Seeing extensive action for the first time in his career despite turning 30 years old in June, Manny Pina excelled both at the plate and behind it. He regularly threw out opposing baserunners, posted respectable numbers in the triple slash categories, and played the most games of any Brewers catcher despite being slowed by an injury late in the year. His performance last season likely makes him the Brewers' primary catcher heading into this year, but the team figures to use him similarly to how they did in 2017, giving him roughly three starts out of every five games. He doesn't offer much in terms of power or speed, and the lack of playing time will bump him down draft boards a bit. Still, he could hit for a high enough average and compile enough counting stats to be useful in deeper formats.
Pina (thumb) must catch a bullpen session before catching in a game, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Pina hasn't progressed to catching on the side yet, so he's looking like a long shot to return to the lineup this weekend. The 30-year-old hasn't even appeared off the bench in any of the team's last six games. Stephen Vogt is making his eighth straight start behind the plate for Milwaukee on Friday.
Pina (thumb) was out playing catch prior to Milwaukee's game against the Reds on Wednesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Pina's thumb was still giving him problems as of Tuesday, with a decent amount of swelling still noticeable almost a week after suffering the sprain. There's still a chance that he could be out the remainder of the season, but the Brewers are holding out hope that the thumb will take a turn for the better in the immediate future.
Pina is experiencing significant pain in his sprained left thumb and could miss the remainder of the season, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Pina sprained his thumb while applying a tag at home plate during Thursday's game against the Cubs. If he is indeed forced to sit out the remainder of the regular season, Jett Bandy and Andrew Susac would serve as the primary replacements behind Stephen Vogt at catcher.
Pina (thumb) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs. Pina was expected to be in the starting lineup against lefty Jose Quintana, but he's still dealing with discomfort in his sprained left thumb. He will have to cede the start behind the plate to fellow catcher Stephen Vogt, who will bat seventh in the lineup.
Pina, who is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cubs, is day-to-day with a sprained left thumb according to the Brewers, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Pina is getting treatment in an effort to get back on the field, but general manager David Stearns said there's no way to know when he'll return to action, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Stephen Vogt will draw a third straight start behind the dish with Pina sidelined.