MLB Player News

  • Matt Wieters C | WAS

    Nationals' Matt Wieters: Heads to bench Saturday

    Wieters is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

    Wieters is just 6-for-40 (.150) in August, so he'll get the day off after starting three of the last four games behind the dish. Jose Lobaton will start at catcher in his absence, batting eighth.

  • Manny Pina C | MIL

    Brewers' Manny Pina: Gets breather Saturday

    Pina is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rockies, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Pina will head to the bench for a much needed breather after starting eight of the past nine games behind the plate. Stephen Vogt, who was recently activated from the disabled list, will take his place in the lineup. Even with Vogt back, Pina should continue to see steady playing time.

  • Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Gets day off Saturday

    D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins.

    D'Arnaud will head to the bench for a breather after starting four straight games, going 2-for-15 (.133) over that span. Kevin Plawecki will draw a start behind the dish in his stead, batting eighth.

  • Braves' Tyler Flowers: Gets breather Saturday

    Flowers is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

    Flowers will head to the bench for a breather after starting three of the past four games behind the dish. Kurt Suzuki will draw the start at catcher in his place, batting sixth.

  • Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Out of Saturday's lineup

    Molina is out of Saturday's lineup against the Pirates, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    He has only not appeared in three games since the All-Star break, and he's hitting .283/.319/.469 with five home runs and three steals in 113 at-bats over that span. Carson Kelly starts behind the dish and will hit eighth.

  • Mets' Kevin Plawecki: Recalled from Triple-A

    Plawecki was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

    The Mets' backup catcher, Rene Rivera, was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, so they had to add a second catcher, and Plawecki was the obvious option. He hit .328/.375/.514 with nine home runs and a 13.8 percent strikeout rate in 275 plate appearances in the Pacific Coast League, although a lot of that production can be attributed to favorable hitting conditions. There is a chance he becomes useful in two-catcher formats, but he will likely only start two or three times per week initially.

  • Rene Rivera C | CHC

    Cubs' Rene Rivera: Claimed by Cubs

    Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Saturday.

    He is expected to join the team in the next day or two and will serve as the Cubs' backup catcher behind Alex Avila. Rivera is known for his strong defense, and he serves as another veteran option for Chicago with Willson Contreras (hamstring) on the DL. He posted a .230/.278/.391 slash line with eight home runs in 54 games for the Mets this season.

  • Marlins' J.T. Realmuto: Pops 14th home run Friday

    Realmuto went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 3-1 win over the Mets.

    His second-inning shot off Chris Flexen proved to be all the offense Justin Nicolino and the Marlins bullpen would need, Realmuto has already set new career highs in homers (14) and RBI (50) on the year, but his .196/.242/.339 slash line in August suggests he may be fading down the stretch as he continues to play nearly every day behind the plate.

  • Stephen Vogt C | MIL

    Brewers' Stephen Vogt: Activated from disabled list

    Vogt (knee) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Rockies.

    Vogt rejoins the major-league club after spending just over a month on the disabled list due to a strained MCL in his left knee. The 32-year-old was able to appear in six rehab outings, going 4-for-19 at the dish during that span. Moving forward, he figures to get a couple starts each week while spelling Manny Pina behind the plate.

  • Andrew Susac C | MIL

    Brewers' Andrew Susac: Put on disabled list

    Susac (back) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday.

    With fellow catcher Stephan Vogt being activated from the disabled list, the Brewers had Susac take his place to make room on their 25-man roster. One of four catchers on the roster for Milwaukee, Susac has only had six plate appearances in the majors this season, failing to reach base in all six.