Andrelton Simmons goes deep Thursday
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons went yard Thursday against the Reds. 

Simmons struck in his first at-bat. He worked a seven-pitch at-bat against David Holmberg, hitting a 75 mph curveball for a solo shot. He drove in another run on a groundout during the game. Simmons finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. 

Everth Cabrera could begin running Monday
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Padres infielder Everth Cabrera will begin jogging Monday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

Cabrera is attempting to work his way back from a hamstring injury. He was able to take grounders and hit in the cages Thursday, but won't begin running until Monday. Cabrera hit .232/.272/.300 over 357 at-bats prior to the injury.

Hanley Ramirez looking at Sunday return
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Dodgers infielder Hanley Ramirez is looking at a Sunday return, according to the Los Angeles Times

Ramirez has been sidelined since August 8 due to an oblique injury. Manager Don Mattingly said he expects Ramirez to be good to go Sunday. Ramirez has hit .277/.367/.455 over 354 at-bats. 

Starlin Castro placed on bereavement list
by Chris Towers |
(8/21/2014) The Cubs placed shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list Thursday, putting him away from the team for a minimum of three days. It is not known how long he is expected to be out, though he cannot be on the list for longer than seven days.  

Starlin Castro may miss up to a week
by R.J. White |
(8/20/2014) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro may miss up to a week of action due to a family emergency, 670 The Score reports.

Castro is reportedly dealing with the death of a relative and three friends in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. He was scratched before Wednesday's game for the non-injury-related issue.

Everth Cabrera to begin baseball activities Thursday
by R.J. White |
(8/20/2014) Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera will join the team Thursday to begin baseball activities, U-T San Diego reports.

Cabrera was placed on the disabled list last Tuesday with a hamstring injury and hasn't played since Aug. 9. He has hit ..232/.272/.300 with three home runs, 20 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 357 at-bats.

Starlin Castro scratched Wednesday due to family emergency
by R.J. White |
(8/20/2014) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup due to a family emergency, the team announced.

The Cubs haven't given any indication of how much time Castro is expected to miss. He has hit .284/.333/.429 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI in 496 at-bats. Rookie Javier Baez will see his first action at shortstop Wednesday after playing 15 games at second base to open his major-league career.

Andrelton Simmons in lineup against Pirates
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/20/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is back in action Wednesday in Pittsburgh after being removed from the Tuesday night game with a hip ailment that has plagued him recently.

Simmons hopes to maintain the momentum he has gathered up lately. He has seven hits in his last three games and three runs scored in his last two. He has fanned just 42 times in 417 at-bats this season.

Versatile Cliff Pennington earning starts with Arizona
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/20/2014) Veteran Cliff Pennington has no set position, but Kirk Gibson has found a way to get him into the lineup virtually every day for the Diamondbacks. He has started at second, third and shortstop in the last six games.

Pennington has earned the playing time. He has at least one hit in each of those starts and is 10 for 25 during that stretch with eight runs scored and six walks. His .369 on-base percentage is at its highest point since May 5.

Jhonny Peralta slugs 17th home run Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(8/20/2014) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Reds Tuesday.

Peralta homered in the bottom of the sixth inning with his team down 4-1, scoring the first of four unanswered runs that ended with a walkoff hit batter. The shortstop has been on fire in August, going 23 for 67 at the plate while swatting three home runs. He owns a .266/.340/.458 line with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 432 at-bats.

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