Michael Taylor dealing with knee injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) White Sox outfielder Michael Taylor has been dealing with a right knee injury, stemmed from a slide last week, according to MLB.com. Taylor underwent an MRI, which came back clean. No word on his availability for the final week of the regular season.

Josh Hamilton not expected back at least until the weekend
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton hit off a tee on Monday, as he continues to make progress from injuries to the shoulder and chest. However, manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that Hamilton will remain sidelined at least until the final weekend of the regular season, the Orange County Register reports.

Hamilton is hitting .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 338 at-bats.

Abraham Almonte not in the lineup against Colorado
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Padres outfielder Abraham Almonte was held out of the starting lineup Monday night against Colorado. Almonte left Saturday's game with an ankle issue, and hasn't been able to return. He is hitting .230 with three homers and 15 RBI over 204 at-bats.

Michael Morse, Angel Pagan still sidelined Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Giants kept outfielders Michael Morse and Angel Pagan out of the starting lineup Monday night against the Dodgers, the team announced.

Morse is nursing an oblique injury, while Pagan has a lingering injury to his back Both players run the risk of missing San Francisco's three-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.


Adam Eaton out due to personal matter
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) CSNChicago.com reports that Adam Eaton has been away from the White Sox, as he has been dealing with a family matter. Eaton was away for Sunday's game at the Rays, and he is also out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener at the Tigers. Moises Sierra is starting in center field in Eaton's absence.

It is not yet known when Eaton will return to the team.


Aaron Hicks returns from brief respite
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) Aaron Hicks was in the Twins' starting lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. He missed the previous two games with a sore back.

The Twins apparently had no hard feelings toward him after he showed up just two hours before game time Sunday. According the St. Paul Pioneer Press, injured players typically arrive early to receive treatment.

"The manager will handle that," general manager Terry Ryan said in regard to discipline. "If they wanted him in there earlier, then he will have to face the consequences."


Jason Heyward misses another start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) Jason Heyward was not in the Braves' starting lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates, as Emilio Bonifacio got the start in right field. Heyward did not play at all during the Braves' three-game weekend series against the Mets due to a thumb injury. He remains day to day.

Nick Markakis back after five days out
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) Nick Markakis was in the Orioles' starting lineup as the leadoff hitter for Monday's game at the Yankees. He had not played since last Tuesday due to a sore shoulder. Markakis was listed as the team's starting right fielder.

Eury Perez joins the Yankees
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) The Yankees claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the Nationals Monday. Perez hit .311 with one home run and 20 steals in 212 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse this year. He has 13 career at-bats in the majors, the last eight coming in 2013.

Mark Trumbo aiming to elevate ball
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Trumbo homered twice Sunday at Colorado, giving him 11 in 305 at-bats this year. According to the Arizona Republic, he's been looking to improve his home run total by hitting the ball in the air.

"There's no money for me on the ground," Trumbo said. "I need to drive the ball. I need to hit the ball in the air. It's frustrating when you're not doing it, but fortunately today I was able to get a few out there, and that's kind of what I need to do."

According to FanGraphs.com, Trumbo's fly-ball rate is actually a bit higher than it was last season, but fewer of those fly balls are resulting in home runs. The former Angels slugger missed 71 games earlier this season with a stress fracture in his foot.

"Looking at my numbers, if I'm a 30-home run guy, maybe I'm not that far off pace for missing half the year," said Trumbo. "But it feels like this year it's been more frustrating. The balls I've hit hard have been lower for outs. You look around the league, and the guys who are in my same mold probably are getting the ball up in the air. That's what I've got to do, too."


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