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  • Ruiz goes 4-for-4 with two runs as Phils win
    Carlos Ruiz had a perfect night at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as the Phillies won 4-1 against the Cardinals on Monday.

    Advice: Ruiz had been in a two-week-long funk, batting 4-for-33 (.121) dating back to April 13. The catcher singled and scored in the seventh, then doubled and scored in the ninth. Ruiz, 36, has the most fantasy value in two-catcher leagues that use on-base percentage, but that isn't saying much.
    Today, 8:15 pm
  • D'Backs could go after Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says a total of five teams have expressed interest in Salty and that Marlins general manager Dan Jennings expects to trade the catcher. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that, in addition to the D'Backs, the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners are also possible landing spots for Salty. Arizona would be an ideal landing spot for him, as he'd be in line to play regularly and would be in a hitter's park.
    Today, 2:37 pm
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 vs x NYM
  • Marlins dump catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Marlins activated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the paternity leave list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: Salty was signed to a three-year, $21 million free agent contract before the 2014 season, but he struggled in his first summer with Miami and was off to a terrible start in 2015. 24-year-old prospect J.T. Realmuto has emerged as the Marlins' best option at catcher. Salty will presumably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed. He would then hit the free agent market, and should draw considerable interest there.
    Today, 12:22 pm
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 vs x NYM
  • Rays transfer Jaso (wrist) to the 60-day DL
    Rays transferred C John Jaso from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Jaso injured his left wrist on a slide into third base during the Rays' season-opening game April 6 against the Orioles. It was initially called a contusion, but it's clearly much more serious than that. He won't be eligible for activation until early June.
    Today, 10:30 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 4-1 x @NYY
  • Plawecki homers, drive in three vs. Yankees
    Kevin Plawecki finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Saturday's defeat of the Yankees.

    Advice: The young catcher slugged a two-run shot off CC Sabathia in the top of the fourth inning and then smacked an RBI single off reliever Esmil Rogers in the top of the eighth. Plawecki has displayed flashes of high-level potential in place of Travis d'Arnaud (hand) and should have short-term value in two-catcher fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 4:05 pm
  • Christian Bethancourt remains out of lineup
    Christian Bethancourt is once again not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's unclear if Fredi Gonzalez is simply riding the hot hand in A.J. Pierzynski, or if he has surpassed Bethancourt as the team's primary catcher. Bethancourt has only started one game this week.
    Saturday, 12:45 pm
  • A.J. Ellis (hand) available off bench Friday
    A.J. Ellis admitted that his hand is still swollen, but he hopes to be available off the bench to either hit or catch on Friday.

    Advice: Ellis was able to hit off a tee before the game without issue. Yasmani Grandal is once again getting the start behind the dish with the veteran on the shelf. Look for Ellis to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
    Friday, 4:34 pm
    W, 8-3 vs x SF
  • Jhonatan Solano called up from Triple-A
    Marlins purchased the contract of C Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll provide catching depth over the weekend while Jarrod Saltalamacchia is on paternity leave. Solano is a career .217/.253/.349 hitter over 87 plate appearances.
    Friday, 12:01 pm
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia goes on paternity leave
    Marlins placed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He figures to miss the weekend series against the Nationals. Salty had already been losing out on a bunch of playing time to J.T. Realmuto of late.
    Friday, 11:59 am
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 vs x NYM
  • Hedges stays hot
    Padres prospect C Austin Hedges went 2-for-4 with a double and stolen base on Thursday for Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hedges has been on a tear to begin the season, batting .359/.444/.641 with seven extra-base hits and a 5/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio through his first 13 games. The 22-year-old backstop has been hitting the ball with authority after making adjustments to his swing, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he now resides in the offense-heavy Pacific Coast League. Hedges is likely to see time with the Padres this season based on the merits of his defense, but his improvements at the dish and overall uptick in production could get him there ahead of schedule.
    Friday, 11:31 am
    Not Active
    L, 9-4 vs x Hou
  • Rene Rivera delivers the Rays a victory
    Rene Rivera singled in pinch-runner Tim Beckham in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Rivera was surely happy to contribute offensively; he's batting just .135 with two doubles, three RBI and one walk in 52 at-bats for the season. Of course, the Rays care more about his defense, and they're not going to be totally surprised if last year's .252/.319/.432 line with the Padres proves to be a fluke.
    Thursday, 7:47 pm
  • Navarro (hamstring) injury worse than thought
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Dioner Navarro (hamstring) had a "nice little tear in [the hamstring]."

    Advice: That's an interesting way to describe an injury. Navarro is expected to miss three weeks, though he could end up sidelined for longer than that. Josh Thole was called up from Triple-A to serve as backup for Russell Martin until Navarro's little tear has healed.
    Thursday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 x @Bos
  • Schwarber collects four hits
    Cubs prospect C/OF Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-6 with an RBI on Wednesday for Double-A Tennessee.

    Advice: Schwarber, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft, is now 6-for-11 with a pair of RBI in his last two games. The 22-year-old is batting .345/.513/.517 with one home run and more walks (10) than strikeouts (9) through 10 games this season in his first taste of the Double-A level. There’s little doubt Schwarber will be an impact hitter in the major leagues, but few are sold on his ability to stick behind the plate. Schwarber has thrown out 3-of-12 attempted basestealers and committed three passed balls in the seven games he’s caught this season.
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
    Not Active
    W, 4-0 vs x Pit
  • A.J. Ellis available off bench Thursday
    A.J. Ellis (hand) is available off the bench Thursday.

    Advice: Ellis got struck by a ricocheted pitch on Wednesday night and suffered a bruised hand, but he was able to throw before Thursday's matinee. Yasmani Grandal will start behind the plate with right-hander Mike Bolsinger on the bump. Ellis is the Dodgers' backup catcher, but he's expected to be fairly active this year.
    Thursday, 11:06 am
    W, 8-3 vs x SF
  • A.J. Ellis has 'typical soreness' in hand
    A.J. Ellis said Thursday that he has the "typical soreness that you'd expect" in his right hand.

    Advice: Ellis got hit in the hand by a ricocheted ball on Wednesday night and will sit out Thursday's series finale in San Francisco, but it sounds like the Dodgers' backup catcher might be available over the weekend. X-rays were taken and turned up negative.
    Thursday, 9:51 am
    W, 8-3 vs x SF
  • Blue Jays recall C Josh Thole from AAA
    Blue Jays recalled C Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Thole will serve as the backup to Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin while Dioner Navarro recovers from a strained left hamstring. Thole is not fantasy relevant.
    Thursday, 8:20 am
    L, 6-5 x @Bos
  • Dioner Navarro (hamstring) placed on the DL
    Blue Jays placed C Dioner Navarro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: Josh Thole has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo to serve as the backup to Blue Jays starting catcher Russell Martin. Navarro will likely miss three weeks.
    Thursday, 8:19 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 x @Bos
  • Plawecki not in Mets' starting lineup Thurs.
    Kevin Plawecki is not in the Mets' starting lineup Thursday afternoon versus the Braves.

    Advice: Anthony Recker will start behind the plate. Plawecki went 2-for-4 with two runs scored Tuesday in his major league debut, but he finished 0-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday. Plawecki will be the Mets' primary catcher while Travis d'Arnaud is sidelined with a fractured hand.
    Thursday, 6:53 am
  • A.J. Ellis says x-rays are negative
    A.J. Ellis told reporters that the X-rays taken on his right hand came back negative.

    Advice: Ellis was plunked on a ricochet during Wednesday's game against the Giants, as teammate Chris Hatcher hit Justin Maxwell and the ball thunked back to Ellis, who took it from the mask to the right hand. When he attempted to throw the ball to Adrian Gonzalez while warming up, two throws sailed into right field and Ellis was pulled from the game. Ellis serves mainly as the Dodgers' backup catcher. Consider him day-to-day unless the Dodgers say otherwise.
    Thursday, 12:18 am
    W, 8-3 vs x SF
  • Zunino smacks solo home run in win over HOU
    Mike Zunino hit a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Zunino hit the bomb off of Roberto Hernandez in the third inning. It was his second of the season and would be his only hit in the contest, as he finished 1-for-3. Zunino hit 22 home runs in 2014, but outside of the pop, his bat offers very little. Even with the nice home run total, he slashed just .199/.254/.404 last season. He's hitting even worse than that in 2015 and has logged just seven hits in 44 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 10:10 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Tex
  • Michael McKenry goes 3-for-4
    Michael McKenry went 3-for-4 with a double and a steal Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: It can't hurt McKenry that Wilin Rosario was sent down, but since Nick Hundley is off to a nice start offensively and is the obviously superior defender, McKenry is still a clear backup in Colorado. One oddity is that he already has two steals; he was 0-for-3 stealing bases in 250 major league games coming into the season.
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Christian Bethancourt sitting out Wednesday
    Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's sitting out in favor of A.J. Pierzynski against Dillon Gee and the Mets. It's been surprising to this point that the two have pretty much split the catching duties evenly this season, as Bethancourt has started eight games and Pierzynski six.
    Wednesday, 12:52 pm
  • Tyler Flowers not in Wednesday's lineup
    Tyler Flowers is not in the White Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Geovany Soto has now caught each of Jeff Samardzija's last three starts after Flowers was behind the plate on Opening Day. The two backstops have shared the playing time pretty evenly, with Flowers drawing eight starts so far and Soto six.
    Wednesday, 7:52 am
    PPD ^ @Bal
  • Kevin Plawecki records two hits in Mets debut
    Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-4 with two runs scored against the Braves in his major league debut Tuesday.

    Advice: Plawecki notched two singles in the game, just hours after being activated by the Mets. The catcher was a regular on top prospect lists before the season and is a worthwhile add in two-catcher leagues. He'll be the team's primary catcher while Travis d'Arnaud recovers from a broken finger.
    Tuesday, 6:55 pm
  • Plawecki batting seventh in MLB debut
    Kevin Plawecki will bat seventh in his major league debut Tuesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Travis d'Arnaud (finger) figures to be out for at least a month and Plawecki should get most of the playing time behind the plate during his absence. He's obviously no sure thing to have success right away, but he's known for quality at-bats and making contact. The 24-year-old is a fine target in two-catcher mixed leagues and daily formats.
    Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Mets call up Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A
    Mets purchased the contract of C Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: With Travis d'Arnaud (finger) injured, Plawecki is being called up to serve as the Mets' primary catcher. Known for his excellent contact ability, the 24-year-old has a .292/.368/.435 batting line in the minors to go along with a 129/98 K/BB ratio. He's worth a try in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 5:48 am
  • Mets to recall catcher Plawecki from AAA
    Kevin Plawecki will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas before the Mets' series-opener Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins has already confirmed that the 24-year-old prospect will serve as the club's primary catcher for as long as Travis d'Arnaud (hand) remains sidelined. Plawecki has a solid offensive skill set and should be able to carve out mixed league value in deeper two-catcher formats over the next few weeks.
    Apr 19, 2:01 pm
  • Plawecki to serve as Mets starting catcher
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Kevin Plawecki will serve as the team's starting catcher, assuming he's recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Travis d'Arnaud.

    Advice: It looks as though Collins prefers Anthony Recker in his reserve role and will throw the 24-year-old backstop into the fire to see what he's got. He hit .309/.365/.460 with 11 homers and 64 RBI over 101 games between Double-A Binghampton and Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014 and could be worth a look in deeper two-catcher formats for as long as d'Arnaud remains sidelined.
    Apr 19, 1:28 pm
  • Bethancourt not in Braves lineup Saturday
    Christian Bethancourt is once again not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game and fourth time in the past six that the Braves have opted to go with A.J. Pierzynski instead of the rookie backstop. Bethancourt should return to the lineup on Sunday.
    Apr 18, 7:35 am
  • Mike Zunino goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss and is still without an RBI this season.

    Advice: Zunino had a great spring, but it certainly hasn't carried over, as he's started the season 4-for-33 with a 15/2 K/BB ratio in 10 games. The power numbers will be there in the end, but it's not a given that he'll improve much on last year's .199 average.
    Apr 17, 10:13 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Tex
  • John Jaso (wrist) plays catch without glove
    John Jaso (wrist) played catch Friday without a glove on his left hand.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that the swelling has not gone down in Jaso's wrist, thus the reason for him still not being able to wear a glove yet. He's eligible to return from the disabled list next Wednesday but seems unlikely to be ready at that time.
    Apr 17, 12:22 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 4-1 x @NYY
  • Christian Bethancourt not in lineup Friday
    Christian Bethancourt is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now been benched in three of the last five games in favor of A.J. Pierzynski, who has four hits -- including two homers -- in his first 10 at-bats. Eric Young Jr. is in left field over Jonny Gomes.
    Apr 17, 11:55 am
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