Stallings is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Padres, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Stallings sits for the second time in the last three games, though he's still the clear starter behind the plate for the Pirates, starting 20 of the team's 28 games thus far. Michael Perez will get the nod in his absence.
Stallings will sit Saturday against the Cardinals, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports. Stallings has handled a heavy workload behind the plate this season, starting 19 of the team's first 26 games. Michael Perez will take over for him Saturday.
Stallings went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Wednesday's 9-6 loss to the Royals. The catcher appears to be coming out of a recent slump, collecting five hits in his last 13 at-bats. In addition to his home run Wednesday, Stallings has hit a pair of doubles and walked twice in four games. Overall, he's slashing .246/.370/.393 with a 12:16 BB:K that suggests his batting average may have room to rise.
Stallings isn't starting Saturday's game against the Twins. Stallings has gone 1-for-20 with a double, one RBI, three walks and five strikeouts in his last seven games. Michael Perez will serve as the starting catcher Saturday, batting eighth.
Stallings went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's 4-2 win over Detroit. After starting the season batting .333 in his first 10 games, Stallings is hitless in his last 18 at-bats. He remains the team's primary option at catcher over Michael Perez, so he could hurt fantasy teams until he regains his early April batting stroke. Stallings is slashing .208/.345/.292 in 55 plate appearances.
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