Carlos Beltran
Astros' Carlos Beltran: On bench for Game 7
Carlos Beltran, DH, HOU
10/21/2017
News: Beltran is not in the lineup for Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday.

Beltran is just 3-for-17 (.176) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Saturday's decisive Game 7 on the bench as the Astros look to advance to their first World Series since 2005. In his place, Evan Gattis will serve as the designated hitter, batting sixth.

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Hanley Ramirez
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Expects to be ready for start of 2018
Hanley Ramirez, DH, BOS
10/17/2017
News: Ramirez is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season after successfully undergoing surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

This is encouraging news, as it appears Ramirez's surprise shoulder surgery was a minor procedure. Shoulder issues plagued him all season -- resulting in a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him hit an unremarkable .242/.320/.429 with 23 homers in 133 games -- so the hope is that a fully healthy Ramirez will get back on track in 2018.

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Matt Holliday
Yankees' Matt Holliday: Out of Game 4 lineup
Matt Holliday, DH, NYY
10/17/2017
News: Holliday is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

The Yankees will give Gary Sanchez a defensive breather and move him to DH for Game 4, sending Matt Holliday to the bench while opening up a spot for Austin Romine to draw his first start of the postseason behind the dish. Holliday has appeared in just one game and is 0-for-3 so far in the playoffs.

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Edwin Encarnacion
Indians' Edwin Encarnacion: In Wednesday's lineup
Edwin Encarnacion, DH, CLE
10/11/2017
News: Encarnacion (ankle) is back in the lineup for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Encarnacion missed the last two games while dealing with a bad-looking sprained ankle that he suffered in Game 2, but will return to the lineup for the decisive final contest of the series. He will bat cleanup while manning the DH spot against CC Sabathia and the Yankees.

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ByungHo Park
Twins' Byungho Park: Will work out in U.S. in offseason
ByungHo Park, DH, MIN
10/5/2017
News: Park will stay in Minnesota to work out in the offseason after a disappointing season that saw him hit just .253 with 14 home runs and a .723 OPS at Triple-A, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Park looked set to begin the season as Minnesota's DH after hitting six home runs with a 1.159 OPS in spring training. He failed to make the roster and was sent to Triple-A in a decision that was controversial at the time but looks like the right call given his struggles in the minors. With two years left on a four-year, $12 million deal it would seem likely that the Twins would try to trade him or that he would ask for a buyout and return to South Korea. However, this report would appear to indicate Park is set to remain in the U.S.

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Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder: Released by Rangers
Prince Fielder, DH, TEX
10/4/2017
News: Fielder (neck) was released by Texas on Wednesday.

Although it was expected that Fielder would stay on the 40-man roster until his contract expired in 2020, it appears as though there was a financial settlement regarding the 33-year-old's neck injury that allowed the club to take him off their roster. Fielder's career came to a close earlier this season when he announced his retirement in early August.

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Kendrys Morales
Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Out of lineup Sunday
Kendrys Morales, DH, TOR
10/1/2017
News: Morales isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.

Jose Bautista will serve as designated hitter with Morales sitting out. Morales saw his batting average fall from 2016's mark of .263 to .250 during his first season with the Blue Jays. However, his power remained intact as he slugged 28 home runs and notched 85 RBI.

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Brandon Moss
Royals' Brandon Moss: Not in Sunday lineup
Brandon Moss, DH, KC
10/1/2017
News: Moss isn't in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Moss had a tough time at the plate Saturday as he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He'll head to the bench for the season finale while Melky Cabrera occupies the designated hitter spot. The 34-year-old regressed this year and hit to the tune of a .208/.238/.431 line, down from the .225/.300/.484 line he turned in over the 2016 season.

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Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Provides unexpected steal
Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
9/30/2017
News: Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's 6-5 win over the Mariners.

Fantasy owners may have done a double take when they saw a stolen base attached to Pujols' stat line. The 37-year-old has actually chipped in three steals this season, which is impressive considering he owns the 14th-worst speed score (2.1 SpD) among all qualified batters, according to fangraphs.com. The unexpected thievery was a cherry on top of a renaissance month at the plate for Pujols, who is hitting .305 with two home runs and 17 RBI through 25 September starts.

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Mark Trumbo
Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Not part of Friday's lineup
Mark Trumbo, DH, BAL
9/29/2017
News: Trumbo is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.

Trumbo, hitting just .186 in September, will not start Friday for the fifth time in six games. Pedro Alvarez will serve as the Orioles' designated hitter Friday night.

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