McKenry is retiring from pro baseball in order to pursue an opportunity to work on the Middle Tennessee State University baseball team's staff, the Daily News Journal reports.
The veteran backstop alluded to the fact that he had multiple offers to continue his playing career, but he said he made a personal decision to leave the game on his own terms. He'll now take over as the MTSU's director of player development. In seven seasons in the big leagues, McKenry hit .238 with 29 home runs in 311 games played.
McKenry was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The veteran backstop had no realistic shot of making the 25-man roster with a plethora of candidates (Luke Maile, Curt Casali and Jesus Sucre) already ahead of him before the Rays added Derek Norris. McKenry had hit just .125 with two doubles and two RBI over 36 spring plate appearances.
McKenry signed a minor league contract with the Rays on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
He's bounced from one organization to another over the past calendar year; from the Rangers to the Cardinals to the Braves to the Brewers and now the Rays. McKenry did have a couple decent seasons earlier in his career and can still take a walk and hit for a little power at nearly 32 years old, but it may take an injury behind the plate for him to get a look in Tampa Bay.
McKenry was traded to the Brewers on Monday.
The Brewers were seeking catching depth at the minor-league level, and they were able to swing a trade for McKenry, who will be playing for his fourth team this season. McKenry will be assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he has posted a .927 OPS at the Triple-A level this season, so he has a good chance of joining the Brewers at some point before the regular season ends.
McKenry signed a minor league deal with the Braves on Saturday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan in Atlanta reports.
McKenry was DFA'd by the Cardinals earlier in the week and elected free agency after passing through waivers unclaimed Friday. The 31-year-old had been hitting well at Triple-A, slashing .301/.424/.569 in 37 games, and he'll now head to the same level within the Braves organization in the hopes of working his way back up to the big league club.
McKenry cleared waivers and elected free agency Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
McKenry went through his waiver period unclaimed by a big league club but instead of returning to the Cardinals organization, he chose to become a free agent. The 31-year-old has slashed a robust .301/.424/.569 through 37 games at the Triple-A level this season and will likely be scooped up by another team that needs catching depth in the near future.
McKenry was designated for assignment Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
McKenry made only two plate appearances since his promotion to the big leagues on July 7 and will now head back to the minors on assignment. Now on a waiver period, the 31-year-old will be able to be picked up by another big league club but could remain with Triple-A Memphis, where he's stayed since May.
McKenry's contract was purchased by the Cardinals on Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
McKenry opted out of his deal with the Rangers back in May and has since been playing at Triple-A with the Cardinals' organization. Through 37 Triple-A contests, he's hitting .301 with 29 RBI and 10 doubles. Thursday's move will add him to the 40-man roster, as well as bring him up to St. Louis to fill the spot vacated by Matt Carpenter's (oblique) DL placement.
McKenry opted out of his minor-league contract with the Rangers on Saturday and will become a free agent, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
McKenry signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in December with the hope that he'd eventually parlay the opportunity into a 40-man roster spot. However, even with Robinson Chirinos being placed on the 60-day DL early in the season with a broken forearm, the Rangers still didn't bring McKenry up, so he'll look to latch on with a different organization and work his way back to the big leagues. He was batting just .220 in 13 games with Triple-A Round Rock, but boasted a lofty .389 on-base percentage.
McKenry (abdomen) was activated from the DL at Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
After spending the spring with the big club as a non-roster invitee to major league camp, McKenry remained in Arizona at the start of the season to continue his rehab from an abdominal injury. With Robinson Chirinos (forearm) out for an extended period, there's a chance McKenry could eventually work his way into the conversation for a promotion, but Chris Gimenez (ankle) is inching closer to a return himself.
McKenry (abdomen) will remain in Rangers camp after rosters are announced to continue with his rehab, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.
He got on base at a .406 clip in 24 at-bats this spring, but the team acquired Bryan Holaday in a trade in order to address the backup catcher spot, so McKenry should head to Triple-A when his rehab is complete.
McKenry (knee) signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
A torn meniscus prematurely ended McKenry's 2015 season in August after the catcher posted a .205/.329/.402 slash line with 17 RBI over 127 at-bats with the Rockies. He'll join the Rangers organization with a chance at making the opening day roster given the team's relative lack of depth at the position.
Catcher Mike McKenry was released by the Rockies on Thursday, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.
McKenry had surgery in August to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, ending his season early. In 127 at-bats this season, the 30-year-old catcher slashed .205/.329/.402 to go along with 4 home runs and 17 RBI. Those rather ugly numbers were seemingly the result of Coors Field -- in 63 away at-bats this season, McKenry posted a batting average of .159 and managed to knock out just one home run -- figures that could certainly hurt his chance at playing in a prominent role with another club.
Rockies catcher Michael McKenry had knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on Monday, per NBCSports.com.
McKenry is on the 60-day disabled list and will mist the remainder of the season.
Rockies catcher Michael McKenry was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. McKenry will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
It is not clear when McKenry actually suffered the injury, since he was used as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's game against the Nationals. McKenry, the back-up to catcher Nick Hundley, did miss a few games earlier this year with some knee pain, though a DL stint was never needed.
Rockies catcher Michael McKenry is not in the team's lineup on Friday against the Reds.
McKenry has been sidelined because of a right knee injury and didn't play on Wednesday.
Rockies catcher Michael McKenry has been sidelined this week because of a right knee injury, reports The Denver Post.
"Mack is a little nicked up right now," manager Walt Weiss said.
McKenry was held out of Wednesday's contest, but Weiss said he expects McKenry to be available Friday.
"He's been dealing with some fluid in there," Weiss said. "But he's gotten much better in the last 48 hours."
Rockies catcher Nick Hundley gets the day off in Saturday's game. Hundley has started 63 games this year, and eight of the last nine.
In his place, Michael McKenry will start his 24th game of the year behind the plate.
Rockies catcher Nick Hundley is not in the lineup for Saturday's game.
Michael McKenry replaces Hundley for the 16th time this year and second time in the last seven games.
McKenry will bat seventh in the order.
Rockies catcher Michael McKenry hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning of Tuesday's doubleheader opener to put Colorado in front to stay.
McKenry drove in three on the day, going 2 for 4. He has three home runs and nine RBI on the year.
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