Narvaez went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk in Thursday's spring game against the Reds.
Narvaez has seen steady playing time this spring and has reached base five times in 15 plate appearances over six games. He is set to open the season as the Brewers' primary catcher, but he will cede at least some starts and at-bats to Manny Pina when the Brewers face left-handed starters and/or manager Craig Counsell wants Pina's superior defense behind the plate.
Narvaez signed a one-year, $2.725 million deal with the Brewers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old was acquired by the Brewers from the Mariners in early December and is now officially under contract with his new team. Narvaez should serve as the team's primary catcher in 2020, though his heavy career splits (.836 OPS vs. RHP and .699 OPS vs. LHP) will likely allow Manny Pina to earn regular starts against southpaws.
Narvaez was traded to the Brewers from the Mariners on Thursday in exchange for right-hander Adam Hill and a competitive balance draft pick, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The Brewers appear to have found their new primary catcher after losing Yasmani Grandal to free agency this offseason. Narvaez saw an increased role in his first season with the Mariners last year. He performed well at the plate, hitting .278/.353/.460 with 22 home runs over 132 games. While the 27-year-old showed that he is able to handle a heavy workload and is a quality offensive option at the position, he does not grade out well defensively, so he should see a modest downturn in playing time now that he is on a team with playoff aspirations. The left-handed hitter has stark career splits (99 wRC+ against LHP, 116 wRC+ against RHP), so Manny Pina, who is a superior defender, should start against most southpaws.
Narvaez is not in the lineup Friday against Oakland.
Narvaez has gone hitless in his last four starts. Tom Murphy gets the call behind the plate Friday.
Narvaez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
Narvaez went 12-for-29 (.414) with three homers over his last eight games, but manager Scott Servais decided to hold him out of the lineup Sunday for the second day in a row. Austin Nola will handle the catching duties after Tom Murphy was behind the plate Saturday.
Narvaez is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.
Narvaez has gone 9-fo-19 with three homers over his last five games. Tom Murphy starts behind the plate in his absence.
Narvaez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single in a 6-0 victory against the Pirates on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old is hitting very well, having gone 9-for-19 (.474) with three home runs in his last five games. Narvaez already has career highs in every category, and with this hot streak, he's back on track to set a new high-water mark in average too. Narvaez is hitting .284 with 22 home runs, 55 RBI and 63 runs in 405 at-bats this season.
Narvaez is not in the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.
Narvaez will sit the day after being the walkoff hero in the 10th inning of Saturday's contest. Tom Murphy will start behind the plate Sunday.
Narvaez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a walkoff solo home run in the 10th inning of Saturday's 2-1 win over the White Sox.
He stuck it to his former club, driving an Alex Colome cutter off the top of the wall in right field that was confirmed as the game-winning homer after review. Narvaez has gone yard twice in the last three games, and on the year he's slashing .280/.355/.468 with 21 homers through 121 contests after hitting only 12 in 221 career games during his three seasons with the White Sox.
Narvaez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 9-7 loss to the White Sox.
All three hits were singles, including one of the run-scoring variety to cap a three-run first inning for the Mariners. Narvaez later scored on Shed Long's two-run single in the fourth. The catcher has enjoyed hitting against his former team, going 7-for-14 with two RBI and three runs scored in three games versus the White Sox this year. For the season, Narvaez is hitting .280/.354/.462 with 20 homers, 52 RBI and 60 runs scored.
Narvaez went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and a double in Thursday's loss to Cincinnati.
Narvaez launched a two-run shot to left center field in the third inning to reach the 20-homer mark on the season. The fourth-year catcher has slumped in September, collecting only three hits in 21 at-bats, but is nonetheless enjoying the finest season of his career with a .276/.351/.460 slash line and 51 RBI in 120 games.
Narvaez will sit Tuesday against Cleveland.
Narvaez is hitting just .154/.281/.231 over his last 10 games. Tom Murphy will start behind the plate Tuesday.
Narvaez went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.
The game marked Narvaez's first start since last Sunday, as he'd been besieged by back spasms throughout the week. Narvaez was able to serve as the designated hitter Saturday, and he could soon be back behind the dish if he remains free of setbacks.
Narvaez (back) will return to the lineup as a designated hitter Saturday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Narvaez hadn't been in the lineup since Sunday while battling back spasms. He's apparently still not ready to catch but has been cleared to hit. Tom Murphy will catch Yusei Kikuchi on Saturday.
Narvaez's back has been doing better, and he could return to the lineup over the weekend, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Narvaez hasn't started since Sunday, though he did appear off the bench in Thursday's contest. He could feature in one of the Mariners' next couple games, either behind the plate or at DH if the club wants to ease him back into action.
Narvaez (back) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Astros, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Narvaez will sit for the fourth consecutive game as he continues to manage back spasms, though he did appear as a pinch hitter Thursday. Austin Nola will start behind the dish for the Mariners on Friday.
Narvaez (back) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Astros.
Narvaez is still dealing with back spasms and will miss a third consecutive game as a result. Per Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle, the backstop is scheduled to take BP on Thursday and could be available off the bench if it goes well. Tom Murphy is once again starting behind the dish in his place.
Narvaez (back) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Narvaez was sidelined Tuesday due to back spasms and will sit for at least one more game. Tom Murphy starts behind the plate.
Narvaez's absence Monday against the Cubs is due to back spasms, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
It's not clear how much time Narvaez is expected to miss. Tom Murphy will get the start at catcher in the series opener.
Narvaez is not starting Monday against the Cubs.
Narvaez hits the bench for the third time in four games. Tom Murphy gets the nod behind the plate.
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