Giovanny Urshela
Indians' Giovanny Urshela: Batting ninth Wednesday
Giovanny Urshela, 3B, CLE
10/11/2017
News: Urshela (leg) is in Wednesday's lineup for Game 5 of the ALDS against New York.

Urshela was dealing with some soreness after taking a lined shot off of his left leg during Monday's contest, but should be good to go for Wednesday's pivotal affair. The 26-year-old will bat ninth and man the hot corner.

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Phil Gosselin
Phil Gosselin: Elects free agency
Phil Gosselin, 3B, TEX
10/10/2017
News: Gosselin declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and elected free agency.

Gosselin elected to become a free agent rather than report back to the Rangers' minor-league affiliate after clearing waivers Tuesday. The 29-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Pirates earlier in the year, but he appeared in just 12 games and registered eight plate appearances. While he struggled with both teams this season (.146/.180/.188 line across 50 plate appearances), his respectable .288/.340/.411 line in 358 plate appearances in the majors between 2015-16 should land him a minor-league deal elsewhere.

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Will Middlebrooks
Will Middlebrooks: Headed to free agency
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, TEX
10/10/2017
News: Middlebrooks declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and is now a free agent.

Middlebrooks passed through waivers untouched, but rather than stick with the Rangers' minor-league affiliate, he decided to test the waters of free agency. The 29-year-old hit an unimpressive .211/.231/.368 in 39 plate appearances for the big club this season, but he should be able to find a minor-league deal somewhere given his respectable minor-league numbers over the previous two campaigns.

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Miguel Sano
Twins' Miguel Sano: Contemplating surgery
Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN
10/10/2017
News: General manager Thad Levine said rod-insertion surgery on Sano's ailing shin is still being contemplated, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Sano has been dealing with a shin injury since mid-August. He attempted to return for the AL wild-card game but was shut down after experiencing persistent discomfort. While Sano is continuing to rehab the injury, surgery remains a possibility if he fails to improve over the next couple of weeks. The surgery carries an eight-week recovery period, so even if he does require the procedure, it isn't expected to affect his status for the start of next season.

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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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Chase Headley
Yankees' Chase Headley: Out of lineup Friday
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY
10/6/2017
News: Headley will not be a part of Friday's starting nine for Game 2 of the ALDS against Cleveland, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

Manager Joe Girardi will turn to Jacoby Ellsbury in the DH spot following Thursday's 4-0 loss. During that contest, Headley went 0-for-2 with one walk.

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Rafael Devers
Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Sits against Dallas Keuchel
Rafael Devers, 3B, BOS
10/6/2017
News: Devers is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Astros, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports.

Devers will retreat to the bench as manager John Farrell elects to go with Deven Marrero at third base due to southpaw Dallas Keuchel taking the mound for Houston. During Game 1 on Thursday, Devers went 0-for-3 with one RBI and two strikeouts.

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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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