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  • Joe Mauer (oblique) hits off tee Tuesday
    Joe Mauer (oblique) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

    Advice: It's a nice step after he took dry swings over the weekend, but a clear timetable for his return won't be known until he faces live pitching. Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
    Today, 4:58 pm
    Disabled List
    Bot 4, 0-3 vs x Cle
  • Kevin Plawecki has mild vertigo
    Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki has been diagnosed with a mild case of vertigo.

    Advice: The Mets are hopeful that Plawecki will be alright after a few days off for Triple-A Las Vegas. Ranked by Baseball America at midseason as the No. 40 prospect in the game, Plawecki is batting .310/.368/.472 with eight homers and 54 RBI between Double- and Triple-A this season.
    Today, 3:59 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm x @Sea
  • Geovany Soto (groin) heads back to the DL
    Rangers placed C Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

    Advice: Soto lasted just three games on the Rangers' active roster. He missed the first three-and-a-half months of the 2014 season following knee surgery and will now likely be sidelined through mid-August. Robinson Chirinos will again serve as the primary catcher in Texas.
    Today, 12:46 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 8, 0-0 x @NYY
  • Blue Jays option C Kratz to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are expected to make multiple roster moves in advance of Tuesday's game. Kratz has hit .198 with three homers and a .572 OPS over 84 plate appearances with the Jays this season.
    Today, 11:26 am
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 4-0 vs x Bos
  • Pirates C prospect McGuire 3 hits, double
    Pirates prospect catcher Reese McGuire went 3-for-5 with a double for Low-A West Virginia on Monday.

    Advice: McGuire had a brutal June, hitting .213/.272/.267, and has improved slightly in July, hitting .258/.262/.306. It is common for prospects in their first full season to struggle with the grind of travel and games, but McGuire has struggled with the bat all season, hitting just .263/.310/.309 with eight doubles, one triple, and one home run. McGuire has All-Star potential, and has controlled the running game, throwing out 42 percent of all base stealers for the season.
    Today, 9:55 am
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 7-4 vs x LAD
  • Geovany Soto leaves with tight groin
    Geovany Soto left Monday's game versus the Yankees due to tightness in his right groin.

    Advice: Soto pulled up gimpy as he scored a run in the top of the sixth inning. The Rangers should provide an update on their catcher after the game. Robinson Chirinos will be in line for increased playing time if Soto is out for a while.
    Yesterday, 6:39 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 8, 0-0 x @NYY
  • Salvador Perez returns to lineup Monday
    Salvador Perez is back in the Royals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Perez missed Sunday's game with some minor soreness in his right groin. He's in the DH spot Monday but should resume catching Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Steve Clevenger optioned to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned C Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The O's carried three catchers for a while when they only needed four starters, but Bud Norris will rejoin the rotation Monday. Clevenger has hit .240/.296/.373 across 26 games for Baltimore this season.
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm x @LAA
  • Angels ink John Buck to minor league deal
    Angels signed C John Buck to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Buck will stay in the American League West after being cut loose by the Mariners earlier this month. The veteran backstop batted just .226/.293/.286 in 92 plate appearances for the M's before being released. He'll give the Angels some veteran depth and figures to come up in September as the club's third catcher.
    Yesterday, 3:07 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs x Bal
  • Twins, Suzuki extension talks didn't get far
    According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins recently explored a contract extension with Kurt Suzuki but "the talks didn't go very far."

    Advice: Suzuki is having a career year offensively, boasting a .305/.364/.389 batting line in 82 games, and may look to cash in on the open market this winter given that productive catchers are in high demand. He signed a one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last offseason. The Twins could shop the 30-year-old catcher at the July 31 trade deadline if they don't feel like they can afford to re-sign him.
    Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Phillies outright Koyie Hill to Triple-A
    Phillies sent C Koyie Hill outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Hill's presence was no longer needed with Wil Nieves recovered from a mid-June quad strain and Carlos Ruiz due back later this week from a concussion. Hill went 5-for-21 (.238) in his nearly month-long stay in Philly.
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 5-3 vs x SF
  • Phillies activate Wil Nieves from the DL
    Phillies activated C Wil Nieves from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nieves missed over four weeks with a strained right quadriceps. He'll be the Phillies' starting catcher until Carlos Ruiz returns from a concussion later this week.
    Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Braves activate Evan Gattis (back) off the DL
    Braves activated C Evan Gattis from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gattis wound up missing a little over three weeks with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He hit the ball well on his minor league rehab assignment and will return Monday to an excellent .290/.342/.558 batting line. Gattis has slugged 16 home runs in 63 games.
    Yesterday, 11:30 am
    Bot 7, 2-6 vs ^ Mia
  • Braves option Bethancourt back to Triple-A
    Braves optioned C Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Evan Gattis is off the disabled list, so Bethancourt will go back to the farm to get regular playing time. The 22-year-old catcher batted just .240/.283/.260 across 53 plate appearances with the Braves.
    Yesterday, 11:28 am
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 2-6 vs x Mia
  • Tony Cruz goes hitless in loss to Dodgers
    Tony Cruz had a rough night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

    Advice: The veteran backstop is in the midst of a disappointing season offensively, slashing .222/.309/.278 with no homers and 11 RBI. While he's serving as the team's primary catcher with Yadier Molina sidelined, his fantasy value is resigned to NL-only formats.
    Sunday, 8:46 pm
    Bot 4, 1-1 vs ^ TB
  • Vogt reaches base 4 times as A's hang 10-spot
    Stephen Vogt reached base four times in five plate appearances as the Athletics battered the Orioles in a 10-2 win on Sunday.

    Advice: Vogt has been quite productive for the Athletics since joining the club at the start of June. He had another great day on Sunday, doubling in a run in the fifth, and had two singles and a walk for good measure. The 29-year-old owns a .364/.397/.534 slash line with four home runs and 18 RBI in 126 plate appearances.
    Sunday, 5:10 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    7:05 pm vs x Hou
  • Evan Gattis expected to return on Monday
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Sunday that barring any setbacks, Evan Gattis (back) is set to return to the Braves lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Gattis spent the weekend on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. He has been on the shelf since late June due to a bulging disc in his back. Before going on the DL, the White Bear was hitting .290/.342/.558 with 16 homers and 39 RBI in his first 63 games.
    Sunday, 3:25 pm
    Bot 7, 2-6 vs ^ Mia
  • McCann hits walkoff bloop single to beat CIN
    Brian McCann hit a walkoff RBI single in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Reds on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: It was a pop-up behind first base that the Cincinnati defense let drop. McCann was 2-for-5 on the day. He's still batting just .242/.294/.377 in his first season with the Yankees, but there have been signs of life lately. The Yankees swept the Reds in three games.
    Sunday, 1:53 pm
  • Dioner Navarro goes deep as Jays win
    Dioner Navarro doubled and launched a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: His solo shot in the second inning got things going for the Blue Jays, but they were just getting started with eight runs coming after the bomb. Melky Cabrera also homered for Toronto and drove in three runs. With a .262/.302/.367 batting line, six homers and 39 RBI through 85 games, Navarro has given the Jays about what they should have expected.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Mauer (oblique) takes some dry swings
    Joe Mauer (oblique) took some dry swings on Sunday.

    Advice: They came after the first baseman played soft-toss and fielded a few ground balls on Saturday. It's obviously a great sign that Mauer is ready to swing a bat again, and he should progress to hitting in the cage and then taking batting practice if all goes well. He's been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
    Sunday, 11:06 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 4, 0-3 vs x Cle
  • Salvador Perez (groin) expects to play Monday
    Salvador Perez (groin) expects to return to the Royals' lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Perez is sitting out Sunday's contest with some minor soreness in his right groin, but it's not considered to be a big deal. The All-Star catcher is sporting a .282/.327/.432 batting line with 11 homers and 37 RBI for the Royals this season.
    Sunday, 9:05 am
  • Salvador Perez sitting out with groin strain
    Salvador Perez is not in Sunday's lineup due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: The good news is that it appears to be a minor one, as the Royals are hopeful Perez can return to the lineup soon. Brett Hayes is behind the plate Sunday in Perez's place and will catch Yordano Ventura in the series finale versus the Red Sox.
    Sunday, 8:08 am
  • Wil Nieves (quad) to be activated Monday
    Wil Nieves (quad) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Nieves has been sidelined since mid-June with a right quad strain. He'll be in line for a few starts until Carlos Ruiz (concussion) returns later in the week.
    Sunday, 7:35 am
  • Carlos Ruiz could be activated Friday
    Carlos Ruiz (concussion) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: The thought had been that Ruiz would return early this week, but apparently the Phillies want to keep the catcher on his rehab assignment a bit longer. Ruiz went 1-for-4 at the plate while catching seven innings Saturday in his third rehab game for High-A Clearwater.
    Sunday, 7:34 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 6, 5-3 vs x SF
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) goes through workout
    Joe Mauer (oblique) went through a light workout Saturday, playing soft-toss and fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees.

    Advice: It's a small step, but a step nonetheless. "At least he's [doing] baseball activity," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. "Let's wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he'll be able to swing pretty soon." Manager Ron Gardenhire seemed more pessimistic, saying that Mauer "still feels it" while coughing and sneezing, "so he's obviously not ready to take swings." Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
    Sunday, 7:20 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 4, 0-3 vs x Cle
  • Red Sox C prospect Swihart with 2 hits, homer
    Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart went 2-for-5 with a home run, driving in four for Double-A Portland on Saturday.

    Advice: Swihart is hitting .294/.348/.488 for the season, and has been hovering around those numbers for the last month or so. His great season has substantially improved his prospect stock, and he has gone from a fringe choice for top 10 to having a strong argument for the top catching prospect in baseball. Swihart looks like he could be the next switch-hitting catcher for the Red Sox as soon as early-2015.
    Sunday, 7:19 am
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 0-4 x @Tor
  • Yasmani Grandal hits eighth homer
    Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: It's the third time in four games that Grandal has started at first. He's hit .293 with two homers in 41 at-bats this month, so the bat is picking up. It will be interesting to see if the Padres start having him catch more than Rene Rivera during the final two months. He's capable of being a very good hitter for a catcher, but he doesn't figure to hit enough to make it as a first baseman.
    Saturday, 9:05 pm
  • Yan Gomes scores three times in victory
    Yan Gomes went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored as the Indians took the first game of Saturday's doubleheader from the Tigers in Detroit.

    Advice: Gomes performed as one of the better hitting catchers in the league during the first half of the season. With the three-hit effort, the Brazilian backstop is now slashing .269/.314/.442 to go along with 12 homers and 36 RBI.
    Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud delivers for Mets
    Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-5 with a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth to lead the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud's ninth-inning hit gave him his second RBI of the game. He's hit in 15 of 17 games since returning from the minors, raising his average from .180 to .227.
    Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Ellis has RBI double against Cardinals
    A.J. Ellis had an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ellis was right in the middle of the Dodgers' only rally of the night, doubling home Juan Uribe in the seventh inning and later scoring on a wild pitch. The 33-year-old was 0-for-13 over his last six games coming into Friday's action. He's hitting just .215 with zero homers over 41 games this season, but has at least gotten on base at a .366 clip.
    Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Posey has three hits Friday vs. Marlins
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Posey had RBI singles in the third and fifth innings. He came into Friday's action hitting just .163 (7-for-43) this month. This was his first multi-hit game since June 26. He's obviously capable of much better moving forward.
    Friday, 7:36 pm
  • Pena clubs two homers in loss to Yankees
    Brayan Pena clubbed two solo home runs in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: Who needs Joey Votto, anyway? Filling in at first base on Friday, Pena is now the second player in Reds' history with a multi-homer game at Yankee Stadium. The other? Johnny Bench in Game 4 of the 1976 World Series. Pena doesn't inspire much enthusiasm in fantasy leagues, but he could be worth a shot in two-catcher NL-only leagues if the playing time is there.
    Friday, 6:59 pm
    Top 5, 1-2 ^ @Mil
  • Rangers activate Soto (knee) from DL
    Rangers activated C Geovany Soto from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Soto missed the entire first half following March knee surgery, but he's finally ready to make his season debut. He'll split playing time with Robinson Chirinos behind the plate now that he's back to full health.
    Thursday, 2:15 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 8, 0-0 x @NYY