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  • Joseph hits second homer in win over Rays
    Caleb Joseph hit a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Joseph cranked the shot off of Chris Archer in the sixth inning. He also walked and struck out in the contest. The Orioles figured to struggle at catcher after Matt Wieters (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery, but Joseph's .327/.439/.509 line across 55 at-bats is nothing to sneeze at. There's not a ton of fantasy upside here (he hit just .207/.264/.354 in 246 at-bats last year), but he's been productive nonetheless. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Martin goes 3-for-5 with homer, double in win
    Russell Martin went 3-for-5 with a home run Saturday in the Blue Jays' 11-4 rout of the Indians.

    Advice: Martin slugged a solo shot off 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner in the top of the fourth inning, singled in the top of the sixth, and then doubled and scored his second run of the game in the ninth. The 32-year-old catcher got off to a sluggish start with his new team, but he now boasts an .821 OPS with four home runs, 14 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 22 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:56 pm
  • Posey slugs solo shot as Giants top Angels
    Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Posey doubled in the bottom of the first inning and then slugged a 373-foot shot off Angels reliever Vinnie Pestano in the bottom of the seventh. The star catcher fell into a rough slump in the middle of April, but he's been in a great groove for the past few weeks. The homer Saturday was his fourth of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Devin Mesoraco could DH against White Sox
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) may DH when the Reds visit the White Sox next weekend.

    Advice: Mesoraco hasn't played the field in almost a month but continues to pinch-hit. With eight games in American League parks this month, Mesoraco will have a chance to see semi-regular at-bats while his hip heals up. Mesoraco said it will be at least another week before he's able to catch again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Hanigan gets hand surgery, out through ASB
    Ryan Hanigan underwent surgery Saturday for his fractured right wrist and is expected to be sidelined through the All-Star break.

    Advice: Hanigan suffered the injury Friday night when he got hit on the right hand by a pitch while catching. Top prospect Blake Swihart made his major league debut on Saturday and will serve as Boston's primary backstop going forward. Christian Vazquez was lost to Tommy John elbow surgery before the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs NYY
  • Devin Mesoraco remains out of Reds lineup
    Devin Mesoraco remains out of the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Mesoraco once again appeared as a pinch hitter in Friday's contest but is unable to work behind the plate. He hasn't started a game since April 11 due to his hip impingement, but the Reds have opted to play with a short bench and not place him on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Several teams in the mix for Saltalamacchia
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Royals, Rays and Diamondbacks are each believed to be in the mix for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: The veteran backstop was designated for assignment by the Marlins earlier in the week and the team is looking to trade him before he becomes a free agent. Each of the three teams mentioned would view Saltalamacchia as a backup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
  • Red Sox place Ryan Hanigan on disabled list
    Red Sox placed C Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right hand.

    Advice: Hanigan sustained the injury while he was hit by a pitch on his right hand while behind the plate. There has been no clear timetable given for his recovery, only that he will be out a significant amount of time. Blake Swihart has been recalled from Triple-A and will function as the team's primary catcher in his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:27 am
     
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs NYY
  • Red Sox recall Blake Swihart from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled C Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The switch-hitting 23-year-old will get an opportunity to function as the Red Sox regular catcher with Ryan Hanigan on the shelf. He was off to a nice start at Triple-A, hitting .338/.392/.382 with one homer, 11 RBI, one stolen base and a 12/6 K/BB ratio in 68 at-bats. He's immediately worthy of consideration in all mixed league formats, especially those that require two catchers. Swihart is in the Red Sox lineup and batting ninth on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:26 am
  • Report: Swihart to join Red Sox on Saturday
    Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports that Blake Swihart is expected to join the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: While Swihart is expected to be recalled, the Red Sox are said to still be exploring external options. According to McAdam though, former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not expected to be among those names being considered. Should the Red Sox refrain from adding another catcher from outside the organization, Swihart immediately gains mixed league relevancy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:10 pm
  • Hanigan requires surgery on fractured knuckle
    Ryan Hanigan sustained a fractured knuckle when hit by a pitch during Friday's game against the Yankees and will require surgery.

    Advice: The Red Sox have indicated that Hanigan will be out a substantial amount of time and that they'll look both internally and externally for possible replacements behind the plate. With Blake Swihart tearing it up at the dish in Triple-A, he seems like the most logical candidate, though the recently-released Jarrod Saltalamacchia could attract interest as well. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:44 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs NYY
  • Ryan Hanigan leaves game with hand injury
    Ryan Hanigan was removed from Friday's game against the Yankees after being hit by pitch in his right hand while behind the plate.

    Advice: It's at least the third time this season that Hanigan has been hit on his right hand while behind the dish. The extent of the damage is unclear at the moment, but he was replaced by Sandy Leon. The Red Sox should have an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:31 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs NYY
  • Mike Zunino getting a breather Friday
    Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Jesus Sucre is catching Friday in Zunino's place. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:04 pm
  • Wieters (elbow) might not return until June
    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that a return in late May or early June for Matt Wieters (elbow) "seems reasonable."

    Advice: The Orioles haven't placed any timetable on Wieters, although they had been hoping when he went down with tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow that he could return on May 1. That day has arrived and the catcher still isn't ready for a rehab assignment. He has been catching parts of extended spring training games, but a rehab assignment is thought to be another week or two away. Caleb Joseph will continue to fill in at catcher until Wieters is ready. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:01 am
     
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Russell Martin reaches three times
    Russell Martin reached three times and doubled in a run as the Blue Jays topped the Indians 5-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Martin is hitting more like the No. 2 hitter the Jays wanted him to be... the one they gave up on within a week. His average is still just .197, but he's collected hits in his last seven starts and he's up to 15 walks in 61 at-bats for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:25 pm
  • Tucker Barnhart homers in second straight
    Tucker Barnhart homered in a second straight game Thursday off the Braves' Shelby Miller.

    Advice: Barnhart started just twice in his first 13 days on the Reds' roster following Devin Mesoraco's injury, but he's now played back-to-back games and homered both days. He's not really a better hitter than Brayan Pena, but he is the better defender and he might be the superior option to start in Mesoraco's place. Of course, the Reds still think they're going to get Mesoraco back soon, or something. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:04 pm
  • Avila out of Tigers' lineup Thursday
    Alex Avila is out of the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: James McCann, who hit an inside-the-park home run Wednesday, will make his second straight start behind the plate. He's batting eighth against lefty Danny Duffy and catching Alfredo Simon. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:27 pm
  • Pierzynski not in Braves' lineup on Thursday
    A.J. Pierzynski is not in the Braves' starting lineup on Thursday evening against the Reds.

    Advice: Christian Bethancourt is catching and batting sixth versus Reds right-hander Mike Leake. Pierzynski has an incredible .422 batting average and 1.131 OPS in 52 plate appearances this season for the Braves, but he'll rest his 38-year-old legs for a day. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Carlos Ruiz not in Phillies' lineup Thursday
    Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Cameron Rupp will start behind the plate and hit eighth against Cardinals left-hander Tim Cooney. It's just a day of rest for Ruiz, who should be back in action Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:20 am
  • Vogt not in OAK lineup Thursday vs. Angels
    Stephen Vogt is not in the A's starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Angels.

    Advice: Josh Phegley will start behind the plate and bat ninth against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards. Vogt has a tremendous .348/.421/.606 slash line in 76 plate appearances this season, but he'll get the day off. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:17 am
     
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
  • Montero's three-hit game not enough for Cubs
    Miguel Montero went 3-for-4 with an RBI single as the Cubs were handed a loss by the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. The first of the trio brought in a run, giving the Cubs an early 1-0 lead and which proved to be the team's only run on the evening. Montero was slow out of the gate but has picked things up over his last several ballgames. He's batting .261/.333/.478 with three home runs and 10 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Pierzynski extends hitting streak to 12 games
    A.J. Pierzynski extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 1-for-4 performance in Wednesday's 13-4 loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Pierzynski got the Braves on the board, knocking in two runs with a single off of Jordan Zimmermann in the first inning. He went 4-for-4 against the Nats on Tuesday and has yet to go hitless in a game this season. The veteran catcher is batting .422/.442/.689 with three home runs and 14 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Royals considering pursuit of Saltalamacchia
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about pursuing Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: McCullough notes that the talks are "very preliminary" at this point. It appears that the Marlins will be able to trade Saltalamacchia after designating him for assignment, but some of the interested clubs are looking at him only as a backup. In addition to the Royals, the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Indians and Red Sox also appear to have interest. Miami would obviously have to eat the majority of what remains on Salty's three-year, $21 million contract to make a deal happen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:54 am
  • Posey's two RBI leads Giants past Dodgers
    Buster Posey was the only offensive force the Giants needed to take a 2-1 victory from the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: A low-scoring affair was to be expected as Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw squared off. Posey managed to do some damage against Kershaw, the 2014 NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, singling in a run in the first inning and hitting a solo home run in the fourth. Posey has been surprisingly mediocre offensively in the season's first month, carrying a .263/.337/.395 battling line with three home runs and 10 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:20 pm
  • Pierzynski goes 4-for-4 with 4 RBI in a loss
    A.J. Pierzynski's 4-for-4 performance was wasted as the Braves lost to the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Fun fact: Pierzynski has hit safely in all 11 games he's played in for the Braves this season. The catcher has been the unlikely offensive star for the Braves in the season's first month. He brought in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, singled in a run in the fourth, doubled in a run in the sixth, and singled in one more run in the seventh. The 38-year-old Pierzynski owns an eye-popping .439/.458/.732 triple-slash line with three home runs and 12 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Devin Mesoraco (hip) out again Tuesday
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) is out of the Reds' lineup again for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Mesoraco is still on the active roster despite the fact that he hasn't started a game since April 11 due to a lingering hip impingement. Of course, he had a pinch-hit appearance on April 26, so putting him on the DL now might not do them much good. He remains day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:15 am
  • M's having discussions about Saltalamacchia
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment on Monday, so the Marlins have 10 days to find a trade. Otherwise, he'll hit free agency and can sign at the major league minimum. The Mariners are currently relying on a combination of Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre, so Salty could at least make sense as a backup option. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly considering the possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:13 am
  • Angels not involved with Saltalamacchia
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Angels are not involved in trade talks with the Marlins about Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: The Angels haven't gotten much production out of Chris Iannetta and Drew Butera so far this season, but they don't see Saltalamacchia as an upgrade over what they already have. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment on Monday and the Marlins reportedly expect to trade him. The Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Indians, and Mariners have been mentioned as potential landing spots. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:22 am
  • Ruiz goes 4-for-4 with two runs as Phils win
    Carlos Ruiz had a perfect night at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as the Phillies won 4-1 against the Cardinals on Monday.

    Advice: Ruiz had been in a two-week-long funk, batting 4-for-33 (.121) dating back to April 13. The catcher singled and scored in the seventh, then doubled and scored in the ninth. Ruiz, 36, has the most fantasy value in two-catcher leagues that use on-base percentage, but that isn't saying much. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:15 pm
  • D'Backs could go after Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    Advice: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says a total of five teams have expressed interest in Salty and that Marlins general manager Dan Jennings expects to trade the catcher. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that, in addition to the D'Backs, the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners are also possible landing spots for Salty. Arizona would be an ideal landing spot for him, as he'd be in line to play regularly and would be in a hitter's park. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:37 pm
  • Marlins dump catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Marlins activated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the paternity leave list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: Salty was signed to a three-year, $21 million free agent contract before the 2014 season, but he struggled in his first summer with Miami and was off to a terrible start in 2015. 24-year-old prospect J.T. Realmuto has emerged as the Marlins' best option at catcher. Salty will presumably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed. He would then hit the free agent market, and should draw considerable interest there. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:22 pm
  • Mesoraco (hip) out of Reds' lineup again Mon.
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) is out of the Reds' starting lineup again on Monday.

    Advice: Mesoraco drew a walk as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, but he still isn't able to catch due to a lingering left hip impingement. The 26-year-old slugger has logged just three at-bats since April 12, yet the Reds have refused to place him on the disabled list. Brayan Pena is starting behind the plate on Monday night against the Brewers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:03 pm
  • Caleb Joseph not in Sunday's lineup
    Caleb Joseph is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate Sunday in Joseph's place. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:03 am
  • Martin's solo homer not enough to lift Jays
    Russell Martin hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning on Saturday, but it was not enough to secure the win against the Rays.

    Advice: Martin's solo home run off of Steve Geltz in the seventh inning temporarily gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen was unable to hold it and the Jays eventually lost 4-2. The home run was Martin's third of the season. He also has 10 RBI and 10 runs scored. Over his last 24 at-bats, Martin's hitting .291 and, despite some early struggles, it appears that he's starting to settle in with his new team. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:15 pm
  • Matt Wieters to catch 4-5 innings on Monday
    Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 4-5 innings in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: Wieters was behind the plate Friday as well. The 28-year-old is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. In addition to being one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, Wieters is an above average power hitter when healthy. Caleb Joseph will return to backup duty when Wieters returns sometime in May. Unless he signs an extension, Wieters will hit free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 1:26 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Mesoraco hopes to catch bullpen over weekend
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) is hoping to be able to catch a bullpen session within the next few days.

    Advice: That should mean we can effectively rule him out for a return to the lineup this weekend. Mesoraco has been limited to just one pinch-hitting appearance over the last 12 days while battling a left hip impingement. Brayan Pena is behind the dish again Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 1:11 pm
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia goes on paternity leave
    Marlins placed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He figures to miss the weekend series against the Nationals. Salty had already been losing out on a bunch of playing time to J.T. Realmuto of late. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 11:59 am
  • Devin Mesoraco (hip) out again Friday
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) remained out of the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Mesoraco has been limited to just one pinch-hitting appearance over the last 12 days while battling a left hip impingement. He'll presumably be available off the bench again Friday, but it remains unclear when he might be ready to catch. Brayan Pena is behind the dish Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 10:04 am
  • Zunino smacks solo home run in win over HOU
    Mike Zunino hit a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Zunino hit the bomb off of Roberto Hernandez in the third inning. It was his second of the season and would be his only hit in the contest, as he finished 1-for-3. Zunino hit 22 home runs in 2014, but outside of the pop, his bat offers very little. Even with the nice home run total, he slashed just .199/.254/.404 last season. He's hitting even worse than that in 2015 and has logged just seven hits in 44 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 10:10 pm
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