Everth Cabrera not likely to return before end of homestand
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:28 pm ET) Updating a previous report: It now appears doubtful that Padres infielder Everth Cabrera will join the team before the end of their Sept. 15-24 homestand, per U-T San Diego. Cabrera been sidelined since August 9 due to a hamstring injury. He's hit .232/.272/.300 in 357 at-bats. 

Jordy Mercer gets thumbs-up for Thursday action
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:54 pm ET) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is back in action Thursday against visiting Boston. He had been absent from the lineup since Sunday with a back problem.

Mercer returns on a roll. He was 14 of 36 in his last eight games before going down.

Hanley Ramirez ready to roll again Thursday in Windy City
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:25 pm ET) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has returned to the lineup Thursday aganst the host Cubs after missing two starts with an elbow ailment.

Ramirez had 13 hits in his previous seven games before going down. His stat line on the season is .277/.362/.444.

Jean Segura can't hit Shelby Miller - and won't Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:00 pm ET) The Brewers are sitting shortstop Jean Segura in St Louis on Thursday in favor of Hector Gomez. He is hitless in 15 at-bats lifetime against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller.

Segura has not driven in a run in his last 21 games.

Andrelton Simmons ankle fine
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:16 am ET) The ankle injury that Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons aggrevated Wednesday night is not severe enough to keep him out of the lineup going forward, per MLB.com.

Though he was removed from the game in the fourth inning against Washington and was walking with a noticeable limp after the game, Simmons said it wasn't hurting him.

"It's not a sprained ankle," Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's more of an Achilles thing, up high, that bites him every once in a while. I didn't want to take a chance with it."

Simmons ended his six-game hitting streak with a 0-for-2 performance and now owns a stat line of .251/.297/.374.

Andrelton Simmons exits with ankle injury Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was removed from Wednesday's game in the top of the fourth inning due to an apparent ankle injury.

Simmons went 0 for 2 at the plate before exiting, ending a six-game hitting streak. He said after the game that he just tweaked the ankle area, but the injury wasn't bad, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Simmons owns a .243/.285/.333 line with seven home runs and 45 RBI in 510 at-bats.

Jordy Mercer out again for Pirates
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been given the red light for the second straight game Wednesday against Boston. He has been dealing with a back issue.

Mercer was on a 14-for-36 run before being sidelined.

Adeiny Hechavarria ready to return
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria returned to the starting lineup Wednesday.

Hechavarria was dealing with an arm injury. He missed one game due to the injury. Hechavarria is hitting .281/.312/.366 over 495 at-bats. 

Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.

Hanley Ramirez targeting weekend return
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Don Mattingly has claimed that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is feeling better Wednesday and could rejoin the lineup this weekend against the host Cubs.

Ramirez pinch-hit Tuesday and is not starting Wednesday in Colorado. He has been dealing with an elbow strain.

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