Description: Pedro Alvarez is a career 2-for-29 (.069) hitter with a double against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Alvarez made his debut at first base on Monday and MLB.com reported he would not play third base again this season unless it was an emergency. He is now stuck in a timeshare at first base with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, so there is a good chance even without the history Alvarez has against Gallardo that Alvarez will not be in the lineup on Friday. Either way, it would be wise not to put him in your lineup. Update: Alvarez is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Description: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday there is no timetable for when third baseman Manny Machado will return to baseball action according to MLB.com Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli.
Insight: Showalter added he should know more about Machado's return on Saturday, but all signs point to the third baseman being out past August 27, which is his first day he could return from the DL. Machado has been out since August 12 with a sprained right knee.
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is a career .182 hitter against Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Ramirez, however, hits pretty well against his former team with a .290 average, 31 home runs and 113 RBI in his career against the Pirates. He is hitting .297 with 13 home runs, 57 RBI this season.
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is a 7-for-17 (.412) career hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman also hit over .400 in their careers against Latos, so it could be a high scoring night for Atlanta. Jason Heyward also has a career average of .400 (4-for-10) against Latos. Any of them would be great starts. Johnson is hitting .274 with nine home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did some light throwing on Thursday afternoon according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman is recovering from a Grade 3 hamstring strain and has been on the disabled list since July 23. Although throwing is a nice step, he is still three to four weeks away from returning to the streaking Nationals.
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is a career 5-for-6 against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley.
Insight: Rendon was originally given Wednesday off, but came in to pinch hit and won the game in the bottom of the ninth with a single. He's been a solid fantasy option all season batting .276 with 16 HR, 67 RBI, 88 runs and 12 steals.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: It's his first day out of the lineup since July 3. He's gone 2-for-18 (.111) with nine strikeouts in his last five games, so he could use the rest. The A's want him at full strength for this weekend's crucial series against the Angels.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a career .533 hitter against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Sandoval is 8-for-15 with two doubles and a homer against Jackson. The switch-hitter is also batting .321 with an .841 OPS against righties this season and just .195 with a .573 OPS against lefties. Make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.
Description: Pedro Alvarez is not expected to see any more action at third base this season, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Alvarez made his debut at first base Monday and was out of the lineup Tuesday. He can no longer play third base due to frequent defensive lapses and is now in a platoon with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez. "Everybody is going to have to get some at-bats," manager Clint Hurdle said. "There's a certain method I have in mind. We're not going to quit on anybody. Pedro has shown us a bat that can get white-hot. It hasn't this year." Josh Harrison is the new everyday third baseman.
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game with an apparent injury, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. UPDATE: Middlebrooks has right hamstring tightness.
Insight: Middlebrooks looked uncomfortable after beating out a single and exited the game after being checked by the trainer. He's gone 8-for-46 (.174) with two RBI since he returned from the disabled list.
Description: Cubs minor league third baseman Kris Bryant doubled and walked in his return to the lineup at Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Insight: Bryant only missed a few days due to a left big toe injury. The 22-year-old is having a monster year in Iowa with 40 home runs and 103 RBI in 126 games at Triple-A. It would be a surprise if he is not making his major league debut early next year.
Description: Nationals minor league third baseman Brandon Laird has been hitting the ball well this year with Triple-A Syracuse. He is batting .310 with 15 home runs and 77 RBI.
Insight: Brother of Gerald Laird, he played 25 games in big leagues this year, but Laird is in the Nationals minor league system. Even with Ryan Zimmerman is out, Anthony Rendon moved to third base, so Laird has yet to play in Washington.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright will return to the starting lineup on Monday afternoon against Chicago. Wright left Saturday's game after a pitch drilled him in his sore right shoulder. He did not play on Sunday. The third baseman has been dealing with rotator cuff soreness most of the season.
Insight: The sore shoulder has appeared to put a damper on Wright's 2014 campaign as he has posted a career worst .711 OPS. His .380 slugging percentage is over 100 points lower than his career average. Wright will not be healthy at least until the start of the 2015 season.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is a career .400 hitter (4-for-10) with a double and two home runs against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Insight: Beltre has a .319 average, 17 homers, 64 RBI, 61 runs and an .874 OPS so fantasy owners can hardly complain about his production, but he isn't likely to reach the 30-HR plateau that he's posted over the past three seasons.
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Longoria's season as not been up to expectations. He's batting .253 with 15 HR and 64 RBI, but after 74 extra-base hits last season he's managed just 36 in 2014 and we've seen his OPS drop from .842 to a mediocre .716. He is on a six-game winning streak and this is a favorable matchup so could be worth a shot.
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier did not play in either game of Cincinnati's double header matchup in Colorado on Sunday due to a sore back. Mark Sheldon of mlb.com reported Sunday that Frazier was hoping to play in one of the games.
Insight: Frazier tweaked his back on Thursday while swinging a bat and has not played since then. The All-Star had a tremendous first half of the season, but since the break, Frazier has just one home run and 11 RBI in 100 at-bats.
Description: A sore lower back with keep Todd Frazier out of the Reds lineup for a second straight game Saturday, according to Mark Sheldon of mlb.com. Kris Negron is starting at third base and Skip Schumaker is at second against the Rockies.
Insight: Frazier is day-to-day. He's batted just .240 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .584 OPS over 100 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and an .853 OPS prior to the break.
Description: Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte (oblique) is in the lineup Saturday, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Solarte suffered an oblique injury on Wednesday and missed the last two games. He has gone 22-for-78 (.282) with three homers and 11 RBI since he was traded from the Yankees to San Diego for Chase Headley.
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is out of the lineup Friday night against the Orioles.
Insight: The Indians are facing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, so the lefty-hitting Chisenhall will take a seat even though he's gone 22-for-66 (.333) against southpaws this season. Mike Aviles is at third base.
Description: A sore lower back with keep Todd Frazier out of the Reds lineup Friday night.
Insight: Frazier is day-to-day and expects to either be back Saturday or Sunday. He's batted just .240 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .584 OPS over 100 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and an .853 OPS prior to the break.
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is an ugly 1-for-12 with five strikeouts against Royals starter Danny Duffy.
Insight: Plouffe has not hit for the power he has in past seasons. He hit 24 in 2012 and fantasy owners were hoping for more than the 14 he blasted last season and the eight he's hit in 100 games this year. Avoid him Friday.
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is just 2-for-17 (.118) against Mets pitcher Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rendon leads the league with 82 runs scored and he's added 16 homers, 66 RBI and 12 steals to become a valuable fantasy infielder with power and multi-position eligibility. Thursday, however, looks like an unfavorable matchup.
Description: Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte left Wednesday's game with an apparent injury, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Solarte appeared to tweak his lower back or oblique on a throw from shortstop. He started there because Everth Cabrera was placed on the DL with a hamstring strain injury Tuesday. Solarte has gone 22-for-78 (.282) with three homers and 11 RBI since he was traded from the Yankees to San Diego for Chase Headley.
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right knee.
Insight: Machado suffered the injury Monday and could be done for the season depending on the extent of the damage. He had surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee last October.
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is hitless in 13 career at-bats (5 Ks) against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Uribe's career looked to be coming to an end when he hit .199 with a .552 OPS over 474 plate appearances in 2011-12, but he hit .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBI in 2013 and has batted .297 with six homers, 35 RBI and a .744 OPS this season. Fantasy owners looking for a cheap third base option Wednesday should look elsewhere, however.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two homers, four RBI and three runs Tuesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Donaldson went 16-for-111 (.144) with two home runs in 28 games from June 7 to July 9, but he's rebounded to go 32-for-101 (.317) with seven doubles, six homers and 21 RBI in 28 games since then.
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is just 1-for-15 (.067) against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Miami's signing of McGehee (.302) has worked out well for the team and fantasy owners. With opponents avoiding Giancarlo Stanton in RBI situations, the result has been that McGehee has been in a great spot and has knocked in 60 runs despite hitting just three home runs. This matchup, however, is not favorable.
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts versus Detroit starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: The Pirates aren't starting Alvarez, so this unfavorable matchup can be ignored. He's batting just .232 this season with 15 HR and 49 RBI after blasting 36 homers and knocking in 100 last year.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Beltre is likely going to come up short in his quest for a third straight 30-homer season, but with a .320 average, 17 homers, 62 RBI, 60 runs and an .880 OPS fantasy owners can hardly complain about his production.
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon has gone 7-for-9 with a homer against Braves starter Alex Wood.
Insight: That's a ridiculous .778 batting average. Rendon has had a terrific season from a fantasy standpoint, hitting .278 with 15 homers, 65 RBI, 81 runs, 11 steals and an .800 OPS, and he has a good chance to add to his numbers Sunday against Atlanta.
Description: Blue Jays infielder Danny Valencia is 10-for-15 (.667) with two doubles and three walks against Tigers starter David Price.
Insight: Valencia is kryptonite for left-handed hurlers. He has a career .331 average against southpaws and is hitting .342 against them this season. Valencia is hitting cleanup behind Jose Bautista Sunday against Detroit.
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is a career .389 hitter with a pair of home runs versus Cardinals starter John Lackey.
Insight: After hitting 14 homers in 667 at-bats a year ago, Machado has 12 in 315 at-bats this season, including a big three-run homer Friday night to get the Orioles going. He's batting .333 since the beginning of July.