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May 5, 2021 05:08 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Called up Wednesday
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Rivera was called up prior to Wednesday's game against the Royals, Mandy Bell of reports.

Roberto Perez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right ring finger, so Rivera will get into the catching mix with Austin Hedges. Perez is known for his glove more than his bat, so he shouldn't be seen as a strong fantasy option in most formats.

April 14, 2021 04:20 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Finds work with Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with Cleveland on Wednesday.

Rivera appeared in two games for the Mets in 2020 before developing a bone spur in his left elbow in late July and requiring season-ending surgery. The 37-year-old appears to be healthy now, and he'll add some depth at catcher for his new organization. Rivera will report to Cleveland's alternate site and will await a potential call-up in the event Roberto Perez or Austin Hedges is forced to miss time at any point in 2021.

August 17, 2020 05:36 PM
Mets' Rene Rivera: Slated to undergo surgery
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Rivera will undergo surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his left elbow, Anthony DiComo of reports.

Rivera was transferred to the 45-day injured list Monday, and he should miss the rest of the season since the procedure usually carries a 6-to-8 week recovery timetable. The 37-year-old appeared in just two major-league games this season, going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts.

August 17, 2020 03:36 PM
Mets' Rene Rivera: Transferred to 45-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera (elbow) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Monday, Anthony DiComo of reports.

Rivera has been on the injured list with a hyperextended left elbow since the end of July, and his placement on the 45-day injured list will clear a spot on the active roster. While the catcher will miss significant time, it's unclear whether he'll be healthy by the end of the season. Even if he does return to full health, he's unlikely to see significant playing time in the majors.

July 31, 2020 06:20 PM
Mets' Rene Rivera: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera landed on the injured list with a hyperextended left elbow Friday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

Rivera's absence won't be a major one for the Mets, as he's started just once this season. Franklyn Kilome was recalled to take his place on the roster.

July 19, 2020 04:44 PM
Mets' Rene Rivera: Joins 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera was added to the Mets' 40-man roster Sunday, Anthony DiComo of reports.

The 36-year-old was included in the team's 60-player pool, and it appears he'll be on the roster for the start of the regular season. Rivera is starting behind the plate for Sunday's exhibition matchup with the Yankees. He'll provide catching depth for the Mets as Wilson Ramos is away from the team due to a personal matter.

June 29, 2020 01:00 PM
Mets' Rene Rivera: Named to 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera has been added to the Mets' 60-man player pool, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

The veteran backstop had been competing with Tomas Nido for the No. 2 job back in spring training, but Rivera will now be one of at least five catchers in the team's player pool. How much playing time the 36-year-old actually gets will likely depend on how often starter Wilson Ramos is deployed at DH or otherwise gets a breather behind the plate in the condensed season.

March 20, 2020 11:20 AM
Mets' Rene Rivera: In hunt for backup job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera was still in the running for the Mets' No. 2 catcher spot when MLB suspended the season.

The 36-year-old hadn't done much at the plate this spring, going 3-for-12 with a home run, but that's still better than Tomas Nido's 2-for-16 performance. Rivera's defensive metrics and reputation aren't what they were a few years ago, and the fact that Nido is out of minor-league options likely makes the younger backstop the front-runner in the competition to back up Wilson Ramos.

January 22, 2020 02:44 PM
Mets' Rene Rivera: Re-signs with Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera agreed Tuesday with the Mets on a minor-league contract, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Rivera's deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training and will be worth $1 million if he makes the Mets' Opening Day roster. The defensive-minded backstop made nine appearances for the Mets in 2019 but spent the majority of the campaign at Triple-A Syracuse.

August 24, 2019 10:44 PM
Mets' Rene Rivera: Joins big-league club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday.

Rivera signed a minor-league deal with the Mets just before the start of the season and will now make his way to the majors five months later. The 36-year-old had a .254/.319/.501 slash line and 25 home runs with Syracuse, and he'll serve as the reserve backstop to Wilson Ramos with Tomas Nido (concussion) landing on the injured list.

March 25, 2019 07:44 PM
Mets' Rene Rivera: Links up with Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Monday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

Rivera will join the Mets after being cut loose by San Francisco over the weekend. The veteran backstop will provide insurance at catcher with Devin Mesoraco contemplating retirement and Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) looking like a candidate to open the season on the IL.

March 23, 2019 02:24 PM
Rene Rivera: Let go by San Francisco
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Giants released Rivera on Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of reports.

Rivera's release suggests that Aramis Garcia has won out in the job battle for the backup gig behind No. 1 catcher Buster Posey. Heralded for his ability to control the running game, Rivera shouldn't struggle to find work elsewhere, though he may be forced to settle for a minor-league deal.

February 8, 2019 10:52 AM
Giants' Rene Rivera: Joins Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Friday, Jon Heyman of reports.

Rivera spent the bulk of 2018 with the Angels but also saw some action with the Braves, though he appeared in only 33 games total. The 35-year-old's career slash line of .220/.271/.353 has him destined to serve as organizational depth in San Francisco.

August 29, 2018 07:08 PM
Braves' Rene Rivera: Acquired by Braves
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera was acquired off waivers by the Braves on Wednesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

It's unclear how Rivera fits into the picture in Atlanta, as the team already has two solid catchers in Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Flowers. He'll at least provide catching depth in the final month of the season for the Braves, but between his uncertain role and his weak bat (a career .221/.272/.354 slash line), it's hard to see him having much fantasy value. The move leaves Francisco Arcia as the primary catcher for the Angels.

August 25, 2018 08:09 PM
Angels' Rene Rivera: Receives day off Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Rivera will head to the bench for the third time since coming off the 60-day disabled list Aug. 15 and is 6-for-21 with a home run and seven strikeouts since his activation. Francisco Arcia will start behind the plate and bat seventh against Justin Verlander and the Astros.

August 20, 2018 12:36 PM
Angels' Rene Rivera: Rests in series finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.

Rivera had started at catcher in three of the Angels' previous four games since he returned from the disabled list. Though he appears to be in line for No. 1 catching duties going forward, Rivera will likely give way to backup Francisco Arcia at least a couple of times per week for rest purposes.

August 16, 2018 01:36 PM
Angels' Rene Rivera: Blasts game-winning homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

Rivera was the hero in this one, launching a solo home run with one out in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie in the eventual 3-2 victory. It was the 35-year-old's first game since May after undergoing knee surgery. He'll likely receive plenty of precautionary days off down the stretch.

August 15, 2018 05:52 PM
Angels' Rene Rivera: Activated; in Wednesday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera (knee) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and will bat sixth and catch against San Diego on Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

Rivera will return to action at the big-league level after undergoing knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear in May. He will likely settle into a reserve role behind Francisco Arcia while Jose Briceno also remains a member of the 25-man roster for the time being. Across 22 games prior to his injury, Rivera hit .259/.322/.481 with three home runs and 10 RBI.

August 6, 2018 07:08 PM
Angels' Rene Rivera: Set to start rehab stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera (knee) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Tuesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.

Rivera is set to return to live action for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-May with a knee injury that ultimately required surgery. Given the length of his absence, the veteran backstop will likely need to make a handful of rehab appearances before the Angels consider bringing him off the 60-day disabled list. Barring any setbacks, Rivera could be back with the big club sometime during the second half of August.

June 23, 2018 04:04 PM
Angels' Rene Rivera: Transferred to 60-day DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera was moved to the 60-day disabled list Saturday.

Rivera will remain sidelined through the All-Star break due to right knee inflammation. He's yet to begin running or catching, so it became apparent that he would need a little more time on the shelf. In a corresponding move, the club claimed Hansel Robles off waivers.

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