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  • A.J. Ellis picks up two-run double in win
    A.J. Ellis went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The Dodgers traded Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. He saw his first at-bats with the club on Sunday and chipped in with a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning. The veteran backstop is hitting .196/.284/.259 between his two teams this season and does not make for appealing waiver wire fodder. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Dodgers outright Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A
    Dodgers sent C Shawn Zarraga outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for a potential September call-up. Zarraga will continue to provide organizational catching depth in the minor leagues. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
    Not Active
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Blue Jays designate Josh Thole for assignment
    Blue Jays designated C Josh Thole for assignment.

    Advice: He's being sent out to create a spot on the active roster for the recently acquired Dioner Navarro. The Jays are hopeful that Thole, who has served as the personal catcher for R.A. Dickey, will clear waivers and return to the club when rosters expand next week. Yesterday, 1:47 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Geovany Soto (knee) remains shut down
    Geovany Soto (knee) has yet to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Soto remains limited to physical therapy as he works his way back from right knee inflammation. He's had issues with both knees this season, as well as a thumb ailment. Yesterday, 8:49 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Cin
  • Evan Gattis not in Sunday's lineup
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. The Astros have Jason Castro catching and Yulieski Gurriel in the designated hitter spot. Yesterday, 8:23 am
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Herrmann (hamstring) on track for Sept. 1
    Chris Herrmann (hamstring) could return from the disabled list when rosters expand on September 1.

    Advice: Herrmann has been catching and playing the outfield while on a rehab assignment and hasn't had any setbacks with his hamstring. He could see some playing time in the outfield down the stretch. Yesterday, 6:22 am
    15-Day DL
  • Chris Iannetta goes hitless in loss to ChiSox
    Chris Iannetta had another rough night at the plate on Saturday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: The Mariners as a team struggled to get anything going against Jose Quintana on Saturday, but it's been a rough go of it all season for Iannetta. He has been passed over by Mike Zunino as the team's primary backstop, and for good reason as he's hitting a paltry .213/.306/.336 with seven homers and 22 RBI on the season. Saturday, 7:09 pm
  • Phegley (knee) being treated for synovitis
    Josh Phegley was admitted to a hospital Friday with synovitis in his right knee.

    Advice: Synovitis is an inflammatory disease within the membrane that lines the knee joint. Phegley, who had surgery on July 5 to remove a cruciate ligament cyst from the same knee, was originally scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. It's unclear what the next step will be. Saturday, 6:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Tucker Barnhart (hand) out again Saturday
    Tucker Barnhart (hand) is not in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's his second straight absence. Barnhart bruised his hand against the Dodgers earlier this week, though fortunately his X-rays came back negative. Ramon Cabrera will start behind the plate and bat eighth against D'Backs starter Zack Godley. Barnhart is considered day-to-day, though the Reds did call up Raffy Lopez from Triple-A in case the injury lingers. Saturday, 3:16 pm
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Reds call up Raffy Lopez from AAA Louisville
    Reds purchased the contract of C Raffy Lopez from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The Reds needed to add a catcher with Tucker Barnhart battling a bruised hand. Second baseman Tony Renda was demoted to Louisville in the corresponding move. Lopez has hit just .213 with one homer over 155 minor league at-bats this season. Saturday, 3:06 pm
  • Phillies option Jorge Alfaro to Double-A
    Phillies optioned C Jorge Alfaro to Double-A Reading.

    Advice: As expected, it was a short stay for the young backstop, as he was replaced by A.J. Ellis on Saturday. Alfaro should get another look with the Phillies when rosters expand next week. Saturday, 11:40 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Was
  • Dodgers option Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned C Shawn Zarraga to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He was only with the club for a day as catching depth while the club waited on the arrival of Carlos Ruiz. He should return to the big league club as additional depth when rosters expand for September next week. Saturday, 6:23 am
    Not Active
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Gattis hits dramatic walk-off HR vs. Rays
    Evan Gattis slugged a walk-off solo homer in Friday’s 5-4 victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Carlos Correa led off the bottom of the ninth with a game-tying solo homer off Alex Colome and Gattis followed him with a long home run which hit the train behind the Crawford Boxes in left field. The 30-year-old went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the evening. He has gone deep in back-to-back games and now sits at 21 homers on the year. Friday, 10:09 pm
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Barnhart scratched Friday with sore hand
    Tucker Barnhart was scratched from the Reds lineup on Friday due to a sore right hand.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be very minor and shouldn't cause an extended absence from the lineup. Barnhart could be back behind the dish as early as Saturday. Friday, 9:08 pm
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Zunino hitless against White Sox
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Zunino has back-to-back two-strikeout games and has seen his batting average fall from .282 to .247 over his last five games. Strikeouts are likely always going to be a part of his game, but it’s just a matter of whether he can keep them to a reasonable level. We know the power is there, but his improved patience has been a nice surprise. Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Nick Hundley plates four in loss to Nationals
    Nick Hundley had a nice day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Nationals, going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and four RBI.

    Advice: Hundley tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning with an RBI double. He then tagged Shawn Kelley for a three-run blast in the ninth inning, pulling the Rockies to within three runs at 8-5. The hard-hitting backstop is now batting .251/.322/.421 with seven homers and 37 RBI on the season. Friday, 7:37 pm
    5:40 pm vs LAD
  • Tucker Barnhart late scratch from Reds lineup
    Tucker Barnhart was a late scratch from the Reds starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: No reason has been given for the late swap, but it'll be Ramon Cabrera starting behind the dish for the Reds on Friday night against Braden Shipley and the Diamondbacks. Friday, 5:35 pm
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • White Sox activate Alex Avila from 15-day DL
    White Sox activated C Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Avila had been sidelined since July 6 with a right hamstring strain. With Dioner Navarro shipped out to Toronto on Friday, Avila should see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the White Sox over the final five-plus weeks of the regular season. Friday, 4:10 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Blue Jays acquire Dioner Navarro from ChiSox
    Blue Jays acquired C Dioner Navarro from the White Sox for LHP Colton Turner.

    Advice: Navarro has plenty of familiarity with the Jays after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons in Toronto. He'll provide solid depth behind the plate as well as an extra bat off the bench for the Jays during the stretch run. Friday, 4:04 pm
  • Jorge Alfaro recalled from Double-A
    Phillies recalled C Jorge Alfaro from Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Alfaro's stay will be a short one, as new acquisition A.J. Ellis is expected to replace him on the roster Saturday when he officially reports. The top prospect has batted .279/.321/.442 with 13 homers and 61 RBI for Reading this season. Friday, 11:19 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Was
  • Phillies to recall Jorge Alfaro on Friday
    The Phillies will recall C Jorge Alfaro from Double-A Reading on Friday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: The Phillies need a backup catcher after trading Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers on Thursday. A.J. Ellis will join the team at some point this weekend but may not arrive in time for Friday's game against the Mets. The Phillies acquired Alfaro last summer as part of the Cole Hamels trade. He's had a nice year for himself, hitting .279 with 13 HR and 61 RBI in 90 games for the Fightin Phils. Thursday, 8:34 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Was
  • Shawn Zarraga called up from Oklahoma City
    Dodgers purchased the contract of C Shawn Zarraga from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The Dodgers needed a backup catcher after trading A.J. Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. Zarraga has hit .265 across two minor league levels this year with no homers and 14 RBI in 113 at-bats. He won't be in the majors long with Carlos Ruiz also on his way to Los Angeles. Thursday, 7:28 pm
    Not Active
    5:40 pm @Col
  • A.J. Ellis sent to Philly in Carlos Ruiz trade
    Phillies acquired C A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later from the Dodgers in exchange for C Carlos Ruiz and cash.

    Advice: Ellis had been with the Dodgers since 2008 and was known for being Clayton Kershaw's primary catcher. Now he'll head to a rebuilding Phillies squad where he'll serve as a backup for Cameron Rupp. Ellis has been a non-factor offensively this season, hitting only .194 with one homer and 13 RBI over 139 at-bats. Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Phegley (knee, strep) nearing rehab games
    Josh Phegley (knee, strep) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Phegley's rehab from a knee injury was stalled by strep throat, but he's over it now. The expectation is that he will be activated from the disabled list September 1. Tuesday, 4:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Avila (hamstring) cleared for rehab games
    Alex Avila (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: And he figures to return to the White Sox active roster by the end of this week, assuming he can avoid a physical setback. Avila initially landed on the disabled list July 6 with a right hamstring strain and then reaggravated the injury a few weeks later. Aug 22, 10:41 am
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Zunino whacks solo homer, drives in three
    Mike Zunino smoked a solo home run and added a two-run double to help defeat the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Zunino is having an eye-opening return to the majors. He was awful the last three seasons in the majors before being banished to the minors this year. He hit well at Triple-A and has been called up and demoted a few times this year. He has hit very well the last several weeks and is likely here to stay. Zunino is batting .282 this year after having a .193 career average prior to this season. He has eight home runs in just 71 at-bats this year. Aug 20, 9:34 pm
  • Josh Phegley (knee) able to get in crouch
    Josh Phegley (knee) was able to get into a crouch to catch a flat ground throwing session Thursday.

    Advice: It appears to be the last hurdle he needed to clear before beginning a rehab assignment, as he's already been hitting and running. Phegley is on track to be activated from the disabled list on September 1. Aug 19, 6:42 am
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) nears rehab assignment
    Alex Avila (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Avila aggravated his right hamstring injury while on a rehab assignment late last month but apparently has finally made some progress. He'd appear to be on track to be activated September 1 if he can avoid more speed bumps. Aug 19, 5:59 am
    4:10 pm @Det
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