Description: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN New York on Monday that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the team's third baseman next season.
Insight: Girardi went on to say A-Rod doesn't automatically have the job, but he should be able to be the everyday third baseman if healthy. Even though this news likely makes Yankee fans want to puke, the team could really use a power right-handed bat. That's if Rodriguez can be somewhat of his old self.
Reality seems to have set in for Rodriguez, who must have figured out he stood almost no chance of winning this case in federal court. A-Rod will sit out the entire 2014 season as he serves a 162-game PED suspension. Rodriguez will not be reporting to spring training later this month.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson told Comcast SportsNet California that his left knee feels more stable than it did a few days ago.
Insight: Donaldson did not run very much on Monday, but he is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Royals in the AL Wild Card game. His knee has been an issue for the second half of the season, but Donaldson has still been able to hit .280 over that time. His power, however, seems to have been effected as he has just nine homers since the break.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: It was unclear whether Donaldson would even start as the third baseman banged both his knees on Friday. Donaldson did not look to good running the bases Saturday, but his production at the plate was not effected. He hit a solo bomb in the first and added two singles. Donaldson is batting .257 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 157 games this season.
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was 2-for-4 with a double that led to a three-run sixth inning as Philadelphia came back to defeat Atlanta, 5-4.
Insight: Asche's double scored a run and put Freddy Galvis on third base. Galvis and Asche both scored later in the inning. Asche is hitting .255 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI this season. Asche will compete with Maikel Franco for the starting third base job next year and may have to switch positions.
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe tweeted on Thursday that he will not need surgery to repair his fractured left forearm.
Insight: Plouffe broke his forearm on Wednesday when A.J. Pollock's leg hit his arm on a slide at third base. He will not need surgery but will be in a cast for six-to-eight weeks. We expect him to be fine for spring training next year.
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is starting in left field in the first half of Thursday's doubleheader.
Insight: Zimmerman said he felt some discomfort in his hamstring after playing in his first game in nearly two months on Sunday. That is not a major concern though, and Washington wants to see what Zimmerman can provide them before the playoffs begin. He is batting third on Thursday afternoon versus the Mets.
Description: An MRI revealed this week that Mets third baseman David Wright has ligament damage in his left shoulder according to ESPN New York.
Insight: The Mets officially shut down Wright for the season on Sept. 9 after the third baseman played through tremendous shoulder pain throughout the year. He may need surgery if a six-week strengthening program doesn't work. He will test his shoulder around Nov. 1 and if Wright does need surgury, he could miss Opening Day 2015. Wright batted just .269 with eight home runs and 63 RBI while playing hurt this season.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career 1-for-11 (.091) with four strikeouts against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Insight: Donaldson's big home run total of the first half (20) has dissipated (8), but he's hitting for a higher average (.276) and a better OPS (.840) in the 61 games since the break. This is a poor matchup, however.
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier blasted his 28th homer of the year in Tuesday's win against the Brewers.
Insight: He was 1-for-11 coming into the game against Mike Fiers, but took him deep in the first inning. Frazier added a double off Fiers later, and now is hitting .277 with 77 RBI. It has been a coming out party for Frazier in 2014.
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is not in Tuesday's starting lineup..
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. The 24-year-old is have a breakout season batting .286 with 20 homers and 81 RBI and a league-leading 110 runs scored. while playing both second and third base.
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier is 1-for-11 with four strikeouts in his career against Milwaukee right-hander Mike Fiers.
Insight: Although he's put together the best season of his career, he's fadied a bit since the All-Star break. He hit 18 homers and batted .290 pre-Summer Cklassic and .252 with eight homers after it. Avoid this matchup.
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit his 25th home run of the season on Monday in the Mariners loss to the Blue Jays.
Insight: Seager went 1-for-4 with two RBI. The homer was a solo shot in the sixth and Seager added an RBI on a grounder in the eighth. Seager is hitting .273 with 94 RBI in addition to the 25 homers this year.
Description: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Brewers to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
Insight: With one week to go in the season, Harrison leads the batting title race by nine ten-thousanth of a point over Justin Morneau. Harrison also has a .350 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage, 13 home runs, 52 RBI, 72 runs and 17 steals this year.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has another big night.
Insight: Texas has the worst record in baseball, however that is no fault of Beltre's. He continued his strong play, going 3-for-4 with all three hits being doubles, along with two RBI. He now is hitting .327 with 18 homers and 75 RBI. Beltre will be an early round pick in 2015.
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman returned to action Saturday night, and came up big.
Insight: He started in left field and opened up the scoring in the seventh, with an RBI triple that Reed Johnson missed played. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful sight for Nats fans to have him back. Zimmerman owns a .288 average with five homers and 37 RBI in 2014.
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman has been activated from the disabled list Saturday.
Insight: Zimmerman missed 55 games due to a hamstring injury. He will likely not play everyday, but Nationals manager Matt Williams will welcome the extra bat with open arms. He's in left field and batting sixth tonight.
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.
Insight: Zimmerman went 3-for-8 with a home run while hitting at the Nationals' spring training complex. He apparently did not have any issues with his right hamstring. He will likely not play everyday, but Nationals manager Matt Williams will welcome the extra bat with open arms.
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez and second basemen Scotter Gennett are each 6-for-13 (.462) against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller.
Insight: Ramirez has the superior power numbers, hitting two home runs and five RBI off Miller. Either one is a worthy start on Thursday as the Brewers take the field for their most important game of the season to date.
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez has ridiculous numbers versus Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: He is 23-for-56 lifetime against Wainwright, with 11 extra-base hits. Not many players hit Wainwright this well, especially righties. Make sure Ramirez is in your lineup for tonight's big game against St. Louis.
Description: Nationals 3B/LF played three innings at first base in a simulated game on Tuesday.
Insight: Zimmerman hit two doubles in five at-bats and ran the bases without issues. He is expected to play five innings at first base on Wednesday and hopes to return in the final week of the regular season.
Description: He's only played in nine games and totaled 17 official at-bats, but Milwaukee 1B Matt Clark is quickly making a name for himself.
Insight: Clark homered in his third consecutive game Sunday and is back in the lineup Tuesday. He batted .304 with 26 homers in 120 minor league games this season between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Nashville.