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    Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt not in Saturday's lineup

    Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt is not in the lineup Saturday. He tried to play through a thumb injury Thursday, but he was only able to make it through two at-bats before being removed. It's likely the 24-year-old will not return the rest of the season, meaning Ryan Lavarnway will continue to get the starts behind the plate.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Ryan Lavarnway gives A.J. Pierzynski day off for Braves

    Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, getting a break after starting seven of the last eight. Replacing him behind the plate is Ryan Lavarnway, who gets his eighth start for the Braves.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Ryan Lavarnway gets nod at catcher for Braves

    Reserve catcher Ryan Lavarnway will get a rare start Tuesday for the Braves, giving regular catcher A.J. Pierzynski a day off after five straight starts. This will be Lavarnway's seventh appearance with Atlanta since being acquired from the Orioles, and he is hitting .294 with one homer in the NL, with a five-game hitting streak to his credit.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Braves reserve catcher Ryan Lavarnway goes yard on Saturday

    Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway went deep for the first time in nearly two years, as he hit his first home run of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies. Lavarnway knocked a solo shot in the third inning to give the Braves an early 2-0 advantage, though they wouldn't be able to hold the lead. Lavarnway's last home run came in September 2013 as a member of the Red Sox. The once-highly regarded prospect has failed to live up to expectations in his career, and this year he has eight hits in 45 at-bats between the Braves and Orioles.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Ryan Lavarnway replaces A.J. Pierzynski at catcher for Braves

    Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski isn't in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game. He's started 55 games behind the plate and six of the last seven. Ryan Lavarnway will get the call in Pierzynski's place, starting for the sixth time of the year.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Braves bring up C Ryan Lavarnway

    The Braves have promoted veteran Ryan Lavarnway to replace fellow catcher Christian Bethancourt on their roster, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Lavarnway, who was signed by Atlanta on May 30 after a short stint with Baltimore, has been hitting well for Triple-A Gwinnett with a slash line of .268/.388/.463.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Braves pick up journeyman catcher Ryan Lavarnway

    Veteran catcher Ryan Lavarnway wasn't out of work long. Four days after the Orioles designated him for assignment, he has been signed by the Braves. He will join their Triple-A Gwinnett team, the Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported. Lavarnway earned 28 at-bats for Baltimore this season, but managed just three hits.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Orioles recall Steve Clevenger, DFA Ryan Lavarnway

    The Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. To clear a roster spot, catcher Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment. Clevenger never appeared in a game for Baltimore before being demoted to the minors in early April. He hit .352 with with two home runs, three doubles and 14 RBI in 27 games. He also has 11 walks and 10 strikeouts. "I'm excited," he said to MASN Sports. "I'm going to try and help the team anyway I can. Feeling good at the plate and I have been playing really well out there. I'm just excited to get out on the field and play here. "I went down there on a mission," he said. "Coming into spring training this year, I wanted to focus more on my catching and I tried to do that. I went down there and played very well. Just tried to concentrate on my catching and helping the pitchers do what they can do best, and that's pitch and not worry about anything else. I was just playing solid defense down there." Lavarnway appeared in just 10 games (eight starts) for Baltimore. He hit .107 (3 for 28) with one double, no home runs and no RBI.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    J.J. Hardy, Caleb Joseph out of Orioles lineup on Sunday

    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of the starting lineup on Sunday, ending a string of 15 straight starts at the position. He's replaced by Everth Cabrera, who returns to the lineup for the Orioles for the first time since May 6. Caleb Joseph also gets a rest, replaced at catcher by Ryan Lavarnway for the eighth time this year.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Caleb Joseph, Alejandro De Aza, Travis Snider out of Orioles' lineup

    The Orioles will rest three starters in Sunday's game against Boston. Catcher Caleb Joseph, left fielder Alejandro De Aza and right fielder Travis Snider, who have combined for 36 starts this season at their respective positions, are all out of the lineup. Ryan Lavarnway gets his fifth start of the year at catcher, batting eighth. Delmon Young is in right, batting fourth. It's his fourth start of the year but third in four days. Steve Pearce will play left, starting for the third time this year. He's batting sixth. The Orioles are +100 money line underdogs at home against Boston.