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  • 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. Today, 10:06 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 7-2 vs x Mil
  • 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. Today, 9:25 am
    Not Active
    Top 9, 7-2 vs x Mil
  • 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. Today, 9:06 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 7-2 vs x Mil
  • 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. Today, 7:28 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 7-2 vs x Mil
  • 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. Today, 5:11 am
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm x @Ari
  • 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. Today, 5:05 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD x @Col
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:41 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. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 7-2 vs x Mil
  • McCann (ankle) goes 0-for-3 in rehab debut
    James McCann (ankle) went 0-for-3 with two walks in his rehab debut Tuesday at Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: McCann served as the Mud Hens' designated hitter, but he should be catching in a couple days and he could return to the Tigers' active roster this weekend. The 25-year-old has been out since April 12 with a sprained ankle. Tuesday, 6:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs x Oak
  • 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
  • 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
    Top 9, 7-2 vs x Mil
  • Kevan Smith (back) placed on 15-day DL
    White Sox placed C Kevan Smith on the 15-day disabled list with an acroiliac joint dysfunction.

    Advice: Smith was called up to replace Alex Avila (hamstring) on Sunday but injured himself before even getting a chance to play. Hector Sanchez will fill the roster spot left by Smith. He'll back up starter Dioner Navarro. Tuesday, 1:18 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
  • Mets promote Rene Rivera from Las Vegas
    Mets purchased the contract of C Rene Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: The Mets tipped their hand last night when Rivera was pulled from a game in Las Vegas. Rivera was hitting .280 at the time of his call-up. The 32-year-old will back up Kevin Plawecki while Travis d'Arnaud is out with a shoulder injury. Tuesday, 11:51 am
  • Mets place d'Arnaud (shoulder) on 15-day DL
    Mets placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff.

    Advice: He suffered the injury Monday night against Cincinnati. Rene Rivera was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas in the corresponding roster move, though Kevin Plawecki is expected to assume most of the catching duties in d'Arnaud's absence. As of now, there's no timetable for d'Arnaud's return to the active roster. Tuesday, 11:45 am
    15-Day DL
  • James McCann (ankle) rehabbing in Toledo
    James McCann (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCann is expected to DH on Tuesday but he should be back behind the plate in a few days. The 25-year-old will likely be activated later this week. Jarrod Saltalmacchia has fared reasonably well in his absence, hitting four home runs over his last nine games. Tuesday, 11:36 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs x Oak
  • Hank Conger struggling defensively for Rays
    Hank Conger has been losing playing time to Curt Casali because he allows too many stolen bases.

    Advice: Conger usually catches for Chris Archer but Casali got the nod on Monday. Manager Kevin Cash has also been using Casali as a defensive replacement late in games on days when Conger starts. Including wild pitches, Conger hasn't thrown a base-runner out in his last 48 attempts. He's been working to improve that part of his game with catching coach Jamie Nelson. "Right now we’re trying to get the footwork down," said Conger. "Once that happens I think everything else will be fine." Conger hasn't fared much better offensively, hitting only .182 with eight strikeouts in 22 at-bats this year. Tuesday, 8:18 am
  • d'Arnaud (shoulder) meeting with doctors Tuesday
    Travis d'Arnaud will have his injured shoulder evaluated at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday.

    Advice: That doesn't sound promising. D'Arnaud exited Monday's game with right shoulder discomfort but admitted the injury has been bothering him for a while. Triple-A catcher Rene Rivera was pulled from Monday night's game after one at-bat, an obvious sign that a roster move is coming. In the likely event that d'Arnaud lands on the disabled list, Kevin Plawecki would take over as the Mets' No. 1 catcher. Tuesday, 5:37 am
    15-Day DL
  • Rivera pulled from Triple-A game Monday
    Rene Rivera was pulled from a game with Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

    Advice: Travis d'Arnaud was forced to exit Monday's game against the Reds with right shoulder discomfort and this would seem to indicate that the Mets are prepared for a stint on the disabled list. Rivera batted just .178/.213/.275 last season with the Rays and would likely function as a backup to Kevin Plawecki. Monday, 8:32 pm
  • Brett Nicholas hits first MLB homer
    Brett Nicholas hit his first major league homer in Monday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Not only that, the longball came off of Dellin Betances. Nicholas has been sharing the catching duties with Bryan Holaday. He has more of a bat than Holaday but is unlikely to have any fantasy value. Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Curt Casali nets lone RBIs in Monday's game
    Curt Casali was credited with the only two RBI in Monday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Casali doubled in a run in the fifth and then was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth. That's all Chris Archer and the Rays' bullpen needed. Casali is hitting just .158/.200/.289 on the season. Monday, 7:41 pm
  • D'Arnaud bothered by throwing shoulder
    Mets manager Terry Collins' said Monday that Travis d'Arnaud's right shoulder bothers him while throwing.

    Advice: Collins said he didn't hear about it until Monday's game, though it's possible he has been dealing with discomfort for a while. He's being evaluated by team doctors Monday night, but this is obviously a concerning development for a catcher. A trip to the disabled list feels like a strong possibility. Monday, 7:39 pm
    15-Day DL
  • D'Arnaud exits game with shoulder discomfort
    Travis d'Arnaud exited Monday's game against the Reds with shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: D'Arnaud was forced to exit the game after the seventh inning. The severity of the issue isn't yet known, but there should be more clarity on his status by Tuesday afternoon. Monday, 7:17 pm
    15-Day DL
  • D'Arnaud exits game for unspecified reason
    Travis d'Arnaud left Monday's game against the Reds after seven innings.

    Advice: The reason for his exit isn't yet known. D'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a single before exiting. The Mets should pass along an update soon. Monday, 7:04 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Smith scratched from Monday's lineup
    Kevan Smith was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Blue Jays due to back spasms.

    Advice: Smith was set to make his major league debut Monday, but it will have to wait. Dioner Navarro will catch Miguel Gonzalez. Monday, 3:13 pm
  • McCann (ankle) could begin rehab stint Tue.
    James McCann (ankle) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCann, who is coming back from a Grade 2 sprain of his right ankle, ran the bases again on Monday. Assuming he feels good on Tuesday, he could serve as a DH for the start of a brief minor league rehab assignment. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will continue to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate until he's ready. Monday, 2:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs x Oak
  • Rockies option C Garneau to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned C Dustin Garneau to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He'll head back to the minors now that Nick Hundley has been cleared to return. Garneau went 4-for-10 with three doubles during his time with the big club. Monday, 2:12 pm
    Not Active
    PPD vs x Pit
  • Kevan Smith recalled from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled C Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He's taking Alex Avila's (hamstring) spot on the roster. Smith will back up Dioner Navarro. Sunday, 8:07 am
  • James McCann (ankle) runs the bases
    James McCann (ankle) ran the bases on Sunday.

    Advice: He also caught a bullpen session on Saturday. McCann won't return from the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday, but he'll begin a four-game rehab assignment soon. Sunday, 8:04 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs x Oak
  • D'Arnaud has two hits, two runs scored
    Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: After a slow start, d'Arnaud has multiple hits in two of his last three games. That's only a slight comfort -- he's still hitting .186/.286/.256 without a home run -- but perhaps it's a sign that he's starting to come around. That may also come with a rise up the batting order, another welcome sight for fantasy owners. Saturday, 7:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • James McCann (ankle) resumes activities
    James McCann (ankle) has resumed baseball activities.

    Advice: McCann has caught pitches thrown by a pitching machine, thrown long toss from a squatting position and taken soft toss in the batting cage. He's eligible for activation on Tuesday, but the catcher still has some steps to go through before it's known whether returning that day is possible. "I have to get to the point where I can run," he said. "I haven’t run full speed by any means. I am just slowly getting back into baseball activity." Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that McCann could avoid a rehab assignment if he winds up missing only around 15 days of action. Friday, 6:58 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-3 vs x Oak
  • Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) back in lineup Tue.
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) is back in the Mets' lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: D'Arnaud missed back-to-back games after he was hit in the left elbow by a pitch on Saturday, but he's feeling better now. The 27-year-old is off to a slow start this season and things aren't getting any easier Tuesday against Vincent Velasquez. Tuesday, 12:25 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) available on Monday
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) said he is available if needed on Monday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: He is out of the Mets' starting lineup for the second straight day, but d'Arnaud's elbow was not even wrapped during pregame workouts on Monday evening. Kevin Plawecki will get another start behind the plate, but d'Arnaud is available off the bench and should get the nod Tuesday. Apr 18, 12:53 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) sitting again Monday
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) is out again Monday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: The catcher also missed Sunday's series finale against the Indians after leaving Saturday's game following a hit by pitch on his left elbow. X-rays came back negative and d'Arnaud is listed as day-to-day. Kevin Plawecki will start at catcher on Monday night. Apr 18, 12:24 pm
    15-Day DL
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