Josh Harrison the only bright spot Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was the lone bright spot Wednesday night.

Harrison was the only player on the club to collect two hits during the outing. In his final two at-bats, Harrison hit two singles. The Pirates managed just four hits off Madison Bumgarner during the contest. Half of those came from Harrison's bat. Harrison enjoyed a breakout during the regular season, hitting .315/.347/.490 over 520 at-bats. 


Pedro Alvarez, Chris Stewart out of wild-card lineup
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (foot) and catcher Chris Stewart (wrist) are not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. Alvarez hasn't played since Sept. 5, while Stewart sits in favor of regular starter Russell Martin.

Orioles 3B Manny Machado has full range of motion in right knee
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado told reporters Wednesday he has full range of motion in his right knee coming off surgery in late August, according to MASNsports.com. He could begin jogging in a pool next week.

Mariners already have D.J. Peterson on radar for 2015 season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Mariners are expected to be in the market this offseason for a right-handed power bat, but if they can't find an external option, then an internal option could be prospect D.J. Peterson, according to The News Tribune.

"His age and experience might be working against him," general manager Jack Zduriencik said, "but this is also a pretty good hitter. You don’t shut the door on it. You leave it open and see what he does.

"Coming out of Double-A to the big leagues is challenging, but he’s going to be in the Fall League. There are a lot of people who’ve been around him who think this guy is the real deal. We’ll bring him into spring training. He’ll get a fair shot. What happens, happens."

Peterson has primarily played third base in the minors, but he is expected to see significant time at first base in the Arizona Fall League. With Kyle Seager blocking his path at third base, Peterson's fastest route to the majors could be first base.

"I played a lot of first base in college," Peterson said. "It’s a position that I’m acquainted with. I’m very used to it. It wouldn’t be too much of an adjustment."


Josh Donaldson says his knee feels more 'stable'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's been dealing with a knee injury, said he's encouraged because it feels more "stable" than it did the past couple days, reports CSNCalifornia.com. Donaldson should be in the lineup when Oakland visits the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card game.

Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks chooses not to play winter ball
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will forgo playing winter ball and instead spend the offseason in Dallas working out in prep for the 2015 season, according to The Providence Journal.

The Red Sox wanted Middlebrooks to make up for some of the at-bats he lost this season due to injury. However, Middlebrooks decided it was best for him to work on being 100 percent by spring training.

"He’s made a decision he’s going to focus on other things," general manager Ben Cherington said. "He feels like he can address what he needs to address without playing winter ball, so that’s the decision that he’s made. Ultimately, the offseason belongs to the players."


Red Sox's Brock Holt scheduled to visit concussion specialist
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is scheduled to visit a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh for a follow-up appointment on Oct. 9, according to MassLive.com. Holt missed the final month of the season with the injury but participated in baseball activities while rehabbing with the team.

"He was doing baseball activity here - BP, ground balls," Cherington said. "Assuming he gets the clearance from Dr. Collins, we're not concerned about it."


Trevor Plouffe undergoes forearm surgery
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan told reporters that third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery on his fractured forearm on Monday, per MLB.com.

Plouffe slashed .258/.328/.423 with 14 home runs and a team-high 80 RBI over 520 at-bats. He became the just the third Minnesota player to 80-plus RBI over the last four seasons. Ryan expects Plouffe to be ready for the start of spring training.


Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to be starting 3B in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday he expects Alex Rodriguez, who missed the 2014 season due to a 162-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal, to be the team's starting third baseman in 2015. However, Girardi added the team has to see where Rodriguez is at physically.

David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks out of lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and third baseball Will Middlebrooks are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Yankees.


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