MLB Player News

  • Jason Castro C | MIN

    Twins' Jason Castro: Heads to bench Sunday

    Castro is not in the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Shane Jackson of MLB.com reports.

    Castro will get the day off after starting four of the last five games at backstop and going 1-for-14 (.071) over that span. Chris Gimenez will take over behind the dish for him, batting eighth.

  • Rene Rivera C | CHC

    Cubs' Rene Rivera: Making Cubs debut Sunday

    Rivera is in Sunday's lineup for his Cubs debut, catching and batting seventh.

    Rivera was claimed off waivers on Saturday, and he joins the team as the primary backup to Alex Avila, with Victor Caratini headed to Triple-A. Rivera is known more for his defense than his bat, so he probably won't be much of a factor in most leagues. He posted a .230/.278/.391 slash line with eight home runs in 54 games for the Mets this season.

  • Mike Zunino C | SEA

    Mariners' Mike Zunino: Heads to bench Sunday

    Zunino is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Zunino will head to the bench for a day off after starting five straight games behind the plate, registering three multi-hit games over that stretch. Carlos Ruiz will take over for him at backstop, batting ninth.

  • Cubs' Victor Caratini: Optioned to Triple-A

    Caratini was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

    The Cubs claimed Rene Rivera off waivers Saturday to serve as the backup catcher, so naturally Caratini was optioned as a corresponding move. He has hit .268/.318/.415 with one home run in 44 big-league plate appearances in his rookie campaign. Look for him to be back up when rosters expand in September, but his playing time will be extremely limited.

  • Alex Avila C | CHC

    Cubs' Alex Avila: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Avila is out of Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

    He will sit out Sunday's matinee after starting three of the last four games. Newly acquired Rene Rivera will start behind the dish and hit seventh. Avila is still expected to get the bulk of the starts while Willson Contreras (hamstring) is out.

  • Red Sox's Christian Vazquez: Takes seat Sunday

    Vazquez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports.

    Vazquez will head to the bench for a second straight contest after starting three of the previous four games behind the dish. Sandy Leon will again draw the start in his place, batting eighth.

  • Rays' Wilson Ramos: Gets breather Sunday

    Ramos is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Ramos has been heating up lately -- collecting seven hits over his last three starts -- but he'll get the day off to rest after starting three consecutive games behind the dish. Jesus Sucre will take over for him at backstop.

  • Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Grandal is out of Sunday's lineup against the Tigers, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    He has started five of the last six games, but will take a seat in the day game. Austin Barnes, who will start behind the dish and hit eighth against righty Justin Verlander, leads all big-league catchers (minimum 100 plate appearances) with a 148 wRC+.

  • James McCann C | DET

    Tigers' James McCann: Heads to bench Sunday

    McCann is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.

    McCann will head to the bench for a breather after starting eight of the last nine games behind the dish, a stretch over which he's gone 10-for-32 (.313). John Hicks will take over for him at backstop, batting seventh.

  • Evan Gattis C | HOU

    Astros' Evan Gattis: Works behind the plate

    Gattis (concussion) worked out behind the plate Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Gattis has been taking regular batting practice since Wednesday and now has a workout as a catcher under him. He's expected to begin a rehabilitation assignment early this week, possibly Tuesday at Double-A Corpus Christi.