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  • Yadier Molina (knee) removed from game
    Yadier Molina was removed from Friday's game against the Brewers for precautionary reasons after taking a foul ball off his knee.

    Advice: He was replaced by Tony Cruz, who would stand to see increased action should Molina be forced to miss a couple of games. He's considered day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 7:36 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.
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • Mesoraco hopes to catch bullpen over weekend
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) is hoping to be able to catch a bullpen session within the next few days.

    Advice: That should mean we can effectively rule him out for a return to the lineup this weekend. Mesoraco has been limited to just one pinch-hitting appearance over the last 12 days while battling a left hip impingement. Brayan Pena is behind the dish again Friday.
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 11:59 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 11:31 am
    Not Active
    5:40 pm vs LAD
  • Devin Mesoraco (hip) out again Friday
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) remained out of the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Mesoraco has been limited to just one pinch-hitting appearance over the last 12 days while battling a left hip impingement. He'll presumably be available off the bench again Friday, but it remains unclear when he might be ready to catch. Brayan Pena is behind the dish Friday.
    Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yadier Molina getting day off on Thursday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Thursday afternoon versus the Nationals.

    Advice: It's the first day off for Molina, who plays more than any other catcher in the major leagues. Tony Cruz is behind the plate for St. Louis on Thursday.
    Thursday, 9:27 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A.J. Pierzynski goes 3-for-3
    A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: OK, this is getting ridiculous. Pierzynski has hit in all six of his starts, going 9-for-23 with three homers. Last year, he had a total of five homers in 338 at-bats. His hot start isn't necessarily good news for the Braves, not if it leads to Christian Bethancourt losing his job. It doesn't look like they're going that route yet, though.
    Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Devin Mesoraco not in lineup again
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) remained out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Mesoraco was able to pinch-hit on Tuesday, but he's not ready to catch yet due to a left hip impingement. He'll remain available off the bench. Brayan Pena is getting another start behind the dish Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 12:35 pm
  • Devin Mesoraco draws walk as pinch-hitter
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) drew a walk and scored a run as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Mesoraco isn't ready to catch yet, but hitting and running doesn't appear to be an issue. The fact that the Reds are willing to use him in a pinch-hitting role suggests that they're unconcerned about a potential disabled list stint. Expect Mesoraco back in the lineup before long.
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
  • 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
  • Wieters (elbow) to catch in extended spring
    Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 2-3 innings in an extended spring training game on Friday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's been allowed to throw at 100 percent effort since he was shut down last month with tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow. The Orioles figure to slowly build up Wieters in game action, so it's not clear when he'll be ready for an official rehab assignment. He had been hoping for a return on May 1, but that's looking unlikely at this point.
    Wednesday, 5:50 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • 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
  • Mesoraco (hip) out again Tuesday vs. Brewers
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) can pinch-hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Mesoraco hasn't started a game since April 11 due to a left hip impingement and his status for the rest of the week remains a mystery. He left the Reds on Sunday night in St. Louis to tend to a family issue, but the star catcher has rejoined the team Tuesday in Milwaukee. Brayan Pena is again behind the plate.
    Tuesday, 2:54 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
  • Devin Mesoraco away for family issue Mon.
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) is not with the Reds on Monday in Milwaukee, as he's tending to a family issue.

    Advice: He left the Reds before their Sunday night game in St. Louis was over. Cincinnati manager Bryan Price expects Mesoraco back on Tuesday, although it's unclear if he'll be ready to play then. He hasn't started a game since April 11 due to a left hip impingement. Brayan Pena is behind the plate Monday.
    Monday, 1:43 pm
  • 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.
    Sunday, 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.
    Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Molina has bases clearing double in win
    Yadier Molina had a bases-clearing double in a win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Molina played hero in the bottom of the seventh by ripping a Johnny Cueto pitch into the left field corner to plate three runs and put the Cardinals ahead for good. The 32-year-old backstop got off to a slow start, but he has shown some signs of life over the past few days. He's now batting .281 (9-for-32) with a .361 on-base percentage.
    Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Devin Mesoraco (hip) not cleared to catch yet
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) is not yet cleared to catch but is available to pinch-hit Friday.

    Advice: Mesoraco also revealed that his official diagnosis is a left hip impingement. The catcher remains hopeful of avoiding the disabled list, but it doesn't appear to be a given. Brayan Pena will be the primary catcher for the Reds in the meantime, with Taylor Barnhart serving as the backup.
    Friday, 2:00 pm
  • Mesoraco (hip) expected to play this weekend
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) is expected to return to the lineup at some point this weekend.

    Advice: It's unlikely to be Friday, as the Reds just swapped out Kyle Skipworth for Tucker Barnhart at catcher prior to the game. Mesoraco is apparently feeling better, though, and looks to be back in action at some point versus the Cardinals. He's dealing with inflammation in his left hip.
    Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Salty not in Marlins' lineup Thursday night
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday night versus the Mets.

    Advice: J.T. Realmuto will handle the catching duties for Miami starter Jarred Cosart. Realmuto went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored on Wednesday.
    Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • Hedges hits first Triple-A home run
    Padres prospect C Austin Hedges had a big game Wednesday for Triple-A El Paso, going 3-for-4 with his first home run of the 2015 season.

    Advice: Hedges, 22, struggled mightily at the plate in 2014, batting just .225/.268/.321 with 27 extra-base hits (six home runs) in 113 games at Double-A San Antonio. He definitely didn’t struggle behind the plate, though, as the defensively gifted backstop posted a 38% caught-stealing rate and committed just six passed balls. The hope is that Hedges’ bat gets back on track this year in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, as anything he provides offensively will be a bonus.
    Thursday, 11:39 am
    Not Active
    5:40 pm vs LAD
  • Mike Zunino battling some left wrist soreness
    Mike Zunino has some left wrist soreness.

    Advice: The 24-year-old catcher jammed the wrist Tuesday while applying a tag on Carl Crawford, but he was able to start Wednesday against the Dodgers. It was Zunino's eighth start of the season. Seattle has played nine games. "It’s fine," Zunino said Wednesday night. "It was one of those freak things."
    Thursday, 5:48 am
  • Molina singles three times in win vs. Brewers
    Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Wednesday's win against the Brewers.

    Advice: Molina has been a bit sluggish to start the season, entering Wednesday's contest 3-for-21 (.143). He knocked the Cardinals' third run in with a single to left field against Wily Peralta. Molina, 32, wasn't quite the force at the plate he used to be, finishing the 2014 season with a .282 average and seven home runs. It's quite tough for catchers to be consistently elite, especially at Molina's age.
    Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Reds hope Mesoraco can play in a week or less
    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds hope to have Devin Mesoraco (hip) back "in a week or less."

    Advice: An MRI on Mesoraco's left hip showed no structural damage, but he remained back in Cincinnati to undergo treatment rather than join the club on the road in Chicago. "He still has some soreness, so he's continued to do some rehab stuff in Cincinnati," manager Bryan Price said. "It's a day-by-day thing and we hope to have him back soon." The earliest Mesoraco could play again appears to be this weekend in St. Louis, and that looks to be far from a given. However, the Reds appear willing to play a man short for a few days so that they don't have to commit to losing the catcher for 15 days. Brayan Pena will be behind the plate for now.
    Wednesday, 6:36 am
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