Luis Valbuena swats 13th home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(8/27/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 7-5 loss to the Reds Wednesday.

Valbuena scored the first run of the game with his second-inning home run, which was immediately followed by another home run by outfielder Jorge Soler in his major-league debut. Valbuena has hit .241/.322/.428 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 381 at-bats.

Juan Uribe expected to return to lineup Sunday
by R.J. White |
(8/27/2014) Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is expected to return from the disabled list Sunday when first eligible, reports.

Uribe has been recovering from a hamstring strain. He'll return to a .293/.320/.411 line with six home runs and 35 RBI in 304 at-bats.

David Wright could return to lineup Sunday
by R.J. White |
(8/27/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright may be able to return to the starting lineup Thursday, reports.

Wright has been sidelined since Sunday due to a neck injury, but he underwent extensive treatment Tuesday and was able to take batting practice Wednesday. He has hit .266/.324/.368 with eight home runs, 56 RBI and six stolen bases in 489 at-bats.

Joaquin Arias remains sidelined Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(8/27/2014) Giants infielder Joaquin Arias is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies. Arias is battling neck soreness, according to a report from Tuesday.

Manny Machado has successful knee surgery
by Chris Cwik |
(8/27/2014) Orioles infielder Manny Machado had successful knee surgery Wednesday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Machado's timetable remains the same following the surgery. The club expects Machado to be ready by spring training. Machado missed time early in the season while recovering from surgery on his other knee. He hit .278/.324/.431 over 327 at-bats.

Chris Johnson set to sit Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) Slumping Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is set to ride the pine Wednesday night against the Mets. Phil Gosselin is starting at that spot instead.

Johnson has just five hits in his last 30 at-bats to weaken his stat line on the year to .271/.296/.375. He has 17 walks and 136 strikeouts in 499 at-bats.

David Wright, Daniel Murphy still absent from Mets lineup
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) Top Mets hitters David Wright and Daniel Murphy remain out Wednesday for the game against Atlanta. The former is dealing with a neck ailment while the latter is sidelined with a calf injury.

Neither has played since Sunday.

Justin Turner taking advantage of chance to play
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has taken the opportunity and run with it at the plate.

Turner has become an every-day player since mid-August and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. He has 11 hits in 28 at-bats with seven RBI and five runs scored. His stat line on the season has improved to .316/.387/.442.

David Wright: Shoulder problem not reason from slump
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright has responded to those who believe he has been negatively affected by a left shoulder problem that has plagued him since early summer. He added that it will remain a problem until he receives offseason rest.

Wright, however, refused to blame the ailment for a miserable year at the plate that has resulted in a stat line of ..266/.324/.368 with just eight home runs. He has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats and was forced to sit Tuesday.

"Is [the shoulder] the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling?" Wright asked Newsday. "No. So, I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly."

Wright has also been dealing with an unrelated neck injury.

Pedro Alvarez in walking boot after spraining foot
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez arrived at the ballpark Wednesday in a walking boot. He sprained his foot diving in vain for a ball Tuesday night.

Alvarez has three home runs in the last four games to give him 18 on the season.

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