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  • No plan for Pina and Bandy behind the plate
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he doesn't have a "plan" for how Manny Pina and Jett Bandy will share playing time behind the plate.

    Advice: Pina and Bandy will be the Brewers' Opening Day catchers while Andrew Susac recovers from trapezius discomfort. Combined the two have logged just 298 career at-bats in the big leagues. Ultimately it should be close to a 50/50 split, though neither are recommended fantasy options. 24 minutes ago
  • Twins option John Ryan Murphy to AAA
    Twins optioned C John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Chris Gimenez will back up Jason Castro to open the year. Murphy, 25, posted a brutal .146/.193/.220 batting line in 90 plate appearances last season at the major league level. Today, 7:01 am
  • Hedges breaks out for 2 HRs Wednesday
    Austin Hedges went ballistic on Wednesday, homering twice and plating four runs in the Padres’ Cactus League tie with the White Sox.

    Advice: Hedges had been homerless in 39 Cactus League at-bats prior to Wednesday. His first round-tripper was a solo blast off Anthony Swarzak with the second coming off Dan Jennings with two men on in the fourth inning. Wednesday’s outburst brought Hedges’ Cactus League average up from .256 to .310. The 24-year-old only logged 24 at-bats in the big leagues last year but is penciled in as the Padres’ Opening Day catcher. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Stewart (groin) to catch back-to-back games
    Chris Stewart (groin) is scheduled to catch back-to-back nine-inning games later this week.

    Advice: The Pirates are hoping that Stewart can demonstrate that he's over his recent groin strain. He's slated to serve as Francisco Cervelli's primary backup. Yesterday, 10:36 am
  • Sucre secures spot on Opening Day roster
    Jesus Sucre has secured a spot on the Rays' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: That was already the expectation, but the Rays made it official Wednesday by sending down Curt Casali and Luke Maile. Sucre should be the backup to Derek Norris (at least until Wilson Ramos is ready to catch), so there's no fantasy appeal here. He owns a .522 OPS over 264 plate appearances in the majors. Yesterday, 7:14 am
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  • Rays option C Casali to Triple-A
    Rays optioned C Curt Casali to Triple-A Durham; reassigned LHP Justin Marks, RHP Diego Moreno, C Michael McKenry, and OF Shane Peterson to minor league camp.

    Advice: This means that Jesus Sucre will make the Opening Day roster as a backup to the recently-signed Derek Norris. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times recently speculated that the Rays could try to trade Casali, but he currently projects to serve as catching depth at Triple-A. Yesterday, 7:11 am
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  • Rays option Maile to Triple-A
    Rays optioned C Luke Maile to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The recent signing of Derek Norris cut into his chances of making the team. Maile, 26, batted .227/.252/.361 over 126 plate appearances in the majors last season. Yesterday, 6:04 am
  • Ryan Hanigan inks minors deal with Rockies
    Rockies signed C Ryan Hanigan to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Hanigan caught on quickly after being cut loose by the Phillies on Monday.'s Thomas Harding says the deal is worth $1.25 million if Hanigan is in the majors. It's unclear whether the plan is for the Rockies to immediately add him to the big league roster, but he could serve as Tony Wolters' backup while Tom Murphy (forearm) recovers. Tuesday, 4:56 pm
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  • Maldonado droves in five runs versus A's
    Martin Maldonado drove in five runs Tuesday to help the Angels rout the Athletics 14-3 in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Maldonado hit a two-run single in the Angels' five-run fifth inning and then slugged a three-run homer in the sixth off A's minor leaguer Grant Holmes. Even after the big day, Maldonado is still batting just .133 with a .445 OPS this spring. He'll open the 2017 regular season as the Angels' primary catcher. Tuesday, 4:39 pm
  • Mets option Plawecki to Triple-A Vegas
    Mets optioned C Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: As expected, Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera will serve as the Mets' Opening Day catchers. Plawecki performed reasonably well this spring (.269 AVG in 26 at-bats) but it wasn't enough to overtake either of the incumbents. The Mets won't need him until d'Arnaud or Rivera gets hurt. Tuesday, 1:08 pm
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  • Cervelli (foot) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli (foot) is back in Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

    Advice: Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to fatigue and some continued soreness in his right foot, but his absence was considered precautionary. The Pirates expect him to be ready for Opening Day. Tuesday, 9:07 am
  • Susac (back) not ready for game action
    Andrew Susac (back) is expected to be cleared for some baseball activities.

    Advice: Susac has been bothered by some discomfort around his trapezius muscle for a couple of weeks now, but a recent MRI came back negative. While he's making some progress, he's not ready for game action and a stint on the disabled list appears likely. Tuesday, 8:21 am
  • Marlins option C Telis to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned C Tomas Telis to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: An expected cut with A.J. Ellis expected to serve as J.T. Realmuto's backup this season. Telis will provide some catching depth in Triple-A. Tuesday, 7:34 am
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  • Sandy Leon hits two homers in victory
    Sandy Leon hit two homers, the latter a grand slam, to lead the Red Sox to an 11-9 win over the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Both Leon homers came in a nine-run fifth inning. He had been 6-for-26 with no extra-base hits this spring going into this one. One of 2016's biggest surprises, Leon seems likely to disappoint offensively this year, though he'll remain a quality defensive catcher for Boston. Monday, 2:33 pm
  • Stewart (groin) catches pitching machine
    Chris Stewart (groin) caught a pitching machine on Monday.

    Advice: Stewart said his strained left groin felt fine, although he admitted that he didn't really push it and won't know much about his status until he does. The backup catcher thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day. Monday, 2:07 pm
  • Phillies release veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan
    Phillies released C Ryan Hanigan.

    Advice: Andrew Knapp will open the 2017 regular season as the Phillies' backup catcher. Hanigan was in camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. Monday, 11:24 am
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  • Andrew Knapp named Phils' backup catcher
    Andrew Knapp has been named the Phillies' backup catcher.

    Advice: Knapp beat out Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday for the job. The 25-year-old batted .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 107 games last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Monday, 11:23 am
  • Pirates GM not worried about Cervelli's foot
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's not concerned about Francisco Cervelli's right foot soreness.

    Advice: Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, but it was a precautionary move. "Just in terms of the travel, in terms of the amount of work he did [Saturday] with the triple, with the stolen base and making sure we put him in a position to be strong and healthy come Opening Day," Huntington explained. Monday, 6:18 am
  • Andrew Knapp goes 2-for-4, homers
    Andrew Knapp went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer against the Pirates on Sunday.

    Advice: Knapp was 5-for-35 with a 15/1 K/BB ratio this spring, so he needed the good day offensively. The Phillies were hoping Knapp would step up this spring and make it clear he's ready to serve as Cameron Rupp's backup. At this point, they'd almost certainly prefer to turn to Ryan Hanigan, but they'd also rather not lose a prospect from their very crowded 40-man in order to make that switch. As a result, it could still be Knapp's job. Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Jesus Sucre expected to make OD roster
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Jesus Sucre is likely to make the Rays' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: He and new addition Derek Norris will form the Rays' catching duo until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready. Curt Casali or Luke Maile will be the odd men out, with Casali possibly being trade bait. Sucre is a defense-first catcher who probably won't play a ton, so he can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Sunday, 12:37 pm
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  • Rays could look to trade Curt Casali
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times thinks the Rays will attempt to trade Curt Casali.

    Advice: They could also consider dealing Luke Maile following the signing of Derek Norris, but it appears Casali is more likely to be dealt. Jesus Sucre is expected to open the season along with Norris as the team's two catchers until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready. Casali has hit 18 homers over 369 plate appearances over the last two seasons but has batted just .202/.282/.416 overall. Sunday, 12:33 pm
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  • Francisco Cervelli's foot still a bit sore
    Francisco Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to fatigue and "a little bit" of continued soreness in his right foot, according to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.

    Advice: Cervelli had some soreness in the foot during the second half last season and it's creeped up on him a bit this spring. It doesn't look to be overly concerning at this point, though. Sunday, 9:58 am
  • Chris Stewart optimistic for Opening Day
    Chris Stewart (groin) is optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: The veteran backstop underwent a precautionary MRI after leaving Friday's Grapefruit League contest with a sore left groin. He felt much better on Saturday morning though and has been prescribed only rest and treatment for the injury. He'll serve as the primary backup behind starting catcher Francisco Cervelli in 2017. Saturday, 7:59 am
  • Pina slugs two-run homer vs. Reds
    Manny Pina slugged a two-run homer and scored two runs against the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Pina was told Wednesday that he made the Opening Day roster, but the push continues. The 29-year-old has hit four homers in his last five games and leads the Brewers with 13 RBI this spring while hitting .419 (18-for-43) over 17 games. With Andrew Susac (neck, back) expected to begin the year on the disabled list, Pina and Jett Bandy will share catching duties for Milwaukee. While Pina has been a nice story this spring, we wouldn’t recommend chasing after him in fantasy leagues. Friday, 5:21 pm
  • Chris Stewart (groin) day-to-day
    Chris Stewart exited Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left groin.

    Advice: The Pirates are calling him day-to-day, so it doesn't sound like anything that might keep him from being available for Opening Day. Stewart will be the Bucs' backup catcher this season. Friday, 12:56 pm
  • MRI on Andrew Susac's trapezius is clean
    An MRI on Andrew Susac's injured trapezius came back negative.

    Advice: Susac will be allowed to ramp up his rehab now, but he's still going to begin the season on the disabled list. The Brewers are set to open the year with Jett Bandy and Manny Pina as their catching combo. Friday, 9:54 am
  • Farrell leaning toward Sandy Leon at catcher
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said if the season started today, Sandy Leon would be the starting catcher.

    Advice: Farrell acknowledged that Christian Vazquez will see time there as well but it looks like Leon will enter 2017 as the Red Sox's starter. Leon enjoyed a breakout season last year, slashing .310/.476/.845 over 252 at-bats. Leon and Vazquez are both plus defenders but Vazquez has struggled to hit against big-league pitching (.233 career average). Thursday, 4:21 pm
  • Susac undergoing additional tests on trap
    Andrew Susac has flown to Milwaukee to undergo additional tests on his neck and back.

    Advice: There is expected to be an update from the Brewers on Friday morning. Susac has been bothered for weeks by discomfort around his trapezius muscle, and it's simply not getting any better. Manny Pina and Jett Bandy figure to open the 2017 season as the Brewers' two active catchers. Thursday, 10:05 am
  • Pina told he has made Brewers' roster
    Manny Pina was told Thursday that he has made the Brewers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: It'll be the first Opening Day at the MLB level for the 29-year-old catcher. Pina is putting up big numbers in the Cactus League and could get a decent share of starts behind the plate in Milwaukee, but we still can't recommend drafting him in a standard fantasy league. Jett Bandy and Andrew Susac (trapezius) are also in the mix for playing time at catcher with the Brewers. Thursday, 9:38 am
  • Pina swats three-run homer vs. Dodgers
    Manny Pina swatted a three-run homer Tuesday in the Brewers' 5-4 Cactus League defeat of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pina went deep off Dodgers reliever Luis Avilan as part of the Brewers' four-run fifth inning. The 29-year-old catcher is batting .405 with a 1.178 OPS in 38 plate appearances this spring, with three home runs and 11 RBI in 15 games. But we still can't recommend drafting him in a standard fantasy league. Tuesday, 4:43 pm
  • Susac (trap) not ready for workouts
    Andrew Susac (trap) is not ready to resume workouts.

    Advice: Susac told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the knot in his trapezius has loosened somewhat, but he's not all the way there yet. He's frustrated with his progress, but it's unclear whether it will have any impact on his availability for the start of the season. Tuesday, 9:27 am
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