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July 18, 2021 02:56 PM
Nationals' Rene Rivera: Sits after consecutive starts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres.

After signing with Washington on Friday, Rivera picked up starts at catcher in both of the first two games of the series, going 2-for-8. Rivera will sit Sunday in favor of Tres Barrera, but the Nationals could deploy the two in a timeshare at the position until one of Yan Gomes (oblique) or Alex Avila (calf) returns from the injured list.

July 17, 2021 01:00 PM
Nationals' Rene Rivera: Joins Washington
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera agreed to a major-league deal with the Nationals on Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

The veteran catcher elected free agency after being designated for assignment by Cleveland in early July, but he'll join a new team after being a free agent for a couple weeks. Yan Gomes (oblique) and Alex Avila (calf) are both on the injured list, so Rivera will split time behind the plate with Tres Barrera.

July 3, 2021 04:16 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cleveland designated Rivera for assignment Saturday, Mandy Bell of reports.

The 37-year-old loses his spot on the 40-man roster as Roberto Perez (finger) is activated from the 60-day injured list. Offensively, Rivera has outperformed fellow catcher Austin Hedges, but a .236 average is still unremarkable and not enough to keep him around as Perez's backup.

June 29, 2021 12:52 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Swats homer in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Twins.

Rivera went deep to lead off the third and got Cleveland on the board with their first run. He has hit two homers this year, both coming in two of his last three starts. The 37-year-old backstop is slashing .245/.310/.415 with five extra-base hits, nine RBI, six runs scored and a 4:22 BB:K over 61 plate appearances. He is second in the pecking order behind Austin Hedges and has appeared in just three games since June 19. Given his lack of volume, Rivera can really only be considered as a streaming option based on if he's starting and what his matchups are.

June 24, 2021 05:08 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Moves back to No. 2 role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Twins.

Austin Hedges (concussion) will be behind the plate Thursday in his return from the 7-day injured list, effectively ending Rivera's one-week run atop the depth chart. Rivera caught three of the last five games for Cleveland, going 4-for-12 with a home run, four RBI and an additional run.

June 20, 2021 12:40 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Not starting Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.

Rivera went 4-for-8 with a homer, four RBI and an additional run scored over the first two games of the series, but he'll receive the day off for the finale. Ryan Lavarnway will work behind the plate for Cleveland.

June 19, 2021 09:16 AM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Three hits in Friday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI in Friday's 11-10 loss to the Pirates.

All three hits were singles, but it was still Rivera's first multi-hit performance since he also banged out three hits back on May 6, and the three RBI were a season high. The 37-year-old catcher is expected to split time behind the dish with Ryan Lavarnway while Austin Hedges (concussion) and Roberto Perez (finger) are sidelined.

June 17, 2021 03:20 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Not in Thursday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera isn't starting Thursday against Baltimore.

Rivera could see a slight uptick in playing time in the near future after Austin Hedges (concussion) was placed on the 7-day injured list Thursday. However, Ryan Lavarnway will start behind the dish and bat sixth in the series finale against the Orioles.

June 12, 2021 09:04 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Plates two runs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk in Saturday's extra-inning win over the Mariners.

Rivera played a key role in Saturday's win, as he smacked a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth that forced extra innings. The backstop ended a two-game hitless streak but hasn't been a consistent source of offense for Cleveland, as he's recorded just eight hits in 33 at-bats and only has one multi-hit game all season long.

May 31, 2021 12:52 AM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Smacks RBI double
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a run scored in a 6-5 win over Toronto in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.

The catcher sparked Cleveland's rally with an RBI double in the sixth inning to plate Yu Chang. Rivera then scored the team's second run on an Amed Rosario single. Through 25 plate appearances, Rivera has two doubles, two RBI, two runs scored and no home runs. The backup catcher isn't expected to challenge Austin Hedges for a larger share of playing time.

May 7, 2021 11:32 AM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Tallies three hits Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivera went 3-for-4 with a double and a run in a 4-0 win over the Royals on Thursday.

Rivera made his season debut Thursday for Cleveland, replacing the injured Roberto Perez (finger) on the active roster. The veteran catcher batted eighth, providing three hits and a run in the bottom of the lineup. Now 37 years old, Rivera is just a temporary replacement who's not known for his offense.

May 5, 2021 05:08 PM
Indians' Rene Rivera: Called up Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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