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  • Lucroy stays hot, hits first homer of season
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run homer off Angels starter Nick Tropeano in the fifth inning, his first dinger of the year. He's now put up three straight multi-hit games with a double, triple and a homer in that span. The backstop is hitting .321/.387/.440 in 23 games. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Buster Posey notches three hits Tuesday
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's victory over the Reds.

    Advice: All three of his hits were doubles. The Giants tallied 10 hits on the night and finally scratched across the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning. Posey has picked up seven hits over his last three games and has pushed his average from .264 to .315 over his last five contests. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Welington Castillo smacks seventh homer
    Welington Castillo launched a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: His blast off of Justin Nicolino in the sixth inning put the D'Backs up 4-1 at the time, but the Marlins then exploded for six runs over their final three innings. Castillo also had a single in the game and is now sporting a .293/.344/.585 batting line with seven home runs. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud has not resumed throwing
    Travis d'Arnaud is still resting and receiving treatment on his strained right rotator cuff.

    Advice: He has not resumed throwing and there's no timetable for that yet. "I can't predict that," manager Terry Collins said Tuesday. "A lot of times you come in the morning, and if he's feeling good a couple days in a row, they might start getting him on a throwing program. But right now, he's still just getting treatment." This absence for d'Arnaud might last through most or all of May. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Atl
  • Avila (hamstring) close to rehab assignment
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Alex Avila (hamstring) is close to rehab games.

    Advice: Avila has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 24 because of a right hamstring. It sounds like the catcher could be ready for activation early next week. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Bos
  • Realmuto batting leadoff for Marlins on Tue.
    J.T. Realmuto will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's an outside-the-box choice as the Marlins try to fill the void left by the suspended Dee Gordon. But Realmuto has some speed and is batting .312/.329/.455 through 20 games this season. It's worth a shot, especially with lefty Patrick Corbin on the mound. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Perez to have thumb reexamined this week
    Roberto Perez will have his right thumb re-examined by Dr. Thomas Graham on Thursday.

    Advice: Perez was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a fractured right thumb. Surgery hasn't been ruled out as a possibility. Adam Moore will continue to serve as Yan Gomes' backup. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm vs Det
  • Grandal not in Tuesday's lineup
    Yasmani Grandal is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: He'll sit against left-hander Matt Moore. A.J. Ellis will start behind the dish and catch Scott Kazmir. Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • James McCann activated from disabled list
    Tigers activated C James McCann from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: McCann, out since April 11 with a sprained ankle, went 2-for-15 with two RBI during a minor league rehab stint. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has swung the bat well during his absence, but he'll presumably shift into a diminished role now that McCann is healthy. Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Rangers designate Gimenez for assignment
    Rangers designated C Chris Gimenez for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Bobby Wilson on the 40-man roster. Gimenez was recently sent on a minor league rehab assignment after he began the season on the disabled list with an infection in his ankle. Yesterday, 11:10 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Rangers acquire C Wilson from Tigers
    Rangers acquired C Bobby Wilson from the Tigers for LHP Chad Bell.

    Advice: The Rangers already acquired Bryan Holaday from the Tigers back in March and now they have added another catcher to the mix as they try to get by without Robinson Chirinos. The 33-year-old Wilson is a .203/.266/.299 hitter in the majors and can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:03 am
  • Derek Norris goes 0-for-3 against Rockies
    Derek Norris finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Norris is hitting .145 with 25 strikeouts and just four walks through 83 at-bats. He should rebound and serve as a decent option in two-catcher mixed leagues, but it's been ugly so far. Monday, 10:18 pm
  • Salvador Perez goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Salvador Perez went 0-for-4 on Monday and is in a 2-for-18 slump that's dropped his average to .241.

    Advice: Perez had a great first three weeks, but has been cold since. He'll probably rebound soon enough, but he needs to build his numbers up during the first half of the season, since he tends to get too worn out to contribute offensively down the stretch. Monday, 9:07 pm
  • Ruiz continues hot start with three hits
    Carlos Ruiz's surprising start to the season continued Monday, as he went 3-for-4 at the plate in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ruiz grounded out in his first at-bat but then singled, doubled and singled in his next three trips to the dish. The veteran catcher is second on the depth chart behind Cameron Rupp, but he's earned more time than he was probably supposed to receive with a .341/.413/.634 start to the season. Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Ramos not in Monday's lineup
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Monday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Ramos was activated from the bereavement list Sunday, but he's sitting for the second straight day. Jose Lobaton will catch Gio Gonzalez and bat eighth against Edinson Volquez. Monday, 1:42 pm
  • Roberto Perez (thumb) placed on DL
    Indians placed C Roberto Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but obviously it will be a while. Adam Moore is up to serve as Yan Gomes' backup. Sunday, 10:17 am
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm vs Det
  • Wilson Ramos back from bereavement list
    Nationals activated C Wilson Ramos from the bereavement list.

    Advice: He's not starting Sunday but is available off the bench. Pedro Severino has been optioned in a corresponding move. Sunday, 10:12 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Sunday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Martin Maldonado is doing the catching. Sunday, 7:38 am
  • James McCann expected to return on Tuesday
    James McCann (ankle) is scheduled to play two more minor league rehab games at Triple-A Toledo before rejoining the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been swinging an extremely hot bat in his absence, but McCann is the club's starting catcher and will return to handle the bulk of the work behind the dish in Detroit. Saturday, 8:46 am
  • Bochy plans to rest Posey more this season
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he plans to rest Buster Posey more this season.

    Advice: "The plan really all year with Buster, probably, is to give him a few more breaks than what I’ve given in the past," Bochy said. Posey set career highs in games played and plate appearances last season, although he started 37 games at first base. He's been at first just twice so far this season and it sounds like he'll see more full days off rather than play first when he's not catching. While Posey's fantasy owners might not like him playing fewer games, it could be good for his production in the long run if it helps keep him fresher. Friday, 9:30 am
  • Yasmani Grandal hits RBI double in defeat
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Grandal notched his RBI double off Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the first inning. He also struck out twice while walking once. The 27-year-old catcher is hitting .278/.435/.417 with four doubles and five RBI in 36 at-bats. Grandal hit 15 homers in 2014 and bested that with 16 in 2015. He is still looking for his first dinger of the 2016 campaign. Thursday, 10:06 pm
  • Castillo out of Thursday's lineup vs. Cards
    Welington Castillo is out of Thursday's starting lineup against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a breather. Chris Herrmann will start behind the dish and catch Rubby De La Rosa. Thursday, 2:01 pm
  • Ruiz goes deep in win over the Nationals
    Carlos Ruiz continued his mini power surge, connecting with his third homer of the year in the eighth inning against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ruiz is 37 years old and doesn't play everyday, but he's taken advantage of the playing time he's been given. After hammering a 3-2 pitch from lefty Sammy Solis over the left-field wall in the eighth inning, prompting some "Chooch!" chants, he is now hitting .294/.368/.588 in 38 plate appearances. The Phillies won't be afraid to give him additional opportunities to start if he continues to swing the bat well. Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Posey getting day off Wednesday vs. Padres
    Buster Posey is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Trevor Brown will start at catcher and bat eighth versus Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner. A scheduled off day Thursday allows the Giants to get Posey back-to-back days of rest. He's slashing .264/.325/.417 with three home runs in 19 games this season. Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • McCann (ankle) goes 0-for-3 in rehab debut
    James McCann (ankle) went 0-for-3 with two walks in his rehab debut Tuesday at Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: McCann served as the Mud Hens' designated hitter, but he should be catching in a couple days and he could return to the Tigers' active roster this weekend. The 25-year-old has been out since April 12 with a sprained ankle. Tuesday, 6:05 pm
  • Nationals put Wilson Ramos on bereavement
    Nationals placed C Wilson Ramos on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Ramos had a death in the family. He is expected to meet back up with the Nats later this week in St. Louis. Tuesday, 1:04 pm
  • Wilson Ramos getting the day off Tuesday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It's his fourth absence of the season. Jose Lobaton will draw the start at catcher and bat eighth against right-hander Vince Velasquez. Among qualified catchers, only Yadier Molina has hit for a higher average than Ramos this season (.316). Tuesday, 12:26 pm
  • Mets place d'Arnaud (shoulder) on 15-day DL
    Mets placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff.

    Advice: He suffered the injury Monday night against Cincinnati. Rene Rivera was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas in the corresponding roster move, though Kevin Plawecki is expected to assume most of the catching duties in d'Arnaud's absence. As of now, there's no timetable for d'Arnaud's return to the active roster. Tuesday, 11:45 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Atl
  • James McCann (ankle) rehabbing in Toledo
    James McCann (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCann is expected to DH on Tuesday but he should be back behind the plate in a few days. The 25-year-old will likely be activated later this week. Jarrod Saltalmacchia has fared reasonably well in his absence, hitting four home runs over his last nine games. Tuesday, 11:36 am
  • d'Arnaud (shoulder) meeting with doctors Tuesday
    Travis d'Arnaud will have his injured shoulder evaluated at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday.

    Advice: That doesn't sound promising. D'Arnaud exited Monday's game with right shoulder discomfort but admitted the injury has been bothering him for a while. Triple-A catcher Rene Rivera was pulled from Monday night's game after one at-bat, an obvious sign that a roster move is coming. In the likely event that d'Arnaud lands on the disabled list, Kevin Plawecki would take over as the Mets' No. 1 catcher. Tuesday, 5:37 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Atl
  • D'Arnaud bothered by throwing shoulder
    Mets manager Terry Collins' said Monday that Travis d'Arnaud's right shoulder bothers him while throwing.

    Advice: Collins said he didn't hear about it until Monday's game, though it's possible he has been dealing with discomfort for a while. He's being evaluated by team doctors Monday night, but this is obviously a concerning development for a catcher. A trip to the disabled list feels like a strong possibility. Monday, 7:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Atl
  • D'Arnaud exits game with shoulder discomfort
    Travis d'Arnaud exited Monday's game against the Reds with shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: D'Arnaud was forced to exit the game after the seventh inning. The severity of the issue isn't yet known, but there should be more clarity on his status by Tuesday afternoon. Monday, 7:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Atl
  • D'Arnaud exits game for unspecified reason
    Travis d'Arnaud left Monday's game against the Reds after seven innings.

    Advice: The reason for his exit isn't yet known. D'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a single before exiting. The Mets should pass along an update soon. Monday, 7:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Atl
  • McCann (ankle) could begin rehab stint Tue.
    James McCann (ankle) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCann, who is coming back from a Grade 2 sprain of his right ankle, ran the bases again on Monday. Assuming he feels good on Tuesday, he could serve as a DH for the start of a brief minor league rehab assignment. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will continue to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate until he's ready. Monday, 2:41 pm
  • Gimenez (ankle) to begin rehab stint Monday
    Chris Gimenez (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: Gimenez was forced to begin the season on the disabled list due to an infection in his ankle, but he's feeling better now and could be ready to join the Rangers within a few days. Bryan Holaday and Brett Nicholas are currently sharing catching duties with Robinson Chirinos (forearm) sidelined. Monday, 1:55 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Derek Norris sitting out on Sunday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Christian Bethancourt will catch. Apr 24, 10:47 am
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Sunday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Drew Butera is catching in Perez's place. Apr 24, 8:28 am
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) lands on disabled list
    White Sox placed C Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Avila was injured during Saturday's game. Kevan Smith has assumed Avila's roster spot, and Dioner Navarro will handle the bulk of the catching duties. Apr 24, 8:05 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Bos
  • James McCann (ankle) runs the bases
    James McCann (ankle) ran the bases on Sunday.

    Advice: He also caught a bullpen session on Saturday. McCann won't return from the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday, but he'll begin a four-game rehab assignment soon. Apr 24, 8:04 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Sunday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Martin Maldonado will catch in Lucroy's place. Apr 24, 7:29 am
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