Cozart had an outside shot to play before the regular season ended, but his move to the 60-day DL means he will not play again until 2017. He hit a career-high 16 home runs this season and posted a .733 OPS, so he figures to head into next year as a regular shortstop. Whether that is for the Reds remains to be seen, however, as he could bring prospects on the trade market to a Cincinnati team that may be looking at another rebuilding season.
Crawford had missed some time with a finger injury last week, but Tuesday's performance is as good as any indicator that he is fully healthy. His two triples Tuesday brought his season total to 11, which leads the major leagues in that category.
That's two straight multi-hit games for the shortstop, but it's not going to save his underwhelming .238/.284/.315 slash line over 495 at-bats. The Marlins aren't paying Hechavarria to hit, however, so as long as he continues to play premium defense at short, any production at the dish can be viewed as a bonus.
Diaz was away from the team for one game, but he'll re-enter the lineup now that he's back in town. The 26-year-old will take over at shortstop and bat seventh in the Cardinals batting order.
The fact that the Cubs have two gold-glove caliber shortstops in Russell and Javier Baez allows them to give Russell more days off than a player of his caliber typically receives. This will be the fourth time in the last 10 games that he has been held out, a dip in playing time that has coincided with the Cubs clinching the division. Baez starts at shortstop and hits seventh Tuesday.
Villar had drove in more than two runs just once this season, when he hit a pinch-hit grand slam against Pittsburgh on Sept. 4. Hitting at the top of the lineup, he hasn't been privy to regular RBI opportunities. But he managed his second multi-homer game Monday and now has 18 home runs on the season after hitting just 10 over 188 games in his first three seasons. Wherever Villar ends up in the Brewers infield, he looks to have a bright future in front of him.
Diaz was good friends with Jose Fernandez growing up, so he left for Miami to offer consolation to his family.
Since returning from the disabled list earlier in the month, Diaz has been played a bit less than before the injury, which could be in part to ease his thumb back into action, but could also be impacted by his .172 batting average since coming back. Jedd Gyorko will take over at shortstop in his stead.
It was his third homer in the last five games, and Cabrera's knee won't be an issue if all he needs to do is keep trotting around the bases. The shortstop's now slashing .337/.409/.651 through 82 at-bats in September with six home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs scored, helping to fuel the Mets' wild card push.
The Dodgers were down to their last out when Seager, who'd tied the game with a run-scoring triple in his previous at-bat, smacked a game-tying homer off Adam Ottavino to send the game to extra innings. The long ball was his 26th of the year but first since Sept. 10. Seager finished the day a double short of the cycle, snapping an 0-for-13 skid at the plate and raising his slash line to .313/.371/.523.