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  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Thursday
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with it being a day game after a night game. Martin Maldonado is filling in behind the plate. 57 minutes ago
  • Roberto Perez (thumb) nears rehab games
    Roberto Perez (thumb) could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: Perez would be used in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually catching some games. Out since late April with a thumb injury, Perez could make it back before the All-Star break. Today, 7:02 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • McCann hits two bombs to lead Yanks to win
    Brian McCann hit two home runs against the Rangers on Wednesday, including a ninth-inning three-run bomb to tie a game the Yankees later won 9-7.

    Advice: Two batters later Didi Gregorius hit a walkoff homer. The home runs gave McCann 12 for the season. He finished the night 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs and 4 RBI. The great game boosted McCann's batting line to .229/.333/.439 with 32 runs and 34 RBI in 63 games. He no longer hits for a high batting average like he did for several years in Atlanta, but he hits for enough power to be one of the better fantasy catchers to own. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
    10:05 am vs ^ Tex
  • Clevenger breaks bone in hand on foul-tip
    Updating a previous item, Steve Clevenger was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Pirates after fracturing the third metacarpal in his right hand.

    Advice: The third metacarpal is part of the middle finger. Clevenger fractured the bone after taking a foul tip off the bat of Gregory Polanco in the third inning and was immediately replaced by Chris Iannetta behind the plate. Expect the Mariners to call up a catcher to aid their depth. Mike Zunino and Steve Baron are both potential options. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Clevenger exits after taking foul-tip to hand
    Steve Clevenger was pulled early in Wednesday's game against the Pirates after taking a foul-tip off his right hand.

    Advice: Clevenger suffered the foul-tip during an at-bat by Gregory Polanco to lead off the third inning. He left with the trainer after suffering the setback, with Chris Iannetta taking over at catcher in his absence. The Mariners should pass along official word as to the nature of Clevenger's injury as the game progresses. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Cervelli (hand) readying for simulated game
    Francisco Cervelli (hand) will take part in a simulated game on Friday.

    Advice: Cervelli underwent surgery to repair a broken left hand in mid-June. Trainer Todd Tomczyk broke down his recovery, saying, "He's gripping the bat, taking some swings in the cage. He's keeping the right arm in shape. He's long tossing." Given Cervelli's initial 4-6 week timetable, he might be ready to return around the All-Star Break. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Jett Bandy crunches solo homer in loss
    Jett Bandy went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Bandy's second-inning homer off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel temporarily knotted the proceedings at 1-1. They would actually take a 2-1 lead later in the frame, but the red-hot Astros came roaring back with another nine runs before the game's conclusion. The 26-year-old Bandy has seen 49 at-bats since being called up to help fill in for Geovany Soto (knee) in mid-May. He is slashing .265/.283/.429 with two homers and 10 RBI in that space. Soto is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday, meaning that Bandy's days with the big league club are probably nearing their end for the time being, though he could conceivably stick on the roster even after Soto returns. Yesterday, 4:54 pm
  • Soto (knee) set for rehab stint Thursday
    Geovany Soto (knee) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Soto had surgery in mid-May to repair a torn right meniscus and now he's ready to get back into game action. He should return before the All-Star break if all goes well. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Joseph (groin) nearing return to O's
    Caleb Joseph (groin) could be cleared to join the Orioles after a rehab game Wednesday with High-A Frederick.

    Advice: Joseph began a rehab assignment two weeks ago and returned to the plate on Monday. If all goes well, he'll rejoin the Orioles on Thursday in Seattle. Joseph has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a testicular injury that required surgery. Yesterday, 11:25 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Martin not in Wednesday's lineup
    Russell Martin is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: Not a surprise after how Tuesday's game played out. Josh Thole will start behind the plate and catch Aaron Sanchez. Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • Wieters not in Wednesday's lineup
    Matt Wieters is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll get some rest with the day game. Francisco Pena will start behind the dish and catch Yovani Gallardo. Yesterday, 10:28 am
  • Jason Castro out of lineup Wednesday
    Jason Castro is out of the Astros' starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: He'll get some rest with the day game after the night game. Evan Gattis will start behind the plate. Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Castillo not in Wednesday's lineup
    Welington Castillo is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: He'll sit the day game after the night game. Chris Herrmann will be behind the plate and catch Archie Bradley. Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Contreras starting at C, batting cleanup Wed.
    Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Contreras has been holding down left field recently, so this will be his first start behind the plate since Friday. The 24-year-old is batting .355/.459/.677 with three homers and nine RBI through 37 plate appearances in the majors. Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Lucroy has two doubles, two RBI vs. Dodgers
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull the Brewers within two runs, but the comeback wasn't to be. Despite the team's lack of success, the 30-year-old is having a fine offensive season. Lucroy now has 38 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a .302/.360/.504 line through 71 games. Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Derek Norris not in Padres lineup on Tuesday
    Derek Norris is not in the Padres starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: He'll take a seat in the first game of a brief two-game series against the O's. Christian Bethancourt will suit up behind the plate and bat sixth against Ubaldo Jimenez on Tuesday. Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Salvador Perez not in Royals lineup Tuesday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The hard-working backstop will take a rare day off against right-hander Michael Wacha. Drew Butera will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Royals. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup on Tuesday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Rangers.

    Advice: He'll get a breather against tough opposing southpaw Cole Hamels. Austin Romine will start in his place behind the dish and bat ninth for the Bombers on Tuesday. Tuesday, 1:04 pm
    10:05 am vs ^ Tex
  • Cubs outright Federowicz to AAA
    Cubs sent C Tim Federowicz outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Federowicz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. Assuming he decides to stay with the organization, he'll serve as catching depth in Triple-A. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Ross starting behind plate Tuesday
    David Ross will start behind the plate Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: No surprise with Jon Lester on the hill. He also draws the matchup against the lefty John Lamb for Cincinnati. Willson Contreras is getting another start in left field while Matt Szczur is playing center. Tuesday, 11:30 am
  • Cards designate Fryer for assignment
    Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Bryan Pena on the active roster. Fryer has played well in sporadic duty with the Cardinals this season, batting .368 (14-for-38) two doubles and five RBI over 24 games. Tuesday, 10:38 am
    Not Active
    4:15 pm vs KC
  • Cardinals activate Pena from 15-day DL
    Cardinals activated C Brayan Peńa from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pena has been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee, but he's finally ready to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Eric Fryer was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster. Tuesday, 10:36 am
  • Sandy Leon homers in loss to Rays
    Sandy Leon singled and ripped a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Leon took reliever Danny Farquhar deep in the eighth inning. The journeyman catcher could be playing his way into sticking on the roster after Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list. Monday, 8:31 pm
  • Tyler Flowers belts homer in loss to Tribe
    Tyler Flowers smacked a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Flowers' blast off of Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning pulled the Braves to within two at the time, but it proved inconsequential after the Tribe's offense extended the lead late. The catcher has five dingers on the season as he shares starts with A.J. Pierzynski. Monday, 7:58 pm
  • Peńa (knee) on track to return Tuesday
    Brayan Peńa (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Peńa batted .192 (10-for-52) over 14 games during his minor league rehab assignment and has already rejoined the Cardinals in Kansas City. He's been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. Monday, 3:05 pm
  • Ellis drives in go-ahead run vs. Pirates
    A.J. Ellis hit a go-ahead infield single in the Dodgers’ 5-4 win over the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: You don’t see "A.J. Ellis infield single" very often, but he hit a ball deep in the hole at shortstop and Jordy Mercer had a tough time getting a hold on it for the throw to first base. The single put a bow on a four-run fifth inning for the Dodgers, which stood up as the difference in the ballgame. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon and is hitting .210/.310/.280 over 38 games this season. He’s not fantasy relevant. Monday, 1:32 pm
  • Yadier Molina not in Sunday's lineup
    Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day off for Molina, who is batting just .222/.284/.287 since the beginning of May. Eric Fryer is starting behind the plate. Jhonny Peralta is also getting a breather, as the Cards have Jedd Gyorko at third base. Sunday, 10:52 am
  • Welington Castillo sitting out on Sunday
    Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a normal day of rest for Castillo, who has struggled since the beginning of May. Chris Herrmann is catching Sunday. Sunday, 10:49 am
  • Matt Wieters getting a day off Sunday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Francisco Pena is catching Sunday. Sunday, 8:18 am
  • Jett Bandy has made four straight starts
    Jett Bandy started his fourth straight game at catcher for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The Angels like Carlos Perez's defense, but Bandy is more interesting with the bat. The 26-year-old has hit .310/.311/.500 with two homers over his first 47 major league plate appearances and has batted .286/.339/.452 with 13 dingers at Triple-A since the beginning of last season. Given the current state of the catcher position in fantasy, Bandy could potentially carve out some deep league value if he keeps getting regular playing time. The problem is that Geovany Soto (knee) is due back soon, so regular at-bats might be hard to come by. Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Willson Contreras getting another start in LF
    Willson Contreras is starting in left field for the second straight game Sunday.

    Advice: He's in the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Contreras hadn't played in the outfield since 2013, but he's got a seven-game hitting streak going to begin his career and the Cubs want to keep riding him. The 24-year-old faces a tall task Sunday against Jose Fernandez. Sunday, 7:03 am
  • Red Sox could option Christian Vazquez
    The Red Sox are considering optioning Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket when Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list later this week.

    Advice: Vazquez is sporting an ugly .212/.261/.298 batting line on the season. He's known as a defensive catcher and the Red Sox certainly aren't hurting for offense, so they can deal with his poor showing at the plate. However, the bigger concern here is they don't want to expose Sandy Leon to waivers. Leon is 12-for-22 at the plate and is a quality defensive catcher himself. The club also could think a little time in the minors for Vazquez could do his offense some good after he missed so much time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Unless they want to carry three catchers for a while, Boston will have a tough decision to make soon. Sunday, 5:54 am
  • Rupp's seventh home run propels Phillies
    Cameron Rupp launched his seventh homer of the season, a two-run blast that lead the Phillies to victory over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Given the poor state of the catching landscape, Rupp's numbers make him borderline usable in fantasy starting lineups. He has a .270 batting average with a .789 OPS. His counting stats (16 runs and 18 RBI) are poor but at least he doesn't kill your team's batting average like many catchers do. Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Wieters homers twice, O's sweep doubleheader
    Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI as the Orioles took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays by the score of 8-6.

    Advice: Wieters, who didn't start the first game of the doubleheader, made his start count, smashing a two-run homer off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning before adding a solo shot off reliever Danny Farquhar in the eighth. Wieters now has nine big flies on the year, batting .278/.332/.471 through 53 games. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Norris pilfers another base in win over Reds
    Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Not known for his speed, Norris now has a stolen base in each of his past two games and three overall this year. He's been finding ways to contribute in recent days, homering three times with 10 RBI and eight runs scored in his last eight games played. He's hitting a less inspiring .213/.269/.394 overall. Saturday, 5:09 pm
  • Cervelli (hand) does some drill work on Saturday
    Francisco Cervelli (hand) did some catching drills on Saturday.

    Advice: He had his stitches removed on Friday. Cervelli is still building up strength after fracturing his left hand earlier this month. His original timetable was 4-6 weeks and it doesn't look like that's changed. Chris Stewart and Erik Kratz will continue to fill in behind the plate for Pittsburgh. Saturday, 2:18 pm
  • Willson Contreras starting in LF on Saturday
    Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County. Saturday, 9:43 am
  • Wieters sits for first game of doubleheader
    Matt Wieters is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.

    Advice: No surprise here, but look for him to play the nightcap. Francisco Pena will start behind the plate for the first game. Saturday, 8:04 am
  • Contreras homers, drives in three in win
    Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

    Advice: Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Geovany Soto (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Geovany Soto (knee) could begin a rehab assignment late next week.

    Advice: It had been previously reported that he might begin one earlier this week. While that obviously didn't happen, Soto as been hitting, running, throwing and catching bullpen sessions and is nearing game action. He should return before the All-Star break if all goes well. Friday, 8:55 am
    15-Day DL
  • Norris hits three-run homer in win over Reds
    Derek Norris hit a three-run home run, and the Padres bested the Reds 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres were trailing 4-3 when Norris connected on a JC Ramirez pitch for the three-run bomb in the sixth inning. The homer was his second in as many games and his third in his last five contests, giving him 10 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. The power is nice, but Norris' on-base skills have disappeared completely this year en route to a paltry .215/.266/.402 line overall. Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Ross hits sixth home run in loss to Marlins
    David Ross hit his sixth home run of the season in a loss to the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Ross now has six homers in just 38 games this year. He's batting .247/.361/.474 in those games with 23 RBI and 16 runs scored. The 39-year-old will continue to be Jon Lester's personal catcher, but with the arrival of top prospect Willson Contreras and the continued presence of Miguel Montero, Ross' playing time could dwindle as the season wears on. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Willson Contreras to see time in the outfield
    In addition to playing first base and catcher, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Willson Contreras will also see time in the outfield.

    Advice: Maddon compared Contreras to Kyle Schwarber, who saw time at both outfield and catcher when he was healthy. Either way, it looks like the Cubs are committed to having Contreras' bat in the lineup. Contreras hasn't played outfield since 2013 when he made two appearances in right field for Low-A Kane County. Putting Contreras in left field would allow Kris Bryant to return to third base. Playing multiple positions is only going to help Contreras' fantasy value. Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Joseph (groin) set to play catcher in rehab
    Caleb Joseph (groin) is expected to begin catching in games at High-A Frederick on Monday.

    Advice: He went 4-for-5 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, and an RBI as the DH at Double-A Bowie on Wednesday. It was a doubleheader. Joseph has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a testicular injury that required surgery. He could be ready to return late next week. Thursday, 5:48 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Russell Martin cranks three-run homer vs ARI
    Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Martin struck early, smashing his three-run homer off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray in the first inning. He would not find another hit on the afternoon. For the season, the veteran backstop owns a .218/.304/.335 triple-slash with six homers and 28 RBI over 197 at-bats. Martin's season has been a disappointment to date, especially given that he launched a career-high 23 home runs in 2015. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Willson Contreras in lineup again Tuesday
    Willson Contreras is in the Cubs' starting lineup again Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Contreras made his first start behind the plate on Monday and he's right back in there on Tuesday. The 24-year-old figures to sit in starts involving Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, but he could still start two or three out of every five games. He's a viable option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Vazquez has two hits, RBI against White Sox
    Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Vazquez had two of his team's five hits against Miguel Gonzalez and company, and his RBI base hit in the seventh inning tied the score before the White Sox won it in the 10th. Serving as the team's primary backstop this year, the 25-year-old is batting just .221/.257/.310 in 43 games. The Sox lineup has no issue scoring runs and Vazquez isn't in there for his stick, though, so he'll continue to see the majority of the time behind the dish going forward. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Contreras could start two out of five games
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Willson Contreras may get two out of every five starts behind the plate.

    Advice: Contreras, who homered on the first MLB pitch he saw on Sunday, is starting behind the plate Monday. He's clearly the future behind the plate in Chicago, but the Cubs have the luxury of a big lead in the NL Central and can ease him into things in the short-term. He could earn a larger responsibility in relatively short order, so he's worth stashing in fantasy leagues where you have the proper roster flexibility. Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Contreras starts at catcher, bats fifth Mon.
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be the first career start for Contreras, who hit a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. Contreras was slashing .350/.439/.591 in 239 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa prior to his June 17 promotion and is worth stashing in deeper leagues in the event that he carves out regular playing time. Miguel Montero and David Ross are still in the mix. Monday, 12:37 pm
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