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  • Omar Narvaez C | CHW

    White Sox's Omar Narvaez: Rides pine Tuesday

    Narvaez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Despite going 2-for-3 Monday night, the White Sox will continue to employ their timeshare behind the dish. Narvaez will cede Tuesday's start to Kevan Smith.

  • Alex Avila C | DET

    Tigers' Alex Avila: Sits out Tuesday

    Avila is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

    Avila has been scorching hot at the plate, but he'll get the night off on the heels of a four-strikeout performance Monday night. James McCann will resume his normal role behind the dish. With both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez back in action and McCann still tabbed as the primary catcher, Avila may find it difficult to find playing time despite his hot streak.

  • Evan Gattis C | HOU

    Astros' Evan Gattis: Absent from Tuesday's lineup

    Gattis is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Gattis is in line to act as the primary catcher with Brian McCann (concussion) out of commission, but he'll head to the bench for a night off after collecting just three hits over the past seven games. Juan Centeno will assume the catching duties for the evening.

  • Rays' Wilson Ramos: On-field catching drills

    Ramos (knee) took part in catching drills on the field with the big-league club Tuesday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Mooney posted a video of Ramos getting in a crouch behind the plate, catching a pitch and then popping up and firing a throw to first base. Ramos impressed during a full batting practice session over the weekend, and continues to make positive steps in his recovery. Now is the time to grab Ramos if he is out on waivers in standard leagues, as he looks poised to return to game action in June.

  • Gary Sanchez C | NYY

    Yankees' Gary Sanchez: Heads to bench Tuesday

    Sanchez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

    Sanchez was hit in the mask by a foul ball over the weekend, so this night off seems like a way to keep him fresh after that incident as well as two straight hitless showings. Austin Romine will fill in for him behind the dish.

  • Red Sox's Christian Vazquez: Heads to bench Tuesday

    Vazquez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

    Despite picking up four hits in the past two games, Vazquez will head to the bench for a night off. Sandy Leon will pick up a start behind the dish in his place.

  • Evan Gattis C | HOU

    Astros' Evan Gattis: Filling in as top catcher

    Gattis went 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday's 1-0 win over the Tigers.

    Gattis got the start at catcher Monday with Brian McCann having been placed on the 7-day concussion list over the weekend. McCann's eligible to be activated Saturday, so presume Gattis will get the bulk of the starts this week. He's hitting .271/.360/.417 through 29 games this season.

  • Mike Zunino C | SEA

    Mariners' Mike Zunino: Recalled from Triple-A

    Zunino was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

    Although Zunino slashed an impressive .293/.356/.707 with five homers and a 5:4 K:BB in 12 games with Tacoma after being demoted, this isn't necessarily anything new for the backstop. The 26-year-old owns a combined .267/.345/.524 triple slash across four seasons at Triple-A (153 games), but he has yet to post a batting average above .215 at the major-league level (five seasons, 374 games). He still offers some serious pop as a catcher, but that won't figure to matter if he can't make consistent contact; he owns a career 32.7 percent strikeout rate in the majors. Still, given the Mariners' other options at catcher, Zunino should be in line for the majority of the starts behind the dish.

  • James McCann C | DET

    Tigers' James McCann: Heads to bench Monday

    McCann is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Despite collecting hits in the past two games, McCann will head to the bench as the Tigers continue to ride the hot-hitting Alex Avila, who will draw the start behind the dish and bat second.

  • Mariners' Tuffy Gosewisch: Sent back to minors

    Gosewisch was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

    Gosewisch was just 2-for-28 (.071) across 11 games with the big club before being sent back to Tacoma. The veteran backstop was replaced by fellow catcher Mike Zunino on the roster. He'll continue to serve as organizational catching depth for the Mariners.