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  • Nick Hundley homers, doubles
    Nick Hundley homered, doubled and drove in three runs Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Hundley hasn't missed a beat since returning from a concussion last weekend. He's hitting .278 with five extra-base hits and seven walks in 36 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Soto homers, drives in two runs vs. Texas
    Geovany Soto went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI on Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Soto socked a solo homer in the third inning before adding an RBI single in the fourth. The 33-year-old has played well when given the opportunity this season, batting .333 (9-for-27) with two home runs, one double, and six RBI over nine games. By the way, Carlos Perez has a rough .160/.222/.180 batting line through 17 games. Soto could find himself getting more playing time. Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Barnhart plates lone run in loss to Pirates
    Tucker Barnhart plated the Reds lone run with an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: His run-scoring double off of Arquimedes Caminero in the ninth inning pulled the Reds to within three at 4-1, but that would be as close as they would come. Barnhardt finished the evening 1-for-4. He has been swinging a hot bat in the first month of the season, slashing .333/.385/.417 with four RBI in 39 plate appearances. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia sitting out Friday
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the Tigers' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Bobby Wilson is catching. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Yadier Molina getting a day off Friday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his second day off of the season. Eric Fryer is starting behind the dish. The Cards also have Matt Adams at first base over Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko at second base over Kolten Wong. Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Christian Vazquez not in lineup Friday
    Christian Vazquez is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. Ryan Hanigan is behind the plate in Vazquez's place. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Devin Mesoraco sitting out on Friday
    Devin Mesoraco is absent from the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's been a rough start to the season for Mesoraco, who is hitting only .140/.218/.160 with no homers and one RBI. Tucker Barnhart is behind the plate. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Bochy plans to rest Posey more this season
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he plans to rest Buster Posey more this season.

    Advice: "The plan really all year with Buster, probably, is to give him a few more breaks than what I’ve given in the past," Bochy said. Posey set career highs in games played and plate appearances last season, although he started 37 games at first base. He's been at first just twice so far this season and it sounds like he'll see more full days off rather than play first when he's not catching. While Posey's fantasy owners might not like him playing fewer games, it could be good for his production in the long run if it helps keep him fresher. Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Yasmani Grandal hits RBI double in defeat
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Grandal notched his RBI double off Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the first inning. He also struck out twice while walking once. The 27-year-old catcher is hitting .278/.435/.417 with four doubles and five RBI in 36 at-bats. Grandal hit 15 homers in 2014 and bested that with 16 in 2015. He is still looking for his first dinger of the 2016 campaign. Thursday, 10:06 pm
  • Hermann clocks two-run homer in win over STL
    Chris Herrmann went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Herrmann also struck out twice, but he at least made his lone hit count. The 28-year-old backstop clocked a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha in the second inning. The dinger was his second of the season. That aside, he has seen just 28 at-bats this season and offers no fantasy upside. Thursday, 9:12 pm
  • Rupp has go-ahead double vs. Nationals
    Cameron Rupp delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the ninth inning as part of a 3-0 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The bases-loaded hit broke a scoreless tie. It was a catchable ball, but Bryce Harper took a strange route. Fortunately for the Phillies, it dropped in and bounced around the warning track. Rupp has now hit safely in seven straight games and owns a .280/.294/.480 batting line overall. Thursday, 6:27 pm
  • Ross clubs solo homer in win over Brewers
    David Ross clubbed a solo homer and drew a walk in Thursday’s 7-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: It was his second home run of the season and the 98th of his career. The 39-year-old could see some more playing time with Miguel Montero (back) sidelined, but he’s a poor fit for a significant role at this point in his career. Tim Federowicz was called up from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, but neither are all that interesting from a fantasy perspective. Thursday, 5:54 pm
  • Castillo out of Thursday's lineup vs. Cards
    Welington Castillo is out of Thursday's starting lineup against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a breather. Chris Herrmann will start behind the dish and catch Rubby De La Rosa. Thursday, 2:01 pm
  • Wieters not in Thursday's lineup
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' starting lineup Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against veteran lefty John Danks. Caleb Joseph will catch Tyler Wilson and bat ninth. Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Miguel Montero undergoes MRI for back issue
    Miguel Montero underwent an MRI for his back.

    Advice: Montero has already been placed on the disabled list after experiencing a flareup of the chronic bulging disk issue that has bothered him since 2013. It sounds like this could be an extended absence. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will share time behind the plate, with prospect Willson Contreras waiting in the wings for a mid-summer callup. Thursday, 10:06 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • Cervelli gets the day off Thursday at Coors
    Francisco Cervelli is getting a day off Thursday.

    Advice: Chris Stewart will start behind the plate and bat eighth versus Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Cervelli went a combined 4-for-9 with three runs scored on Tuesday and Wednesday at Coors Field. Thursday, 9:45 am
  • Cubs won't call up C prospect Contreras
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that catching prospect Willson Contreras could make an impact at the major league level in the second half of the season.

    Advice: Maddon was asked about Contreras in the context of Miguel Montero landing on the disabled list Thursday with a back injury. Contreras is batting .375/.419/.446 in 62 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level and he hit .333/.413/.478 in 521 plate appearances last year at Double-A, but there are still concerns about his defense and game management. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will handle catching duties at the major league level until Montero returns. Thursday, 9:25 am
    Not Active
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • Cubs add Tim Federowicz for C depth
    Cubs purchased the contract of C Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Federowicz will give the Cubs depth at catcher while Miguel Montero recovers from a back injury. Federowicz could see a good amount of starts over the next two weeks, but he is a .194/.247/.300 career major league hitter. Thursday, 9:08 am
  • Miguel Montero (back) placed on 15-day DL
    Cubs placed C Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a back injury.

    Advice: Montero came down with back stiffness earlier this week and hasn't made much improvement, but the Cubs will hope he only needs two weeks of rest. David Ross is starting behind the plate on Thursday afternoon against the Brewers and Tim Federowicz has been called up from the minors to handle some of the load behind the plate. Thursday, 9:06 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • Montero (back) out again Thursday vs. MIL
    Miguel Montero (back) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Brewers.

    Advice: Montero's stiff back will get one more day of rest as the Cubs stick with the same lineup from Wednesday's rainout. David Ross is catching Jake Arrieta and batting eighth against Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann. Thursday, 7:28 am
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • Brayan Pena (knee) nearing full activities
    Brayan Pena (knee) expects to resume most baseball activities next week.

    Advice: Pena is now 23 days removed from surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. The initial timetable was a month to six weeks. "Hopefully, next week I can go out there and start running on the field and taking some batting practice," the veteran catcher told Brian Stull's STL Baseball Weekly. "After that, it would be a decision for our training staff to see where we’re going from there." Pena signed a two-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Cardinals this offseason to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer has been filling in. Thursday, 5:11 am
    15-Day DL
    11:15 am vs Was
  • Elias Diaz (elbow) playing catch in Florida
    Elias Diaz (elbow) threw for a second consecutive day Wednesday at the Pirates' spring training complex.

    Advice: Diaz was placed on the major league disabled list just before Opening Day after coming down with right elbow soreness in mid-March. The 25-year-old catcher will probably continue to be eased along, and he figures to report to Triple-A Indianapolis rather than Pittsburgh once he returns to full health. Thursday, 5:05 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • Ruiz goes deep in win over the Nationals
    Carlos Ruiz continued his mini power surge, connecting with his third homer of the year in the eighth inning against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ruiz is 37 years old and doesn't play everyday, but he's taken advantage of the playing time he's been given. After hammering a 3-2 pitch from lefty Sammy Solis over the left-field wall in the eighth inning, prompting some "Chooch!" chants, he is now hitting .294/.368/.588 in 38 plate appearances. The Phillies won't be afraid to give him additional opportunities to start if he continues to swing the bat well. Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Russell Martin (neck) back in the Jays lineup
    Russell Martin (neck) is back in the Blue Jays' batting order Wednesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Martin has been in and out of the Toronto lineup because of a stiff neck. It's nothing serious. The veteran catcher is off to a rough start this season, slashing just .154/.237/.173 in 17 games played. He'll try to get it going against Chicago lefty Jose Quintana. Wednesday, 12:37 pm
  • Miguel Montero (back) sits again Wednesday
    Miguel Montero (back) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Montero was scratched from the Cubs' lineup Tuesday after coming down with some back stiffness and he'll get another night off Wednesday with cold conditions in the forecast at Wrigley Field. David Ross is catching Jake Arrieta and batting eighth versus the Brewers. Wednesday, 12:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • Posey getting day off Wednesday vs. Padres
    Buster Posey is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Trevor Brown will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner. A scheduled off day Thursday allows the Giants to get Posey back-to-back days of rest. He's slashing .264/.325/.417 with three home runs in 19 games this season. Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Cervelli has rare stolen base in win over Rox
    Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The two singles and two runs scored are nice, but the real headline here is the steal. Cervelli averages roughly one per season, and he's now 8-for-16 in his nine-year career. Any swipes are just gravy, though -- and he's attempted three steals through his first 19 games, so maybe there's more yet to come -- for the backstop, who is hitting .313/.420/.373 with nine RBI and 10 runs scored in the middle of the Pirates lineup. Tuesday, 9:27 pm
  • Austin Hedges needs surgery on hamate bone
    Austin Hedges needs surgery for a hamate fracture in his hand and is likely to miss 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: It's rough news for Hedges, who had a huge spring and was off to an excellent start this season at Triple-A El Paso. He'll be on the shelf until at least mid-June. Tuesday, 5:40 pm
    Not Active
    6:10 pm @LAD
  • Miguel Montero out Tuesday due to stiff back
    Miguel Montero is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday because of a stiff back.

    Advice: Montero is considered day-to-day. David Ross will start at catcher against the visiting Brewers. Tuesday, 2:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:20 am vs Atl
  • Russell Martin (neck) sitting again Tuesday
    Russell Martin (neck) will sit again Tuesday.

    Advice: And he might also sit out Wednesday ahead of Thursday's scheduled off day, but manager John Gibbons said he is not expected the absence to go on longer than that. Martin has been dealing with some neck stiffness. Josh Thole is behind the plate Tuesday versus the White Sox. Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Nationals recall Pedro Severino from AAA
    Nationals recalled C Pedro Severino from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Severino will give the Nationals depth behind the plate while Wilson Ramos spends a couple days on MLB's bereavement list following a sudden death in his family. Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Nationals put Wilson Ramos on bereavement
    Nationals placed C Wilson Ramos on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Ramos had a death in the family. He is expected to meet back up with the Nats later this week in St. Louis. Tuesday, 1:04 pm
    Not Active
    11:15 am @StL
  • Wilson Ramos getting the day off Tuesday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It's his fourth absence of the season. Jose Lobaton will draw the start at catcher and bat eighth against right-hander Vince Velasquez. Among qualified catchers, only Yadier Molina has hit for a higher average than Ramos this season (.316). Tuesday, 12:26 pm
    Not Active
    11:15 am @StL
  • Nick Hundley activated from concussion DL
    Rockies activated C Nick Hundley from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Hundley was cleared to return after making it through a brief two-game rehab assignment while using a new catcher's mask. He has been sidelined since taking a foul tip off his mask on April 13. Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Russell Martin (neck) out again Monday night
    Russell Martin (neck) is out again Monday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Martin has been battling some neck stiffness and the Blue Jays don't want the minor issue to turn into something major. Consider the veteran catcher day-to-day. Josh Thole is filling in and batting ninth. Monday, 12:34 pm
  • Martin sat out as precautionary measure
    Russell Martin sat out Sunday's game as a precautionary measure as he continues to battle stiffness in his neck.

    Advice: The team is trying to be smart about the situation and not push him too far and risk further aggravation. It doesn't sound as though it will require a trip to the disabled list, but expect Martin to see more than his usual rest until he gets the issue under control. Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Russell Martin (neck) scratched from lineup
    Russell Martin (neck) was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup.

    Advice: Martin played Saturday after exiting Friday's game with neck spasms, but he's evidently not totally over the ailment yet. Consider him day-to-day. Josh Thole is catching in his place. Sunday, 9:02 am
  • Matt Wieters sitting out on Sunday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Caleb Joseph is catching in Wieters' place. J.J. Hardy is also receiving some rest, as Manny Machado has shifted over to shortstop and Ryan Flaherty his handling third base. Sunday, 8:58 am
  • Herrmann doubles, homers in loss
    Chris Herrmann went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and a walk, driving in four runs in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Herrmann had one hit in 21 plate appearances prior to this outburst. He's now hitting .130/.200/.348 on the young season, which actually mirrors his .146/.214/.272 rather closely from a year ago with the Twins. He's not fantasy relevant. Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • Nick Hundley begins rehab assignment
    Nick Hundley (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

    Advice: Hundley was eligible to return Friday but he needed more time. He'll catch two games for Albuquerque before hopefully being activated on Monday. Tony Wolters has been filling in behind the plate. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Saltalamacchia homers again as Tigers lose
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia clobbered his sixth home run of the season as the Tigers were destroyed by the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Saltalamacchia's solo shot in the fifth inning accounted for the club's only offense against Corey Kluber and company. He has been an extremely prolific run producer in the first month of the season, slashing .282/.364/.821 with six homers and 15 RBI. He's worthy of using in all formats at least until James McCann returns from the disabled list. Saturday, 1:11 pm
  • Russell Martin returns to lineup on Saturday
    Russell Martin (neck) is in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Martin was forced to leave Friday's game due to neck spasms, but he's feeling good enough to give it a go on Saturday. The 33-year-old backstop has struggled at the dish in the early going, slashing just .146/.236/.167 with no homers and three RBI in his first 16 games. Saturday, 7:42 am
  • Welington Castillo homers twice
    Welington Castillo hit a pair of solo homers in a losing cause Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The great news is that Castillo already has five homers this season. The less great news is that he has just six runs scored and seven RBI to show for it. Still, those who drafted him can't complain. Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Russell Martin thinks he can play on Saturday
    Russell Martin (neck) said Friday that he believes he'll be able to return to the Blue Jays lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Martin was lifted from Friday's game against the A's due to neck spasms. It doesn't sound as though the issue is serious though, so expect to see him back behind the dish before the weekend is through. Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Russell Martin leaves game with neck spasms
    Russell Martin was removed from Friday's game against the Athletics due to neck spasms.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are calling his exit purely precautionary. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him get an extra day of rest on Saturday before returning to the lineup. Martin had been 1-for-2 with a double and a strikeout prior to his departure. Friday, 6:40 pm
  • Matt Wieters not in lineup Friday
    Matt Wieters is absent from the Orioles' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a routine day off. Caleb Joseph will catch and bat ninth. Friday, 1:47 pm
  • Christian Vazquez not in lineup Friday
    Christian Vazquez is not in the Red Sox' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Ryan Hanigan is behind the plate. Friday, 1:28 pm
  • Wilson Ramos sitting out on Friday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Jose Lobaton will fill in behind the plate. Friday, 11:53 am
    Not Active
    11:15 am @StL
  • Hundley (concussion) catches bullpen session
    Nick Hundley (concussion) caught a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hundley said afterward that he feels good, although it's possible the Rockies will wait a few days before activating him. He's eligible to return on Friday. Friday, 6:52 am
  • David Ross hits rare homer in win over Reds
    David Ross went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored in a win over the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Ross, who hit just one home run in 72 games with the Cubs last season, muscled up to drive one out in the sixth inning. The catcher, who was playing in his sixth game, is batting .278/.391/.500. He's set to retire after the season. Thursday, 7:20 pm
  • Matt Wieters gets tossed for arguing
    Matt Wieters was ejected for arguing balls and strikes Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He was tossed in the bottom of the fifth after home plate umpire Dan Bellino called him out on strikes. Wieters thought he checked his swing but Bellino obviously disagreed. It was his second career ejection. Caleb Joseph replaced Wieters behind the plate. Thursday, 6:16 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal delivers go-ahead hit
    Yasmani Grandal doubled in Enrique Hernandez in the top of the 10th to push the Dodgers past the Braves 2-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Clayton Kershaw was pitching, so Grandal didn't start. He pinch-hit for A.J. Ellis in the eighth and walked, then delivered the double in the 10th. Grandal is 7-for-16 with no strikeouts and seven walks since coming off the disabled list on April 12. Even though he's far from an everyday catcher right now, he's becoming worth playing in one-catcher mixed leagues. Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Welington Castillo out of lineup Thursday
    Welington Castillo will get a day off Thursday.

    Advice: Chris Herrmann is starting at catcher and batting eighth against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Castillo has hit .213 with a .283 on-base percentage so far this season, though he does have three home runs in 12 games. Thursday, 10:31 am
  • Posey not in Giants' starting lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey is out of the Giants' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Trevor Brown will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Arizona right-hander Shelby Miller. Posey went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and has an underwhelming .255/.328/.392 batting line in 14 games this season. Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Grandal gets on base four times in win
    Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks in Wednesday night's victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Grandal got a late start to the season, but has kicked things off with a scorching hot .400/.571/.600 slash line. He actually has six walks and zero strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. The Dodgers have said that they expect Grandal and A.J. Ellis to split playing time, due to the former's injury concerns, but one figures manager Dave Roberts will pencil in Grandal as often as possible, as he's the better offensive option. Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Francisco Cervelli starting at first vs. SD
    Francisco Cervelli is starting at first base for Wednesday's showdown with the Padres.

    Advice: This will be Cervelli's sixth game at first base for his career. Chris Stewart will start at catcher and hit ninth. At least a part of this temporary shift for Cervelli could be due to the fact that he was behind the plate for 190 pitches during Tuesday's four-hour slog of a loss to the Padres. Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Barnhart hits walkoff RBI single vs. Rockies
    Tucker Barnhart hit a walkoff RBI single in the Reds' 6-5 defeat of the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnhart doubled home Adam Duvall in the bottom of the seventh and then played the role of hero in the bottom of the ninth with a base hit to right field that plated Brandon Phillips easily from third. The backup catcher finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and is now batting .348/.423/.391 over seven games played (23 at-bats). Devin Mesoraco might be getting more days off in the coming weeks. Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • Mesoraco out of Reds' lineup Wednesday
    Devin Mesoraco is out of the Reds' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for Mesoraco, who dealt with a sore quad last week. He was limited to 45 at-bats last season because of a hip injury. Tucker Barnhart will start at catcher Wednesday versus the Rockies. Wednesday, 6:46 am
  • Molina has RBI triple in loss against Cubs
    Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Matt Adams got thrown out inexplicably trying to steal third base just before Molina's triple, and the Cardinals ended up losing by one run. That's little fault of Molina's, though, as the catcher is now hitting .327/.375/.442 on the year. Any concerns about the health of his thumb, especially as they relate to his hitting, have effectively been alleviated with the hot start. Tuesday, 9:16 pm
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