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  • Marlins C prospect Realmuto with 3 hits, HR
    Marlins prospect catcher J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-5 with a triple and a home run for Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday, raising his season line to .293/.360/.455.

    Advice: Realmuto has taken over the role of the third catcher for the Marlins, as he's already been given two quick cups of coffee in 2014. He has the potential to hit .280 with 15 home runs and a handful of stolen bases as a major league regular. He should return to the Marlins in September, though he may not receive much playing time.
    Today, 6:51 am
    Not Active
  • Hanigan (oblique) to resume rehab on Friday
    Ryan Hanigan (oblique) is on track to resume his minor league rehab assignment this Friday.

    Advice: Hanigan was stalled earlier this month by lingering soreness in his oblique. He's been out since July 9 and probably won't be cleared to return to the Rays until rosters expand on September 1. The veteran catcher has hit just .212/.309/.327 this season for the Rays.
    Today, 5:42 am
    Disabled List
    10:10 am vs x Det
  • Sal Perez to undergo MRI on achy right kneee
    Salvador Perez will undergo an MRI on his right knee Thursday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost continues to downplay the injury, but the team wants to have it look at just in case. Perez left Monday's game with some soreness in the knee, and he missed Wednesday's game as well. Consider him day-to-day unless the MRI finds something more troubling.
    Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Yadi Molina (thumb) takes first light swings
    Yadier Molina (thumb) took light swings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was far from an intensive workout, but those were the first swings that Molina had attempted since tearing a ligament in his right thumb July 9 on a slide into third base. He has already been catching bullpen sessions and taking infield practice, and the hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Cardinals around the second week of September. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will continue to fill in.
    Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    Disabled List
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Dan Butler optioned to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned C Dan Butler to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Butler is hitless in 11 at-bats during his brief time with the big club this season. He'll be back in September.
    Yesterday, 12:53 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs LAA
  • David Ross activated from disabled list
    Red Sox activated C David Ross from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Ross missed nearly three weeks after tearing the plantar fascia in his right foot. He's in the lineup Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 12:52 pm
  • Derek Norris (back) to sit out Wednesday
    Derek Norris will not play Wednesday due to a minor back issue.

    Advice: The ailment doesn't affect Norris behind or at the plate but does when he's running. He should be OK in a day or two.
    Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • d'Arnaud keeps raking, goes deep in loss
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a home run against the A's on Tuesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud's fourth inning solo homer put the Mets up 1-0, but they had difficulty mustering up offense the rest of the way in the 6-2 setback. The 25-year-old backstop continues to be a fantasy godsend for owners who took a chance on him after he was promoted on June 24. He was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in early June after batting a cringe-worthy .180/.271/.273 over 39 games, but destroyed the ball on the farm (24-for-55 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 16 RBI over 15 games) to earn a quick trip back to the Big Apple. Since his promotion, d'Arnaud is 42-for-158 (.266) with eight homers, 10 doubles and a triple. That's serious power for a catcher. Keep riding the hot hand.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Gomes homers, scores three times in victory
    Yan Gomes homered and finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Indians came back to beat the Twins 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gomes hadn't scored since August 6 before Tuesday's three-run outburst. His solo home run in the second inning started the Indians on the comeback trail, and he came in on a two-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Tribe their first lead. The catcher is enjoying another strong year, batting .285/.325/.479 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the season.
    Tuesday, 9:07 pm
    10:10 am ^ @Min
  • Mauer has two more hits, RBI double vs. Tribe
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Mauer got a little unlucky when his double in the first inning went out of play, as Brian Dozier would have likely been able to score as well if it had stayed in play. Still, the two-hit night gave Mauer 10 hits in 29 at-bats since returning from the disabled list. The good stretch has his overall line up to .277/.351/.380, and expect those numbers to continue to climb as he redeems his poor early hitting.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    10:10 am vs ^ Cle
  • Chris Iannetta delivers in Angels' win
    Chris Iannetta doubled in Brennan Boesch in the top of the ninth to lead the Angels to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was an unusual way to get to Koji Uehara, who is typically unbeatable unless he surrenders a homer. Tonight, after entering a tie game, he lost on back-to-back doubles with two outs. Iannetta finished with two doubles in the game. He has just five homers this year, but with his average up -- his .270 mark is about 35 points better than his career average -- he's been a very solid regular once again.
    Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Lucroy doubles twice, scores twice vs. Jays
    Jonathan Lucroy had two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI in a win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lucroy followed Carlos Gomez' leadoff double with an RBI double of his own to start the scoring. It was a sign of things to come for Jays hurler J.A. Happ. Lucroy added another double and a run scored in the third. The catcher, who started at first base on Tuesday, has been an offensive force for the Brewers this season, batting .304/.370/.493 with an OPS that ranks among the National League's top 10.
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Hundley homers, steals base against White Sox
    Nick Hundley went 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Hundley hit his fourth home run of the year, a solo job, in the seventh inning. Much more impressive was his stolen base, just the eighth of his career. Hundley has played sparingly with Caleb Joseph swinging a hot bat, and he'll continue to serve primarily as a backup from here out.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Sanchez's (concussion) season could be over
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Hector Sanchez (concussion) could be out for the season.

    Advice: "It'll be awhile," said Bochy. Sanchez suffered another concussion while on a rehab assignment over the weekend. Andrew Susac will continue to serve as Buster Posey's backup.
    Tuesday, 3:54 pm
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals' lineup
    Salvador Perez is back in the Royals' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Perez exited Monday's contest with a sore right knee, but he said Tuesday that he feels "good." The All-Star catcher sports a .268/.305/.417 batting line with 15 homers this season.
    Tuesday, 3:27 pm
  • David Ross (foot) to be activated Wednesday
    David Ross (foot) will be activated Wednesday.

    Advice: Ross had been aiming to return Monday or Tuesday, but the Red Sox decided the give the veteran catcher a bit more time for his injured right foot. The 37-year-old will likely play sparingly down the stretch behind Red Sox starting catcher Christian Vazquez.
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Hanigan (oblique) to restart rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (oblique) is aiming to resume his minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: Hanigan has been on the disabled list since July 9 with an oblique strain and recently had a minor setback. But if all goes well from here on out, he could be back on the Rays' active roster by the end of this month. The veteran catcher has hit just .212/.309/.327 in his first season with Tampa Bay.
    Tuesday, 1:07 pm
    Disabled List
    10:10 am vs x Det
  • Molina (thumb) hopes to begin swinging soon
    Yadier Molina (thumb) expects to begin swinging a bat on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Molina has been catching bullpen sessions and taking infield practice for the past week with no issues and now seems to be progressing toward an early-September return. The star catcher has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz are filling in at catcher.
    Tuesday, 1:03 pm
    Disabled List
  • Ramos not in Tuesday's lineup
    Wilson Ramos is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Ramos has started four straight games, so he'll get a breather. Jose Lobaton will start behind the dish.
    Tuesday, 12:35 pm
  • Marlins C prospect Realmuto with 2B, 3 SB
    Marlins catching prospect J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, and three stolen bases for Double-A Jacksonville on Monday.

    Advice: Realmuto is hitting .293/.362/.444 with 24 doubles, four triples, and six home runs in Double-A this season, and has 17 stolen bases. He is an athletic catcher who has the potential to hit .280 with 15 home runs while stealing a handful of bases. His near-term role is muddled by Jarrod Saltalmacchia's being signed through the 2016 season, but the Marlins perpetual ability to trade established veterans has to give young players, much like Realmuto, a chance.
    Tuesday, 7:49 am
    Not Active
  • Braves' Bethancourt (hand) on DL in minors
    Christian Bethancourt has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with Triple-A Gwinnett due to a left hand contusion.

    Advice: It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined, but Bethancourt figures to be a September call-up if he's healthy. Mostly known for his excellent ability behind the plate, the 22-year-old has batted .240/.283/.260 over his first 13 games in the majors.
    Tuesday, 7:10 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Kratz belts two solo homers in a Royals win
    Erik Kratz entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit two solo home runs in his only two plate appearances in Monday's win against the Twins.

    Advice: The home runs were Kratz's first two as a Royal after joining the team in a July 28 trade with the Blue Jays. Kratz's first home run extended the Royals' lead to 4-0 in the seventh, and his second came in the ninth inning to make it a 6-1 game. Including his time with the Jays, Kratz has five home runs, 12 RBI, and a .234/.258/.426 slash line in 97 plate appearances.
    Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Salvador Perez exits with soreness in knee
    Salvador Perez left Monday's game versus the Twins with right knee discomfort.

    Advice: The good news is that the Royals are calling his removal precautionary, so it's safe to consider Perez day-to-day. The backstop went 2-for-3 with a two-run single before departing. Erik Kratz will fill in behind the dish until Perez is ready.
    Monday, 7:46 pm
  • Ramos belts 6th homer, Nats win in extras
    Wilson Ramos hit his sixth home run of the season, finishing 2-for-4 on the night, as the Nationals beat the D'Backs in 11 innings on Monday.

    Advice: In what was originally a pitcher's duel, Ramos hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning off of Vidal Nuno to put the Nationals up 2-1. It very well could have been the deciding factor on another timeline. The catcher has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and now sports a .298/.339/.421 line with 32 RBI.
    Monday, 7:39 pm
  • Gattis not in Monday's lineup
    Evan Gattis is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gattis has caught three in a row for the Braves, so he'll get a breather. Gerald Laird will start behind the dish and catch Ervin Santana.
    Monday, 2:05 pm
  • Reds option C Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A
    Reds optioned C Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Barnhart was in the majors for only eight days this time around. He should be back up in early September to serve as an emergency third catcher down the stretch.
    Monday, 12:49 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Sanchez takes another foul tip off mask
    Hector Sanchez (concussion) was removed from a rehab game with Triple-A Fresno on Saturday after taking a foul tip off his mask.

    Advice: He finished the inning and the Giants say he was lifted for precautionary reasons. However, it's certainly worrisome given that this is the second time he's been removed from a rehab game following a foul tip to the mask. As of now, Sanchez is slated to be activated soon.
    Sunday, 9:02 am
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Yankees activate Brian McCann from the DL
    Yankees activated C Brian McCann from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: He was eligible to be activated Saturday, but the Yankees decided to give him an extra day following his early-August concussion. McCann is hitting a disappointing .238/.294/.384 with 13 homers and 49 RBI this season.
    Sunday, 8:24 am
    10:05 am vs x Hou
  • Dbacks prospect Trahan with 3 hits, HR, 2B
    Diamondbacks prospect Stryker Trahan went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run for short season-A Hillsboro on Saturday.

    Advice: Trahan has made seven starts at catcher, two starts in right field, and six starts as the DH during his time in the Northwest League. After a brutal 95 games with Low-A South Bend, Trahan has hit well during his time with Hillsboro, hitting .273/.355/.636 with six doubles, one triple, and four home runs. More importantly, he has six walks and eight strikeouts over 15 games. After being "permanently moved" to the outfield in the spring, Trahan's ultimate defensive home is, once again, undefined. However, if he hits, his bat could carry him as a slugging catcher or outfielder.
    Sunday, 8:00 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm @Was
  • McCann likely to be activated Sunday
    Brian McCann (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: He was originally slated to return on Saturday, but the Yankees decided to hold off one more day. "We want him to go through some more workouts," manager Joe Girardi said. "Watching him (Friday), it was the first time that he really had done a bunch of work, and we felt that we had to get a lot of blood flow going and make sure that he's not lethargic. I know he went to the Stadium and did a little bit, but he kind of sat around to make sure that he was healthy. So (Sunday) is a possibility. We want him to go through a bunch of work (Saturday), and then we'll go from there."
    Sunday, 7:53 am
    10:05 am vs x Hou
  • Ramos wins game with ground rule double
    Wilson Ramos hit a ground rule double in the bottom of the ninth to score Bryce Harper and bring home a 4-3 win for the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: Ramos' heroics were possible because Adam LaRoche hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth. In the bottom of the ninth, Bryce Harper worked a walk from Justin Wilson, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Ramos' ground rule double to right. Ramos finished the game 2-for-4. On the season, he's slashing .293/.336/.405 in 56 games. Ramos was dealing with a hamstring issue earlier in the season, and more recently went on the paternity leave list.
    Saturday, 9:27 pm
  • Santana homers, drives in three in 6-0 win
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run against the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: Santana hit the first inning home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez. The dinger was his 21st of the season and gave him 59 RBI. Santana was one of the hottest hitters in baseball in June and July, but he's been colder than a lemon slushie in August, slashing just .174/.333/.217. He was slugging .615 for the month of July. On the year he's hitting .227/.366/.424. For the sake of fantasy owners, Santana will hopefully rediscover his swing come September.
    Saturday, 7:43 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    10:10 am ^ @Min
  • David Ross (foot) is due back Mon. or Tues.
    David Ross (foot) will be activated Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: Ross has been out since August 2 with a right foot injury. The backup catcher will not need a rehab assignment.
    Saturday, 1:29 pm
  • Pirates C prospect McGuire 3 hits, triple
    Pirates catching prospect Reese McGuire went 3-for-5 with a triple on Friday for Low-A West Virginia.

    Advice: McGuire has hit .258/.303/.318 with nine doubles, three triples, and two home runs for the season. It is not a great line, but for a 19-year old defense-first catcher in a league where the average age is nearly 22, McGuire has held his own with the bat. He has the potential to hit .300 and play gold glove-caliber defense, though he is not expected to hit for much power.
    Saturday, 8:36 am
    Not Active
  • David Ross may not need rehab assignment
    David Ross (foot) has made significant strides in his recovery in recent days and may not need a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Red Sox.

    Advice: Now that he's been cleared to catch bullpens, the prevailing thought is that he could rejoin the Red Sox early next week barring any setbacks. With as well as Christian Vazquez is playing behind the dish, Ross will return to a reserve role.
    Saturday, 8:16 am
  • Grandal smacks pinch-hit HR vs. Cardinals
    Yasmani Grandal smacked a pinch-hit solo homer Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Grandal went deep on back-to-back days from July 19-20, but he was hitting just .174 (8-for-46) with zero homers over his last 18 games coming into Friday's action. The 25-year-old backstop is batting .209/.310/.379 with 10 homers and 27 RBI over 91 games this season.
    Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Derek Norris has two hits in losing effort
    Derek Norris went 2-for-4 with a double in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Norris also came around to score one of just two A's runs in the contest. He's enjoying a strong season at the dish, slashing .283/.376/.454 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in only 269 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) to swing bat next week
    Yadier Molina (thumb) said Friday that he expects to be cleared to swing a bat next week.

    Advice: "Can't wait," the catcher said. Molina caught a bullpen session for the second straight day Friday but is still wearing a splint on his surgically-repaired right thumb. The Cardinals are hoping to get him back in a few weeks. In the meantime, A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will continue to fill in at catcher.
    Friday, 2:34 pm
    Disabled List
  • Ross (foot) takes BP, could catch soon
    David Ross (foot) took batting practice Thursday and the Red Sox hope he'll be ready to catch in the bullpen in the coming days.

    Advice: He's expected back soon once he's able to resume catching. "Whether or not, or when David can go on a rehab assignment, has yet to be determined at this point," manager John Farrell said. "We are hopeful that today or tomorrow that he will be able to catch some bullpens, and once we get that accomplished we feel that he'll speed up pretty quick."
    Friday, 6:08 am
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) catches bullpen session
    Yadier Molina caught a bullpen session Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right thumb.

    Advice: When Molina tore the ligament in his thumb one month ago, the initial fear was that he could miss the rest of the regular season, but he's already making some encouraging progress. Still, the best-case scenario is that he's a few weeks away. The Cardinals will take it, though.
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
    Disabled List
  • Carlos Santana goes 1-for-8 in doubleheader
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-8 against the Diamondbacks in Wednesday's doubleheader and is hitting .163 with no homers in 43 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Santana was about as productive as anyone in the AL in June and July, finishing with OPSs in excess of 1.000 both months. August, obviously, has not been so kind, even though he currently has a nice 8/10 K/BB ratio in 12 games. The power will surely come back soon enough. Batting average remains the question mark.
    Wednesday, 9:12 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    10:10 am ^ @Min
  • d'Arnaud tries to spark rally with solo homer
    Travis d'Arnaud did his best to spark a rally, blasting a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Mets lost to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud greeted closer Rafael Soriano with a lead-off home run to left field, cutting the Nationals' lead to one. The catcher has hit three home runs in his last five games and has looked much improved since returning from a demotion to Triple-A. He has a .230/.295/.398 slash line with 10 home runs and 30 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • McCann (concussion) expected to return Sat.
    Brian McCann (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: McCann was cleared for baseball activities after passing another concussion test on Tuesday evening. The catcher has been on the disabled list since August 9. He has a disappointing .238/.294/.384 slash line in 2014.
    Wednesday, 2:39 pm
    10:05 am vs x Hou
  • Mauer goes 2-for-4 with homer vs. Astros
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Twins' defeat of the Astros on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Mauer singled in the top of the first inning and then slugged a solo shot in the top of the sixth for the game's first run. He's been hitting well since returning from the disabled list on Monday and could be ready to make up for lost time for loyal fantasy owners down the stretch.
    Wednesday, 2:05 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    10:10 am vs ^ Cle
  • Hector Sanchez to resume rehab assignment
    Hector Sanchez has been cleared to resume his rehab assignment at Triple-A Fresno after passing concussion tests.

    Advice: Sanchez had to be lifted from a game last Friday after taking a foul tip off the mask. He'll be used as the DH Tuesday before catching on Wednesday. Sanchez could be activated soon.
    Tuesday, 4:47 pm
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Braves C prospect Bethancourt with 3 hits, HR
    Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run for Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

    Advice: Bethancourt remains the Braves catcher of the future, and will likely be called back up when rosters expand in September. Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird will be a free agent after the season, and Bethancourt will likely slide into a similar role for 2015. However, it is likely that Bethancourt will play more than Laird, pushing Evan Gattis to first base or a corner outfield position on occasion. Bethancourt is hitting .277/.279/.523 since being sent back down to Triple-A, and is a replacement-level offensive catcher who is an elite defender.
    Tuesday, 6:47 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Joe Mauer delivers go-ahead hit in return
    Making his return from the DL, Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth as the Twins beat the Astros 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Mauer also walked with the contest. He was initially given credit for two RBI on his go-ahead hit in the ninth, but the play was then deemed a single and an error on Domingo Santana, which was the correct call. Mauer kept his hitting streak intact. It's now at 13 games, dating back to June 19.
    Monday, 9:13 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    10:10 am vs ^ Cle
  • McCann could have concussion test Tuesday
    Brian McCann (concussion) could undergo another concussion test on Tuesday.

    Advice: If he passes it, he'll be cleared to resume baseball activities. McCann was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the catcher "felt better" Sunday.
    Monday, 3:55 pm
    10:05 am vs x Hou
  • Twins activate Joe Mauer from disabled list
    Twins activated 1B Joe Mauer from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: No word yet on the corresponding roster move. Mauer, out since July 2 with a strained right oblique, went 6-for-15 (.400) over four games during his minor league rehab assignment. The 31-year-old has been a disappointment for fantasy owners with a .271/.342/.353 batting line to go along with two homers and 28 RBI, but there's still time for redemption down the stretch.
    Monday, 2:05 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    10:10 am vs ^ Cle
  • Yadier Molina gets cast removed from thumb
    Yadier Molina had the cast removed from his surgically-repaired right thumb this weekend.

    Advice: Molina will still keep a splint on the thumb for a couple more weeks, but he can now begin light baseball-related activities. The thought is that he's about one month from returning to the Cardinals' active roster, assuming he can avoid setbacks. Molina underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz are filling in at catcher for St. Louis.
    Aug 11, 5:44 am
    Disabled List
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