Jung Ho Kang
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Shaking off cobwebs
Jung Ho Kang, 3B, PIT
10/21/2017
News: Kang (suspension) is 1-for-17 with three RBI for Aguilas of the Dominican Winter League.

He also holds a 1:8 BB:K in his first action since 2016. Kang has 90 days to play without a visa before he's required to head home to South Korea. So far he's off to a poor start -- he's also committed three errors at third base -- but the rusty play is expected. Kang's status for 2018 remains unclear as he's still without a visa and could face additional suspensions from the Pirates and/or Major League Baseball when and if he does receive his work permit.

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Jake Lamb
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Not in lineup against Kershaw
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI
10/6/2017
News: Lamb is out of the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Friday.

With left-hander Clayton Kershaw taking the mound for Los Angeles, Lamb will retreat to the bench as Adam Rosales draws the start at the hot corner. He will be available, and is likely to enter the game at some point, either as a pinch hitter or subbing in for Rosales in the latter stages of Friday's affair.

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David Wright
Mets' David Wright: Has back surgery Thursday
David Wright, 3B, NYM
10/5/2017
News: Wright (shoulder) underwent successful back surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Wright officially underwent a laminotomy procedure for his back, which should be able to alleviate some pressure in his back. This comes in addition to rotator cuff surgery that the 34-year-old received a month ago, after missing the entire 2017 campaign with shoulder and back issues. Although there hasn't been any sort of concrete timetable for Wright's recovery, he will likely be back to full health by the time spring training rolls around, barring any further setbacks.

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Ryan McMahon
Rockies' Ryan McMahon: Sees little playing time in September
Ryan McMahon, 3B, COL
10/3/2017
News: McMahon went just 1-for-10 with a run scored following his September callup.

McMahon spent most of the past month on the bench with the Rockies competing for a playoff spot, but don't let that fool you. The 22-year-old is one of the top prospects in the Rockies organization, especially after producing a 1.023 OPS in his first taste of Triple-A this year. He's knocking on the door of the big leagues heading into 2018, although playing time may be hard to come given the presence of Ian Desmond and Gerardo Parra as options for first base and Nolan Arenado locked in as the starting third baseman for the foreseeable future.

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Pablo Sandoval
Giants' Pablo Sandoval: Finishes rough season on high note
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
10/2/2017
News: Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a walkoff home run in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Sandoval's struggles in Boston are well-documented -- and while it wasn't all roses since returning to San Francisco, he wrapped up the 2017 campaign with an impressive 11-game stretch (.385/.390/.744 with three homers and 12 RBI). It is unclear whether the 31-year-old's late push was enough to earn a starting job with the Giants (or another club) in 2018.

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Ildemaro Vargas
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Drives in four in three-hit effort
Ildemaro Vargas, 3B, ARI
10/1/2017
News: Vargas went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and four RBI in Sunday's 14-2 win over the Royals.

Vargas didn't get his first plate appearance until the fifth inning, yet still produced a tremendous line. He hit an RBI single in the fifth, then added an RBI ground out in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh. To top it all off, Vargas led off the ninth inning with his first career double. The 26-year-old rookie came in with a .111/.111/.111 line through nine at-bats, but raised it to .308/.308/.385 with this effort.

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Johan Camargo
Braves' Johan Camargo: Out of Sunday's lineup
Johan Camargo, 3B, ATL
10/1/2017
News: Camargo is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.

Camargo will make his way to the bench for the final game of the regular season. Rio Ruiz will draw the start at third base in his stead, batting sixth.

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Jedd Gyorko
Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko: Sits again Sunday
Jedd Gyorko, 3B, STL
10/1/2017
News: Gyorko is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

The Cardinals are emptying their bench, so Gyorko will find himself out of the starting lineup for the third straight day. Aledmys Diaz takes over at the hot corner, batting sixth.

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Travis Shaw
Brewers' Travis Shaw: Withheld from Sunday lineup
Travis Shaw, 3B, MIL
10/1/2017
News: Shaw is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Shaw appeared in 144 contests for the Brewers in 2017 but will not be in the lineup for the final game of the season. He'll conclude the year with a solid .273 average and 119 wRC+ over 606 plate appearances. Hernan Perez draws the start at third base Sunday.

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Brian Anderson
Marlins' Brian Anderson: Notches three hits as strong debut continues
Brian Anderson, 3B, MIA
10/1/2017
News: Anderson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in the Marlins' 10-2 rout of the Braves on Saturday.

The top prospect continues to thrive in an everyday role for Miami, as he now holds a .275/.352/.388 slash line in 24 games this season. Anderson certainly has proven his worth, but with Martin Prado (knee) likely manning the hot corner again in 2018, the 24-year-old will have to make quite the case during spring training if he wants to carve out a role in the big leagues at the start of next season.

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