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  • Erik Kratz clears waivers, elects free agency
    Erik Kratz has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: He went unclaimed on waivers after the Red Sox designated him for assignment last week. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports suggests the Mariners could be interested. The 35-year-old has appeared in four major league games this season, all with Kansas City.
    Yesterday, 9:02 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Red Sox could keep three catchers
    The Red Sox could keep three catchers when Ryan Hanigan (hand) returns from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sandy Leon would seem to be the odd man out but he'd have to clear waivers to go to the minor leagues, which would give other teams a chance to claim him. The Red Sox don't have much catching depth with Christian Vasquez out for the season and Humberto Quintero on Triple-A Pawtucket's disabled list. Leon hasn't provided much offense (.160 in 75 at-bats) but he's been Boston's best defensive catcher.
    Yesterday, 4:51 am
  • Welington Castillo powers D'Backs to victory
    Welington Castillo clobbered a three-run homer on Sunday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 victory over the Padres in San Diego.

    Advice: The second inning blast off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne put the D'Backs ahead, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .200/.260/.400 with six long balls and 18 RBI on the season.
    Sunday, 6:44 pm
  • Red Sox outright Erik Kratz to Triple-A
    Red Sox sent C Erik Kratz outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The 35-year-old was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Red Sox, just a few days after being claimed off waivers from the Royals. He'll continue to provide organizational catching depth for the Red Sox.
    Sunday, 5:41 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • McCann walk-off HR completes Tigers' comeback
    James McCann smacked a walk-off, solo home run in the Tigers' comeback win over the White Sox Sunday.

    Advice: The Tigers were dominated for seven innings by Jeff Samardzija, but they tied things up in the eighth with Victor Martinez's bases-clearing double. McCann, who singled and scored in the eighth, then won it by depositing a Zach Putnam pitch just over the left-field wall. Alex Avila (knee) is due back soon, but McCann will continue to start versus lefties.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber cranks first Triple-A home run
    Cubs C prospect Kyle Schwarber blasted his first Triple-A home run Saturday for Iowa.

    Advice: Schwarber homered in the majors before hitting his first Triple-A home run. The 22-year-old finished a triple shy of the cycle on Saturday and is now batting .263 in 19 at-bats for Iowa. Schwarber's bat is big-league ready. Now he just needs to work on his catching.
    Sunday, 12:39 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Tommy Joseph moves from C to 1B
    The Phillies are converting former catcher prospect Tommy Joseph to a first baseman.

    Advice: Joseph was once a nice prospect behind the plate, but he's dealt with numerous concussions and the Phils have finally decided enough is enough. "He’s not going to catch going forward," said director of player development Joe Jordan. "We’re not going to expose him to that type of risk. Tommy is very excited about the move and anxious to get back on the field playing again." Joseph is hitting just .123/.135/.178 this season and it's fair to question whether he has enough bat to profile at first base.
    Sunday, 11:39 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • Susac delivers three-run double against Rox
    Andrew Susac went 2-for-4 with three RBI in a win over the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning, Susac came through with a double that cleared the bases. He's got an eight-game hitting streak that has run his line to .288/.367/.463. With Buster Posey behind the dish, Susac remains a part-time player, even with his offensive ability.
    Saturday, 4:35 pm
  • Cubs designate Rafael Lopez for assignment
    Cubs designated C Rafael Lopez for assignment.

    Advice: The Cubs view Kyle Schwarber as their catcher of the future and want to give him as many reps as possible. Lopez has posted a respectable .276 average in 46 games for Triple-A Iowa this season, though his power has been nonexistent (no homers in 156 at-bats). The 27-year-old shouldn't have trouble finding a new team.
    Saturday, 3:21 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Avila begins minor league rehab assignment
    Alex Avila (knee) began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday, going 1-for-3 and catching for five innings.

    Advice: He'll serve as the designated hitter in Saturday's game before getting back behind the dish on Sunday. He's likely to remain on his rehab assignment for a week or two to get his timing back, having been on the shelf since May 7. With James McCann excelling as the Tigers starting catcher, Avila will probably face a time share when he returns.
    Saturday, 5:58 am
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs Pit
  • John Jaso (wrist) ready for rehab assignment
    John Jaso (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Saturday.

    Advice: Jaso finally turned a corner recently with his ailing left wrist and is ready for game action now. It's not clear how many rehab games he'll need, but given that he's been sidelined since Opening Day it figures to be quite a few. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on him being back until the start of the second half.
    Friday, 1:20 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Jason Castro goes 0-for-3 versus Yankees
    Jason Castro went 0-for-3 against the Yankees on Thursday, dropping his average to .217.

    Advice: Castro has been losing some playing time to Hank Conger of late, though he's still the nominal starter for now. He's hitting .184 with two homers, four RBI and 21 strikeouts this month. Conger is at .324 with two homers, seven RBI and 10 strikeouts in 37 at-bats.
    Thursday, 7:47 pm
  • Rosario has three hits in comeback win
    Wilin Rosario went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in a 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

    Advice: His single was part of a five-run eighth inning as the Rockies came back to beat the Diamondbacks. On the strength of three straight multi-hit games, Rosario has pulled his batting average up from .270 to .302 for the year.
    Thursday, 4:02 pm
  • Swihart (foot) back in Red Sox lineup Thurs.
    Blake Swihart (foot) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Swihart missed a handful of games with a sprained left foot. He's starting at catcher and batting eighth.
    Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Red Sox DFA veteran catcher Erik Kratz
    Red Sox designated C Erik Kratz for assignment.

    Advice: Kratz was only with the Red Sox for a handful of days and did not make a plate appearance. The 35-year-old catcher was claimed off waivers from the Royals on Sunday.
    Thursday, 7:51 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Susac pokes a double and a triple vs. Padres
    Andrew Susac went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored in the Giants' 6-0 win versus the Padres on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Both extra-base knocks came off Ian Kennedy. San Francisco appears to be getting more comfortable with the notion of playing Brandon Belt in left field, a development which would open up additional at-bats for Susac (with Buster Posey, of course, kicking over to first). Susac certainly deserves more field time. He now boasts a .278/.366/.417 slash line in only 72 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 10:28 pm
  • John Jaso (wrist) nearing rehab assignment
    John Jaso (wrist) could begin a rehab assignment before the end of the week.

    Advice: Jaso's recovery from a bruised left wrist has been painfully slow, but he's been taking batting practice recently with no issues. Given that he's been sidelined since Opening Day, he figures to require more than just a handful of rehab games. A return prior to the All-Star break seems unlikely.
    Wednesday, 7:29 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Josh Phegley belts fourth home run
    Josh Phegley doubled in a pair of runs and smacked a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Phegley let a run score on a passed ball in the game, but he certainly made up for it with his bat. The A's have received incredible production at the plate from their catchers this season, as Stephen Vogt is going to be an All-Star and Phegley is hitting .297/.350/.538 with four homers as his backup.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Mets place Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) on the DL
    Mets placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow sprain.

    Advice: The 26-year-old catcher underwent an MRI on his hyperextended left elbow on Monday and the results weren't encouraging. It's not clear how long he might be out. Kevin Plawecki will serve as the Mets' starting catcher in the meantime. Johnny Monell has been recalled from the minor leagues for depth.
    Tuesday, 1:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Swihart (foot) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Blake Swihart (foot) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Swihart left Saturday's game with a sprained left foot and will now miss his second straight game. He was hoping to return Tuesday, but apparently he needs more time. Sandy Leon will start behind the plate and bat ninth.
    Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Alex Avila (knee) nearing rehab assignment
    Alex Avila (knee) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Avila ran the bases at full speed on Monday morning at Progressive Field in Cleveland, where the Tigers are playing a three-game series. He'll likely head to one of the club's minor league affiliates when the Tigers head home on Thursday. Avila has been on the disabled list since early May with discomfort in his left knee. He's on track to return to the active roster in early July.
    Monday, 12:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:08 pm vs Pit
  • Susac collects two hits in loss to Dodgers
    Andrew Susac went 2-for-3 and scored a run as the Giants were slaughtered by the Dodgers on Sunday night.

    Advice: Susac had done a nice job at the dish as the Giants backup catcher this season, slashing .265/.359/.368 with four RBI. He simply doesn't play enough to have any fantasy value though outside of deep NL-only formats.
    Jun 21, 8:15 pm
  • Swihart (foot) hopes to return on Tuesday
    Blake Swihart (foot) hopes to return to the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Swihart was forced to leave Saturday's game with a sprained left foot. He remains hopeful that he can avoid a trip to the disabled list and believes that he will be ready to go after Monday's off day.
    Jun 21, 3:16 pm
  • Cubs option Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned C Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Schwarber knew he would only be with the team for a week to function as the designated hitter, and certainly made the most of his opportunity. With his 1-for-4 effort on Tuesday, he hit .364 (8-for-22) with a homer and five RBI in six games with the Cubs. He should be back up in September.
    Jun 21, 2:50 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Red Sox claim Erik Kratz off waivers
    Red Sox claimed C Erik Kratz off waivers from the Royals.

    Advice: Kratz isn't a very good defensive catcher but does offer nice pop as a backup. His stay in Boston could be brief with Ryan Hanigan (hand) due back from the disabled list soon.
    Jun 21, 11:04 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) not in lineup Sunday
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud suffered a hyperextended left elbow Saturday, but tests came back clean and he's considered day-to-day. Kevin Plawecki will fill in behind the plate on Sunday.
    Jun 21, 10:49 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Blake Swihart (foot) out on Sunday
    Blake Swihart (foot) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Swihart had to depart Saturday's game with a sprained left foot. He was limping around the clubhouse Sunday but the club hopes he can avoid the disabled list. With Ryan Hanigan (hand) due back soon, Swihart's stint with the big club is likely coming to an end shortly, anyway. Sandy Leon is catching Sunday.
    Jun 21, 8:42 am
  • d'Arnaud day-to-day with hyperextended elbow
    Travis d'Arnaud suffered a hyperextended left elbow Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative and the team is calling him day-to-day. It's excellent news for the Mets, who already lost d'Arnaud for an extended period earlier this season. Saturday's injury -- suffered in a home plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski -- initially looked pretty ugly. The 26-year-old could miss a few games, but a disabled list stint seems unlikely. Kevin Plawecki will fill in behind the plate.
    Jun 20, 7:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Swihart suffered sprained left foot Saturday
    Blake Swihart suffered a sprained left foot in Saturday's game against the Royals.

    Advice: Swihart injured himself getting thrown out at third base. With Ryan Hanigan already out with a broken hand, the Red Sox are painfully thin behind the plate. Their only healthy catcher is Sandy Leon. Swihart has hit .239 since getting called up from Triple-A last month.
    Jun 20, 7:09 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud injured in home plate collision
    Travis d'Arnaud left Saturday's game against the Braves with a left arm injury.

    Advice: A.J. Pierzynski was tagging up from third base and collided with d'Arnaud at home plate. The 26-year-old catcher came off the disabled list less than two weeks ago after missing nearly two months with a broken pinkie, and he now may be looking at another extended absence. Kevin Plawecki took over behind the plate on Saturday.
    Jun 20, 6:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Blake Swihart departs game with leg injury
    Blake Swihart left Saturday's game against the Royals with a leg injury.

    Advice: Swihart limped off the field after getting thrown out at third base in the fifth inning. Sandy Leon pinch-hit for him in his next at-bat. The Red Sox also lost Pablo Sandoval to an injury on Saturday.
    Jun 20, 6:31 pm
  • Schwarber in Cubs lineup again on Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is once again in the Cubs starting lineup as the designated hitter on Saturday.

    Advice: The 22-year-old has been very impressive thus far, slashing .462/.462/.846 with a homer and four RBI in his first 13 at-bats. Despite his impressive showing, Schwarber isn't ready to play the outfield at the big league level, so he'll head back to Triple-A after the weekend is through.
    Jun 20, 9:03 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @NYM
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