Description: Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Daniel Murphy (calf) is "looking at quite a lengthy DL stint."
Insight: General manager Sandy Alderson added that the MRI on Murphy's right calf showed "a significant issue". With only 28 games left, it is certainly possible that Murphy's season is over. That's too bad too as Muprhy made his first All-Star team and leads the NL with 159 hits. The Mets called up Dilson Herrera to take over second base.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will undergo an MRI on his hurt right calf.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has not returned to the lineup since then. At this point, it looks likely he will end up on the disabled list, but the MRI will confirm whether that's necessary. Wilmer Flores is playing second base for the Mets in Murphy's absence.
Description: Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor went 1-for-4 with a grand slam Wednesday at Seattle.
Insight: The 20-year-old Odor was called up from Double-A out of necessity due to the failure of Josh Wilson and Donnie Murphy to fill in after Jurickson Profar's injury and he probably wasn't ready for the big leagues. Odor has batted .248 with six homers, 32 RBI, 26 runs and two steals in 290 at-bats.
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the extra innings victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Insight: The second baseman surprised everyone with a home run off Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in the first inning. Pedroia came into the matchup hitting .143 against Dickey's knuckleball. Pedroia has had a down season to his standards (.281/.341/.382) but is 3-for-10 with two home runs and six RBI in his last two games.
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Cabrera sat out with an oblique injury Monday but had a pinch-hit single. He's batted .273 with five doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI, 12 walks and 12 runs since he was traded from Cleveland to Washington.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (calf) is out of the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and he's scheduled to see a doctor at the stadium Tuesday. Wilmer Flores is starting at second base. The Mets are playing without Murphy and David Wright so Atlanta starter Alex Wood (3.05 ERA) could have a pretty easy time.
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .143 hitter (3-for-21) against R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: We expect more from Pedroia than the .280 batting average with six homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs scored and five steals. He will probably never again reach the level we remember from 2011 (.307, 21 HR, 91 RBI, 102 runs, 26 SB). Avoid this matchup.
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera wasn't in Monday's lineup due to a sore right oblique, but was healthy enough to pinch hit later in the game.
Insight: This explains why Cabrera wasn't in the starting lineup for a favorable matchup against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett. With a quality backup like Danny Espinosa, the Nats probably won't rush Cabrera back to the lineup until he's fully healthy.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left Sunday's game with a sore right calf and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Murphy, the NL leader in hits, has a modest five-game hitting streak (8-for-21) and a favorable matchup with Braves starter Alex Wood (5-for-11), so is a viable fantasy option if in the lineup.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is in the lineup Monday against Texas.
Insight: Cano left Sunday's game with dizziness and said he feels like he has the flu. However, he's ready to go and he has a favorable matchup against right-hander Miles Mikolas (7.48 ERA in 49 1/3 IP).
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera isn't in Monday's lineup. Danny Espinosa will start at second base.
Insight: Cabrera was 3-for-8 with a double, homer and three walks in the just-completed three-game series with San Francisco and is a career .353 hitter against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett, so this might be a bit of a surprise.
Description: Cubs 2B Javier Baez will return to second base after Starlin Castro is activated from bereavement leave.
Insight: Hopefully the six games he played at shortstop will make him eligible in your league. He is still hitting just .207, but with seven home runs and 11 RBI in 82 at-bats he's shown he'll one day be one of the best power-hitting middle infielders in the league.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game due to dizziness according to Greg Johnson of mlb.com
Insight: Cano will be evaluated by a doctor and we should know more after the game. Despite a low home run total, Cano has been a solid contributor with a .328 batting average, 11 HR, 70 RBI and 66 runs scored.
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts against Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. The only good news is the one hit was a home run.
Insight: Dozier has struggled since the All-Star break, hitting .202 with two homers in 142 plate appearances. He did most of his damage from April to June (15 of his 20 HR) and should not be started Sunday.
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second on his way to a 2-for-5 night against the Pirates on Saturday.
Insight: The Brewers started Saturday's game the same as Friday's, with a home run to get an early lead and then were blown out. The home run was Gennett's ninth of the season. He is also hitting .308 with 44 RBI.
Description: Cubs 2B/SS Javier Baez hit a solo home run, his seventh of the season, to help the Cubs defeat the Orioles, 7-2, on Saturday.
Insight: This is Baez's second home run since he took over the shortstop position in Starlin Castro's absence and his fourth since August 16. He is still hitting just .218 with seven home runs and 11 RBI in 78 at-bats this year.
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has reached base eight times in the past two games.
Insight: Dozier went 1-for-2 with a double, one RBI, three walks and three runs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He's struggled since the All-Star break, hitting .207 with two homers in 121 at-bats.
Description: Tampa Bay 2B Logan Forsythe is in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: He's hitting .245 with a .658 OPS, five homers and 20 RBI in 241 at-bats this season, but he has a .773 OPS against lefties and is 5-for-7 (.714) with two doubles and a walk against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle. Ben Zobrist, the usual starting second baseman, is in right field, Brandon Guyer is in left and Sean Rodriguez is at first base while Matt Joyce, Kevin Kiermaier and James Loney are out of the lineup.
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has hit a bit of a rough patch -- 8-for-42 (.190) in his last 10 games -- but he's hitting .359 with a .920 OPS against lefties this season and .381 in his career against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Despite the poor average in the last two weeks, Zobrist is still batting .343 in his last 26 games.
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik has gone 27-for-59 (.458) with two doubles, a homer, eight RBI and nine runs since Aug. 4.
Insight: He went 4-for-5 with his first career homer, three RBI and two runs Friday at Washington and is 15 for his last 27 (.556). The Giants have been looking for a starting second baseman all season, even going as far as giving Dan Uggla a brief chance, and they may have found one in the 23-year-old Panik, a 2011 first-round pick who hit .321 with five homers and an .829 OPS in Triple-A this year.
Description: Former White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was traded to the Angels Thursday night.
Insight: Beckham will back up Howie Kendrick at second and David Freese at third so has little to no fantasy value. Not that he did even when starting every day in Chicago batting .221 with a .598 OPS.
Description: Cubs second baseman Javier Baez will play shortstop for the Cubs while Starlin Castro is on the bereavement list.
Insight: Baez has been playing mostly second base since his promotion to the Cubs on August 5. Castro lost a cousin and three close friends to a car crash on Wednesday and may be home in the Domincan Republic for an entire week. Baez has scored a run in each of his last three games.
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-11 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Two players heading in oppositite directions. Dozier is batting .204 since the All-Star break with two home runs and a .647 OPS in 30 games, while Kluber has been one of the best pitchers in the league going 4-0 with a 0.76 ERA and 0.692 WHIP. Avoid this matchup.
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is a career .111 hitter against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Not many players hit Scherzer very well, but Zobrist is just 2-for-18 against the 2013 AL CY Young Award winner. One of those hits is a home run though. Zobrist had three straight 1-for-4 games against the Yankees over the weekend.
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to illness but is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: His matchup with C.J. Wilson is a favorable one as he's a career .429 hitter with a 1.214 OPS versus Wilson. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Description: Boston has recalled Mookie Betts to replace Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field. He'll bat eighth Monday night against C.J. Wilson and the Angels.
Insight: Betts hasn't lit the world on fire, but he's certainly been a better hitter than Bradley Jr. He's batted .244 in 41 big league at bats, but hit .335 at Triple-A Pawtuucket and .355 at Double-A Portland.
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 with a double in a rehab start for Class-A Dayton on Sunday.
Insight: He is expected to be activated from the disabled list and return to the Reds on Monday against the Cardinals according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 33-year-old has been out of the lineup after tearing a ligament in his left thumb on July 11. He is hitting .272 with seven home runs and 40 RBI this year.
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to illness and is questionable for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: Fantasy owners hope he makes it back for the matchup with C.J. Wilson as he's a career .429 hitter with a 1.214 OPS versus Wilson. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Pedroia did foul a ball off his foot Friday night, but this appears to be a routine day off. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has gone 7-for-13 with five steals and six runs in his last three games.
Insight: Gordon leads the majors with 56 steals and is hitting .293 with 69 runs. He's surprisingly been very consistent, hitting at least .286 in four of the five months this season, hitting above .289 against both lefties and righties and above .287 both home and away.
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera isn't in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Cabrera has hit .267 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, four RBI, seven runs and a .780 OPS in 12 games with Washington. Danny Espinosa is getting the start at second Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella is out of the lineup Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: La Stella has gone 8-for-44 (.182) in August. He has one homer and two steals to go with a .274 average, 27 RBI, 21 runs and a .700 OPS this season, so he's not a good fantasy option. Phil Gosselin is starting at second base.
Description: Reds second baseman Kris Negron went 4-for-4 with one RBI Friday at Colorado.
Insight: Negron has batted .310 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, six RBI, seven runs and two steals in August. He'll continue to start at second base until Brandon Phillips returns later this month.
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill went 1-for-4 with his 10th homer of the season and two RBI Friday night.
Insight: Hill has batted .189 in August and .247 on the season. He looks nothing like the player he was in 2012, when he had a .302 average, 26 homers, 85 RBI, 93 runs and an .882 OPS, or even last year (.291, 11 HR in 87 games).
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (back) is not only back in Friday's starting lineup, he's batting cleanup.
Insight: Walker is batting .277 with 16 HR and 50 RBI, but has just three at-bats since Aug 1. He'll face a hot pitcher in Tanner Roark, who has given up exactly one run in five of his last six starts, and it may be best to avoid this matchup.