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Sandberg Says Howard Is Phillies Starting 1B

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEARWATER, Fla.) -- Ryan Howard will be the Philadelphia Phillies' starting first baseman this season.

Despite the team's prior attempts to trade Howard, Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that the former MVP will start at first base this season.

"Right now he's here to prepare for the season as one of the guys," Sandberg said. "If he gets to where he's hitting 30-35 home runs, which is good home runs for this day and age of baseball, he can help us win games this year. To see him in the spring and see him prepare and have him get ready, he's here. Right now, unless he gets unseated he's the first baseman."

The 35-year-old Howard has struggled since tearing his left Achilles tendon at the end of the team's 2011 postseason series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

After missing half of 2012 and 2013, Howard played in 153 games in 2014 hitting .223 with 23 home runs, 95 RBIs, and a major league-leading 190 strikeouts.

Howard, who has 334 career home runs, is owed a minimum of $60 million over the next two years.

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Joey Votto Returns to DL

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- First baseman Joey Votto was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, for the same thigh injury that had the former NL MVP on the DL earlier this season.

The move is retroactive to Sunday.

"We did a full workup on Joey yesterday," Reds skipper Bryan Price said Tuesday. "There's definitely more soreness and a continued issue with it. It's something that he's just not going to be able to play on. Our plan of attack will be to do everything we can to get him back to be able to play over the course of the year. I don't have a timetable on how long that will be, but the goal is to get him back and able to help us before the year is out."

Votto has been off the disabled list since June 10. In the 23 games he has played since, the four-time All Star is hitting .250, with no home runs and 11 RBIs.

With Votto out, Price plans to play Brayan Pena, Todd Frazier, and Jay Bruce at first base.

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Ike Davis Traded to Pirates

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Mets traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday in exchange for reliever Zach Thornton and a player to be named later.

The 27-year-old Davis was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2008 Amateur Draft. He started off his career with the Mets strong, hitting .264 with a .351 on-base percentage, 19 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2010. But an ankle injury ruined his 2011 season and Davis hasn't been the same since.

"I really had a blast in New York," Davis said. "I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it's just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now (I'll) go help my team in Pittsburgh."

Thornton, 25, has never played in a major league game. Before the trade, he was pitching for the Pirates' Triple-A team in Indianapolis.

Thornton has thrown 7.1 innings this season compiling a 2-0 record with a 1.23 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and eight strikeouts. The Mets will send him to their Triple-A club in Las Vegas.

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Blue Jays Lose Encarnacion for the Season

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will have left wrist surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The wrist has been bothering Encarnacion most of the season but started hurting more in the past two weeks. He missed a few games last week before returning over the weekend, but his condition didn't improve so he was shut down.

Encarnacion will undergo a procedure later this week that will repair damaged cartilage. The rehab process is expected to take two months and Encarnacion should make a full recovery and be ready for spring training.

The 30-year-old Encarnacion hit .277 with 36 home runs, 104 RBIs and a .370 on-base percentage this season.

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Pujols Out for the Season

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images (ANAHEIM) -- The Los Angeles Angels officially announced Monday that star slugger Albert Pujols' season is over.

Pujols hasn't played since July 26, when he suffered a partial tear of the left plantar fascia after hitting a two-run single off Oakland's Grant Balfour.

After the injury, Pujols and the team had hopes that the he could return before season's end. But with the Angels 15 games out of a playoff berth, there is probably no reason to rush him back.

Pujols had played with the injury for most of the year before the tear forced him to the disabled list. The three-time NL MVP played in 99 games this season, hitting a career-low .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs.

The 33-year-old Pujols is in the second season of a $240 million, 10-year contract.

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Teixeira Has MRI, Shows No New Tear in Wrist

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(ANAHEIM) -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had an MRI Sunday that revealed no new tear in his right wrist, only inflammation.

"There's inflammation, and even though he's hurt, that's probably the best-case scenario we could have got," Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said. "That's a good thing. If he was to re-tear it, that would probably be it for the season."

Teixeira first injured the wrist in early March while hitting off a tee in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. The injury resulted in Teixeira missing the first 53 games of the season.

Teixeira felt pain in the wrist in the Yankees' game versus the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, and was removed in the fourth inning.

While the MRI came back positive, Girardi didn't say Teixeira would avoid a stint on the disabled list.

"He's not a player for at least a couple days," Girardi said. "We'll re-evaluate him after a couple days and see where we're at."

While Teixeira is out, Lyle Overbay will take over at first base.

Teixeira is hitting .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games this season.

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Sources: Diamondbacks Agree to Five-Year Extension With Paul Goldschmidt

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract extension with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

The extension also includes a a club option of $14.5 million in 2018.

The 25-year-old Goldschmidt hit .286 with 20 home runs, 82 RBIs and a .359 on-base-percentage in 2012, his first full season in the major leagues.

The Diamondbacks and Goldschmidt's people had been negotiating throughout the spring.

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Red Sox Agree to Minor League Deal with Lyle Overbay

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay agreed Thursday to a one-year minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox.

The 36-year-old Overbay will also receive an invitation to spring training. 

Overbay joins a Sox team that has little depth at the position. The team has two first basemen on the roster: Mike Napoli, who has primarily been a catcher for his career, and Mauro Gomez, who has only 15 major league starts at the position.

The left-handed Overbay struggled last year hitting .259 with 10 RBIs in 65 games with the Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks.

For his career, Overbay has hit .270 with 318 doubles, 133 homers and 581 RBIs.

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Teixeira Strains Calf, Could Miss Two Weeks

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a Grade 1 sprain to his left calf, during the Yankees 8-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Monday.

Teixeira injured himself after running out a foul ball in the fourth inning. He said he felt his calf muscle grab as he ran out of the box, and he knew something was wrong.

Teixeira isn't sure how long he'll be out.

"I don't know; It could be as little as a week," said Teixeira. "Or it could be two weeks, but I don't really know."

Manager Joe Girardi wasn't very optimistic.

“I don’t see him playing in this series,” Girardi said. “I don’t. I don’t even know if see him playing in the next series.”

The 32-year-old two-time All-Star, missed three games earlier this month with inflammation in his left wrist. He is currently hitting .255, with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs.

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Lance Berkman to Have Knee Surgery

Jeff Golden/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) - St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday in Vail, Colo.

If Berkman only has a torn meniscus, he could return after the All-Star break.  If Berkman needs to have his ACL replaced, he would be out for the season.

Berkman has suffered an ACL injury before. In 2005, he blew out his right ACL playing touch football.

"All the information that I'm getting plus what I felt leads me to believe that there is an issue with the ACL," Berkman said. "I'm hoping that's not the case but I'm not sure that is the case."

Berkman, 36, is signed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals worth $12 million that he signed before the end of last season.
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