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  • Michael McKenry inks minors deal with Braves
    Braves signed C Michael McKenry to a minor league contract.

    Advice: McKenry elected free agency after being removed from the Cardinals' 40-man roster and quickly caught on with a new club. A.J. Pierzynski's name has been brought up in trade rumors, so perhaps McKenry will get a shot to replace him. Today, 5:54 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm x @Col
  • Kurt Suzuki cleared of a concussion
    Kurt Suzuki was cleared of a concussion.

    Advice: Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Red Sox after taking a foul tip off his catcher's mask, but he escaped with a minor cut. Consider him day-to-day. Juan Centeno took over behind the plate for Minnesota. Yesterday, 5:24 pm
    Top 4, 2-3 x @Bos
  • Cameron Rupp showing no concussion signs
    Cameron Rupp is showing no concussion symptoms.

    Advice: That's great news. Rupp was pulled from Saturday's game against the Pirates after taking a 91 mph fastball from Tyler Glasnow off the side of his batting helmet. The 27-year-old catcher entered the day with an impressive .810 OPS and 10 home runs in 62 games. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
    Bot 3, 3-2 x @Pit
  • Cameron Rupp leaves after HBP to helmet
    Cameron Rupp was pulled from Saturday's game against the Pirates after taking a pitch off his helmet.

    Advice: The 91 mph fastball from Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow caught Rupp right in the ear hole. He'll probably be put through MLB's concussion protocol. Look for an update Saturday night or Sunday morning. Rupp was 0-for-1 in the game, after going 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI on Friday night. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    Bot 3, 3-2 x @Pit
  • Angels option Juan Graterol back to Triple-A
    Angels optioned C Juan Graterol to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The club wanted more experience behind the plate so they recalled the hot-hitting Carlos Perez from Triple-A on Saturday. Graterol will continue to serve as organizational catching depth for the Halos. Yesterday, 12:25 pm
    Not Active
    Top 2, 0-4 x @Hou
  • Angels recall Carlos Perez from Triple-A
    Angels recalled C Carlos Perez from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Perez was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the month when Geovany Soto returned from the disabled list, but is needed back due to the lack of catching depth. He was also stinging the ball at Triple-A, going 11-for-31 with five extra base hits since his demotion. Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Pirates recall Elias Diaz from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled C Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He'll provide depth behind the plate for the Bucs with Eric Fryer away on paternity leave. He doesn't hold any fantasy value. Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Pirates place Eric Eryer on paternity leave
    Pirates placed C Eric Fryer on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Fryer's wife gave birth to twins on Saturday morning, so he certainly has his hands full for the next couple of days. Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster. Yesterday, 10:33 am
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 2-3 vs x Phi
  • Rupp homers, drives in three vs. Pirates
    Cameron Rupp went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rupp got the Phillies on the board with a single in the sixth inning before adding a two-run homer for some insurance in the ninth. Expectations were modest coming into the year, but the 27-year-old quietly has 10 homers with an .810 OPS through 62 games. He’s gaining momentum in mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 6:53 pm
    Bot 3, 3-2 x @Pit
  • Erik Kratz elects free agency
    Erik Kratz has elected free agency.

    Advice: Kratz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but he's decided to look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept a minor league assignment. He hit only .107 (6-for-56) with Pittsburgh. Friday, 2:03 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 2-3 vs x Phi
  • Austin Barnes recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled C/INF Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Barnes is 2-for-19 at the plate in the majors this season. He'll back up at catcher, second and third base. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Avila (hamstring) expected out four weeks
    Alex Avila (hamstring) is expected to miss around four weeks.

    Advice: Avila was expected to rejoin the White Sox this week, but he aggravated his recent hamstring injury while on his minor league rehab assignment. Dioner Navarro and Omar Narvaez will continue to handle catching duties for now. Thursday, 2:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:10 pm vs Det
  • Swihart (ankle) not ready for rehab games
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Blake Swihart (ankle) has had to slow down his rehab.

    Advice: Swihart hasn't felt 100 percent with his ankle while doing some cuts while running, so rehab games don't appear to be imminent. The 24-year-old has been out since June 4 with a severe sprain of his left ankle. Thursday, 1:52 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 4, 3-2 vs x Min
  • Cervelli out of Thursday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli is out of Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

    Advice: Cervelli will get some rest after catching consecutive games in his return from the DL. Eric Fryer will start behind the plate and catch Francisco Liriano. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Gary Sanchez hammers grand slam Wednesday
    Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez pounded three hits including a grand slam Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: The grand slam came during a 12-run sixth inning. Sanchez has been a steady power presence for the RailRiders this year, slugging 10 homers with 44 RBI over 62 appearances. He's also logged five steals, a respectable total for someone who spends most of his time behind the plate. Sanchez has made a couple cameos in New York but is still looking for his first major league hit (0-for-6). Thursday, 8:12 am
    Not Active
    Top 5, 2-0 vs x SF
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) being reevaluated
    Alex Avila (hamstring) is being reevaluated by the White Sox after he pulled himself from Tuesday's rehab game.

    Advice: Avila was closing in on a potential Thursday return to the big league club, but that has been thrown into question after he was forced out of his rehab showing on Tuesday. The 29-year-old backstop was placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain on July 6. The White Sox will update his status on Thursday. Wednesday, 1:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:10 pm vs Det
  • Avila (hamstring) might not be ready Thurs.
    Alex Avila (hamstring) might not be ready to return Thursday.

    Advice: That had been the target date, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura told the media Wednesday that Avila pulled himself from a rehab game Tuesday night. There should be a status update at some point Wednesday evening. Wednesday, 11:29 am
    15-Day DL
    12:10 pm vs Det
  • A's release catcher Carson Blair
    Athletics released C Carson Blair.

    Advice: Blair had hit the ball well this year at Double-A Midland, though it was not the largest sample size. The 26-year-old catcher is a .248/.347/.424 career batter between all levels of the minor leagues. Wednesday, 10:52 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs x TB
  • Pirates activate, option catcher Elias Diaz
    Pirates activated C Elias Diaz from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Diaz is recovered from the May debridement procedure on his right elbow, but he's not needed right now in Pittsburgh with Francisco Cervelli (hand) returning to action this week and Eric Fryer backing him up. Wednesday, 10:48 am
  • Mariners recall Mike Zunino from AAA level
    Mariners recalled C Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Zunino had two homers in seven at-bats during his last stay in the majors. He's been excellent this season at the Triple-A level, slashing .286/.376/.521 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI in 79 games. The former top prospect has the ability to steal playing time from Chris Iannetta, but it will probably be a timeshare out of the gate. Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Swihart (ankle) doing full baseball activity
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Blake Swihart (ankle) is doing full baseball activities.

    Advice: It sounds like Swihart could soon begin playing in minor league rehab games. He is eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list the first week of August. Tuesday, 3:38 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 4, 3-2 vs x Min
  • Cardinals DFA catcher Michael McKenry
    Cardinals designated C Michael McKenry for assignment.

    Advice: McKenry saw only two plate appearances in his short stay with St. Louis and did not register a hit. The veteran catcher will probably pass through waivers unclaimed. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm x @Col
  • Pirates designate Kratz for assignment
    Pirates designated C Erik Kratz for assignment.

    Advice: Kratz gets the boot now that Francisco Cervelli is ready to return from the disabled list. The 36-year-old hit just .107 (6-for-56) during his month-long stay with Pittsburgh. Tuesday, 12:47 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 2-3 vs x Phi
  • Pirates activate Francisco Cervelli from DL
    Pirates activated C Francisco Cervelli from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cervelli, who is working his way back from a broken left hand, went 4-for-10 with a double and three walks over three games during his minor league rehab assignment. He's batting sixth in his return to action Tuesday against the Brewers. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Angels call up C Juan Graterol
    Angels purchased the contract of C Juan Graterol from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured Geovany Soto (knee) on the active roster. Graterol was batting .292/.331/.357 over 46 games in Triple-A this season, but he's not a fantasy option. Monday, 4:03 pm
    Not Active
    Top 2, 0-4 x @Hou
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) to be activated Thurs.
    Alex Avila (hamstring) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: He'll begin a short rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Avila has batted .236/.362/.358 for the White Sox this season. Jul 17, 10:44 am
    15-Day DL
    12:10 pm vs Det
  • Cervelli to begin rehab assignment Thursday
    Francisco Cervelli (hand) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

    Advice: He's close to returning from a broken hand he suffered last month. Cervelli is allowed to rehab for a maximum of 20 days, though he won't need all of it. The 30-year-old was hitting .257 with 21 RBI and a .373 on base percentage before his injury. Jul 14, 2:47 pm
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