Despite struggling this spring, slashing .118/.318/.118 in 22 plate appearances, Casali's roster spot for Opening Day was secured when the Reds optioned Tyler Stephenson to Triple-A Louisville.
This was never really a job battle, at least to start. But Casali could be at risk later in the season should Stephenson thrive at Louisville. There are some rumors, however, that MLB will expand rosters to account for an accelerated return to action, which would then allow the Reds to carry three catchers and possibly promote Stephenson to the big-league squad.
Casali and the Reds avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1,462,500 deal Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Casali hit well enough for a catcher in 84 games last season, posting a .251/.331/.411 line with eight homers. He looks set to split time with Tucker Barnhart again this season.
Casali (hamstring) was activated from the injured list Saturday.
Casali had been on the injured list since July 18, originally due to a knee injury. However, he suffered a hamstring strain in his rehab assignment and had been working back from that most recently. Casali should return to his backup role behind Tucker Barnhart.
Casali (hamstring) will report back to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday to resume his rehab assignment, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Working back from a sore right knee, Casali appeared in two games for Louisville a little over a week ago before being pulled off the assignment after he sustained a left hamstring strain. The hamstring tweak was apparently only minor in nature, as he was able to resume baseball activities after a few days off. If all goes well during the rehab assignment, the 30-year-old could be cleared to rejoin the Reds for their series in Pittsburgh next weekend.
Casali (knee) suffered a left hamstring strain last weekend on his minor-league rehab assignment, but he's making good progress in recovering from that setback, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Casali was able to run the bases Friday without pain. He's expected to begin a new rehab assignment back at Triple-A Louisville next week.
Casali (knee) is expected to begin a rehab assignment for Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Casali has been inactive since July 18 due to right knee soreness. A mid-August return is becoming more likely for the veteran backstop who is slashing .253/.337/.420 in 172 plate appearances. Tucker Barnhart will likely split playing time with Casali once the latter is activated.
Manager David Bell said Sunday that Casali (knee) is "getting close" to resuming baseball activities, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Casali has been on the 10-day injured list since July 18 with the right knee issue and is expected to miss up to a month with the injury, per Sheldon. While the fact that Casali is progressing as anticipated suggests he's on track to return from the IL around mid-August, the Reds won't be able to pin down a target date for the backstop's return until he begins logging on-field work on a regular basis.
Casali (knee) isn't expected to return from the 10-day injured list before the end of July, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Casali is eligible to come off the IL on Friday, but since he has yet to resume baseball activities, he won't be ready to rejoin the Reds in the minimum amount of time. Meanwhile, fellow backstop Tucker Barnhart (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, putting him on track to beat Casali back from the IL. Assuming that's the case, Casali may have to settle for a reduced role once he's reinstated, likely at some point in August.
Casali (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
This was expected. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, so Casali will be eligible to return July 26 should he prove ready. Ryan Lavarnway was signed to a big-league contract in a corresponding roster move and should share catching duties with Juan Graterol until one of Casali, Tucker Barnhart (oblique) or Kyle Farmer (concussion) returns from the injured list.
Casali (knee) is expected to land on the 10-day injured list, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Casali exited Monday's series opener against the Cubs with right knee soreness, and while the backstop downplayed the severity of the issue, it turns out it will force him to miss at least 10 days. With Tucker Barnhart (oblique) and Kyle Farmer (head) also dealing with injuries, Juan Graterol should handle the majority of catching duties for the Reds.
Casali (knee) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.
Casali will stick on the bench for a second straight game as he continues to deal with some right knee soreness. Juan Graterol will start behind the dish and bat eighth in his place Wednesday.
Casali (knee) isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
Casali left Monday night's contest due to soreness in his right knee, and the Reds have elected to hold him out Tuesday, likely as a precaution. Kyle Farmer will handle the catching duties and hit eighth in Casali's place.
Casali left Monday's game against the Cubs due to right knee soreness, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Casali doesn't believe the injury is serious, and after the contest, he stated that he could've remained in the game if he club needed him to. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Casali is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Colorado, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Casali is on fire through the first two games in Denver and went 4-for-8 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI. Saturday's game didn't finish up until the early hours of Sunday morning due to a three-hour rain delay, so it's no surprise to see the veteran backstop receive the day off. Kyle Farmer will start behind the plate and bat eighth for the Reds.
Casali went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and an additional run scored in Saturday's 17-9 win over the Rockies.
Casali has enjoyed life at altitude through the first two games of the series in Colorado, notching a two-hit performance in both contests. He could get a breather Sunday as the Reds and Rockies wrap up the series with a day game, but Casali remains locked in as the Reds' No. 1 catcher with Tucker Barnhart (oblique) not believed to be close to returning from the 10-day injured list.
Casali is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians.
Casali started behind the dish in each of the Reds' last three games, going hitless with four strikeouts in eight at-bats. He'll cede catching duties to Kyle Farmer on Sunday as the Reds and Indians wrap up their first-half schedules.
Casali is not in the lineup Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Casali is now the Reds' primary catcher with Tucker Barnhart out with an oblique injury, but he won't start every day. Kyle Farmer gets the nod behind the plate in his absence.
Casali will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Cubs, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Casali will draw a sixth consecutive turn behind the dish and should operate as the Reds' primary backstop for the foreseeable future with Tucker Barnhart (oblique) facing an extended absence. The surge in playing time makes Casali a must-own player in NL-only formats and probably makes him worth grabbing in deeper mixed leagues that start two backstops as well. Casali's .756 OPS on the season places him 18th among all catchers who have received at least 140 plate appearances this season.
Casali is starting at catcher Wednesday against the Angels, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Casali was originally slated to get the day off, but an injury to Tucker Barnhart (side) forced the backstop into action. He's slashing .188/.316/.375 with two home runs in 12 games this month.
Casali is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels.
Casali has started three of the past four games behind the dish, going 1-for-9 with two RBI and a 3:5 BB:K during that stretch. Tucker Barnhart is starting at catcher and hitting eighth in this one.
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