Corey Seager
Dodgers' Corey Seager: Condition of back improving
Corey Seager, SS, LAD
10/15/2017
News: Seager's (back) condition is improving and is close to feeling normal, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports.

While this is certainly promising news for the Dodgers, there are still no plans for him to play in the NLCS. Charlie Culberson started Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday with Seager out of the lineup. Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor could also serve as candidates to fill in with Seager out.

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Chris Owings
Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Left of NLDS roster
Chris Owings, SS, ARI
10/6/2017
News: Owings (finger) will not be a part of Arizona's active roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Owings has been out with a broken finger since late July, and although he's made strides in the last couple weeks, he won't rejoin the club just yet. If the Diamondbacks were to advance to the NLCS, they will be able to reshuffle the roster, so there's still a chance he will return to the field this season.

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Ketel Marte
Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte: Triples twice in wild-card win
Ketel Marte, SS, ARI
10/5/2017
News: Marte (hamstring) went 3-for-5 with two triples, a run and an RBI in the Diamondbacks' 11-8 win over the Rockies on Wednesday in the National League wild-card game.

Though a hamstring injury forced Marte to exit early in the Diamondbacks' regular-season finale against the Royals on Sunday, a couple days off before the wild-card game was all he needed to heal up. Marte then came up big in the first playoff game of his career, becoming the first player in MLB postseason history to triple twice in the same game since 1993. With Chris Owings (finger) still on the mend and not expected to join the active roster for the Diamondbacks' divisional series matchup with the Dodgers, it's expected that Marte will be in store for a full slate for starts at shortstop.

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Kevin Maitan
Braves' Kevin Maitan: Could be declared FA by MLB
Kevin Maitan, SS, ATL
10/3/2017
News: Maitan could be declared a free agent upon the conclusion of MLB's investigation into improprieties regarding his signing in 2016, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Ex Braves general manager John Coppolella, who resigned Monday, seems to have disregarded many rules during his tenure, and his pursuit of Maitan might be the most well-known of these alleged violations. The Braves seem to have had an agreement in place with Maitan when he was only 14 years old, and he was essentially working as a Braves' prospect in Florida for more many months before he was eligible to sign on July 2, 2016. Maitan is a prized switch-hitting infield prospect, and would be greatly sought after if he were put back on the market. He hit .220/.273/.323 with two home runs and 39 strikeouts in 33 games as a 17-year-old in the Appalachian League, but has as much power and batting average upside as any prospect who has not yet played in a full-season league.

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Alex Mejia
Cardinals' Alex Mejia: Hitless in finale
Alex Mejia, SS, STL
10/2/2017
News: Mejia went 0-for-4 in Sunday's season-ending 6-1 loss to the Brewers.

Mejia couldn't parlay his September callup into much production, as he finished just 2-for-32 in what was his second big-league stint. The 26-year-old prospect enjoyed what was easily the most successful stop of his pro career during his 55-game stint at Triple-A Memphis this season, generating a .335/.381/.466 line over 224 plate appearances. However, with Paul DeJong having seized the Cardinals' starting shortstop job with a spectacular rookie campaign -- and Aledmys Diaz still very much a factor as well -- Mejia's path to the big leagues is very murky heading into the offseason.

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Mike Aviles
Marlins' Mike Aviles: Sluggish in limited opportunities
Mike Aviles, SS, MIA
10/1/2017
News: Aviles finished the season with a batting average of .235 to go with one home run and eight RBI.

Aviles struggled to find playing time in 2017, appearing in only 36 games after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans in late-July. In the last 30 games of the season, Aviles batted .161 in 31 at-bats, and he failed to record any extra-base hits. Based on this poor performance, it's unlikely that his role would change much heading into next season.

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Aledmys Diaz
Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Leaves early with hamstring strain
Aledmys Diaz, SS, STL
10/1/2017
News: Diaz left Sunday's game with a strained left hamstring, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

After emerging as one of the big surprises of the 2016 campaign, Diaz's demotion to Triple-A and prolonged stay in the minor leagues this season raise questions about the Cards' long-term plans for him. Paul DeJong usurped Diaz on the organizational depth chart, and it's reasonable to think that a utility role may be in Diaz's future if he remains in St. Louis.

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Jose Iglesias
Tigers' Jose Iglesias: Heads to bench Sunday
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET
10/1/2017
News: Iglesias is not in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Twins.

The Tigers are sitting a a few of there regular starters Sunday, and Iglesias is one of them. Dixon Machado is starting at shortstop and hitting ninth in place of Iglesias. Iglesias posted a .255 batting average and .657 OPS over 130 games this season.

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Jean Segura
Mariners' Jean Segura: Remains on bench Sunday
Jean Segura, SS, SEA
10/1/2017
News: Segura isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Angels.

Gordon Beckham will draw another start at shortstop as Segura remains on the bench for Seattle's season finale against the Angels. Segura recently dealt with a hurt finger, but there's no reason to believe that it's acting up again. Rather it looks like the Mariners are simply being careful with the 27-year-old. Segura played in 125 games for the Mariners this season and hit .300/.349/.427 while stealing 22 bases.

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Carlos Correa
Astros' Carlos Correa: Not in Sunday's lineup
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
10/1/2017
News: Correa is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.

The Astros are using Sunday as a chance to rest a handful of their regular starters, so Correa will get the day off. Marwin Gonzalez will start at shortstop in his place. Correa will carry a .315/.391/.550 line into Thursday's playoff game against Boston.

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