Anthony Rizzo to sit out Cardinals series
by Chris Towers |
(12:46 pm ET) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told reporters he does not expect to play at all in the team's current series against the Cardinals, as he tries to overcome ongoing back issues.

Rizzo has not played since injuring his back Tuesday, and will hope to take a few more days off to help it heal. The Cubs' next series begins Monday against the Brewers, and he will be looking to return to action then.  

Chris Davis drives in four in win
by Chris Towers |
(11:29 am ET) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has found his power stroke recently, as he slugged his third home run in five games in a 9-1 win over the Twins Friday.

Weber broke the game open with his fourth inning home run, a grand slam that put the Orioles up fro good. He finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and four driven in.

Davis' batting average continues to tumble, as he has just three hits over his last five games, but all have gone over the fence, helping his cause. He now has 24 home runs and 67 RBI in 407 at-bats on the season. 

Anthony Rizzo out for first half of doubleheader
by Chris Towers |
(11:22 am ET) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will miss at least the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, as he is not in the lineup for the first game.

Rizzo has not played since Tuesday due to a back injury, which has now cost him four games. Whether he will be active for the second half of the doubleheader is not yet clear. 

Jose Abreu serving as DH due to leg soreness
by Chris Towers |
(11:17 am ET) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is staying off his feet for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, as he is in the lineup as the designated hitter to start the day. Abreu is dealing with some leg soreness, but it is not expected to keep him out of the lineup at any point. 

Eric Hosmer to begin rehab stint Saturday
by Igor Mello |
(8/29/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Omaha, reports. Hosmer has been sidelined since July 31 with a hand issue. 

Adrian Gonzalez returns to action Friday
by Chris Cwik |
(8/29/2014) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has returned to action Friday.

Gonzalez missed Wednesday's game due to a back injury. He was able to return Friday, and will assume his normal third spot in the batting order. Gonzalez is hitting .275/.334/.460 in 480 at-bats.

Joey Votto's quad responds poorly to increased activity
by Chris Towers |
(8/29/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have his rehab slowed, the team announced Friday, as his injured quad did not respond as well as hoped to an increase in activity Wednesday.

Votto, who has been out since July 8, took groundballs Wednesday, but appears to have suffered some sort of setback. He was able to take dry swings Thursday, but is not scheduled to travel with the team moving forward.

"There was still some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side so we had back off with that and stay with some strengthening and whatever the physical therapy protocols are," manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We hope when we get back there are some marked improvement."

At this point, Votto is still expected to return by season's end, but there is no specific timetable for his expected return. 

Anthony Rizzo out again Friday
by Chris Towers |
(8/29/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out of the starting lineup yet again Friday against the Cardinals, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo was hoping to return Friday, but the injury instead cost him his third game in a row. He has not played since suffering the injury during a rain delay Tuesday.  

Russell Branyan signs minor-league deal with Indians
by Chris Towers |
(8/29/2014) The Indians signed veteran infielder Russell Branyan and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus Friday, the team announced.

Branyan, 38, has not played in the majors since 2011. He was playing professionally in Mexico before signing his minor-league deal.

Eric Hosmer could start rehab assignment soon
by Chris Cwik |
(8/28/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could begin playing rehab games soon, according to FoxSports.

Hosmer was able to take batting practice Thursday. There's a chance he could begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Hosmer has been sidelined since July 31 with a hand issue. 

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