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  • Ryan Hanigan available off bench on Saturday
    Ryan Hanigan (neck, illness) is available off of the bench on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran backstop was unavailable on Friday due to a neck issue and an illness that he has been battling. Today, 7:34 am
  • Blake Swihart not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Blake Swihart is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Swihart has been a fixture in left field since his recall from Triple-A, but he'll get a breather on Saturday. Chris Young will start in his place and bat eighth. Today, 7:20 am
  • Derek Norris hits fifth homer in victory
    Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI and two walks against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: The Padres need more from Norris, not just so that they can win some games, but also because they want him to drive up his trade value in advance of the deadline. He's hit .224 with four homers in May after finishing April with a .156 average and one homer. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Christian Vazquez plates two in loss to Jays
    Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night in Toronto.

    Advice: Vazquez came through with a two-run single in the seventh inning which cut the Jays lead to 5-4. He has had a rough go of it at the plate this season, slashing a mere .223/.263/.330 with one homer and eight RBI. Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Ross slugs 100th home run of career
    David Ross slugged the 100th home run of his career Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It was a three-run blast during a four-run fourth inning against Adam Morgan. Ross intends to retire after the season and he’s going out strong. The 39-year-old is batting .254 with four home runs and an .828 OPS. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Chirinos (forearm) ready for rehab assignment
    Robinson Chirinos (forearm) is ready to begin a rehab assignment.

    Advice: It's unclear where or when exactly it will begin, but the good news is Chirinos is game-ready. He's hoping to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on June 9. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Josh Phegley activated from disabled list
    Athletics activated C Josh Phegley from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Phegley missed a couple weeks with right knee inflammation, but he's ready to go. He'll go back to starting against lefties. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Yan Gomes sitting out on Friday
    Yan Gomes is absent from the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. Chris Gimenez will catch in Gomes' place. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Flowers hits two-run homer in loss to Brewers
    Tyler Flowers hit a two-run home run in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: Flowers, batting cleanup, got the Braves on the board early with the two-run jack off Brewers starter Wily Peralta. The backstop has split time with A.J. Pierzynski this season but has been representative when in the lineup, hitting .269/.360/.372 with two homers and 10 RBI in 25 games. Thursday, 9:13 pm
  • Garneau, Story, CarGo homer in win over Sox
    Dustin Garneau hit one of three, two-run home runs on the night as the Rockies thumped the Red Sox 8-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Garneau's two-run dinger in the fifth inning followed two-run shots by Carlos Gonzalez, who hit his in the fourth, and Trevor Story, whose homer came two batters before Garneau's. The catcher also doubled and scored in the game. The home run was the first of the season for the 28-year-old, and his .270/.317/.459 line while filling in for the injured Nick Hundley could leave the Rockies' front office with a tough decision when Hundley returns. Thursday, 7:43 pm
  • Hanigan (illness, neck) not starting Thursday
    Ryan Hanigan (illness, neck) is not in the Red Sox's lineup Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He left Wednesday's game with an illness and is also battling neck stiffness. Christian Vazquez will draw another start behind the plate. Blake Swihart, who is starting in left field, will fill in if Vazquez leaves early. Thursday, 2:15 pm
  • Wieters starting third straight game at catcher
    Matt Wieters will start at catcher Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: That's only significant because it's his third consecutive start behind the plate. Wieters hasn't started three games in a row at catcher since April of 2014. That means Wieters is almost certain to get the night off Friday against Cleveland. Caleb Joseph would start in his place. Thursday, 1:52 pm
  • Angels sign Erik Kratz to minors contract
    Angels signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Kratz was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 16 and subsequently released. The veteran catcher is a .210/.261/.381 career hitter at the big league level. He will report to Triple-A Salt Lake. Thursday, 12:12 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Welington Castillo getting day off Thursday
    Welington Castillo will get a day of rest Thursday.

    Advice: Chris Herrmann is starting at catcher and batting sixth in the matinee versus Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. Castillo should return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Padres. He has an .810 OPS, seven home runs, and 20 RBI in 36 games this season. Thursday, 7:32 am
  • Cervelli back in Pirates' lineup on Thursday
    Francisco Cervelli is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cervelli is in the middle of an ugly offensive slump and was granted back-to-back days of mental and physical rest Tuesday and Wednesday. He will start behind the plate and bat sixth in his return to action Thursday afternoon against Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin. It's a 12:35 p.m. EDT start at PNC Park. Thursday, 7:17 am
  • Yasmani Grandal hits fourth homer
    Yasmani Grandal hit his fourth homer Wednesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Grandal had been in a 2-for-33 slump while dealing with his frequent off days and a recent minor ankle injury. He's been awfully slump-prone throughout his career, partly due to playing through physical issues, but he can also look like an elite catcher at times. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Blake Swihart triples twice
    Blake Swihart tripled twice and knocked in two runs versus the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It doesn't look like Brock Holt will return within the next 7-10 days, giving Swihart some more time to establish himself as a long-term left field option for Boston. The team would probably prefer to return him to Triple-A when Holt returns, which would allow him to continue to get his reps in behind the plate, but if he hits, he'll make it a tough decision. Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Martin goes deep twice in win over Yankees
    Russell Martin finally busted out of his power slump and hit a pair of homers in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Martin had one extra-base hit, a double, in 136 plate appearances prior to Wednesday, but he took Ivan Nova deep for a solo shot in the sixth and followed up with a two-run homer off Chasen Shreve in the seventh. It's important to note that his neck has hindered his playing time and his overall performance in 2016. Although his neck stiffness won't magically disappear, Wednesday's big performance hopefully will kick off a positive run of play from Martin, who is now only hitting .181/.248/.236 on the season. Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Ryan Hanigan exits with illness vs Rockies
    Ryan Hanigan was forced out of Wednesday's game against the Rockies due to an illness.

    Advice: Hanigan collected a single in his first at-bat, but was pulled for a pinch-hitting Christian Vasquez in the bottom of the fourth. The Red Sox forwarded that he is dealing with a bit of a bug. Consider him day-to-day. Hanigan is also fighting through a left hand contusion suffered over the weekend. Tough times for the veteran backstop. Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Yankees prospect Sanchez fractures thumb
    Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez has a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb.

    Advice: Sanchez will hit the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre disabled list and be reevaluated via X-rays in two weeks. The 23-year-old backstop initially suffered the injury after taking a foul-tip to the thumb on Tuesday. The major league off-shoot of this is that the Yankees have little ammunition at the catcher position should Brian McCann or Austin Romine suffer any sort of injury. Wednesday, 5:07 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm @TB
  • Elias Diaz (elbow) makes progress in recovery
    Pirates athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said that the range of motion and strength in Elias Diaz's injured right elbow are getting "close to normal."

    Advice: Diaz is progressing in his recovery from an early May debridement procedure on his throwing elbow, but he still has a ways to go. The 25-year-old backstop is expected to be out at least another month. He could return in late June or early July if he doesn't suffer a setback in rehab. Wednesday, 1:33 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:15 pm @Tex
  • Cervelli out of Pirates' lineup again on Wed.
    Francisco Cervelli is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the second day off in a row for Cervelli, who's batting .193/.277/.211 in 16 games this month. He signed a three-year, $31 million contract extension with the Pirates on May 17. Chris Stewart will start at catcher and bat eighth versus the Diamondbacks. Wednesday, 12:15 pm
  • Buster Posey will get the day off Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.

    Advice: It's just a standard day of rest for Posey. Trevor Brown will get the start at catcher and bat eighth with the Padres throwing right-hander James Shields. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Travis d'Arnaud clear for baseball activities
    Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) has reported to the Mets' spring training facilities in Florida.

    Advice: And the plan calls for d'Arnaud to resume full baseball activities on Thursday, per assistant general manager John Ricco. The 27-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff and remains without an exact timetable for activation. If he can avoid setbacks, it's possible we'll see him return in late June. But that's really just a guess. Wednesday, 9:00 am
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs LAD
  • Perez hits seventh homer in win over Twins
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: A night after collecting five hits and falling a homer shy of the cycle, Perez found his homer in the second inning against Twins starter Ervin Santana. The home run was his seventh of the year, giving him 24 RBI with 18 runs scored. The workhorse catcher has appeared in 43 of the team's 45 games thus far, batting .276/.305/.500 overall. Tuesday, 9:18 pm
  • Gimenez homers off Sale for second of season
    Chris Gimenez went 2-for-4 with a home run in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gimenez hit a solo homer off Chris Sale in the fourth inning, because you can't predict baseball. The homer was his second of the season after being dealt to the Indians in early May. Appearing in 10 games, the 33-year-old backstop is hitting .231/.259/.462 while spelling Yan Gomes. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Yan Gomes out of Cleveland lineup Tuesday
    Yan Gomes is out of the Indians' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Chris Gimenez will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Chicago lefty Chris Sale. Gomes has six home runs and 21 RBI in 34 games this season, but he's sitting on a rough .173/.207/.362 overall batting line. Tuesday, 4:03 pm
  • Susac (shoulder) back in lineup at AAA
    Andrew Susac (shoulder) is back in the lineup with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday night.

    Advice: It'll be his first game at Triple-A since April 26, when his shoulder began barking. Susac is serving as organizational catching depth for the Giants this year with Trevor Brown working as Buster Posey's backup. Tuesday, 3:55 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm @Col
  • Grandal (ankle) back in Dodgers' lineup Tues.
    Yasmani Grandal (ankle) is back in the Dodgers' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Grandal missed a few games after fouling a ball off his right ankle on Saturday. He's starting at catcher and batting eighth Tuesday night against Reds righty Daniel Wright. It will be Winkler's major league debut. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Chirinos (forearm) could be ready on June 9?
    Robinson Chirinos (forearm) could be ready for activation from the 60-day disabled list when first eligible on June 9.

    Advice: That comes from beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Chirinos was given a recovery timetable of 10-12 weeks when he underwent surgery for a broken right ulna on April 11. He'd be coming in two weeks ahead of that. It's a promising injury update for a Rangers team that needs promising injury updates. Tuesday, 3:10 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Astros release catcher Erik Kratz
    Astros released C Erik Kratz.

    Advice: Kratz was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 16 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The veteran catcher owns a .210/.261/.381 career batting line in MLB. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • McCann out of Yankees' lineup Tuesday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees' lineup Tuesday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He's likely just getting a breather. Austin Romine will start behind the plate and catch Nathan Eovaldi. Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Cervelli not in Tuesday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's a routine day of maintenance. Chris Stewart will start behind the dish and catch Francisco Liriano. Tuesday, 11:06 am
  • Stephen Vogt hits fourth homer
    Stephen Vogt had a solo homer and an RBI on an HBP against the Mariners on Monday night.

    Advice: That'll do. The homer off Taijuan Walker in the seventh accounted for the first run of the game for either team, and the HBP in the eighth helped add to Oakland's cushion. Vogt is hitting .252 with four homers this year. Monday, 10:02 pm
    1:05 pm vs Det
  • Salvador Perez's five-hit night paces Royals
    Salvador Perez went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins.

    Advice: It was the first five-hit game of the All-Star catcher's career, and the slow-footed Perez even managed to mix in a triple among his five base knocks. Perez has a modest nine-game hitting streak going, and he's lifted his average from .226 to .270 over that stretch. Monday, 9:34 pm
  • D'Arnaud (shoulder) has resumed throwing
    Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) has resumed throwing in California.

    Advice: D'Arnaud was shut down earlier this month after he felt renewed discomfort in his rotator cuff, but he has made progress since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection. The plan calls for him to travel to Port St. Lucie, Florida later this week to ramp up baseball activities, but the best-case scenario is that he's likely a few weeks away from joining the Mets. Monday, 4:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs LAD
  • Susac (shoulder) headed to High-A San Jose
    Andrew Susac (shoulder) is reporting to High-A San Jose to begin playing in games.

    Advice: Susac has been on the Triple-A disabled list for the last few weeks with tendinitis in his shoulder. It's something that has been bothering him since spring training. The 26-year-old catcher is a .240/.309/.407 career hitter in 87 games at the major league level and probably won't be a fantasy factor at all this season. Trevor Brown is backing up Buster Posey in San Francisco. Monday, 11:25 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm @Col
  • Grandal (ankle) served as pinch-hitter
    Yasmani Grandal (ankle) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's marathon win over the Padres.

    Advice: Grandal was held out of the Dodgers' starting lineup after fouling a ball off his right ankle on Saturday. X-rays came back negative. He's considered day-to-day. Monday, 6:14 am
  • Yasmani Grandal (ankle) not in lineup Sunday
    Yasmani Grandal (ankle) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Grandal departed Saturday's game after fouling a ball off his right ankle. X-rays came back clean and he's available to pinch-hit. A.J. Ellis is catching Sunday. The Dodgers also have Howie Kendrick at third base for Justin Turner and Trayce Thompson in left field. Sunday, 11:12 am
  • Matt Wieters not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Wieters drilled a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of Saturday's game and his reward is a spot on the bench the next day. Caleb Joseph will catch. Sunday, 10:28 am
  • Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to play Sunday
    Stephen Vogt (wrist) hopes to return to the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Vogt was unavailable Saturday after getting hit in the wrist with a pitch Friday, but it sounds like he'll be fine. The catcher sports a .250/.284/.371 batting line with three homers this season. Sunday, 6:39 am
    1:05 pm vs Det
  • X-rays on Yasmani Grandal's foot are negative
    X-rays on Yasmani Grandal's right foot came back negative.

    Advice: Grandal had to leave Saturday's loss to the Padres after fouling a ball off the foot, but thankfully exams came back clean. "It looks worse than it is," said Grandal. Even with X-rays coming back negative, it wouldn't be a surprise if Grandal sits for a day or two if he's sore. Sunday, 5:10 am
  • Wieters swats go-ahead three-run homer in 9th
    Matt Wieters launched a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-1 win over the Angels.

    Advice: For those disinclined to do the math, the Orioles had not scored a run entering the ninth inning. Chris Davis gave them life with a two-out single and, following a Mark Trumbo walk, Wieters socked a three-run homer off a distraught Joe Smith to jump the O's to a miraculous victory. Oh, and it was Wieters' birthday. Nice enough way to celebrate. For the season, the newly minted 30-year-old is slashing .283/.330/.455 with four homers and 16 RBI over 99 at-bats. He has eight hits in his last three games. Saturday, 10:24 pm
  • Posey punishes Lester with two-run homer
    Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey boosted the Giants to a 4-1 lead with his third-inning homer against Cubs starter Jon Lester. They would tack on one more run in the frame to take a 5-1 lead. Two late runs by the Cubs were not enough to topple that deficit. For the season, Posey is hitting .274/.327/.438 with nine doubles, five homers and 17 RBI over 146 at-bats. Saturday, 7:59 pm
  • Ryan Hanigan leaves with left hand contusion
    Ryan Hanigan left Saturday's game against the Indians with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: Trevor Bauer drilled him with a pitch in the sixth inning. Christian Vasquez pinch-hit for Hanigan in the seventh and replaced him behind the plate. Hanigan could be headed for X-rays. Saturday, 4:42 pm
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: McCann, who generally gets his off-days against left-handed pitching, will sit in favor of Austin Romine on Saturday. McCann is having a nice season offensively, slashing .258/.360/.425 with five homers and 17 RBI. Saturday, 11:03 am
  • Stephen Vogt not in Athletics lineup Saturday
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Given that it's a day game after a night game and Vogt has been a bit hobbled as of late, it's a good time to give him a rest. Matt McBride will work behind the dish for the A's and bat eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. Saturday, 9:29 am
    1:05 pm vs Det
  • Matt Wieters goes 3-for-5 against Angels
    Matt Wieters went 3-for-5 against the Angels in Friday's victory.

    Advice: Back-to-back three-hit games have taken Wieters' average from .l233 to .274 in short order. He's probably not going to hit for the kind of power we were hoping for six weeks ago, but he still needs to be owned in one-catcher mixed leagues. Friday, 11:08 pm
  • Phegley to bein rehab assignment Saturday
    Josh Phegley (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

    Advice: Phegley will play at least four games on the rehab assignment before he's cleared to return to the A's. In the meantime, Matt McBride will continue to serve as the primary backup for Stephen Vogt. Friday, 4:07 pm
  • Welington Castillo sitting out on Friday
    Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Chris Herrmann is catching Friday. Nick Ahmed is also sitting, as Chris Owings is handling shortstop. Friday, 1:30 pm
  • Blake Swihart recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled C/OF Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Swihart has been playing some left field for Pawtucket and should see some time there while Brock Holt (concussion) is sidelined. He batted .278/.391/.278 in six games for the Red Sox last month before being sent down. Friday, 9:39 am
  • Yan Gomes sitting Thursday against Cincinnati
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Instead it will be Chris Gimenez behind the plate. It appears to be a simple maintenance day for Gomes, who is hitting just .183. At least Gomes has found his power stroke, homering in three of his last five outings. Thursday, 1:23 pm
  • Cervelli getting day off Thursday vs. ATL
    Francisco Cervelli is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Chris Stewart will catch Jeff Locke and bat eighth versus Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. It's just a day of rest for Cervelli, who went 0-for-4 on Wednesday. Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Pirates transfer Elias Diaz to 60-day DL
    Pirates transferred C Elias Diaz from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Diaz underwent a debridement procedure on his right (throwing) elbow earlier this month and is expected to be sidelined for at least another five weeks. The 25-year-old catcher will likely be optioned to a minor league affiliate when he returns to full health. Thursday, 11:54 am
    60-Day DL
    4:15 pm @Tex
  • Wieters gets day off Thursday vs. Mariners
    Matt Wieters is out of the Orioles' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Mariners.

    Advice: Wieters went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run on Wednesday night, but the 29-year-old backstop will take his scheduled day of rest in the matinee at Camden Yards. Caleb Joseph is starting at catcher and batting eighth versus Mariners right-hander Nate Karns. Thursday, 7:53 am
  • Wieters homers, doubles twice in win over SEA
    Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, and two RBI in Wednesday's victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: Wieters got a couple of days off to clear his head and has responded by going 6-for-15 (.400) with two home runs in his last five games. Injuries have ravaged the former first-round pick. He was always going to need time to shake off rust at the plate. Perhaps this is the beginning of a turn-around for a guy who hit 20-plus homers annually from 2011-2013. Wieters has a .256/.309/.400 slash line with three home runs and 13 RBI in 97 plate appearances. Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Flowers homers in win over the Pirates
    Tyler Flowers went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Flowers jumped on a grooved first-pitch fastball from Francisco Liriano in the sixth inning, taking it to deep straight-away center at PNC Park. He later doubled in the eighth. Due to his sparse playing time, his three-hit night raised his slash line to a reasonable .277/.347/.338. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry about him, of course, but it was nice to see the 30-year-old find some success at the dish. Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • d'Arnaud (shoulder) doing strengthening work
    Travis d'Arnaud has begun strengthening exercises for his strained right rotator cuff.

    Advice: He is feeling better range of motion already and expects to head to the Mets' spring training facilities soon to resume full baseball activities. The catcher told reporters Wednesday that he's been encouraged by the progress he's made under the guidance of a trainer in California, but there is still no exact timetable for d'Arnaud's return to the Mets' active roster. Wednesday, 12:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs LAD
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