-bats with one strikeout, left in the bottom of the fifth inning. The severity of his injury or timetable for his absence has yet to be revealed.

Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman goes grand for 10th home run Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman had one hit on Tuesday, but it was a big one. Zimmerman connected on his 10th home run of the season--a grand slam to put the Nationals up 8-2 in the sixth inning of the 8-3 victory over the Padres.

Half of Zimmerman's home runs this season have come in the 27 games since he returned from the disabled list at the end of July. 

1B Ryan Howard back in cleanup spot for Phillies
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/24/2015) Veteran first baseman Ryan Howard is back in the cleanup spot for the Phillies on Monday after not playing in the last two contests. 

Howard has been out of the Phillies lineup in five of the last six games, with Jeff Francoeur taking his familiar No. 4 spot in the lineup. Part of that is due to Philadelphia's youth movement and part of it had to do with the team facing four left-handed pitchers. 

"I'm ready to get back in there," Howard told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Ready to get home and try to get back after it."

Pirates activate SS Jordy Mercer, put 1B Travis Ishikawa on DL
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/23/2015) The Pirates have announced that they have activated shortstop Jordy Mercer off the disabled list and placed first baseman Travis Ishikawa on it with a back strain.

Mercer has been out for five weeks with a knee injury. It remains to be seen how often he plays considering the emergence of Jung Ho Kang at that position.

Ishikawa has played sparingly this season with just 12 hits in 59 at-bats over 39 games.

Paul Goldschmidt powers D-Backs to victory with two homers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt wasn't going to stay quiet for long. The MVP candidate broke out of a slump in a big way on Saturday, as he went 4 for 5 in the 11-7 win over the Reds.

Goldschmidt hit two home runs, drove in four runs, scored three and even stole a base, as he filled up the box score on Saturday. He launched a two-run home run in the first inning to give the D-Backs an early 3-0 lead. He added another two-run shot in the seventh, giving him 24 longballs on the year.

He also stole his 20th base, giving him his first-career 20-20 season.

Goldschmidt had gone 22 games since his previous home run, which came back on July 27.

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