Caratini could work as the Cubs' DH if MLB adopts a universal DH for a shortened 2020 season, Will Laws of SI.com reports.
Kyle Schwarber is perhaps the first name that comes to mind as a DH for the Cubs, but he's improved his defensive play to the point where Chicago may elect to keep him in left field. That could open things up for Caratini as the team looks to get his bat in the lineup along with No. 1 catcher Willson Contreras. Caratini's DH case would be bolstered if the team kept three catchers, which would provide added insurance behind Contreras and take some burden off Caratini as a defensive option.
Chicago manager David Ross said he has a "ton of confidence" in Caratini, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Ross praised Caratini's ability to provide quality at-bats despite not playing every day and said he's one of the team's most valuable reserves. Willson Contreras is blocking the 26-year-old behind the plate and Anthony Rizzo has first base secured, but Caratini can capably spell either player. And if an injury opened up a more regular role, Caratini would have instant fantasy appeal.
Caratini went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a double in Sunday's 4-2 Cactus League loss to the Dodgers.
Caratini started his spring on a nice note after a solid 2019. The 26-year-old will serve as a backup at catcher and first base this year, and his fantasy value could rise if an injury opens up a more regular role.
Caratini went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Cardinals.
Caratini launched a moonshot off of St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright in the fifth inning, giving him a career-high 11 home runs this season. In fact, the 26-year-old came into 2019 with only three career MLB home runs in 107 games. Caratini has some definite talent, though the likes of Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo are keeping him from receiving everyday playing time in Chicago.
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting sixth in Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
The Cubs are giving regular catcher Willson Contreras a breather after he started the last five games. Caratini enters the contest with a respectable .271/.352/.457 slash line in 221 at-bats this season.
Caratini will not start at first base Thursday against the Cardinals as originally anticipated.
Caratini was slated to start at first base, but Anthony Rizzo will make a surprising return to action, and he will get the nod at the position instead.
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting sixth in Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Caratini appeared as a pinch hitter Saturday and popped his 10th home run of the season in the process. With regular catcher Willson Contreras getting a breather Sunday, Caratini will have a chance for a few more at-bats.
Caratini went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in a 14-1 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Entering the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh, Caratini completed the scoring with a solo homer off Parker Markel. Caratini has played less in September with Wilson Contreras (hamstring) now healthy and Jonathan Lucroy also on the roster, but he has still been able to generate a .277/.359/.466 slash line over 206 at-bats this season.
Caratini is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners.
Caratini will get a day off after starting in each of the past six games, logging three turns behind the plate and three at first base. He won't be in store for much action at the latter position moving forward now that Anthony Rizzo has shaken off a back injury, but Caratini should remain ahead of Jonathan Lucroy on the depth chart at catcher through the weekend. Manager Joe Maddon relayed Monday that top backstop Willson Contreras (hamstring) could be ready to come off the injured list at some point during the four-game series in Milwaukee that begins Thursday, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Caratini went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in a win over the Mets on Thursday.
Caratini drove in all four Cubs runs and accounted for half of the team's hits in the win. Both long balls came against 2018 Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, including a three-run blast in the seventh inning that broke open a 1-1 tie. After struggling to start August, Caratini has found a groove over his last five games, going 9-for-17 with three home runs.
Caratini is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals.
Caratini went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts Saturday and will return to the bench for the series finale. Jonathan Lucroy will start behind the plate and bat sixth Sunday.
Caratini is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals.
Caratini started the last two contests and will take a seat Friday as he is 3-for-24 with nine strikeouts in his last nine games. Jonathan Lucroy will start behind the plate and bat seventh in his absence.
Caratini is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Giants.
He is just 2-for-18 with zero home runs, four walks and six strikeouts in his last seven games. Jonathan Lucroy starts at catcher and will hit seventh.
Caratini is not in Saturday's lineup against the Pirates.
He has started eight of the last 14 games, hitting .219 with one home run in 32 at-bats over that stretch. Jonathan Lucroy will start behind the dish, hitting eighth.
Caratini is not in Friday's lineup against the Pirates.
Caratini heads to the bench in the midst of a 2-for-15 slump with six strikeouts over the past six games. Jonathan Lucroy will start at catcher, batting seventh.
Caratini is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.
Caratini posted excellent offensive numbers as the backup catcher earlier this year, but his production has slipped over a stretch during which Willson Contreras has been battling injuries. Jonathan Lucroy is starting behind the plate and hitting sixth against lefty Jason Vargas.
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Reds.
Caratini will end up starting the bookend games of the series, with Jonathan Lucroy picking up a start in between on Saturday. The two figure to continue splitting playing time while Willson Contreras (hamstring) is on the injured list.
Caratini isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.
Caratini failed to register a hit in Friday's matchup, so the Cubs will turn to Jonathan Lucroy behind the dish for the third matchup of the series.
Caratini is not in the lineup Thursday against the Reds.
Caratini has started all four games behind the dish since Willson Contreras went down with a hamstring injury, but he'll take a seat for Thursday's series opener as Jonathan Lucroy, who signed with the Cubs on Wednesday, gets his first start with Chicago. The 25-year-old Caratini owns a solid .265/.355/.462 triple-slash through 52 games with the Cubs this season, though he's hitting just .205 with a .697 OPS in 19 games since the All-Star break.
Caratini started at catcher and batted sixth in Sunday's game against the Brewers.
With Willson Contreras moving to the 10-day injured list Sunday due to a strained hamstring, Caratini looks poised to earn a multi-week run as the team's top backstop. The Cubs recalled Taylor Davis from Triple-A Iowa for extra reinforcement behind the dish, but he's not a serious threat to poach many starts from Caratini. Despite seeing somewhat inconsistent playing time this season, Caratini has delivered a strong .271/.360/.458 slash line with five home runs and 21 RBI in 136 plate appearances. He'll be a must-roster player in NL-only leagues and mixed formats that start two catchers and may even warrant consideration in single-catcher leagues as well.
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