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  • Padres expected to call up Austin Hedges
    Corey Brock of reports that the Padres are expected to recall Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

    Advice: Brock notes that Hedges will join the team in San Francisco in time for Monday's series opener. Widely regarded as one of the top defensive catching prospects in all of baseball, it's unclear how much action Hedges will see with the Padres. The 22-year-old was hitting .343/.413/.552 with two homers and 15 RBI in 20 games at El Paso.
    Yesterday, 8:05 pm
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  • Yasmani Grandal blasts walkoff homer in 13th
    Yasmani Grandal blasted a walkoff home run leading off the 13th inning on Sunday, propelling the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Grandal entered the game as a pinch-hitter when he drew a walk for A.J. Ellis in the tenth inning. His only official at-bat in the contest was his game-winning blast off Evan Marshall in the 13th inning. He's now hitting .230/.356/.377 with two homers and three RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Vogt homers twice, drives in four vs Rangers
    Stephen Vogt hit home runs in back-to-back innings against the Rangers on Sunday, finishing the game with four RBI.

    Advice: Vogt hit a solo home run off of Yovani Gallardo in the sixth inning, then topped himself the next inning, slugging a three-run shot off Alex Claudio. He finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, four RBI and two walks. The big game gives Vogt six home runs for the season and 20 RBI. He's hitting a sterling .356/.455/.671 in his first season as the A's full-time catcher.
    Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Gattis homers twice, drives in four vs M's
    Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four runs in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Gattis put up huge numbers against the Mariners, finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. He hit a three-run shot off J.A. Happ in the first inning to jump the Astros out to a 3-0 lead, then hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to put them ahead 7-6. That would hold as the final score. Gattis has now homered in three straight games, a hot streak that's come seemingly from nowhere. Prior to the start of the team's home series with the Mariners, Gattis was hitting just .174/.208/.304 with two home runs and seven RBI. He exits with a line of .198/.225/.442, six home runs and 17 RBI. Not a bad little series.
    Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Martin homers in a losing effort vs. Indians
    Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as the Blue Jays lost to the Indians on Sunday.

    Advice: With the Blue Jays down four runs in the top of the ninth, Martin hit a solo home run off of Cody Allen, but it didn't matter much. It's the fifth of the year for the catcher. He has done his part at the plate, batting .227/.366/.493 with 15 RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:33 pm
  • Ryan Hanigan moved to 60-day DL
    Red Sox transferred C Ryan Hanigan from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Luis Jimenez. Hanigan is out through the All-Star break after having surgery on Saturday to repair a fractured hand.
    Yesterday, 11:46 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs TB
  • Yasmani Grandal sitting out on Sunday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's merely a day of rest for Grandal. A.J. Ellis is catching Brett Anderson.
    Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • Robinson Chirinos sitting out Sunday
    Robinson Chirinos is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a breather. Carlos Corporan is behind the plate Sunday in Chirinos' place.
    Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • Tyler Flowers under the weather
    Tyler Flowers is not in the White Sox' lineup Sunday due to the flu.

    Advice: He's one of a few on the club who are under the weather. Flowers should be available after Monday's off day. Geovany Soto is behind the plate Sunday.
    Yesterday, 8:34 am
  • Wieters still feels occasional elbow soreness
    Matt Wieters admitted Sunday that he still feels occasional soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow.

    Advice: The Orioles are viewing it as part of the recovery process, but Wieters' absence has clearly dragged on longer than expected. He's still catching games at extended spring training and a date for him to begin a rehab assignment hasn't been set yet. At this point it's looking unlikely that Wieters will return before late May/early June.
    Yesterday, 8:23 am
    15-Day DL
  • Francisco Cervelli sitting out Sunday
    Francisco Cervelli is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather as many catchers do on Sunday. Chris Stewart is behind the dish in Cervelli's place.
    Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Wilson Ramos not in lineup Sunday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. Jose Lobaton is at catcher Sunday in Ramos' place.
    Yesterday, 8:14 am
  • Kurt Suzuki absent from lineup Sunday
    Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Chris Herrmann is at catcher Sunday in Suzuki's place.
    Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • J.T. Realmuto sitting out on Sunday
    J.T. Realmuto is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Jhonatan Solano is at catcher in Realmuto's place.
    Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Carlos Ruiz absent from Sunday's lineup
    Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Many starting catchers get a breather on Sundays, and that's the case here with Ruiz. Cameron Rupp will catch Severino Gonzalez.
    Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • 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.
    Saturday, 4:56 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.
    Saturday, 1:37 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs TB
  • 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.
    Saturday, 10:02 am
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    4:05 pm @Was
  • 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.
    Saturday, 7:27 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs TB
  • 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.
    Friday, 7:44 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs TB
  • 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.
    Friday, 6:31 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs TB
  • 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.
    Friday, 6:01 am
    15-Day DL
  • 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.
    Thursday, 7:25 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.
    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.
    Thursday, 10:17 am
  • Cervelli not in Pirates' lineup Wednesday
    Francisco Cervelli is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Chris Stewart will catch Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. It's just a day of rest for Cervelli.
    Wednesday, 1:40 pm
  • Evan Gattis not in Wednesday's lineup
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Gattis homered in Tuesday's game, but he's now sat out two of the three contests in San Diego with the designated hitter spot not available. Jason Castro is also getting a day off, as Hank Conger is catching Dallas Keuchel.
    Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 5:54 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Ramos not in Tuesday's lineup
    Wilson Ramos is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against right-hander Julio Teheran. Jose Lobaton will catch rookie A.J. Cole and bat sixth.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 11:13 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Was
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 10:22 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Was
  • 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.
    Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Evan Gattis getting a breather Monday
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: The Astros don't have the designated hitter available in San Diego, so Gattis finds himself on the bench. He's hitting just .156/.194/.250 this season but does have two straight multi-hit games.
    Monday, 4:15 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.
    Monday, 2:37 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Was
  • 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.
    Monday, 12:22 pm
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    4:05 pm @Was
  • 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.
    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.
    Apr 25, 1:26 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Evan Gattis not in Astros lineup Saturday
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day off for Gattis, which is somewhat odd timing after his two-hit effort on Friday night. Expect him to return on Sunday.
    Apr 25, 10:48 am
  • 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.
    Apr 24, 11:59 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Hedges stays hot
    Padres prospect C Austin Hedges went 2-for-4 with a double and stolen base on Thursday for Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hedges has been on a tear to begin the season, batting .359/.444/.641 with seven extra-base hits and a 5/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio through his first 13 games. The 22-year-old backstop has been hitting the ball with authority after making adjustments to his swing, and it certainly doesnÂ’t hurt that he now resides in the offense-heavy Pacific Coast League. Hedges is likely to see time with the Padres this season based on the merits of his defense, but his improvements at the dish and overall uptick in production could get him there ahead of schedule.
    Apr 24, 11:31 am
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