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  • Maxwell (head) appears as pinch-hitter
    Bruce Maxwell (head) entered Monday's game against the Orioles as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-2.

    Advice: Maxwell took a foul tip off the mask Saturday and didn't play on Sunday. There's a good chance he's back in the lineup on Tuesday. The 26-year-old is batting .214/.317/.279 through 52 games with the A's this season. Today, 5:23 am
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Roberto Perez homers, assists in walk-off
    Roberto Perez homered in the bottom of the second inning and helped the Indians earn a 5-4 walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth Monday night against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Perez got Cleveland on the board with a three-run blast off Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez and later drove in the winning run on a sacrifice bunt that was botched by Red Sox infielder Brock Holt. The 28-year-old backup catcher is slashing .180/.271/.273 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 50 games this season. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Jeff Mathis exits game with bruised hand
    Jeff Mathis left Monday's game against the Mets with a right hand contusion.

    Advice: Mathis initially remained in the game after being hit with a foul tip, but he was eventually pulled. It's not clear whether the Diamondbacks have already sent Mathis for X-rays and they came back clean or if the exam still needs to take place. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Buster Posey getting a breather Monday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off. Nick Hundley will catch Chris Stratton. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Bruce Maxwell (head) feeling much better
    Bruce Maxwell (head) said Monday that he's feeling much better.

    Advice: Maxwell took a foul tip off the mask Saturday and had trouble sleeping that night, but he said he got 11 hours of sleep Sunday night. He's sitting out again Monday in favor of Dustin Garneau, but it sounds like he could be back in there soon. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Ryan Hanigan dealing with a groin strain
    Ryan Hanigan said after Sunday's game that he's "a little banged uo" with a slight groin strain.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like it's serious enough to force him to the disabled list, but is something worth monitoring. The veteran backstop is hitting .255/.317/.340 with two homers and 12 RBI in 105 plate appearances on the season. Sunday, 4:57 pm
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Buster Posey collects two hits in loss Sunday
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Giants fell to the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Posey got the Giants on the board and evened the score at 1-1 with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning. He also drew a walk in the ballgame, reaching base safely three times in four trips to the plate. Posey is having another outstanding season at the dish, slashing .321/.410/.477 with 12 homers and 53 RBI in 111 games played. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Omar Narvaez collects RBI in win on Sunday
    Omar Narvaez went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the White Sox defeated the Rangers on Sunday afternoon in Arlington.

    Advice: Narvaez opened the scoring in the contest with an RBI single off of A.J. Griffin in the fourth inning. He came around to score on a double by Tyler Saladino later in the frame. The backstop has done a serviceable job at the dish this season, slashing .270/.367/.321 with one homer and 13 RBI in 69 games. Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Avila hits walkoff two-run single vs. Toronto
    Alex Avila hit a walkoff two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Cubs defeated the Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Toronto took a two-run lead in the top of the 10th, but closer Roberto Osuna couldn't make it stick -- and Blue Jays catcher Rafael Lopez didn't help the cause. Avila came off the bench in this one, drawing a walk in his first plate appearance before playing the role of hero in his second. The 30-year-old catcher has 10 RBI in 12 games since joining the defending World Series champions. Sunday, 3:12 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Avila ChC - C,1B
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Flowers hits grand slam as Braves rout Reds
    Tyler Flowers hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of Sunday's 8-1 rout of the Reds.

    Advice: It was the only hit of the game for Flowers, but it was obviously a big one. The 31-year-old catcher boasts a career-best .292/.384/.468 batting line with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 83 total games this season. He holds a team-friendly $4 million club option for 2018 and may be a candidate for a contract extension this winter. Sunday, 2:00 pm
  • Jett Bandy (rib) does some throwing
    Jett Bandy (rib) did some throwing Sunday and will attempt to resume hitting later this week.

    Advice: Working his way back from a fractured rib, Bandy should return sometime next month. He'll only be the third catcher, though. Sunday, 10:18 am
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Brian McCann (knee) to be activated Thursday
    Brian McCann (knee) is "almost a certainty" to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, according to Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

    Advice: It's the first day the catcher is eligible to be activated. Evan Gattis (concussion) looks to be in line for a return by the end of the week, as well, so the Astros should have their top two catchers back in the fold soon. Sunday, 9:59 am
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Was
  • Gattis (concussion) starting rehab assignment
    Evan Gattis (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gattis will catch 6-7 innings Tuesday, serve as a designated hitter Wednesday and then catch again Thursday. Assuming that all goes well, he would seem likely to be activated next weekend. Gattis has been out for most of August with post-concussion symptoms. Sunday, 9:51 am
    7-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Was
  • Sal Perez (intercostal) could return Wed.
    Salvador Perez (intercostal) might not return from the disabled list until Wednesday.

    Advice: He could still be back Tuesday as initially planned, although it's possible the Royals will give him a recovery day after his batting practice sessions. Either way, fantasy owners can feel free to return Perez to their lineups this week. Sunday, 9:14 am
    10-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Bruce Maxwell not feeling well after foul tip
    Bruce Maxwell said he was a little out of it after taking a foul tip off the mask Saturday.

    Advice: Maxwell admitted that he didn't sleep well Saturday night. He's not in Sunday's lineup, although it's unclear whether he's gone through concussion protocol. Dustin Garneau is at catcher Sunday. Sunday, 9:00 am
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Victor Caratini optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned C Victor Caratini to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: He's clearing out to make room for waiver claim Rene Rivera. Caratini might not see much/any more time in the majors this season with Rivera now around and Willson Contreras (hamstring) slated to return next month. Sunday, 8:07 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Wilson Ramos sitting out on Sunday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ramos has been red-hot lately but will get a breather in this one. Jesus Sucre will do the catching. Sunday, 7:13 am
  • Jacob Stallings recalled from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled C Jacob Stallings from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He'll serve as the Pirates' 26th man during Sunday's tilt in Williamsport, PA against the Cardinals. Stallings will be optioned after the game. Sunday, 7:05 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs LAD
  • Michael Ohlman outrighted to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent C Michael Ohlman outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Ohlman cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and has decided to remain in the organization. He's gotten a cup of coffee in the majors this season and hit .222/.343/.418 with 12 homers at Buffalo. Sunday, 5:16 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Cameron Rupp smacks solo homer in win
    Cameron Rupp went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Rupp put a final bow on a strong offensive night by the Phillies, cracking a solo home run in the ninth inning to put the Giants up by a 12-4 score. The backstop has now homered in back-to-back games. For the overall campaign, he owns a .233/.320/.446 triple-slash with 12 homers and 27 RBI over the course of 71 games played. Saturday, 10:22 pm
    1:05 pm vs Mia ; 4:35 pm vs Mia
  • Suzuki homers among three hits against Reds
    Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Suzuki remains the backup for starter Tyler Flowers, but the 33-year-old now has 13 home runs in 57 games this season. On Saturday, he hit a two-run dong in the seventh inning off Reds reliever Asher Wojciechowski. He's still only playing a couple days a week behind Flowers, but Suzuki is making the most of it, batting .269/.346/.527 in 186 at-bats on the year. Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Kevan Smith doubles twice in blowout defeat
    Kevan Smith went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Smith opened the game's scoring with a two-run double off Martin Perez in the first inning. In 63 games this season, the 29-year-old backstop is hitting .284/.312/.392 with three homers, 23 RBI and 12 doubles. Saturday, 9:35 pm
  • Plawecki hits first homer of 2017 vs. Marlins
    Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run home run, his first of the season, in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: After Rene Rivera was claimed by the Cubs, Plawecki was recalled by the club and socked a two-run shot in his first game back. He had just three hits in 24 sporadic at-bats before being sent down May 25. Travis d'Arnaud has done nothing offensively to cement his spot behind the dish, so although nobody is banking on it, the 26-year-old Plawecki could earn more at-bats by showing some life in the coming weeks. Saturday, 8:26 pm
  • Grandal goes 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's defeat of the Tigers.

    Advice: His blast off closer Shane Greene essentially put the game out of reach. It was his 16th longball of the season and boosted his slash line to .264/.318/.478 with 44 RBI in 96 games. The catcher has boosted his batting average almost 40 points this year but it has come at the cost of some power. He hit 27 bombs in 126 games a year ago. Saturday, 4:33 pm
  • Matt Wieters absent Saturday versus Padres
    Matt Wieters is not in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: It's just a maintenance day for Wieters, who is in the midst of a 1-for-20 dry spell. Jose Lobaton will start behind the plate and bat eighth Saturday against Padres left-hander Travis Wood. Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Welington Castillo returns to Orioles' lineup
    Welington Castillo (illness) was added to the Orioles' lineup Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: Castillo wasn't in the original lineup but talked his way into the starting nine after making it through Saturday's batting practice. He'll start behind the plate and bat eighth versus Halos right-hander J.C. Ramirez. Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Cubs claim Rene Rivera off waivers from Mets
    Cubs claimed C Rene Rivera off of waivers from the Mets.

    Advice: Rivera will provide additional depth behind the plate for the Cubs while Willson Contreras is sidelined. The 33-year-old backstop was hitting .230/.278/.391 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 174 at-bats with the Mets. Saturday, 8:38 am
  • Realmuto slugs two-run homer vs. Mets
    J.T. Realmuto clubbed a two-run homer in Friday’s victory over the Mets.

    Advice: And with that, Realmuto has a new career-high with 50 RBI. While the 26-year-old has had a quiet August, his across-the-board production has made him one of the most valuable fantasy catchers. He’s batting .292/.351/.468 with 14 homers, 54 runs scored, and six steals through 105 games. Friday, 9:54 pm
    1:05 pm @Phi ; 4:35 pm @Phi
  • Ramos goes 3-for-4 in loss to Mariners
    Wilson Ramos went 3-for-4 as his squad was pummeled by the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: The rest of the Rays' roster managed just one knock in the ballgame. Ramos has nine hits in his last four starts since fixing a flaw in his swing on Monday. Prior to that game he had a .170 batting average for the season. He is up to .224 now. The veteran is capable of being one of the top hitting catchers in the league when he's hot. Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Victor Caratini notches three-hit day
    Victor Caratini reached base in all four of his plate appearances Friday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The rookie catcher singled twice, doubled and drew a walk. Caratini has started three of the last six games, splitting the duties evenly with Alex Avila over that stretch. Avila still ultimately figures to get most of starts while Willson Contreras (hamstring) is out. Friday, 3:27 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Salvy (intercostal) could be back next week
    Salvador Perez (intercostal) will resume taking batting practice this weekend and could be activated for next week's series versus the Rockies that begins Tuesday.

    Advice: Perez has slowly ramped up his workouts this week and hasn't experienced any setbacks with his strained right intercostal muscle. He will not require a rehab assignment before returning, so if batting practice goes well this weekend he'll be ready to roll. Friday, 2:51 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Welington Castillo (illness) not in lineup
    Welington Castillo is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday due to illness.

    Advice: Caleb Joseph is behind the dish. Castillo should be OK in a day or two. Friday, 1:59 pm
  • Hanigan scratched Thursday due to illness
    Ryan Hanigan was scratched from the Rockies' lineup Thursday due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: Jonathan Lucroy will now start at catcher and bat fifth versus Braves right-hander Lucas Sims. Hanigan is day-to-day. Thursday, 10:50 am
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Yasmani Grandal riding the pine on Wednesday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Austin Barnes caught Yu Darvish's last start and will work with him again on Wednesday. Grandal has had a quiet month, batting just .161 with one homer over 31 August at-bats. Wednesday, 4:13 pm
  • Evan Gattis (concussion) cleared for BP
    Evan Gattis (concussion) will take batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gattis was cleared to resume hitting after passing his imPact concussion test. He's hoping to be activated at some point during the team's current eight-game homestand. The Astros could sure use him with their other catcher Brian McCann (knee) also on the disabled list. Wednesday, 2:08 pm
    7-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Was
  • Brian McCann dealing with knee tendinitis
    Brian McCann (knee) received a cortisone shot on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCann has been dealing with tendinitis and inflammation in his right knee, but still hopes to return when first eligible. With Evan Gattis (concussion) also hurt, the Astros have been rolling out Max Stassi and Juan Centeno at catcher. Wednesday, 1:57 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Was
  • Realmuto steals base, scores two runs
    J.T. Realmuto stole a base and scored two runs Wednesday in the Marlins' defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: He also tallied one RBI. Realmuto officially went 0-for-5 in the game, but he reached on force outs in the bottom of the first and the bottom of the fifth -- scoring runs in both frames. The dynamic 26-year-old catcher is slashing .292/.352/.462 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, six stolen bases, and 53 runs in 104 games this season. Wednesday, 1:36 pm
    1:05 pm @Phi ; 4:35 pm @Phi
  • Blue Jays DFA Michael Ohlman
    Blue Jays designated C Michael Ohlman for assignment.

    Advice: He collected one hit in four at-bats during his most recent stint with the big club. Because he was DFA'd earlier this year, Ohlman will have the option to test free agency if he clears waivers. For now, the Jays will roll with Miguel Montero and Rafael Lopez behind the plate. Wednesday, 1:33 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Wilson Ramos not in Rays lineup Wednesday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Ramos homered for the second straight game Tuesday, but he'll take a seat versus Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman. Jesus Sucre is starting at catcher and batting ninth. Lucas Duda will DH and bat second. Wednesday, 12:52 pm
  • Buster Posey getting day off Wednesday
    Buster Posey is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Nick Hundley will start at catcher and bat sixth in the Giants' series finale at Marlins Park. Ryder Jones is at first base and batting seventh. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • Wilson Ramos homers for second straight game
    Wilson Ramos went 3-for-4 and homered for the second straight game in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Ramos reportedly figured something out with his stance during batting practice Monday, and he's experienced immediate positive results since, hitting a pair of homers and reaching base six times the last two nights. He had been ice cold but is certainly capable of being a difference-maker at the catcher position in fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Bruce Maxwell goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Bruce Maxwell went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 4-for-29 with no extra-base hits this month.

    Advice: The A's decided to let Stephen Vogt go in order to give Maxwell an extended look behind the plate, but after a fine start offensively, he's been horrible this last month, going 8-for-65 with no homers since July 15. He'll need to do better to secure a place in Oakland's 2018 plans. Monday, 10:51 pm
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Wilson Ramos hits fourth homer of season
    Wilson Ramos hit his fourth home run of the year Monday in the Rays' loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Ramos went deep for a solo shot in the second inning off Jays starter Nick Tepesch, but that was the only meaningful offense of the night for the visiting Rays. Ramos has batted just .175/.211/.320 since debuting with Tampa Bay in late June, though he is definitely capable of a strong finish. Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Sal Perez (intercostal) takes swings Monday
    Salvador Perez (intercostal) took 10-15 swings off the tee at about 30-40 percent effort Monday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's swung a bat since he went down with a strained right intercostal muscle over a week ago. Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Perez is just about physically capable of catching a game, but how long he'll be out just depends on how his side reacts to swings. The skipper also added that Perez is unlikely to need a rehab assignment before being activated. Monday, 5:19 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Brian McCann (knee) placed on disabled list
    Astros placed C Brian McCann on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness.

    Advice: The Astros are now down their top two catchers with Evan Gattis (concussion) also sidelined. Juan Centeno and Max Stassi will handle the catching duties for now. Monday, 3:41 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Was
  • Grandal clubs two-run homer to cap big inning
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Grandal put an exclamation point on a five-run fourth inning for the Dodgers courtesy of a two-run home run off Luis Perdomo. The backstop owns a .263/.313/.471 triple-slash on the year and has cracked 15 homers while driving in 43 runs in 93 games. Aug 13, 4:21 pm
  • Posey, Pence, Span out for early game
    Buster Posey is out of the Giants' lineup for the first half of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

    Advice: Hunter Pence and Denard Span will also rest up to face Nats ace Max Scherzer in the nightcap. Nick Hundley is starting at catcher and batting fifth Sunday afternoon versus A.J. Cole. Aug 13, 8:16 am
  • Brian McCann absent Saturday vs. Texas
    Brian McCann is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: He's sitting for the second time in three days. Juan Centeno will be tasked with catching right-hander Mike Fiers on Saturday. McCann is in the midst of a 3-for-33 dry spell. Aug 12, 2:19 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Was
  • Perez (intercostal) could hit off tee soon
    Salvador Perez (intercostal) threw for 10 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez didn't report any pain and could begin hitting off a tee next week. An intercostal strain has sidelined Perez for most of August. Drew Butera has been filling in behind the plate. Aug 12, 1:49 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Blue Jays purchase contract of Michael Ohlman
    Blue Jays purchased the contract of C Michael Ohlman from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: With Russell Martin dealing with an oblique injury, he'll give the Jays some depth behind the plate until Miguel Montero is ready to return. Ohlman is 2-for-9 (.222) with three strikeouts in his limited action with the Jays this season. Aug 12, 8:05 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @TB
  • Alex Avila swats his second homer in win
    Alex Avila finished 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two RBI and two walks in Friday's win at Arizona.

    Advice: Avila is off to a great start taking over as the primary catcher with Willson Contreras (hamstring) on the shelf. He is expected to play regularly until Contreras is able to return, likely in September. Avila has swatted two homers over his past three starts. Aug 11, 10:45 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Avila ChC - C,1B
    4:10 pm @Cin
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