Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro was hitless Monday in the Game 4 loss to Kansas City. He struck out in all three at-bats before Jed Lowrie replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Through five playoff games, Castro is 1 for 14 (.071) with eight strikeouts, two walks and two RBI.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is out of the lineup for Game 3 against the Rangers on Sunday.
Martin will take a rest as Dioner Navarro gets the call behind the dish to catch Marco Estrada. It seems likely that Martin would be behind the plate should his team force a Game 4.
Chris Gimenez is in the lineup for Friday's ALDS matchup with the Blue Jays, Texas Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake reports.
Gimenez did not start Thursday's game, but the left-handed hitter will get the nod Friday with the Rangers taking on Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman. Gimenez will hit eighth for the Rangers on Friday afternoon.
Robinson Chirinos is not in the lineup for Friday's ALDS matchup with the Blue Jays, according to Texas Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake.
Chirinos hit a two-run home run off Toronto's David Price in Thursday's game, but he will be held out Friday in favor of Chris Gimenez with the Rangers taking on right-hander Marcus Stroman.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) is in the lineup Sunday for the regular season finale.
Perez indicated he was fine after dealing with thumb swelling Thursday, but he returned to the lineup Saturday and is again playing Sunday. He'll bat sixth as the Royals attempt to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in the lineup Saturday.
Dioner Navarro will take over at catcher for Martin, who just appears to be getting a night off with the Blue Jays gearing up for the postseason. Look for him to return to the lineup Sunday.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin was 3 for 5 with a two-run home run in Toronto's victory over Tampa Bay on Friday night.
Martin has provided some pop - he now has 23 long ones and 77 RBI - but his batting average (.241) has slumped in the second half. The Blue Jays have given him several days off over the past couple of weeks as they attempt to freshen him up heading into the playoffs, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him out of the lineup either Saturday or Sunday.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali (hamstring) will be out for the remainder of the season, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Casali has been out since Aug. 25 with a strained left hamstring, and it appears he just ran out of time to return this season. His 2015 campaign will end with a surprisingly productive year in the power department, hitting 10 homers in just 38 games and boasting a .594 slugging percentage.
Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers will undergo surgery after the season to repair cartilage in his right knee, CBS Chicago reports.
The report did not indicate anything about Flowers' availability for the remainder of the season, so he should be behind the plate for most of the team's final few games against the Kansas City Royals . Flowers will presumably have enough time to recover from the surgery to reclaim his spot atop the White Sox's catching depth chart in 2016, assuming the club does not opt to acquire a more offensively-adept backstop.
Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer Thursday against the Minnesota Twins .
Unfortunately for the Indians, that one swing generated their only runs on the day. Perez hasn't offered much in fantasy, but he's now homered in two of his last three starts and has seven hits in 20 at-bats (a .350 average) over his last six starts, so he's closing things out on a high note.