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  • Bochy: Moving Posey to 1B not being discussed
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said moving Buster Posey to first base isn't being discussed right now.

    Advice: "Right now, no," Bochy said. "Down the road, sure, that's something we will talk about. It could lighten the load on Buster. Whether at some point down the road he will get out from behind the plate, I can't answer that. Right now it's not discussed." Posey has been bothered by a hip issue recently, and catching certainly isn't helping the matter. Still, having a catcher with Posey's bat is incredibly valuable, and the Giants appear ready to leave him there for the time being. Bochy did say that if and when Posey does move it will be to first and not to third base, as some have wondered. But for now, neither move is on the horizon.
    Today, 3:27 pm
  • Jose Molina sitting out with sore knee
    Jose Molina is not in Friday's lineup due to a sore left knee.

    Advice: It's not a big deal, as he's expected to be back in there on Saturday. Curt Casali is catching Drew Smyly on Friday.
    Today, 2:51 pm
  • Gomes diagnosed with mild concussion
    Yan Gomes has been diagnosed with a mild concussion.

    Advice: Gomes was injured when he was struck by a foul tip on Thursday. He reported feeling better Friday and the Indians are holding off placing him on the disabled list for now. Roberto Perez will catch Friday, with Carlos Santana serving as the backup.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Derek Norris returned to action on Wednesday August 20.
    Today, 10:01 am
  • Castillo slugs 10th homer in loss to Giants
    Welington Castillo hit his 10th home run of the season, going 2-for-4 overall, as the Cubs fell to the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Castillo ripped a solo home run in the first inning off of Madison Bumgarner, going back-to-back with Justin Ruggiano and extending the Cubs' lead to 3-1. Along with the 10 dingers, Castillo has driven in 34 runs and posted a .237/.302/.390 slash line.
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Mesoraco's slide continues with an 0-for-3
    Devin Mesoraco's slump continued in a loss to the Braves on Thursday with an 0-for-3 performance.

    Advice: Mesoraco has now logged just one hit (a double) in his last 27 plate appearances dating back to August 13. The catcher has seemingly been on fire all season, but he is proving that he is human. Nevertheless, Mesoraco still maintains an astounding .281/.353/.548 slash line with 20 home runs and 63 RBI in 340 plate appearances this season.
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Jordan Pacheco makes game-ending error
    Jordan Pacheco went hitless and committed a game-ending error Thursday as the Diamondbacks lost to the Nationals.

    Advice: This never would have happened if Pacheco were in the minors where he belonged. He's hitting .212 with no homers, two RBI and one walk in 52 at-bats since being picked up by the Diamondbacks. His career WAR is -3.0 right now. The only active player with a worse mark is Greg Dobbs at -3.6, and Dobbs was let go by the Nationals last month.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    6:40 pm vs x SD
  • MRI on Perez's knee comes back negative
    An MRI on Salvador Perez's right knee came back negative.

    Advice: The Royals were never overly concerned that Perez had structural damage, and the exam has confirmed that the catcher will be fine. The All-Star catcher should be back in the lineup on Friday in Texas.
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Gomes (head) to be re-evaluated on Friday
    Yan Gomes (head) will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: Gomes left Thursday's game with what was labeled illness at the time, but which actually turned out to be the ill effects of having been struck in the head by a deflected ball. Team doctors have not yet disclosed whether Gomes has a concussion, and the catcher himself declined comment after the game. Indians skipper Terry Francona said Gomes is already improving, which is the good news, but the symptoms were described as "concussion-like," which is the bad. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Yan Gomes departs game with an illness
    Yan Gomes left Thursday's game with an illness.

    Advice: He was 0-for-2 before exiting in the bottom of the sixth inning for Roberto Perez. Gomes is day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Marlins C prospect Realmuto with 3 hits, HR
    Marlins prospect catcher J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-5 with a triple and a home run for Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday, raising his season line to .293/.360/.455.

    Advice: Realmuto has taken over the role of the third catcher for the Marlins, as he's already been given two quick cups of coffee in 2014. He has the potential to hit .280 with 15 home runs and a handful of stolen bases as a major league regular. He should return to the Marlins in September, though he may not receive much playing time.
    Yesterday, 6:51 am
    Not Active
    5:40 pm x @Col
  • Hanigan (oblique) to resume rehab on Friday
    Ryan Hanigan (oblique) is on track to resume his minor league rehab assignment this Friday.

    Advice: Hanigan was stalled earlier this month by lingering soreness in his oblique. He's been out since July 9 and probably won't be cleared to return to the Rays until rosters expand on September 1. The veteran catcher has hit just .212/.309/.327 this season for the Rays.
    Yesterday, 5:42 am
    Disabled List
    Top 3, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Sal Perez to undergo MRI on achy right kneee
    Salvador Perez will undergo an MRI on his right knee Thursday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost continues to downplay the injury, but the team wants to have it look at just in case. Perez left Monday's game with some soreness in the knee, and he missed Wednesday's game as well. Consider him day-to-day unless the MRI finds something more troubling.
    Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Yadi Molina (thumb) takes first light swings
    Yadier Molina (thumb) took light swings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was far from an intensive workout, but those were the first swings that Molina had attempted since tearing a ligament in his right thumb July 9 on a slide into third base. He has already been catching bullpen sessions and taking infield practice, and the hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Cardinals around the second week of September. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will continue to fill in.
    Wednesday, 2:09 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 3-1 x @Phi
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Dan Butler optioned to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned C Dan Butler to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Butler is hitless in 11 at-bats during his brief time with the big club this season. He'll be back in September.
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 2, 0-0 vs x Sea
  • David Ross activated from disabled list
    Red Sox activated C David Ross from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Ross missed nearly three weeks after tearing the plantar fascia in his right foot. He's in the lineup Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 12:52 pm
    Bot 2, 0-0 vs x Sea
  • Derek Norris (back) to sit out Wednesday
    Derek Norris will not play Wednesday due to a minor back issue.

    Advice: The ailment doesn't affect Norris behind or at the plate but does when he's running. He should be OK in a day or two.
    Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • d'Arnaud keeps raking, goes deep in loss
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a home run against the A's on Tuesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud's fourth inning solo homer put the Mets up 1-0, but they had difficulty mustering up offense the rest of the way in the 6-2 setback. The 25-year-old backstop continues to be a fantasy godsend for owners who took a chance on him after he was promoted on June 24. He was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in early June after batting a cringe-worthy .180/.271/.273 over 39 games, but destroyed the ball on the farm (24-for-55 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 16 RBI over 15 games) to earn a quick trip back to the Big Apple. Since his promotion, d'Arnaud is 42-for-158 (.266) with eight homers, 10 doubles and a triple. That's serious power for a catcher. Keep riding the hot hand.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Gomes homers, scores three times in victory
    Yan Gomes homered and finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Indians came back to beat the Twins 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gomes hadn't scored since August 6 before Tuesday's three-run outburst. His solo home run in the second inning started the Indians on the comeback trail, and he came in on a two-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Tribe their first lead. The catcher is enjoying another strong year, batting .285/.325/.479 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the season.
    Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Mauer has two more hits, RBI double vs. Tribe
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Mauer got a little unlucky when his double in the first inning went out of play, as Brian Dozier would have likely been able to score as well if it had stayed in play. Still, the two-hit night gave Mauer 10 hits in 29 at-bats since returning from the disabled list. The good stretch has his overall line up to .277/.351/.380, and expect those numbers to continue to climb as he redeems his poor early hitting.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    5:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals' lineup
    Salvador Perez is back in the Royals' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Perez exited Monday's contest with a sore right knee, but he said Tuesday that he feels "good." The All-Star catcher sports a .268/.305/.417 batting line with 15 homers this season.
    Tuesday, 3:27 pm
  • David Ross (foot) to be activated Wednesday
    David Ross (foot) will be activated Wednesday.

    Advice: Ross had been aiming to return Monday or Tuesday, but the Red Sox decided the give the veteran catcher a bit more time for his injured right foot. The 37-year-old will likely play sparingly down the stretch behind Red Sox starting catcher Christian Vazquez.
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
    Bot 2, 0-0 vs x Sea
  • Hanigan (oblique) to restart rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (oblique) is aiming to resume his minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: Hanigan has been on the disabled list since July 9 with an oblique strain and recently had a minor setback. But if all goes well from here on out, he could be back on the Rays' active roster by the end of this month. The veteran catcher has hit just .212/.309/.327 in his first season with Tampa Bay.
    Tuesday, 1:07 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 3, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Molina (thumb) hopes to begin swinging soon
    Yadier Molina (thumb) expects to begin swinging a bat on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Molina has been catching bullpen sessions and taking infield practice for the past week with no issues and now seems to be progressing toward an early-September return. The star catcher has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz are filling in at catcher.
    Tuesday, 1:03 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 3-1 x @Phi
  • Marlins C prospect Realmuto with 2B, 3 SB
    Marlins catching prospect J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, and three stolen bases for Double-A Jacksonville on Monday.

    Advice: Realmuto is hitting .293/.362/.444 with 24 doubles, four triples, and six home runs in Double-A this season, and has 17 stolen bases. He is an athletic catcher who has the potential to hit .280 with 15 home runs while stealing a handful of bases. His near-term role is muddled by Jarrod Saltalmacchia's being signed through the 2016 season, but the Marlins perpetual ability to trade established veterans has to give young players, much like Realmuto, a chance.
    Tuesday, 7:49 am
    Not Active
    5:40 pm x @Col
  • Salvador Perez exits with soreness in knee
    Salvador Perez left Monday's game versus the Twins with right knee discomfort.

    Advice: The good news is that the Royals are calling his removal precautionary, so it's safe to consider Perez day-to-day. The backstop went 2-for-3 with a two-run single before departing. Erik Kratz will fill in behind the dish until Perez is ready.
    Monday, 7:46 pm
  • David Ross (foot) is due back Mon. or Tues.
    David Ross (foot) will be activated Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: Ross has been out since August 2 with a right foot injury. The backup catcher will not need a rehab assignment.
    Saturday, 1:29 pm
    Bot 2, 0-0 vs x Sea
  • David Ross may not need rehab assignment
    David Ross (foot) has made significant strides in his recovery in recent days and may not need a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Red Sox.

    Advice: Now that he's been cleared to catch bullpens, the prevailing thought is that he could rejoin the Red Sox early next week barring any setbacks. With as well as Christian Vazquez is playing behind the dish, Ross will return to a reserve role.
    Saturday, 8:16 am
    Bot 2, 0-0 vs x Sea
  • Derek Norris has two hits in losing effort
    Derek Norris went 2-for-4 with a double in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Norris also came around to score one of just two A's runs in the contest. He's enjoying a strong season at the dish, slashing .283/.376/.454 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in only 269 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) to swing bat next week
    Yadier Molina (thumb) said Friday that he expects to be cleared to swing a bat next week.

    Advice: "Can't wait," the catcher said. Molina caught a bullpen session for the second straight day Friday but is still wearing a splint on his surgically-repaired right thumb. The Cardinals are hoping to get him back in a few weeks. In the meantime, A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will continue to fill in at catcher.
    Friday, 2:34 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 3-1 x @Phi
  • Ross (foot) takes BP, could catch soon
    David Ross (foot) took batting practice Thursday and the Red Sox hope he'll be ready to catch in the bullpen in the coming days.

    Advice: He's expected back soon once he's able to resume catching. "Whether or not, or when David can go on a rehab assignment, has yet to be determined at this point," manager John Farrell said. "We are hopeful that today or tomorrow that he will be able to catch some bullpens, and once we get that accomplished we feel that he'll speed up pretty quick."
    Friday, 6:08 am
    Bot 2, 0-0 vs x Sea
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) catches bullpen session
    Yadier Molina caught a bullpen session Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right thumb.

    Advice: When Molina tore the ligament in his thumb one month ago, the initial fear was that he could miss the rest of the regular season, but he's already making some encouraging progress. Still, the best-case scenario is that he's a few weeks away. The Cardinals will take it, though.
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 3-1 x @Phi
  • d'Arnaud tries to spark rally with solo homer
    Travis d'Arnaud did his best to spark a rally, blasting a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Mets lost to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud greeted closer Rafael Soriano with a lead-off home run to left field, cutting the Nationals' lead to one. The catcher has hit three home runs in his last five games and has looked much improved since returning from a demotion to Triple-A. He has a .230/.295/.398 slash line with 10 home runs and 30 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Mauer goes 2-for-4 with homer vs. Astros
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Twins' defeat of the Astros on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Mauer singled in the top of the first inning and then slugged a solo shot in the top of the sixth for the game's first run. He's been hitting well since returning from the disabled list on Monday and could be ready to make up for lost time for loyal fantasy owners down the stretch.
    Wednesday, 2:05 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    5:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Mesoraco's three-hit not enough for the Reds
    Devin Mesoraco went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single, but it wasn't enough as the Reds fell to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mesoraco's three hits accounted for half of the Reds' total on the night, as they found it difficult to get anything going against Joe Kelly and the Red Sox bullpen. The catcher has been unconscionably productive at the plate, as Tuesday's effort sends his slash line up to .300/.371/.586 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI. If Mesoraco hadn't missed time due to injuries, he would likely be in the NL MVP conversation.
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Joe Mauer delivers go-ahead hit in return
    Making his return from the DL, Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth as the Twins beat the Astros 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Mauer also walked with the contest. He was initially given credit for two RBI on his go-ahead hit in the ninth, but the play was then deemed a single and an error on Domingo Santana, which was the correct call. Mauer kept his hitting streak intact. It's now at 13 games, dating back to June 19.
    Monday, 9:13 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    5:10 pm vs ^ Det
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