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  • Yadier Molina to have thumb re-evaluated Mon.
    Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined. 55 minutes ago
  • MRI on Tom Murphy's shoulder is clean
    An MRI on Tom Murphy's left shoulder showed no major structural damage.

    Advice: Murphy is dealing with a minor strain and contusion. The young catcher will now skip the Arizona Fall League but should be fine by the time spring training rolls around. Today, 11:38 am
  • Carlos Santana bothered by back all season
    Carlos Santana revealed Sunday that he's been bothered by a back injury all season.

    Advice: The first baseman added that he asked Indians manager Terry Francona not to reveal the ailment in public. The injury would help explain why Santana's power has been down this season, as he enters play Sunday with a career-low .397 slugging percentage and just 19 homers after tying his career high with 27 bombs in 2014. Santana's back should be fine after an offseason of rest. Today, 11:33 am
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  • Wilson Ramos getting a breather Sunday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving some rest. Pedro Severino is getting his first career start behind the dish. Today, 10:07 am
  • Stephen Vogt not in Sunday's lineup
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Vogt wound up starting just 12 games since the beginning of September due to a groin injury, although he closes the campaign healthy. Bryan Anderson is catching Sunday. Today, 9:52 am
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  • Yan Gomes not in Sunday's lineup
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting some rest on the last day of the season. Roberto Perez will handle the catching duties. Today, 9:45 am
  • Kyle Schwarber sitting out on Sunday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. The Cubs have Chris Denorfia and Chris Coghlan at the corner outfield spots. Today, 8:13 am
  • Maldonado singles for only hit off Hendricks
    Martin Maldonado went 1-for-3 with a single in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The only reason Maldonado's single is even noteworthy is that it was the only hit the Brewers could manage against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks over six innings. For the season, the 29-year-old backup catcher is hitting a paltry .212/.286/.296 with four homers and 22 RBI in 226 at-bats. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Tom Murphy leaves with left shoulder injury
    Tom Murphy left Saturday's game against the Giants with a strained left shoulder.

    Advice: He injured himself sliding back to second on a pickoff play. Dustin Garneau replaced Murphy behind the plate in the fifth inning. Murphy struck out and walked in his two plate appearances. Yesterday, 3:36 pm
  • Wieters sitting out Game 2 of doubleheader
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Advice: Wieters reached base five times with four walks and a single in the early portion of Saturday's double dip. For the nightcap, he'll sit in favor of Caleb Joseph. Wieters should be back for tomorrow's season finale. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • A.J. Pierzynski limited to pinch-hitting
    A.J. Pierzynski (knee, ankle) will likely be limited to pinch-hitting for the rest of the season.

    Advice: Pierzynski left Friday's game with a bruised left knee. He's also dealing with an ankle injury. With Christian Bethancourt (thumb) also hurt, Ryan Lavarnway is expected to catch Atlanta's final two games. Yesterday, 1:51 pm
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  • Wieters reaches base five times in win
    Matt Wieters reached base in all five of his plate appearances Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Wieters singled and tied a career-high with four walks. This season hasn't been what the 29-year-old had in mind for his walk year, but he now owns a six-game hitting streak. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a well-deserved day of rest for the top offensive catcher in the league. He should be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale. Trevor Brown is getting the start and batting eighth for the Giants on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:23 am
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  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals lineup
    Salvador Perez (thumb) returned to the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez jammed his thumb during Thursday's game against the White Sox and sat out Friday as a precautionary measure. The injury is believed to be minor and shouldn't impact him heading into the postseason. Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Wilson Ramos not in Nats lineup for Game 1
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.

    Advice: He'll presumably be back behind the dish for the second game. Jose Lobaton will do the catching for the afternoon game and will bat eighth for the Nationals against Noah Syndergaard. Yesterday, 7:32 am
  • Peter O'Brien homers off bench
    Peter O'Brien homered off Dallas Keuchel in his lone at-bat off the bench Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: It seems crazy that the Diamondbacks haven't given O'Brien a single start since his callup on Sept. 8, but it likely has a lot to do with his unsettled position situation. The team is again looking at making him a full-time catcher, even though he's never going to be very good back there. His bat remains intriguing. He's had just seven plate appearances since his callup, but he's 3-for-5 with two walks. It seems like the Diamondbacks really blew it by not giving him some starts in left. Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Pierzynski leaves game with various injuries
    A.J. Pierzynski was lifted from Friday's game against the Cardinals after getting hit by a pitch on his knee.

    Advice: The veteran backstop also fouled a ball off his foot before departing. There's a strong chance that he's held out over the final two games of the season, leaving Christian Bethancourt to handle the catching duties. Friday, 8:39 pm
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  • Martin clocks two-run homer in win
    Russell Martin had a big game in Friday's win over the Rays, finishing 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.

    Advice: Martin's two-run homer in the seventh inning made the score 8-4 and represented the last runs that either team would put on the board. The veteran catcher has been a key addition to the Blue Jays' 2015 campaign, hitting .241/.329/.460 with 23 homers and 77 RBI. The 23 long balls represent a career high for Martin. Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Santana clears bases with three-run double
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a three-run double, two walks and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Santana opened the scoring in Friday's contest, unloading for a three-run double off Red Sox starter Henry Owens in the third inning. The three ribbies pushed his season RBI total to 84. With two games left in the 2015 season, he's slashing .230/.356/.388 with 18 homers, plus the 84 driven in. Friday, 7:26 pm
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  • Perez (thumb) to play on Saturday
    Salvador Perez (thumb) isn't in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, but is expected to play on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez jammed his thumb during Thursday's win over the White Sox. He's not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, but should be able to play on Saturday. Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Casali (hamstring) done for season
    Curt Casali (hamstring) will not play in any of the Rays' final three games.

    Advice: Casali's been out since late August. At this point in the season, it makes little sense for the Rays to push him back into action. He finishes the 2015 campaign with a .238/.304/.594 triple-slash, 10 homers and 18 RBI over 101 at-bats covering 38 games. Friday, 1:49 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Salvador Perez dealing with swollen thumb
    Salvador Perez is considered day-to-day with swelling in his right thumb.

    Advice: He jammed the thumb swinging the bat during Thursday's game. Expect him to rest a game or two over the weekend in order to be at full strength for the start of the postseason. Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Yan Gomes out of Indians' lineup Thursday
    Yan Gomes is out of the Indians' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Roberto Perez will start at catcher and bat seventh against Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey. Gomes is wrapping up a frustrating and mostly-disappointing 2015 season. Thursday, 12:39 pm
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher in the Cubs' series finale Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: It's his first start behind the plate since August 31. Schwarber, who's been playing primarily in left field, will bat seventh Thursday versus Reds lefty John Lamb. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup versus Dodgers
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: After being eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday, the Giants will rest their star catcher in Wednesday's series finale. Trevor Brown is behind the plate for the Giants in Posey's absence. Wednesday, 3:38 pm
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  • Schwarber has two hits, run scored vs. Reds
    Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber also walked twice, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances on the evening. One of those walks and his run came in the Cubs' four-run first inning as they got to Reds starter Josh Smith early. Schwarber, who has cooled considerably since lighting the world on fire after his promotion in late July, is hitting .247/.357/.502 with 16 homers, 43 RBI and 50 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Pierzynski homers twice in win over Nationals
    A.J. Pierzynski finished 3-for-3 with two home runs as the Braves topped the Nationals 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pierzynski was the only one able to get to Nationals starter Tanner Roark, as he finished with three of the team's five hits. That includes both of the team's runs, driven in on solo homers in the fourth and seventh innings. Pierzynski has quietly had a strong offensive season for the Braves, batting .299/.336/.429 with nine homers, 47 RBI and 38 runs in 111 games. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; 1:30 pm vs StL
  • Peter O'Brien wants to catch again
    Peter O'Brien has told the Diamondbacks that he wants to return to the catcher position.

    Advice: O'Brien had the yips when trying to throw the ball back to the pitcher earlier this season and eventually moved to the outfield. He doesn't think it will be an issue anymore, though, and he and the D'Backs would both like him to take another crack at things behind the plate. O'Brien would certainly make for a much more interesting prospect if he can stick at catcher. Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Casali (hamstring) might return this season
    Curt Casali (hamstring) might play a few more games this year.

    Advice: Casali is finally making progress in his recovery from a left hamstring strain -- an injury that landed him on the disabled list August 26. He has opened some eyes in limited action this year, registering an .898 OPS and 10 home runs in 38 games. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Kyle Schwarber not in Monday's lineup
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Chris Coghlan is in left field. Monday, 3:08 pm
  • Molina (thumb) ruled out for regular season
    Yadier Molina (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainer of the regular season after a doctor on Monday prescribed him another week of rest.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday and still has a chance to be ready for the start of the postseason, but obviously this news isn't ideal. Molina is dealing with a slight ligament tear in his left thumb that doesn't really affect him catching but could be a hindrance at the plate. Tony Cruz will continue to handle the catching duties for the Cardinals. Monday, 2:06 pm
  • Pierzynski goes 1-for-4 in return to lineup
    A.J. Pierzynski (shoulder) returned to the Braves starting lineup on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Pierzynski was forced to leave Friday's contest with a bruised shoulder, but it appears to be a minor issue and shouldn't impact his availability the remainder of the season. The veteran backstop is hitting .294/.332/.410 with seven homers and 45 RBI in 110 games this year. Sep 27, 8:11 pm
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  • Santana legs out two-run triple in first
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-5 with a two-run triple and three total RBI in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Santana rocked a first inning triple to score two runs against Royals starter Kris Medlen. He would later add an RBI fielder's choice in the sixth inning. The other three at-bats? All strikeouts. For the season, the 29-year-old slugger is slashing .234/.361/.397 with 18 homers, 80 RBI and two triples. Sep 26, 7:52 pm
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  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Nothing more than a routine day of rest for the rookie slugger. It'll be Austin Jackson getting the start in left field and batting second against opposing southpaw Francisco Liriano. Sep 26, 7:28 am
  • A.J. Pierzynski leaves with bruised shoulder
    A.J. Pierzynski was forced to leave Friday's game against the Marlins with a bruised shoulder.

    Advice: He's considered day-to-day. The veteran backstop wasn't going to play on Saturday with a left-hander on the mound for the Marlins anyways, and could return to the lineup as early as Sunday. Sep 25, 8:58 pm
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  • Stephen Vogt catching on Friday
    Stephen Vogt (groin) is starting at catcher for the Athletics on Friday.

    Advice: Vogt has made one start in the designated hitter spot and one at first base this week, but this is his first start behind the plate since he was hit in the groin by a foul tip on September 6. He's batting fifth versus Mike Leake and the Giants. Sep 25, 2:19 pm
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  • Matt Wieters not in lineup Friday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest. Caleb Joseph is catching Friday. Sep 25, 1:25 pm
  • Salvador Perez sitting out on Friday
    Salvador Perez is absent from the Royals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Perez returned from a knee injury Thursday but is getting some more rest now that the club has clinched the division. Francisco Pena is behind the dish. Sep 25, 1:02 pm
  • Carlos Santana hits three-run homer in win
    Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and walked twice in the Indians' 6-3 victory in Minnesota on Thursday.

    Advice: Now he's done it: Santana has hit exactly three homers in each of the six months this year. We just hope he doesn't spoil it by hitting another in the next six days. It'd make it even more impressive if he could hit three homers in the four October games on the schedule before the season runs out. Sep 24, 9:11 pm
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  • Wieters' two-run homer in eighth busts Nats
    Matt Wieters hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning of Thursday's 5-4 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The Nationals took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning. Such things are but mere dreams in the presence of Matt Wieters, who stepped to the plate in the eighth and drilled a two-run home run off Nationals reliever Blake Treinen to propel his birdies to a 5-4 lead and cap off an Orioles sweep. In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, the veteran catcher is hitting .251/.292/.397 with seven home runs and 21 RBI. Sep 24, 4:56 pm
  • Ramos hammers solo home run in loss
    Wilson Ramos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Ramos hit homer No. 14 of the season in the seventh inning. It knotted the score at 3-3. The Nationals would go ahead by one run later in the inning, but would yack up the lead one frame later. For the season, the 28-year-old backstop is slashing .234/.264/.363 with the 14 homers and 66 RBI. The home run power is fine for his position, but nothing else in his numbers impresses much. Sep 24, 4:45 pm
  • Sal Perez (knee) back in Thursday's lineup
    Salvador Perez (knee) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: Perez left Wednesday's game with a bruised left knee, but it's not a major concern. He'll bat eighth against left-hander James Paxton. Sep 24, 1:11 pm
  • Posey (hip, back) goes 0-for-4 in return
    Buster Posey (hip, back) finished 0-for-4 in his return to the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He did however score a run. Posey was a late scratch from Tuesday's starting lineup due to some mild soreness in his hip and back. They shouldn't be lingering issues. Sep 24, 5:53 am
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