Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez was hit in the arm by a pitch in the ninth inning Saturday night, but he's fine. His day off on Sunday was already planned and unrelated to the HBP, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: Ramirez has driven in 15 runs in 18 games this season and is batting .352 with an .860 OPS. Jeff Bianchi is starting at third.
Description: Brewers starter Marco Estrada has held Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to three hits in 18 at-bats.
Insight: Alvarez struck out eight times against Estrada, Sunday's scheduled starter against Pittsburgh. The third baseman is stuck in one of his typical extended slumps, going 3-for-33 (.091) with 13 Ks in his last nine games. He's tied for the NL lead with six homers but is batting .162.
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is 8-for-24 (.333) with three homers and a 1.235 OPS versus Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.
Insight: Plouffe is off to a solid start, batting .288 with an .801 OPS, but his long ball stroke is missing. He's hit one home run this season. He hit 24 homers over 119 games in 2012 and just 14 last season.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .458 hitter (11-for-21) with a 1.267 OPS against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Wright is off to a slow start, batting just .258 with a .641 OPS, but this favorable matchup could get him going. Daniel Murphy, Wright, Eric Young Jr. and Ruben Tejada all have good histories against Harang which could mean plenty of scoring opportunities.
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has a pair of homers and a career .375 batting average versus Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Frazier isn't batting for much of an average, but he has scored six runs in the past four games. His fantasy owners are hoping he'll rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign (.234 AVG in 531 at bats).
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is just 1-for-22 (.045) with 10 strikeouts against Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: The 27-year-old, who tied for the NL lead with 36 bombs last season, already has five homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs despite a .161 batting average. But this is an extremely unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is the owner of a .375 average against Dodgers starter Paul Maholm.
Insight: Sandoval is 6-for-16 with two homers and a double against Maholm. The third baseman has batted .164 with two homers in 55 at-bats this season, but he's also shown more plate discipline (12.7 BB%). The low average is mainly the result of a .171 BABIP, which he's posted despite having a 25.6 percent line-drive rate.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley is 8-for-36 (.222) with zero extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts against Jorge De La Rosa of Colorado.
Insight: Another cold start (.160, 1 HR, 11 Ks) has us skeptical we'll ever see the 2012 version of Headley (.286, 31 HR, 115 RBI) again. Remove that season and Headley has just 50 career homers in 683 games.
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager has had some success against Texas starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Seager has been a disaster so far, hitting .146 with zero homers and two RBI. He does have a .316 average, four doubles and seven RBI in 19 career at-bats against Darvish, however, so maybe he'll get it going Wednesday despite facing the tough right-hander.
Description: Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has gone 9-for-20 (.450) with three doubles, one homer and five RBI in six games while filling in for Adrian Beltre (quad), but he's been terrible against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Kouzmanoff is back in the majors for the first time since 2011. He's 3-for-24 (.125) with nine Ks against Hernandez.
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie blasted a ninth-inning grand slam Tuesday at Minnesota.
Insight: Lawrie has more infield fly-balls (three) than line drives (two) this season and is hitting just .100 on balls in play and .132 overall. However, he has hit three homers and driven in nine runs.
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson will sit out a second consecutive game.
Insight: He's off to a slow start with just 11 hits in his first 45 at bats. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday, Ramiro Pena (.231, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will get the start at third base, according to David O'Brien of AJC.
Description: Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman left last night's game with a broken thumb and will now miss 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: It's a really tough break for the Nats as Zimmerman had been off to a great start (.364, 2 HR, 6 RBI in ten games). Anthony Rendon (.372, 2 HR, 9 RBI) should see time at third base while he's out.
Description: Red Sox minor league 3B Garin Cecchini is off to a fast start, batting .320 through his first nine games.
Insight: Cecchini has batted over .300 for the past two seasons and on many clubs would be in the majors, but his way is blocked by Will Middlebrooks. It may take an injury or trade to get him to the majors.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career .111 hitter (2-for-18) with eight strikeouts against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Donaldson has not started out the season like last year, batting just .220 through the first nine games. Last season he was a huge fantasy surprise batting .314 in April, .330 in May and .303 in June before cooling off a bit. This unfavorable matchup isn't going to help.
Description: Houston third baseman Matt Dominguez is not normally on many fantasy radar screens, but he's faced Texas ace Yu Darvish 11 times and has taken him deep three times.
Insight: Dominguez is an all or nothing option. He doesn't hit for much of an average, but can hit the long ball. He's batting just .129 in 10 games this season, but does have a pair of homers after blasting 21 last season.
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in 11 career at-bats versus Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: Zimmerman should be avoided on Friday and knowing the condition of his arthritic shoulder should probably be avoided completely as it's just a matter of time before it gets in the way of his playing the game.
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-5, but his one hit was a big three-run homer Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Alvarez' shot came in the top of the seventh inning and put the Pirates ahead 5-4. The 27-year-old, who tied for the NL lead with 36 bombs last season, already has five homers, 10 RBI and eight runs. Alvarez also has a 6/6 K/BB (14.6% K rate) in 41 plate appearances; his K rate ranged from 30.3% to 30.7% in each of the last three years.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2-for-22 over his first five games this season but he's 7-for-19 with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and five runs over his last four.
Insight: Donaldson hit his first homer of the season Thursday at Minnesota. However, he also struck out two times and has a 13/1 K/BB in 41 at-bats. Donaldson's K/BB in 2013 was 110/76 and he batted .301 with 24 HRs and 93 RBI.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has a Grade 1 quad strain, which is the least severe one. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: The Rangers pushed back Colby Lewis' promotion from Saturday to Monday or Tuesday so they can keep Beltre, two backup infielders and seven relievers on the active roster to give Beltre a few more days to get healthy before they place him on the DL.
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez had another two-homer game Wednesday against the Cubs, but has an unfavorable matchup on Thursday.
Insight: Alvarez is just 1-for-15 (.067) with six strikeouts against Cubs starter Travis Wood. The Pirates slugger has continued where he left off last season (36 HR), but this matchup should be avoided.
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) had two hits in his return to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Zimmerman has been dealing with shoulder inflammation for at least two and a half years, and Washington manager Matt Williams said Monday night that the third baseman has an "arthritic shoulder." He's working on throwing the ball sidearm to first base to avoid another injury.
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche (hamstring) doubled during a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday night against Milwaukee.
Insight: Asche was out of the starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring, but it must not be too serious. The third baseman went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and four runs on Opening Day but he has managed just four hits in 18 at-bats since then while striking out seven times.
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) hopes to play Wednesday, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman has been dealing with shoulder inflammation for at least two and a half years, and Washington manager Matt Williams said Monday night that the third baseman has an "arthritic shoulder." Zimmerman had surgery to repair inflammation in his AC joint and fraying in his labrum and rotator cuff in 2012 after changing his throwing mechanics in 2011 following abdominal surgery. He was on the field four hours before Tuesday's game trying out a new sidearm throwing motion.
Description: O's third baseman Manny Machado still has no timetable for return.
Insight: His recovery from offseason knee surgery took a setback last month and he's running on a treadmill in a pool. We hope to see Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) back on the field in May, but until they announce a schedule we're just guessing.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .524 hitter (11-for-21) with a 1.434 OPS against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Wright is off to a slow start, batting just .238 with a .701 OPS, but this extremely favorable matchup could get him going. Daniel Murphy, Wright and Ruben Tejada all have good matchups against Harang which should mean plenty of scoring opportunities.
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is not in Monday's starting lineup against Houston.
Insight: Freese is off to an ugly start (.162, zero homers, two RBI) and will sit while Ian Stewart gets the start. Stewart has just one at-bat this season. A solid power guy in Colorado, he's yet to prove he can hit elsewhere.
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will hit the bench Sunday with Chris Sale on the mound for Chicago, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: The Royals acquired Danny Valencia for his ability to hit lefties, and he'll start Sunday. A second straight scorching spring training has led to a second straight ice cold April for Moustakas, who is 0-for-15 this season. It's still early, but fantasy owners don't have much patience for the 25-year-old third baseman after underwhelming seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Zimmerman said he doesn't know if he'll need to go on the disabled list, but says his shoulder hasn't felt this bad in a while, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com. The Nationals are awaiting the results of the third baseman's MRI.
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has gone 4-for-20 with seven strikeouts against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
Insight: A second straight scorching spring training has led to a second straight ice cold April for Moustakas, who is 0-for-15 this season. It's still early, but fantasy owners don't have much patience for the 25-year-old third baseman after underwhelming seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit his first homer of the season Saturday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Sandoval has gone 4-for-23 (.174) in his first six games, though he's drawn five walks already. The 27-year-old has never been known for his plate discipline and pitchers know that. Sandoval saw the lowest percentage of pitches in the strike zone of any qualified hitter in the majors last season, and it wasn't even close (33.9 percent for Sandoval, 38.2 percent for Giancarlo Stanton in second place).
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado left Friday's game with a lacerated left index finger but he's in the lineup Saturday, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Prado is off to a 4-for-28 (.143) start. The utilityman hit just .238 with five home runs and a .623 OPS in his first 73 games last season, but he batted .322 with nine homers and an .862 OPS over his last 82 games.