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  • Red Sox could option Christian Vazquez
    The Red Sox are considering optioning Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket when Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list later this week.

    Advice: Vazquez is sporting an ugly .212/.261/.298 batting line on the season. He's known as a defensive catcher and the Red Sox certainly aren't hurting for offense, so they can deal with his poor showing at the plate. However, the bigger concern here is they don't want to expose Sandy Leon to waivers. Leon is 12-for-22 at the plate and is a quality defensive catcher himself. The club also could think a little time in the minors for Vazquez could do his offense some good after he missed so much time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Unless they want to carry three catchers for a while, Boston will have a tough decision to make soon. 57 minutes ago
  • Rupp's seventh home run propels Phillies
    Cameron Rupp launched his seventh homer of the season, a two-run blast that lead the Phillies to victory over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Given the poor state of the catching landscape, Rupp's numbers make him borderline usable in fantasy starting lineups. He has a .270 batting average with a .789 OPS. His counting stats (16 runs and 18 RBI) are poor but at least he doesn't kill your team's batting average like many catchers do. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Wieters homers twice, O's sweep doubleheader
    Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI as the Orioles took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays by the score of 8-6.

    Advice: Wieters, who didn't start the first game of the doubleheader, made his start count, smashing a two-run homer off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning before adding a solo shot off reliever Danny Farquhar in the eighth. Wieters now has nine big flies on the year, batting .278/.332/.471 through 53 games. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Wolters has huge game against Diamondbacks
    Tony Wolters had a huge game Saturday, going 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in a win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Wolters didn't have a hit in his previous 12 at-bats before assaulting Shelby Miller and company, hitting a two-run homer off Miller in the sixth inning and finishing a triple shy of a cycle. The homer was Wolters' first of the season. He's still batting just .217/.303/.321 in 36 games, even after Saturday's outburst. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Montero has two hits, homer against Marlins
    Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer, a solo dong, was Montero's fourth of the year. The 32-year-old has been the odd man out in recent days, as phenom Willson Contreras has commanded playing time with his hot hitting and veteran David Ross remains post-dish for Jon Lester starts. Contreras' presence will continue to cut into Montero's at-bats, even if the youngster is finding starts at other positions, and Montero's .207/.322/.347 line doesn't help, either. Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Norris pilfers another base in win over Reds
    Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Not known for his speed, Norris now has a stolen base in each of his past two games and three overall this year. He's been finding ways to contribute in recent days, homering three times with 10 RBI and eight runs scored in his last eight games played. He's hitting a less inspiring .213/.269/.394 overall. Yesterday, 5:09 pm
  • Red Sox have touch decision at catcher
    Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged the team will have to make a difficult decision when Ryan Hanigan (neck) comes off the disabled list next week.

    Advice: Hanigan is rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket, so a decision could be coming in the next few days. Sandy Leon has hit .545 during Hanigan's absence and is out of minor league options. There's a good chance Leon won't clear waivers if he's designated for assignment. The Red Sox are unlikely to carry three catchers, which puts Christian Vazquez on the hot seat. Vazquez has been a liability at the plate, hitting just .215 with one homer and 149 at-bats this season. It's going to be a tough call for Farrell. Yesterday, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm @Tex
  • Cervelli (hand) does some drill work on Saturday
    Francisco Cervelli (hand) did some catching drills on Saturday.

    Advice: He had his stitches removed on Friday. Cervelli is still building up strength after fracturing his left hand earlier this month. His original timetable was 4-6 weeks and it doesn't look like that's changed. Chris Stewart and Erik Kratz will continue to fill in behind the plate for Pittsburgh. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:08 pm vs LAD
  • Willson Contreras starting in LF on Saturday
    Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County. Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • Montero (knee) back in Cubs' lineup Saturday
    Miguel Montero (knee) returned to the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Montero has been dealing with some soreness in his right knee since a play at home plate on Wednesday, but he's feeling good enough to catch John Lackey on Saturday. The hot-hitting Willson Contreras is starting in left field. Yesterday, 9:35 am
  • Wieters sits for first game of doubleheader
    Matt Wieters is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.

    Advice: No surprise here, but look for him to play the nightcap. Francisco Pena will start behind the plate for the first game. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Contreras homers, drives in three in win
    Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

    Advice: Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • D'Arnaud knocks in three runs vs. Braves
    Travis d’Arnaud knocked in three runs Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: D’Arnaud knocked in a run with a ground out in the second inning before delivering a two-run single in the fourth. It was his first hit since coming off the disabled list earlier this week. The 27-year-old owns an ugly .175/.254/.228 batting line through 16 games this season, but he’s capable of much better if healthy. He could find himself closer to the middle of the lineup if he turns it around, so he should be picked up in most mixed leagues where he was dropped. Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Padres outright C Sanchez to Triple-A
    Padres sent C Hector Sanchez outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Sanchez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. He'll stick around as catching depth in the minors. Friday, 6:35 pm
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    10:10 am @Cin
  • Montero (knee) out again Friday
    Miguel Montero (knee) is out of the Cubs' lineup again Friday.

    Advice: Montero is still dealing with some soreness in his right knee from a play at home plate on Wednesday. The Cubs don't want to push things, but he is available to pinch-hit. Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Friday versus Miami. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Braves ink Jordan Pacheco to minors deal
    Braves signed C/INF Jordan Pacheco to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Pacheco was released by the Reds a couple days ago but didn't need much time to find another gig. He'll provide organizational depth at multiple positions. Friday, 1:41 pm
    Not Active
    10:35 am vs NYM
  • Jacob Stallings optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned C Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The Pirates went with three catchers for a while but have returned to a two-catcher alignment. Stallings might need another injury in order to get a shot. Friday, 12:28 pm
    Not Active
    5:08 pm vs LAD
  • Geovany Soto (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Geovany Soto (knee) could begin a rehab assignment late next week.

    Advice: It had been previously reported that he might begin one earlier this week. While that obviously didn't happen, Soto as been hitting, running, throwing and catching bullpen sessions and is nearing game action. He should return before the All-Star break if all goes well. Friday, 8:55 am
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm vs Oak
  • Norris hits three-run homer in win over Reds
    Derek Norris hit a three-run home run, and the Padres bested the Reds 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres were trailing 4-3 when Norris connected on a JC Ramirez pitch for the three-run bomb in the sixth inning. The homer was his second in as many games and his third in his last five contests, giving him 10 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. The power is nice, but Norris' on-base skills have disappeared completely this year en route to a paltry .215/.266/.402 line overall. Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Willson Contreras to see time in the outfield
    In addition to playing first base and catcher, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Willson Contreras will also see time in the outfield.

    Advice: Maddon compared Contreras to Kyle Schwarber, who saw time at both outfield and catcher when he was healthy. Either way, it looks like the Cubs are committed to having Contreras' bat in the lineup. Contreras hasn't played outfield since 2013 when he made two appearances in right field for Low-A Kane County. Putting Contreras in left field would allow Kris Bryant to return to third base. Playing multiple positions is only going to help Contreras' fantasy value. Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Hanigan (neck) cleared for rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (neck) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's expected to take four at-bats out of the designated hitter spot. Hanigan probably won't begin playing catcher at Pawtucket until sometime this weekend or early next week. He's been on the disabled list since June 4 because of a bulging disc in his neck. Thursday, 8:20 am
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm @Tex
  • Joseph (groin) set to play catcher in rehab
    Caleb Joseph (groin) is expected to begin catching in games at High-A Frederick on Monday.

    Advice: He went 4-for-5 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, and an RBI as the DH at Double-A Bowie on Wednesday. It was a doubleheader. Joseph has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a testicular injury that required surgery. He could be ready to return late next week. Thursday, 5:48 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Montero knee injury not considered serious
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Miguel Montero (knee) checked out fine in his post-game examination.

    Advice: Sigh of relief for the Cubs. Montero was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals after Brandon Moss slid into him on a play at the plate in the sixth inning. Willson Contreras took his place at catcher, but Montero's examination turned up no tangible damage to the right knee and Maddon said that he will be utilized as normal moving forward. Contreras taking over the position might have to wait a little longer. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Miguel Montero leaves game with leg injury
    Miguel Montero left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Brandon Moss slid into Montero's legs while scoring on a Yadier Molina grounder in the top of the sixth inning. Willson Contreras entered the game at catcher and could suddenly be thrust into an everyday-like role if Montero's injury is at all serious. Look for an update after the game. Wednesday, 1:10 pm
  • Reds release C/INF Jordan Pacheco
    Reds released C/INF Jordan Pacheco.

    Advice: Pacheco elected to become a free agent Wednesday after getting pushed off the Reds' 40-man roster for pitcher Michael Lorenzen. Pacheco had been recovering from a right shoulder injury and might have to prove his health before a new team makes an offer. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
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    10:35 am vs NYM
  • Travis d'Arnaud getting day off Wednesday
    Travis d'Arnaud is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Tuesday in his first game since April. Rene Rivera is starting at catcher and batting eighth Wednesday versus Royals lefty Danny Duffy. Wednesday, 7:57 am
  • Willson Contreras in lineup again Tuesday
    Willson Contreras is in the Cubs' starting lineup again Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Contreras made his first start behind the plate on Monday and he's right back in there on Tuesday. The 24-year-old figures to sit in starts involving Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, but he could still start two or three out of every five games. He's a viable option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud activated from disabled list
    Mets activated C Travis d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: D'Arnaud has been out since April 25 with a strained rotator cuff, but he'll make his return Tuesday in a World Series rematch against the Royals. He's batting eighth Tuesday against right-hander Ian Kennedy. D'Arnaud was struggling in all phases of the game prior to going on the disabled list, including an ugly .196/.288/.261 batting line in 52 plate appearances, but there's plenty of upside here if he's finally feeling good. Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Vazquez has two hits, RBI against White Sox
    Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Vazquez had two of his team's five hits against Miguel Gonzalez and company, and his RBI base hit in the seventh inning tied the score before the White Sox won it in the 10th. Serving as the team's primary backstop this year, the 25-year-old is batting just .221/.257/.310 in 43 games. The Sox lineup has no issue scoring runs and Vazquez isn't in there for his stick, though, so he'll continue to see the majority of the time behind the dish going forward. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Contreras could start two out of five games
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Willson Contreras may get two out of every five starts behind the plate.

    Advice: Contreras, who homered on the first MLB pitch he saw on Sunday, is starting behind the plate Monday. He's clearly the future behind the plate in Chicago, but the Cubs have the luxury of a big lead in the NL Central and can ease him into things in the short-term. He could earn a larger responsibility in relatively short order, so he's worth stashing in fantasy leagues where you have the proper roster flexibility. Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Hanigan (neck) nearing rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (neck) threw to bases Monday at Fenway Park.

    Advice: Hanigan has been sidelined since June 4 due to a bulging disc in his neck, but he's hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Christian Vasquez and Sandy Leon will continue to handle catching duties for now. Monday, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm @Tex
  • Contreras starts at catcher, bats fifth Mon.
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be the first career start for Contreras, who hit a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. Contreras was slashing .350/.439/.591 in 239 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa prior to his June 17 promotion and is worth stashing in deeper leagues in the event that he carves out regular playing time. Miguel Montero and David Ross are still in the mix. Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Willson Contreras goes deep on first pitch
    Willson Contreras burst onto the scene in a big way on Sunday, clobbering the first pitch that he saw in his major league career for a two-run homer.

    Advice: Contreras entered to a standing ovation as a pinch-hitter for Kyle Hendricks in the sixth inning and wasted no time, sending the first pitch that he saw from A.J. Schugel over the wall in center field. He's making his first career start behind the dish on Monday against the Cardinals. He's worth utilizing in leagues that set lineups daily, though he isn't expected to be in the lineup enough to carry fantasy value in weekly leagues. Jun 19, 8:35 pm
  • Wilson Contreras to catch Lackey on Monday
    Wilson Contreras will debut behind the plate for the Cubs on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He'll catch John Lackey, who manager Joe Maddon dubbed the "perfect first guy for him to catch." The 24-year-old backstop profiles as an elite offensive option behind the plate, though with Miguel Montero and David Ross on the roster, it's hard to see him finding enough at-bats to be relevant in fantasy leagues. Jun 19, 2:56 pm
  • Wieters scores three, drives in four vs. Jays
    Matt Wieters finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI in the Orioles' 11-6 defeat of the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

    Advice: Talk about filling up the box score. Wieters hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a double in the fourth inning, an RBI single in the fifth inning, and another RBI single in the seventh. His day finished in shame with a pop-out in the eighth. Wieters had been struggling offensively over the last few weeks, but he's currently sitting on a respectable .763 OPS with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 48 games. Jun 19, 2:20 pm
  • Pirates recall Jacob Stallings from Triple-A
    Pirates purchased the contract of C Jacob Stallings from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The 26-year-old backstop will help provide depth behind the plate with Francisco Cervelli on the disabled list. He's hitting just .199/.242/.340 with four homers, 21 RBI and a 38/6 K/BB ratio in his first exposure of Triple-A and won't be relevant even in the deepest of NL-only formats. Jun 19, 1:47 pm
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    5:08 pm vs LAD
  • Geovany Soto (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Geovany Soto (knee) could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: Working his way back from surgery in mid-May to repair a torn right meniscus, Soto will be evaluated Sunday following a workout before possibly being cleared for game action. He shouldn't need too many rehab games before being activated. Jun 19, 7:26 am
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm vs Oak
  • Matt Wieters not in lineup Friday
    Matt Wieters is absent from the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather after catching three games in a row. Francisco Pena is behind the plate. Jun 17, 12:35 pm
  • Cubs bring up catcher Willson Contreras
    Cubs recalled C Willson Contreras from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Contreras will serve as the third catcher for now behind Miguel Montero and David Ross, and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune has reported that the youngster's stay could be a short one. However, the 24-year-old is one of the top catching prospects in the game and has hit .350/.439/.591 with nine home runs at Iowa this season, so we can't rule out him eventually earning a bigger role if Montero continues to struggle at the dish. Jun 17, 9:26 am
  • Contreras' stay in majors could be brief
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune hears that Willson Contreras' stint in the majors this time around isn't expected to be long.

    Advice: Contreras will be called up Friday, but Gonzales says the move is intended to be similar to what the Cubs did last year with Kyle Schwarber when they brought him up for a week before optioning him. The thinking is that they want Contreras to get acclimated to the majors so that when he comes back up -- possibly for good -- he'll be more comfortable. For what it's worth, Schwarber spent about a month in the minors after being sent back down last season and then returned for good. Contreras probably isn't a great bet in fantasy leagues this year, but it's possible he could steal playing time from Miguel Montero if Montero doesn't pick things up. Jun 17, 6:25 am
  • Ryan Hanigan (beck) ramps up activity
    Ryan Hanigan (neck) increased his activity on Thursday.

    Advice: He did some hitting, running and throwing, but has yet to resume catching. When he does, Hanigan plans to improve his posture, which he thinks contributed to his bulging disc. The disc pushed on Hanigan's nerve, leading to dizziness and inflammation. Hanigan said his condition improved quickly after receiving an epidural. Christian Vasquez and Sandy Leon have been filling in at catcher for Boston. Jun 16, 6:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:05 pm @Tex
  • d'Arnaud (shoulder) will play in Vegas this weekend
    Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas this week.

    Advice: He'll head to New York on Monday and should be activated for Tuesday night's series opener against Kansas City. D'Arnaud has spent the last two months battling a strained rotator cuff but is finally back to 100 percent. So far he's hit .310 during his nine-game rehab assignment. Jun 16, 2:38 pm
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