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File Miguel Montero's name away for 2015


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:36 pm ET) Carlos Corporan, Andrew Susac, Roberto Perez, Curt Casali, David Ross. This is not exactly a who's-who of Fantasy catchers, but they are just some of the ones who have scored more runs than Miguel Montero has since July 1. Thanks to both a lack of opportunities and a severe reduction in power, Montero has scored all of nine runs over the course of his last 57 games played.

Though the Diamondbacks' catcher has done little to help owners of late, his sluggish performance could actually work to your benefit on draft day next season. There have been some positives to Montero's season, which I reviewed in detail in a recent Fantasy Baseball Today blog post, but those could be forgotten by many owners five or six months from now (if not already).

Montero still has the potential to be a good power and run producer, particularly for a catcher, and while you probably don't need to protect him in keeper leagues, he could be an inexpensive pickup in next season's drafts and auctions. As you assemble a list of potential sleepers to target in 2015, be sure to keep Montero's name handy.


Evan Gattis remains out of lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:18 pm ET) Though he was able to pinch hit both Saturday and Monday, Braves catcher Evan Gattis was out of the lineup for a 14th straight game Tuesday against the Pirates. He has been sidelined by strep throat and a kidney stone.

Rookie Christian Bethancourt once again started in his absence.


Evan Gattis hopes to catch this week


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Evan Gattis is aiming to return to catching for the Braves sometime before the end of the season. Gattis made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's game against the Mets, but he has not played defensively since Sept. 7.

Gattis has been out the last two weeks with strep throat and a kidney stone. He was not in the Braves' starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Pirates.


Welington Castillo returns from rib injury


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) After missing Saturday's game with a rib injury, catcher Welington Castillo was back in the Cubs' starting lineup for Sunday's contest against the Dodgers. Castillo sustained the injury in Friday's game.

Nationals rest several regulars


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) For their Sunday matchup at the Marlins, the Nationals left Ian Desmond, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos out of their starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman, who made his return from a two-month hiatus due to a hamstring injury on Saturday, was also not in Sunday's lineup.

Braves duo remain out with injuries


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) On Sunday, for the third game in a row, both Evan Gattis (illness) and Jason Heyward (thumb) were out of the Braves' starting lineup. There is still no specific timetable for either's return, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Gattis took batting practice on Friday and may be available to pinch hit. They also reported that Heyward was not expected to play at all for Sunday's game against the Mets, but he could return for Monday's series opener against the Pirates.

Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis and outfielder Jason Heyward are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

Gattis hasn't played since Sept. 7 as he continues to deal with a kidney stone. Heyward injured his thumb Wednesday and hasn't played since.


Welington Castillo out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

Castillo left Friday's game in the first inning with a rib injury. He has hit .238/.299/.382 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 361 at-bats.


A.J. Ellis adds a pinch of power Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis added a pinch of power Friday afternoon against the Cubs, homering twice and plating four runs in a 14-5 victory.

Ellis launched a two-run home run in the opening frame off Eric Jokisch. With two outs in the third inning, Ellis took Jokisch deep again for a two-run shot. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk, three runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .193 with three homers and 23 RBI over 264 at-bats.

Evan Gattis unable to pass kidney stone


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still not ready to return to action. He hasn't been able to pass a kidney stone, because it's not positioned in a spot that causes what is often "intolerable pain," per MLB.com on Friday.

Gattis, who has only played in 102 games this season, owns a stat line of .270/.325/.507. His status for the final week of the season remains uncertain.

Carlos Ruiz to have shoulder examined after season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will have his shoulder examined after the season, according to CSN.

Ruiz tweaked his shoulder during spring training, and has dealt with nagging pain all season. He said the issue normally gets better with some rest. He added that he wasn't sure whether surgery would be an option. 


Welington Castillo leaves game with rib injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo left Friday's game with a rib injury.

Castillo was pulled in the bottom of the first inning, and did not receive a plate appearance. He was replaced by Rafael Lopez. 


Wilin Rosario launches walkoff shot vs. D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario came up big at the plate Thursday night at home, launching a walkoff home run in the ninth to lift his team past the Diamondbacks.

Down one run, Rosaio took Addison Reed deep for a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth to end the game. Rosario also doubled in the second and added two singles. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI in a 7-6 victory. He is hitting .265 with 12 homers and 51 RBI over 359 at-bats.

Yasmani Grandal bringing good and bad news to the plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) A 19-for-74 stretch might not seem like much, but it's an encouraging run for Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal considering he began it batting .202.

Grandal began the comparative hot stretch on Aug. 26. He has three home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games during that period, but remains a windmill at the plate. He has 19 strikeouts in the last 16 games and has fanned 102 times in 345 at-bats this season.


Evan Gattis suffering from kidney stone


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis is suffering from a kidney stone, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The previous report of a strep throat for Gattis was also accurate, but he underwent further testing in Atlanta after initial tests revealed irregularities. Out since Sept. 7, Gattis could return to the lineup this weekend but remains day-to-day for now.


Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.


Evan Gattis again a no-go Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis remains sidelined Wednesday against Washington with strep throat. He has been out since Sept. 7.

Gattis, who has only played in 102 games this season, owns a stat line of .270/.325/.507.


Evan Gattis sidelined indefinitely with illness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis has missed the last eight days due to strep throat, and the team is unsure of when he'll be able to return, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"I really don’t know," manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday. "We will let the doctors and people who are looking at him decide when, where. But hopefully (it’s) soon."

Gattis started to feel sick on Sept. 7, and although the team reported last Wednesday that he was feeling better, he hasn't seen any action since the first day of his sickness. Gattis has hit .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats.


Evan Gattis still sidelined Tuesday by illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still not in the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals, as he continues to deal with an illness. Gattis will have missed eight games due to strep throat after Tuesday, and has not played since Sept. 7.  

Wilson Ramos enjoying late-season power surge


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had trouble finding his power stroke early in the season, but has re-discovered it en-route to eight home runs over the last 30 games.

"I feel good right now," he told the Washington Post. "I feel my power is back. Right now, I feel like I'm hitting better because the last two weeks was a little bit of a struggle. I can't think about my [offense]. I have to go out there and call my game, and if I hit that's extra for a catcher."

Ramos had just three home runs through Aug. 4, a span of 48 games. However, he leads major-league catchers in long balls since, bringing his total to 11 for the season. 


Mets preparing to have too much of a good thing at catcher


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The Mets might have an overcrowding problem behind the plate next season, given the progress Travis d'Arnaud and prospect Kevin Plawecki have shown this season.

"If their potential starts to converge at the major league level, and it warrants major league time, then we'll have to make a decision," manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Daily News Tuesday. "But in the meantime, we're happy to have both of them. But Kevin has made a lot of progress, and obviously Travis has done well the second half of this season."

Alderson does not think either player is likely to be used in a backup or reserve role. d'Arnaud is hitting .277/.321/.480 in 177 at-bats since the All-Star break, while Plawecki is hitting .309/.365/.460 in 101 minor-league games while reaching Triple-A. 


Evan Gattis remains out of the lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis continued to sit Monday against the Nationals with a case of strep throat. Christian Bethancourt once again started in his place. It's the seventh straight game Gattis has missed with the illness.

Gattis was originally expected to miss just one series but wasn't able to return even as a DH at Texas over the weekend.


Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Clint Coulter may not stay at catcher


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers catcher prospect Clint Coulter will get a look at third base and the outfield in the instructional league this fall after playing more games at designated hitter (64) than catcher (61) in 2014. He hit .287 with 22 home runs, a .410 on-base percentage and a .930 OPS for low Class A Wisconsin.

"Right now, I'm a catcher," Coulter said. "I'm comfortable wherever they stick me. I just want to get to the big leagues."


 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689