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Cardinals C Yadier Molina (knee) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:25 am ET) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Molina is dealing with knee soreness after taking a foul tip off his knee guard Friday. The team called up a backup catcher before Sunday's game to back up Tony Cruz, who is batting eighth Sunday while making his third start in the last four days.

The Cardinals are road favorites (-144) in Milwaukee Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco (hip), Jay Bruce out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:30 am ET) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco and right fielder Jay Bruce are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

Mesoraco has seen just two plate appearances as a pinch-hitter in the last two weeks as he continues to deal with left hip impingement. Brayan Pena gets the call behind the plate and will bat eighth.

Bruce has started each of the team's first 17 games in right field but will get his first break of the season Sunday. With Bruce on the bench, first baseman Joey Votto is the only player on the team to have started every gamethis season. Brennan Boesch will man right field and bat fifth in the team's matchup against righty Jake Arrieta.

The Reds are home underdogs (+105) Sunday.


Giants catcher Andrew Susac connects for first home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:21 am ET) Giants catcher Andrew Susac went 2 for 5 at the plate in San Francisco's 5-4 win over the Rockies Saturday in 11 innings. Susac found success in the fourth inning when he ripped a 1-1 pitch from Jorge De La Rosa over the left field wall for a solo shot, his first of the year. 

Susac, who also added a double, boosted his average to .385 with one RBI in 13 at-bats this season.


Phillies C Carlos Ruiz working to emerge from slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Several high-profile Phillies are mired in slumps, including Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, but catcher Carlos Ruiz is also trying to find himself at the plate.

The 36-year-old Ruiz has eight hits - all singles - in 42 at-bats and has scored just once all year. Ryne Sandberg has placed him all over the lineup in an attempt to get him going, but nothing has worked.

"He's working hard in the cage inside as far as finding a comfort zone," Sandberg told philly.com. "It seems like they are pitching him away a lot, so he's got to be patient there and take some swings to right field.

Ruiz has just three hits in his last 29 at-bats.


Mets catcher, 2012 first-round pick Kevin Plaweck hits first career HR


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Mets catcher and recent call up Kevin Plawecki delivered his first career major league home run on Saturday against the Yankees .

Plawecki, the Mets 2012 first-round draft pick, was called up mid-week following the fractured-finger injury to regular catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

Plawecki became the first player to hit his first MLB homer in a Subway Series game.

"It was a special day in many ways," Plawecki said.


Cards INF Pete Kozma to serve as emergency catcher on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) With catcher Yadier Molina day to day due to a sore knee, INF Pete Kozma caught a side session and will serve as the Cardinals' emergency catcher Saturday in Milwaukee, reports MLB.com.

Molina took a foul tip off his right knee guard in Friday's win and is experiencing soreness.

Tony Cruz gets the start behind the plate for the Cards.

Giants left fielder Nori Aoki back in the starting lineup Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki returns to the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants and will bat lead off, reports CSN Bay Area.

Aoki, who received his first off day of the season Friday, is hitting .311 with three RBI in 74 at-bats this season. Also in the lineup Saturday is catcher Andrew Susac, with Buster Posey shifting to first base and moving Brandon Belt to the bench. Susac, making just his third start of the year, is hitting 3 for 8 with two strikeouts to start the year.


Cards C Molina (knee) out of Saturday's starting lineup


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) After leaving Friday's game following a foul tip off his right knee guard, catcher Yadier Molina is out of the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday, replaced by backup Tony Cruz.

Molina, who took himself out of Friday's game in Milwaukee as a precaution, said his knee is just sore and doesn't expect to go on the disabled list.

"It's little sore, a little tight," said Molina to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's about the same right now," he said. "Hopefully, with treatment, I can get back on track (Sunday). That's what I'm shooting for."

This will be the second time this season Molina is not in the Cards' starting lineup, sitting out Thursday as a scheduled rest day.

Cruz has one hit in five at-bats this season.


Cubs start Miguel Montero at catcher Saturday vs. Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Cubs catcher Miguel Montero returned to the starting lineup on Saturday at Cincinnati, after David Ross handled catching duties Friday night with Jon Lester on the mound, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Montero is hitting .176 with two homers and seven RBI over 42 at-bats this season. He is 0 for 2 with a walk in his career against Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani.


Reds C Devin Mesoraco held out again on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was held out of the starting lineup again on Saturday against the Cubs.

Mesoraco has not been in the starting lineup since April 12 because of a left hip impingement, and has only made one pinch-hit appearance in that period. He remains hopeful of catching a bullpen session in the next few days, which could lead to his return as a starter. Mesoraco is hitting .091 (2 for 22) to start the season.


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee) leaves Friday's game


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took himself out of Friday's game in Milwaukee one inning after taking a foul tip off his right knee guard, MLB reports. 

The move was precautionary and he's listed as day to day.

Molina took a foul tip off the same knee a little over a week ago and he's battled soreness in that knee ever since.

"This morning I was like, 'OK, my knee feels better,'" Molina said. "And boom, tonight, he hits it in the same spot."


Padres' Tim Federowicz gets brace off, looking at mid-season return


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Padres catcher Tim Federowicz was in the team's clubhouse before Friday's game, making his first appearance with the team this season. 

Federowicz is on the 60-day disabled list after having knee surgery in mid-March. He had his knee brace removed, but he's still looking at a mid-season return to the lineup, per U-T San Diego


Third-string catcher David Ross gets start for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cubs third-string catcher David Ross got a rare start in Friday's game at Cincinnati. Ross was listed seventh in the order, getting just his fourth start of the season, matching the total of Welington Castillo. Miguel Montero has eight starts behind the plate. 

The Cubs are -110 money line favorites at Cincinnati. 


Marlins place Jarrod Saltalamacchia on paternity leave


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Marlins placed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on paternity leave, the team announced on Friday. 

To replace him on the roster, Miami called up catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A New Orleans. Solano was hitting .185 with a home run and three RBI in the minors this season. He returns to the Majors for the first time since 2013, with Washington. He has a .217 average in 36 games in the bigs. 

To make room for Solano on the 40-man roster, the Marlins designated LHP Grant Dayton for assignment. Dayton has been with the team since the start of his pro career in 2010. He has a 4.05 ERA in six and two thirds innings this year. 


Howard, Utley, Galvis, Ruiz reinserted into Phillies lineup on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Freddy Galvis and catcher Carlos Ruiz were all held out of the starting lineup on Thursday. All four starters returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the Braves.

Howard moved back to the No. 5 spot in the order for just the second time this season. Utley returned to his regular No. 3 spot, while Ruiz batted seventh, followed by Galviz eighth.

Philadelphia is considered a slight underdog (+105) at home against Atlanta, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds keep Devin Mesoraco (hip) out of lineup again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was not in the starting lineup Friday night against the Cubs, per MLB.com. Mesoraco has been out of the starting lineup since April 12 because of a left hip impingement, but made a pinch-hit appearance on Tuesday against Milwaukee. He is hoping to catch a bullpen in the next few days, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Brayan Pena batted seventh in his place again.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+100) at home against Chicago, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds speedster Hamilton caught Thursday for first time in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Reds speedster Billy Hamilton had been successful on all nine of his stolen bases this season until Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado threw him out in the sixth inning Thursday.

It marked the first time all year that a Cincinnati steal attempt was thwarted. The team was 17-for-17 before Hamilton was nailed.


Braves turning more often to hot-hitting C Pierzynski at starter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Veteran A.J. Pierzynski is not supposed to be the starting catcher for the Braves. But maybe he is. Sort of.

The ambiguity is coming from Pierzynski himself, who seems to be wresting the job away from Christian Bethancourt. The former not only played Wednesday night, but also in an afternoon game Thursday.

Pierzynski has simply outperformed Bethancourt at the plate. His three-hit game Wednesday raised his average to .391 with three home runs, five RBI and an .826 slugging percentage. He's on a six-game hitting streak and is one start on the year behind Bethancourt, who was the declared starter before the season began.

"He's swinging it," Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "...He's not your normal prototypical catcher-backup guy that'll only catch 20, 30 games a year."


Dodgers C A.J. Ellis not worried about hand issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Dodgers backup catcher A.J. Ellis, who sustained a minor hand injury Wednesday after it was struck by a foul ball, is feeling no more than typical soreness and is not concerned, the team is reporting. He will be available off the bench Thursday in San Francisco.

Ellis caught a break when x-rays on the throwing hand came back negative.


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina gets first day off Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina received his first day off of the 2015 season Thursday against the Nationals. Tony Cruz replaced Molina, who had started the first 13 games.

After opening the season 0 for 10, Molina is batting .385 (15 for 39) with four doubles and seven RBI in his last 10 games.


SS Mercer in, C Cervelli out of Thursday lineup for Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) One regular has returned, but another is getting a day off Thursday for the Pirates.

Shortstop Jordy Mercer is back in the lineup against the Cubs after being sidelined since Monday with a rib injury. He hopes to bring a hotter bat - he is in a 1-for-15 slump

Meanwhile, starting catcher Francisco Cervelli is catching a break for a day game following a night game. Chris Stewart will squat behind the plate instead.


Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) still not ready to start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) did not return to the starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers. Tucker Barnhart started at catcher for the Reds.

Mesoraco has not started since April 11. He did make a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday.


Howard, Utley, Galvis, Ruiz absent from Phillies lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg chose to rest four of his starters for Thursday's day game against the Marlins.

First baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Freddy Galvis and catcher Carlos Ruiz were all held out of the starting lineup. Darin Ruf started at first base, Cesar Hernandez started at second base, Andres Blanco started at shortstop and Cameron Rupp started at catcher.

Ruiz (.184), Howard (.196) and Utley (.120) are all batting below the Mendoza Line (.200). Galvis is batting .300 (15 for 50) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBI through 14 games.


X-rays come back negative for Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis told reporters that X-rays came back negative following Wednesday's game against the Giants, per the Los Angeles Times. Ellis was hit on the back of his throwing hand in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss to San Francisco. He finished the game 1 for 4 and is hitting .167 (3 for 18) on the year.

Los Angeles will finish a three-game series at San Francisco on Thursday.


Dodgers' A.J. Ellis hit on hand, leaves game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was hit on the back of his throwing hand in the ninth inning Wednesday and had to exit the game, the Orange County Register reports.

A pitch from Chris Hatcher hit the batter before making contact with Ellis's mask then ricocheting off the back of his hand. He tried to throw the ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez but was unable to get anything on the throw. The catcher went 1 for 4 in the game and has hit .167/.211/.222 in 18 at-bats.


 
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