Knapp will start Friday against the Nationals and will remain the primary catcher over the weekend with J.T. Realmuto on paternity leave.
Realmuto starts far more than the average first-choice catcher, but Knapp's numbers don't suggest he deserves anything more than the 15 starts he's received so far. He owns an awful .152/.291/.227 slash line on the season, striking out 32.1 percent of the time.
Knapp is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
While J.T. Realmuto is healthy, Knapp probably won't be in store for much more than a start or two behind the plate in any given week. Knapp, who has logged only 11 at-bats in June, will sit for the third straight contest.
Knapp is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Knapp drew the start in Saturday's 7-0 win in place of a resting J.T. Realmuto, finishing the day 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run. It was only the sixth start of the season for Knapp, who continues to handle one of the lightest workloads among all backup catchers in the majors.
Knapp is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets.
Even with the Phillies playing a day game after a night game, manager Gabe Kapler won't steer away from J.T. Realmuto as the team's catcher. With the Phillies racing out to a 10-0 first-inning lead in an eventual 14-3 win Tuesday, Realmuto was able to check out of the game early, allowing Knapp to pick up three at-bats off the bench. He recorded a double in one of those trips to the plate, giving him his second hit of the season.
Knapp is hitting .323/.382/.516 in 11 spring games.
Knapp spent some time in the minors last season after Wilson Ramos was brought in from Tampa Bay, but he looks set to back up J.T. Realmuto this season with a relatively secure roster spot. His primary competition, Drew Butera, doesn't have a 40-man roster spot and fits better as an organizational depth option.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Monday that Knapp is in the "driver's seat" for the Phillies' backup catcher spot, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Knapp's contributions on offense or defense over parts of two seasons in the big leagues haven't been overly impressive, but he's at least shown the ability to take walks at a prodigious clip (13.1 percent). While that may be enough to give him the edge over non-roster invitee Drew Butera for the No. 2 gig, Knapp shouldn't expect to play more than once or twice a week after the Phillies acquired one of the top backstops in baseball this offseason in J.T. Realmuto.
Knapp was called up by the Phillies on Friday.
Knapp's .216/.308/.352 season slash line is not terrible for a backup catcher, but it's hardly enough to make him much of a fantasy asset. He did show some improvements at the plate as the season went on, but with Wilson Ramos now in town in addition to Jorge Alfaro, Knapp's at-bats are likely to be very limited.
Knapp was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Knapp was sent back to the minors to free up a roster spot for Jose Bautista, who was acquired via trade earlier in the day and activated prior to Tuesday's game. In 69 games with the big club this season, Knapp is hitting just .216/.308/.352 with four homers. He should be back sometime in September after rosters expand.
Knapp was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Knapp will provide a little catching insurance behind Jorge Alfaro while Wilson Ramos nurses a wrist injury. In a corresponding move, Justin Bour (oblique) was put on the 10-day DL. Through 68 games with the Phillies this year, Knapp has slashed .217/.310/.354 with four home runs and 15 RBI.
Knapp was sent back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.
Knapp was added as the Phillies' 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic against the Mets but did not enter the game. He'll head back to the minors, as the Phillies have no need to carry three catchers, though he has a good chance to rejoin the team in September.
Knapp was added as the Phillies' 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic against the Mets, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Both sides will get an extra player with the game being played in Williamsport, Pa. It's unlikely the Phillies will need to keep a third catcher around for more than a day, so expect Knapp to head back to the minors after the game.
Knapp was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
With Wilson Ramos getting reinstated from the disabled list, the Phillies will go with two catchers until rosters expand in September. Knapp was 2-for-13 with six strikeouts and one walk in eight August games before getting demoted.
Knapp began to choke up on every pitch in late June, leading to much better results at the plate, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Prior to making the change, Knapp was hitting just .182 with a .534 OPS. In 76 plate appearances since altering his approach, he's hit .279 with an .870 OPS. He's seen his hard-contact rate jump from 26.4 percent to 43.2 percent. Despite the improvement, he's still firmly behind Jorge Alfaro on the Phillies' catching depth chart and could find himself bumped from the active roster for a few weeks if deadline-day acquisition Wilson Ramos is able to return from his hamstring injury before rosters expand in September.
Knapp has steadily increased his flyball rate this season, leading to a strong performance at the plate in July, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Knapp's flyball rate has been above 40 percent in July after it sat below 30 percent in the beginning of the season, leading to an excellent .333/.459/.667 line in 37 July plate appearances. The sample size may be small, but it's encouraging that the positive outcomes seem to be driven by a change in process. Knapp was always a bat-first catcher in the minors, and his career slash line in 108 major-league games now sits at .250/.355/.382, good for a 97 wRC+, a perfectly respectable mark for a catcher. If the strong performances at the plate continue, he could claw back some playing time from fellow catcher Jorge Alfaro, though Alfaro has the greater prospect pedigree and has been a far better pitch framer.
Knapp will start at catcher and serve as the Phillies' leadoff man Sunday against the Pirates, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Incredibly, Knapp is the first catcher to serve as a leadoff hitter for the Phillies in the live-ball era, per the Elias Sports Bureau. It's likely just a temporary assignment for Knapp, as the Phillies could get primary table setter Cesar Hernandez (foot) back as soon as Monday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Knapp went 2-for-4 with a double, a three-run home run and a walk in Friday's victory over the Pirates.
Knapp struck for a three-run blast in the seventh inning to add insult to injury, putting the Phillies ahead 14-4. He's been hot at the plate despite inconsistent playing time, as he's collected a hit in each of his last seven games with seven extra-base hits and eight RBI over that span.
Knapp hit a pinch-hit, walkoff homer in the 13th inning of Sunday's 4-3 win over Washington.
Knapp now has three homers in 104 at-bats on the season, all coming since June 16. The 26-year-old catcher hasn't been able to carve out a big role behind Jorge Alfaro and won't have much fantasy value unless he earns more consistent playing time.
Knapp (knee) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Knapp did not play Monday after leaving Sunday's contest with a bruised knee, but it appears that will be the extent of his absence. Knapp will catch Jake Arrieta and hit seventh in the Phillies' batting order Tuesday night.
Knapp left Sunday's game against the Nationals with a right knee contusion, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
He went 1-for-3 with a double before being replaced by Jorge Alfaro. The Phillies would probably need to add a catcher to the 40-man roster if it seems Knapp will be out longer than a few days. He is 7-for-27 (.259) with two home runs in 27 June at-bats.
Knapp went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and another RBI during Friday's 12-2 win over the Nationals.
The backup backstop got to Nats reliever Justin Miller with his second big fly of the season. Knapp has recorded both of those homers in his last five games played, but he remains behind Jorge Alfaro on the depth chart, with only fleeting potential at the dish for deep-league fantasy value.
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