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  • Mets will ease d'Arnaud (elbow) back in
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that he will ease Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) into action.

    Advice: The 26-year-old catcher rejoined the Mets on Thursday morning after missing a month with a left elbow sprain, but he won't be officially activated until Friday. Kevin Plawecki is starting behind the plate against the Padres on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Today, 7:10 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 7-5 vs x SD
  • Jorge Alfaro to headline deal for Cole Hamels
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and Nick Williams as part of the Cole Hamels trade.

    Advice: Grant also notes that both sides will be receiving other players in the deal as well, and the Rangers will be receiving cash. Expect the deal to be finalized and announced on Thursday. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs NYY
  • Travis d'Arnaud to rejoin Mets on Thursday
    Travis d'Arnaud has completed his minor league rehab assignment and will rejoin the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: He has missed the past month with a left elbow sprain, but is now fully recovered and ready to provide an offensive jolt to the Mets. Before landing on the disabled list, the 26-year-old was hitting .296/.338/.535 with four homers and 17 RBI in 19 games. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 7-5 vs x SD
  • Jonathan Lucroy swipes base in loss to Giants
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 and swiped his first base of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Lucroy was one of the few bright spots in the Brewers offense on a day where they were shutout by Jake Peavy and company. The hard-hitting backstop is now hitting .257/.317/.350 with three homers and 22 RBI in 61 games on the season. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Castillo blasts two homers as D'Backs top M's
    Welington Castillo blasted a pair of home runs off Felix Hernandez on Wednesday, powering the Diamondbacks to an 8-2 victory over the Mariners in Seattle.

    Advice: Castillo capped off a four-run uprising in the first inning with a two-run blast, then added a solo shot in the fourth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .280 (31-for-111) with eight homers and 19 RBI in 35 games with the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 4:53 pm
  • Miguel Montero to see hand specialist Thurs.
    Miguel Montero has a checkup with a hand specialist Thursday in Chicago.

    Advice: Montero has been hitting and catching at the Cubs' spring training complex in Arizona and he's hoping to be cleared for more activities Thursday after his exam. The veteran catcher has been on the disabled list since July 12 with a sprained left thumb. He is trending toward a mid-August return. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Braves 'fielding calls' on Pierzynski, Gomes
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are "fielding calls" on A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes.

    Advice: Pierzynski has had a surprisingly solid season, hitting .283/.322/.425 with six homers to push Christian Bethancourt back to Triple-A. Contenders would surely view him as a backup. Gomes is batting just .205/.309/.323 with four homers this season but could be a threat off the bench versus lefties. Yesterday, 11:07 am
  • Buster Posey getting a breather Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off with it being a day game after a night game. Hector Sanchez is catching in Posey's place. Yesterday, 10:28 am
    Player Note
    Buster Posey SF - C,1B
  • Welington Castillo (elbow) back in action
    Welington Castillo (elbow) is back in the Diamondbacks' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Castillo sat out Tuesday after being hit in the elbow with a pitch Monday, but he's ready to roll now. He's hitting .269/.358/.500 with six homers in 34 games since arriving in Arizona. Yesterday, 10:12 am
  • Kyle Schwarber garnering start in LF
    Kyle Schwarber is making his first major league start in left field Wednesday.

    Advice: Schwarber's bat has been too good to keep out of the lineup, so the Cubs are doing what they can to keep him in there on days he doesn't catch. The youngster is hitting .352/.426/.593 with three homers over 18 games with the Cubs. Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • A.J. Ellis (knee) catches bullpen session
    A.J. Ellis (knee) caught a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: Ellis should be ready to go early next week when his 15 days are up. Austin Barnes will continue to back up Yasmani Grandal in the meantime. Yesterday, 7:28 am
    15-Day DL
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Wednesday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's getting some rest with it being a day game after a night game. Drew Butera is catching in Perez's place. Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Zunino hits 1st homer of July, Mariners lose
    Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Zunino cut into the Diamondbacks' 2-0 lead with a solo home run off of Zack Godley in the third inning, registering his first round-tripper in the month of July. He's hitting a meager .181/.240/.319 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI. Tuesday, 10:20 pm
  • Cervelli has three-hit effort versus Twins
    Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: The 29-year-old was a quiet pickup this past offseason after the Pirates lost Russell Martin, but he's been an offensive plus for the Bucs this year. The multi-hit game was Cervelli's fourth in a row, raising his line to .301/.367/.410 with 32 RBI and 32 runs scored on the season. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Casali hits two more homers, Rays rout Tigers
    Curt Casali contributed two home runs in Tuesday's rout of the Tigers, finishing 3-for-4.

    Advice: Casali belted two home runs on Monday as well. He drilled a two-run home run to left-center off of David Price in the fourth inning and added a solo shot in the sixth. Casali has only 55 plate appearances on the year, but has gone yard seven times with 11 RBI and a .300/.345/.780 batting line. Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Soto homers, reaches five times against BoSox
    Geovany Soto homered, had three RBI and reached base all five times in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Soto had a two-run double in the first inning before hitting a solo homer in the seventh. He also walked three times in the game. Soto is hitting .248/.336/.479 with seven homers through 51 games. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Dan Butler designated for assignment
    Nationals designated C Dan Butler for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jonathan Papelbon. Butler, 28, has hit .231/.315/.312 with one homer at Triple-A this season and has a good chance to clear waivers. Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 1-0 x @Mia
  • Welington Castillo (elbow) not in lineup
    Welington Castillo (elbow) is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Castillo left Monday's game after being hit on the elbow by a pitch. He looks to be day-to-day for now. Oscar Hernandez is catching Tuesday, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia is serving as the designated hitter. Tuesday, 3:04 pm
  • Rockies option Wilin Rosario to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned 1B Wilin Rosario to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: The move comes with odd timing given that Rosario is rumored to be on the trade block. The 26-year-old is batting just .273/.293/.426 in 69 games this season, but he does have some power and would make sense as a part-time DH for an American League team. Tuesday, 1:52 pm
    Not Active
    4:15 pm @StL
  • Yadier Molina (illness) in Cards lineup Tues.
    Yadier Molina (illness) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds.

    Advice: Molina made an early exit from Monday's game because he wasn't feeling well. It obviously wasn't anything major. He is batting fifth versus righty Mike Leake. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • Yan Gomes not in Indians' lineup Tuesday
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off for the 28-year-old catcher, who has a disappointing .223/.249/.346 slash line on the season. He's a pretty good bet to produce better numbers down the stretch. Roberto Perez is starting behind the plate Tuesday night against the Royals. Tuesday, 1:01 pm
  • D'Arnaud (elbow) plays in latest rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) went 1-for-3 with a single and caught seven innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab game with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: D'Arnaud, out for a month with a left elbow sprain, caught five innings on Saturday and served as the DH on Sunday. He's expected to catch a full game on Tuesday and appears likely to rejoin the Mets this weekend. Tuesday, 8:46 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 7-5 vs x SD
  • Welington Castillo exits after HBP on elbow
    Welington Castillo left Monday's game versus the Mariners after being hit on the elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Castillo didn't sound too optimistic about the injury after the game. "It doesn’t feel really good right now," he said. "We will see tomorrow." Jarrod Saltalamacchia would be in line for more playing time if Castillo is sidelined for a while. Monday, 11:26 pm
  • Castillo homers, D'Backs beat the Mariners
    Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Diamondbacks eked out a win over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Castillo pushed the Diamondbacks' lead to 2-0 with a solo shot off of Mike Montgomery in the second inning. The catcher has gone yard six times in 122 plate appearances as a member of the Diamondbacks, giving him eight total along with 23 RBI. Castillo is carrying a .238/.324/.457 line as a National Leaguer. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Yadier Molina passes concussion tests
    Yadier Molina passed concussion tests after leaving Monday's game.

    Advice: Molina looked a little dazed after taking a foul tip and was eventually removed because he was "not feeling well," according to the Cardinals. However, manager Mike Matheny said the catcher was dealing with dehydration more than anything else. Molina should be back in there on Tuesday. Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Casali homers twice as Rays down the Tigers
    Curt Casali hit a pair of homers, helping the Rays take down the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Casali put the Rays up 1-0 in the third inning with a solo home run off of Anibal Sanchez. He tacked on a two-run home run to push the Rays' lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth off of Bruce Rondon, finishing 3-for-4 on the night. The catcher has taken only 51 plate appearances, but has already gone deep five times while knocking in eight runs and posting a .261/.314/.652 batting line. Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Wieters whacks walk-off HR, O's win wild one
    Matt Wieters clubbed a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning against the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: The two clubs brought a 0-0 game into the ninth inning, and each team scored once in their half-inning to send the game into extras. Wieters ended the drama with a walk-off solo job to right-center off of Luis Avilan. It's the catcher's first home run since June 25, as he has been scuffling offensively. Wieters is hitting .250/.276/.431 with four home runs and 13 RBI since making his season debut on June 5. Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Santana goes yard in a losing effort vs. KC
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santana cut the Indians' deficit to 4-1 when he lifted an Edinson Volquez offering over the fence in center field in the second inning. Though he's drawn plenty of walks, Santana has otherwise had a mediocre season to date, hitting .224/.354/.389 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Monday, 7:22 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Yadier Molina exits game due to illness
    Yadier Molina left Monday's game against the Reds in the fifth inning because he was "not feeling well."

    Advice: It's the vaguest of injury designations. Worth noting is that Molina looked a bit woozy after taking a foul tip to the mask earlier in the game, although he did double and score after that incident. It's possible he just got a little overheated on a hot night in St. Louis. Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber could see more time in LF
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Kyle Schwarber could start seeing more playing time in left field.

    Advice: He played one inning in left field on Sunday and has been working on outfield drills on days he's not starting at catcher. The outfield isn't totally foreign to Schwarber, as he played left field 36 times in the minors last season. "You saw him play one minute of outfield [Sunday]," Maddon said. "You might see him out there more often as we move along." Schwarber has only been starting three out of every five games at catcher, sitting out on days when Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta pitch. Fantasy owners would obviously love to see his bat in the lineup more often. Monday, 6:16 pm
  • Schwarber batting second, starting at catcher
    Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher and batting second for the Cubs on Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He went 1-for-2 with two walks in the same spot Sunday. Schwarber has a tremendous .396/.453/.667 batting line over his first 53 major league plate appearances. Monday, 12:36 pm
  • Wieters (back) in O's lineup on Monday night
    Matt Wieters (back) is starting at catcher for the Orioles on Monday night against the Braves.

    Advice: It's a pretty good indication that the back stiffness that held him out Sunday is no big deal. Wieters will hit fifth for the O's against Braves left-hander Alex Wood. Monday, 12:08 pm
  • Diamondbacks activate Salty from 15-day DL
    Diamondbacks activated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Salty missed 15 days with a strained neck muscle. Arizona is going to carry three catchers, which limits his ability to provide fantasy value. The 30-year-old is batting just .167/.276/.300 for the season anyway. Monday, 12:01 pm
  • Reds recall Kyle Skipworth from Double-A
    Reds recalled C Kyle Skipworth from Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Skipworth has flashed some power this season at the Double-A level, but the 25-year-old seems doubtful to carry significant fantasy value. He was drafted sixth overall by the Marlins in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. Monday, 11:02 am
  • Lucroy singles in shutout loss to Snakes
    Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-4 with a single in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As a team, the Brewers managed just four total hits in the game. Lucroy's single was one of them. Quiet game on the whole for the Brew Crew. This season, the catcher is hitting .248/.312/.366 with three homers and 20 RBI. He missed a significant early chunk of the year with injury and if he can stay healthy, he's a better offensive player than those numbers would indicate. Sunday, 5:08 pm
  • J.T. Realmuto goes deep in loss to Padres
    J.T. Realmuto blasted his sixth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: His solo shot in the seventh inning pulled the Marlins to within a run at 3-2, but that wound up being the extent of their offense. The young backstop finished the day 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now hitting .259/.286/.416 with six long balls and 28 RBI in his rookie campaign. Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • Gattis triples, scores lone run in loss to KC
    Evan Gattis went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Coming into the season, Gattis had just one triple in 723 at-bats. This year? Six in 358 at-bats. Baseball is a strange, strange sport. The rocket man is hitting .246/.274/.450 with 16 homers and 57 RBI on the season. Sunday, 2:01 pm
    5:10 pm vs LAA
  • Joseph drills a homer, helping O's best Rays
    Caleb Joseph went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win versus the Rays.

    Advice: Joseph took Matt Moore out to left-center in the fourth inning, extending the Orioles' lead to 5-0. The backstop has now registered multiple RBI in four of his last seven games, giving him 30 RBI on the season along with seven home runs and a .235/.306/.390 batting line. Sunday, 1:06 pm
  • Matt Wieters nursing back stiffness
    Matt Wieters is not in Sunday's lineup due to a stiff back.

    Advice: Wieters had been slated to receive his first start of the season at first base. The back issue isn't considered a big deal, as he's expected to catch on Monday. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate Sunday. Sunday, 9:05 am
  • Yadier Molina getting a day off Sunday
    Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for Molina. Tony Cruz is behind the dish. Sunday, 8:55 am
  • Matt Wieters could play some first base
    Matt Wieters could see some playing time at first base.

    Advice: Wieters has been taking grounders at the position the last couple days. He remains unable to catch on back-to-back days as he builds up strength in his surgically-repaired elbow, so the Orioles are looking at other ways of getting him into the lineup. Wieters has played first base twice at the major league level, drawing one start there in 2011. Sunday, 6:46 am
  • Casali cranks solo homer in loss to Orioles
    Curt Casali went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Casali took Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez deep for a solo home run in the eighth inning to prevent the Rays from being shutout. They ultimately lost 5-1. In 40 at-bats this season, the catcher is hitting .225/.289/.525 with three homers and five RBI. He doesn't see enough playing time for fantasy relevance. Saturday, 5:42 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud catches five innings at AA
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 and caught five innings Saturday afternoon with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: It looks like d'Arnaud will be back on the Mets' active roster early next week. The 26-year-old catcher has been out since June 23 because of a left elbow sprain. Saturday, 5:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 7-5 vs x SD
  • Salty (neck) to be activated from DL on Tues.
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia (neck) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Diamondbacks manager David Hale said he'll carry three catchers for a bit. Saltalamacchia has been out since July 12 because of a strained muscle in his neck but recently began a rehab assignment. Saturday, 2:27 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud moves rehab up to Double-A
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) has had his minor league rehab assignment up to Double-A Binghampton.

    Advice: His rehab has been stalled a bit after he had a few games rained out at High-A St. Lucie. The Mets are hopeful that he'll be able to return to the team next weekend against the Nationals. Saturday, 11:16 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 7-5 vs x SD
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is once again not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon has held true to his word that David Ross would remain the backstop for Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta with Schwarber working the other three games. Ross will bat seventh against opposing left-hander Cole Hamels on Saturday. Saturday, 8:58 am
  • Welington Castillo appears as pinch hitter
    Welington Castillo (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Castillo was scratched from the D'Backs starting lineup on Wednesday due to tightness in his hamstring and hasn't started since. He's expected to get back behind the dish at some point over the weekend. Saturday, 5:38 am
  • Salvador Perez not in Royals lineup on Friday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup for Friday night's contest against the Astros.

    Advice: It'll be Drew Butera behind the dish for the Royals and batting ninth against opposing southpaw Scott Kazmir. Look for Perez to be back in there on Saturday. Friday, 2:18 pm
  • Matt Wieters not in lineup Friday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's still not catching on back-to-back days. Caleb Joseph is behind the dish in Wieters' place. Friday, 12:54 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Friday's lineup
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: As usual, David Ross is catching Jon Lester. Schwarber will come off the bench. Friday, 9:10 am
  • Wieters still not catching back-to-back days
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter on Thursday indicated that there are no plans to begin having Matt Wieters catch on back-to-back days regularly.

    Advice: Wieters started behind the plate on July 6 and 7, but that's the only time he's started back-to-back days at catcher since Tommy John surgery and he only did it then because the All-Star break was coming. "Not that I know of," Showalter said. "Matt hasn't brought it up to me, the trainers, [bench coach] John Russell. If and when will be up to Matt, like it was last time. And the trainers. He feels fine and we're going to keep him that way." Wieters has been starting in the designated hitter spot often when he's not catching, so it's not really affecting him for fantasy purposes. Friday, 6:08 am
  • Realmuto collects two hits in win over Padres
    J.T. Realmuto finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base against the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: He's riding a nice little six-game hitting streak. Realmuto is slashing .256/.283/.398 as a 24-year-old. Note that he had a .576 OPS in April, .596 in May, .776 in June and .768 this month before today. Realmuto is a starting catcher in two-catcher, 12-team mixed leagues. Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • Zunino hits go-ahead RBI double in 12th
    Mike Zunino came off the bench to hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th inning during Thursday afternoon's 3-2 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Zunino stepped to the plate against Tigers reliever Ian Krol with a runner at first and nobody out in the top of the 12th inning. He promptly untied the game with a run-scoring double, snapping a 2-2 tie and lifting the Mariners to a one-run win. Zunino's got some nice pop in his bat, but power's just about all he has going for him. He's hitting a terrifyingly low .169/.232/.301 with nine homers and 24 RBI on the year. Thursday, 3:00 pm
  • Castillo (hamstring) remains out Thursday
    Welington Castillo (hamstring) remains out of Thursday's lineup.

    Advice: Castillo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to left hamstring tightness and apparently needs another day. Oscar Hernandez will start behind the plate again. Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • D'Arnaud (elbow) to begin rehab stint Thu.
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.

    Advice: The Mets want d'Arnaud to play a handful of games in the minors, but Terry Collins thinks he has a chance to be activated next weekend. The 26-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since June 23 with a left elbow sprain. Thursday, 1:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 7-5 vs x SD
  • Cervelli (arm) back in Bucs lineup Thursday
    Francisco Cervelli (wrist) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Cervelli missed two games after taking a pitch off his right arm on Monday night. He is starting at catcher and batting seventh in Thursday's series opener at PNC Park. Thursday, 12:55 pm
  • Yadier Molina's huge triple propels Cardinals
    Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with a bases-loaded triple as the Cardinals edged the White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The triple off Zach Duke gave the Cardinals the lead in the top of the eighth. It was his second straight three-hit game, pushing his average back up to .289. The triple was his first since 2011 and just the fourth of his career. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Castillo scratched with hamstring tightness
    Welington Castillo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: The injury appears to be new, as he hasn't missed any time due to hamstring tightness to this point. Oscar Hernandez will start behind the dish in his place Wednesday. Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Posey has two hits, two RBI versus Padres
    Buster Posey went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Posey came through with a two-run double in the seventh inning that broke a 1-1 tie. It ended up being the game-winning RBI. The catcher is a hitting machine, owning an eight-game hitting streak that has his overall line up to .318/.384/.494 with 14 homers, 66 RBI and 48 runs scored. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
    Player Note
    Buster Posey SF - C,1B
  • Cervelli (wrist) out again Wednesday vs. KC
    Francisco Cervelli (wrist) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Cervelli had a knot on his arm Tuesday after getting hit by a pitch on Monday night. He should be fine in a day or two. Chris Stewart will start behind the plate as the Royals wrap up a big three-game series in Kansas City. Wednesday, 1:34 pm
  • Schwarber not in Cubs' lineup for second game
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' starting lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber homered twice on Tuesday and went 2-for-3 with another RBI on Wednesday afternoon, but he'll get some rest in the nightcap with veteran David Ross catching Dallas Beeler. Schwarber, 22, is batting .429/.467/.738 in his first 12 major league games. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
  • Schwarber's RBI single provides only Cubs run
    Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a walk and a steal in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber almost single-handedly defeated the Reds on Tuesday with two homers and four overall hits. Wednesday's performance was slightly more muted, but he did contribute an RBI single off of Reds starter Mike Leake in the third inning. It would be the only run the Cubs scored in the contest. The 22-year-old has had no issues hitting major league pitching to this point and is slashing .429/.467/.738 with three homers and 11 RBI over his first 42 at-bats in the bigs. His steal on Wednesday was the first of his career. Wednesday, 12:30 pm
  • Molina's three-hit, two-RBI night aids Cards
    Yadier Molina went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Molina had three of the Cardinals' 11 hits on the evening, including a two-run single in the third inning. The good game helped pull his average back up over .280, leaving his line at .284/.321/.356 overall. He's still not hitting for much power -- he has just two homers on the year -- but it's otherwise another solid campaign for the 33-year-old. Tuesday, 9:12 pm
  • Schwarber hits two clutch homers as Cubs win
    Kyle Schwarber powered the Cubs to a 13-inning win over the Reds with a pair of timely home runs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber finished 4-for-7 with four RBI. He knocked in a run with a ground-rule double in the fifth inning to reduce the Cubs' deficit to 2-1. He drilled a game-tying home run in the ninth-inning to send the game into extra innings with a 4-4 score. Then, in the 13th, he gave the Cubs the lead with a solo home run. Schwarber has hit the ground running in his first 11 major league games, batting .410/.439/.744 with three home runs and 10 RBI. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy proposed extension in January
    Jonathan Lucroy revealed Tuesday that he proposed a long-term contract extension to the Brewers in January.

    Advice: "It was a proposal that would have kept me here for the rest of my career, most likely," Lucroy said. "We gave it to them in early January, and when we got to spring training, they informed us they weren't interested in doing anything at this point in time." Lucroy wouldn't reveal the details of the proposal, but it's really a moot point now. It's not surprising that the Brewers weren't in a rush to extend the catcher, as Lucroy is in the third season of a very team-friendly five-year, $11 million contract. The deal also includes a $5.25 million club option for 2017. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Buster Posey getting a breather Tuesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Posey is hitless in 12 career at-bats versus Odrisamer Despaigne, so manager Bruce Bochy thought it would be a good time to get him a breather. Hector Sanchez is behind the dish. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
    Player Note
    Buster Posey SF - C,1B
  • Second opinion confirms Montero diagnosis
    A second opinion confirmed the original diagnosis of Miguel Montero's sprained left thumb.

    Advice: He'll be shut down for two weeks and will likely be sidelined until late August. It's obviously bad news for Montero but is good news for Kyle Schwarber owners. Tuesday, 3:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Cervelli (wrist) out of Pirates' lineup Tues.
    Francisco Cervelli (wrist) is out of the Pirates' lineup on Tuesday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Cervelli suffered some minor swelling in his right wrist Monday when he got hit by a pitch. He'll be available on Tuesday, but only in an emergency. Chris Stewart is starting at catcher for the Bucs at Kauffman Stadium. Tuesday, 2:44 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) taking rounds of BP
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) has taken successful rounds of live batting practice the last two days.

    Advice: And it sounds like he'll be playing in rehab games by the end of the week. The 26-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since June 23 with a left elbow sprain. He's trending toward an end-of-July return. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 7-5 vs x SD
  • Francisco Cervelli leaves with sore wrist
    Francisco Cervelli left Monday's game versus the Royals with right wrist discomfort.

    Advice: Cervelli was hit by a pitch in the wrist and it eventually became too sore, forcing him from the game in the bottom of the seventh. It appears at this point that it's a day-to-day situation. Monday, 7:57 pm
  • Francisco Cervelli exits with apparent injury
    Francisco Cervelli left Monday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened with Cervelli, but he was visited by the Pirates' trainer in the bottom of the seventh and then walked off the field. The club should have an update on him shortly. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Zunino's 3 RBI not enough in a loss to Tigers
    Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI single, and a two-run double, but the Mariners dropped Monday's contest to the Tigers.

    Advice: Zunino gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the second inning with a two-run double. He then broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with an RBI single. It's only his fourth multi-RBI game and ninth multi-hit game of the season. The catcher carries an abysmal .163/.226/.293 batting line with nine home runs and 23 RBI. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • A.J. Ellis (knee) lands on disabled list
    Dodgers placed C A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.

    Advice: Ellis' knee actually starting bothering him Sunday night on the plane ride to Atlanta. An MRI showed no structural damage, so he'll probably be ready to go in a couple weeks. With Yasmani Grandal (jaw) also banged up, Austin Barnes is behind the dish Monday. Monday, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Schwarber batting second, starting at catcher
    Kyle Schwarber is batting second and starting behind the plate on Monday night against the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber was held out of the starting lineup for the Cubs' final two games versus the Braves because manager Joe Maddon wanted David Ross to catch Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta. Schwarber should start at least three of the Cubs' four games at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. He has been an offensive force so far when he gets the chance. Monday, 12:02 pm
  • Schwarber to draw three starts in Cincinnati
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Kyle Schwarber could catch three games in a row in Cincinnati.

    Advice: Schwarber didn't start the final two games of the Cubs' weekend series against the Braves, but that had more to do with David Ross' familiarity with Saturday's starter Jon Lester and Sunday's starter Jake Arrieta. Schwarber should catch Clayton Richard on Monday, Jason Hammel on Tuesday, and one game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Jul 20, 7:47 am
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