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Cardinals cut four from major-league camp Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Cardinals have cut catcher Ed Easley and infielders Dean Anna, Xavier Scruggs and Jacob Wilson from major-league camp, MLB.com reports. The moves leave the team with 33 players in big-league camp.

Reds' Devin Mesoraco exits game with quad cramp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was removed from Sunday's game due to a cramp in his left quad, the team announced.

Mesoraco came up lame while rounding third base. He finished the game 0 for 2 at the plate and is just 6 for 28 with two home runs this spring.


Andrew Susac among Giants' spring cuts Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Giants optioned catcher Andrew Susac, first baseman Adam Duvall, pitcher Hunter Strickland and outfielders Gary Brown and Juan Perez to Triple-A Sacramento Sunday.

Susac was the favorite to open the season as the team's No. 2 catcher behind Buster Posey, but Hector Sanchez won the competition, leaving Susac to open the season as the team's starter in Triple-A.

The Giants also reassigned catcher Guillermo Quiroz, second baseman Brandon Hicks and pitchers Brett Bochy, Steven Okert and Juan Gutierrez to minor-league camp.


Philies option Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Hector Neris


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Phillies optioned pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and reassigned four players to minor-league camp.

Gonzalez was in the mix to win a rotation spot heading into the spring but posted a 7.53 ERA while giving up 25 hits in 14 1/3 innings. Neris surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) in nine spring innings.

The team reassigned pitcher Paul Clemens, catcher Koyie Hill and infielders Chris McGuiness and Chris Nelson to minor-league camp.


Jairo Diaz, Cristhian Adames among Rockies' latest cuts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Rockies have optioned right-hander Jairo Diaz, infielder Cristhian Adames, outfielder Kyle Parker to the minors. Left-hander Kenny Roberts, catchers Dustin Garneau and Ryan Casteel were all reassigned to minor-league camp, according to MLB.com.

Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy gets first start at first base Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Brewers regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy drew his first start at first base after being cleared from a strained right hamstring injury. Manager Ron Roenicke wanted to be able to see Lucroy's versatility.

"Thought we needed to do it, so hopefully we can do it at least once more,” said Roenicke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But as much as he gets out there, it will help. There’s some pitchers that we still want him to catch and if we can get through those then maybe some other days we can get him over there again."

Lucroy was happy to finally be back on the field.

"I've been doing a little bit out there every day," Lucroy said. "Taking some grounders and stuff to stay sharp over there."


Juan Centeno making good impression on Brewers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Catcher Juan Centeno signed with the Brewers after getting waived by the Mets in the offseason. There were some growing pains at first, but he's finally made a good impression with his new team. 

"He’s improving all the time from what we’ve seen," said manager Ron Roenicke, per Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel. "When he first came here, he maybe wasn’t comfortable. It’s hard when you change teams, and he’s trying to impress. He’s a nice player; will be a nice backup for us."

Centeno is hitting .400 for the Brewers this spring. 


Blake Lalli battling for backup catcher spot with Diamondbacks


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) The Diamondbacks aren't sure if they're keeping two catchers or three, and the only certainty is that Tuffy Gosewisch is starting.

Entering the final week of spring training, Blake Lalli is battling Gerald Laird and Jordan Pacheco for a roster spot. 

"You just keep playing and try not to look into things, because it's impossible," Lalli said per MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. "I feel like if you do your job on the field, that's all you can do for sure. I know it sounds cliche, but it's true. I try not to pay attention to decisions that aren't mine. ... You can look around and see and kind of figure you're in it."


Nationals reassign six players to minor-league camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) The Nationals announced Friday they reassigned infielder Cutter Dykstra, infielder Emmanuel Burriss, catcher Steven Lerud, infielder/outfielder Kila Ka'aihue, outfielder Derrick Robinson and pitcher Manny Delcarmen to minor-league camp.

Jose Tabata among 12 players cut from Pirates camp Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) The Pirates announced Friday they cut 12 players from major-league camp. 

They optioned Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A, while reassigning Deolis Guerra, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Brad Lincoln, Steve LombardozziBrent Morel, Gustavo Nunez , Deibinson Romero, Jose Tabata, Sebastian Valle and Josh Wall to minor-league camp.


Diamondbacks' Peter O'Brien seeing time in outfield


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Peter O'Brien spent his second consecutive day in the outfield during a minor-league game Thursday, and he hasn't been behind the plate since developing throwing problems earlier in March, the Arizona Republic reports.

"I think he's going to play some outfield (once the minor league season starts) and catching isn't out of the question, but we're still talking internally to figure out what's best for him," farm director Mike Bell said.

While the team has been reluctant to publicly acknowledge O'Brien's catching issues, he's unlikely to be the long-term answer behind the plate, as general manager Dave O'Brien reportedly indicated in January. The Diamondbacks figure to roll with Tuffy Gosewisch as the team's primary catcher unless an addition is made.


Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber among cuts Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Cubs announced Thursday they cut 12 players from major-league camp, including top catcher prospect Kyle Schwarber,who was reassigned to minor-league camp.

The other players reassigned to minor-league camp were pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, Gonzalez Germen and Francisley Bueno, infielder Chris Valaika, outfielders Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers.

Pitcher Blake Parker and pitcher Joseph Ortiz were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.


Padres catcher Tim Federowicz moved to 60-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Padres announced Thursday catcher Tim Federowicz was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Federowicz is slated to miss 3-6 months after undergoing knee surgery in mid-March.

Padres catcher Derek Norris turning the corner offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris is starting to get his timing down at the plate after opening the spring mired in a 2-for-29 slump. He has gone 3 for 5 with one home run and two RBI in his last two spring games, to raise his average from .069 to .147.

“I was starting too late, instead of starting early and being easy with it,” Norris said of his leg kick, per U-T San Diego. “I was being late and quick with it, so it caused a lot of head movement, not recognizing pitches well enough. So I’m just trying to slow the game down and just let my natural ability take place.

“(I've been) just a little jumpy. When you’re a little bit jumpy, it just means you’re late. For me, my leg kick, getting it up early, getting it down, so when your lead foot hits, that’s when you can start to fire and hit. Whenever it’s late, then you have to rush and it all gets out of whack. So just get it up early, nice and easy, and it’s been a lot better the last few days.”

Norris added learning a new pitching staff might have also contributed to his slow start.

“My priority’s definitely getting to know these guys on the mound," he said. "That’s No. 1. Obviously, everybody would love to go 4 for 4 every day. In my case, controlling a pitching staff and getting to know these guys is priority No. 1, and I definitely put that ahead of everything else, ahead of hitting, ahead of weightlifting.”


Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt back in spring lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt returned to the spring lineup Thursday against the Pirates after missing just over a week due to the flu. Bethancourt, who last played in a game March 17, is batting .360 (9 for 25) with five RBI and six doubles in nine spring games.

Giants C Buster Posey dealing with mild scapula injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Giants catcher Buster Posey came out of Wednesday's game a little early due to a mild scapula injury, but manager Bruce Bochy said Posey will be back in the lineup Thursday and playing first base, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Posey has been having a bit of a slow spring, but he went 1 for 2 and drew a walk Wednesday. He is 6 for 26 with five walks in 12 spring games.


Yasmani Grandal seeking a fresh start with the Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Yasmani Grandal is looking for a fresh start with the Dodgers, after a tumultuous tenure with the Padres, according to FOX Sports. Clayton Kershaw, the ace of the staff, has a strong relationship with A.J. Ellis, but when asked about Grandal's past issues with San Diego, he said: "I haven't seen any of that. The only thing you want in a catcher is that he works. He does that. He's a hard worker. Not only with catching, the physical part of it, but the mental side. He knew what I did before I even talked to him.

"There are obviously some growing pains, getting to know a catcher. But he's been great. He's done everything you can ask for. Everyone always comes in with a reputation regardless. I just try to tune it out and judge for myself."

Grandal was acquired this offseason as the centerpiece in the trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego. The switch-hitting catcher, who is under club control through 2018, slashed .225/.327/.401 with 15 homers and 85 RBI in 2014. He posted a .795 OPS after the All-Star break last season.


Pirates C Chris Stewart still 10 days away from returning


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Pirates catcher Chris Stewart took part in infield drills and batting practice Tuesday morning, as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring issue, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has not played since March 9 due to the injury, and is not expected back in the lineup for at least another 10 days.

Rockies may carry three catchers on Opening Day roster


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Rockies are looking more and more like they will have a third catching option on their Opening Day roster, reports the Denver Post.

Wilin Rosario, considered the third catcher, is expected to make the roster, but also provide depth at first base behind Justin Morneau.

"Honestly, the way that it looks like it's heading, is if we carry the two catchers in Hundley and McKenry, then Rosario lines up now as that half half-catcher who plays first base," manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday before the Rockies played the White Sox."

Weiss cited having Rosario and Michael McKenry as flexibility off the bench, especially on offense.

"This allows you to pinch-hit a catcher during a game because you are protected, which is huge," he said. "The way we design our roster, most of the time, is that we are carrying 13 pitchers — with eight guys in the bullpen. That leaves us short on the bench.

"If you have a four-man bench and you can’t use your catcher — because you are afraid to lose your backup catcher — then you have a three-man bench. So you are really short-handed. Having a guy who can go behind the plate allows you to pinch-hit a catcher."


Padres reassign C Austin Hedges to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Padres reassigned catcher Austin Hedges to minor-league camp Tuesday, the team announced. Considered a high-level prospect due to his excellent defense, Hedges went 2 for 13 with one walk this spring.

D-Backs name Tuffy Gosewisch as starting catcher


(3/23/2015) The Diamondbacks announced Monday that longtime minor leaguer Tuffy Gosewisch will be their starting catcher on Opening Day, according to AZCentral.com

Drafted in 2005, Gosewisch has spent virtually his entire pro career in the minor leagues, playing in 14 MLB games in 2013 and 43 in 2014.

"I don't know which other way we would go," Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said.

In his 55 career games for the Diamondbacks, Gosewich has hit .213 with one home run and 10 RBI in 174 at-bats.


Francisco Cervelli hits third homer in four days for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Francisco Cervelli continued his spring power surge for the Pirates on Monday. 

Cervelli hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, capping a day when he went one for two with two walks. 

It was Cervelli's third homer of the spring, all of them coming in the last four days. He had a two-home run game on Friday.

Cervelli has topped three home runs in a season only once, in 2011. Cervelli is hitting .316 this spring. 


Reds release Mijares; option Barnhart, Suarez, Lutz


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) The Reds released pitcher Jose Mijares Monday whle also optioning three players to Triple-A and re-assigning two to minor-league camp as the team continues to pare down the major-league camp roster.

Mijares surrendered three earned runs on 5 1/3 innings this spring.

The team sent catcher Tucker Barnhart, shortstop Eugenio Suarez and first baseman Donald Lutz to Triple-A Lousville Monday. All three saw action in the majors last season.

First baseman Josh Satin and catcher Chad Wallach were re-assigned to minor-league camp.


Cardinals option Aledmys Diaz, Cody Stanley; re-assign two


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) The Cardinals have optioned infielder Aledmys Diaz and catcher Cody Stanley to Triple-A Memphis and have also re-assigned outfielder Rafael Ortega and catcher Travis Tartamella to minor-league camp, the team announced Monday.

Diaz was 2 for 8 in six spring games, while Stanley was 5 for 12 with three doubles and one home run.


Cubs may keep Miguel Montero, David Ross and Welington Castillo


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Cubs general manager Theo Epstein is considering breaking camp with three catchers on the roster. 

Epstein said that the team is "leaning toward" keeping Miguel Montero, David Ross and Welington Castillo, per ESPN's Jesse Rogers. He added that manager Joe Maddon is "pounding the table for three catchers." 


 
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