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Travis d'Arnaud takes batting practice for Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:45 pm ET) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud took batting practice on Friday, for the first time since going on the disabled list, per ESPN. .

d'Arnaud has been on the 15-day disabled list since mid April with a hand injury., as he nears a return from the disabled list.

Assuming no setbacks, the plan is for d'Arnaud to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. 


Devin Mesoraco (hip) not in Reds' starting lineup at Cleveland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was not included in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against Cleveland.

Mesoraco has been limited to DH duties because of left hip impingement he suffered in early April. He has appeared in the last two games, and only four games since April 11. He has been taking part in catching drills recently and should be cleared to catch a bullpen session over the weekend.

Mesoraco is hitting .178 (8 for 45) with a double, a triple and two RBI this season.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+145) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal still reaching base consistently


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:03 pm ET) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is on an interesting run. He has gotten at least one hit in every other game since May 8 and is hitless in the others.

The bottom line is a 7-for-28 stretch that has lowered his batting average from .307 to a still-strong .287. Grandal has been among the pleasant surprises for the Dodgers with a fine .402 on-base percentage. He has 20 walks in 101 at-bats.


Rival teams looking to struggling Brewers for possible deals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:45 am ET) With the Brewers looking more and more like eventual sellers, rival teams are saying pitchers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse have limited trade value, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Early on, teams seem to be preferring Lohse due to his pending free agency at the end of the season, and his excellent clubhouse presence. Both pitchers have struggled this season, each with an ERA over 5.00 in nine starts. 

Heyman also notes that teams are unsure if the Brewers would consider trading young shortstop Jean Segura, who is currently on the disabled list with a broken finger. There seems to also be uncertainty whether catcher Jonathan Lucroy or outfielder Carlos Gomez would be available, though Gomez would probably be the most likely to go since his contract is up after the 2016 season. 


Braves inquiry about Jonathan Lucroy rebuffed by Brewers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:26 am ET) With catcher Christian Bethancourt having a poor start to the season, the Braves inquired about Brewers starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, the Braves were told he was unavailable.

Bethancourt began the season as the Braves starting catcher, but he was quickly replaced by veteran A.J. Pierzynski after he struggled at and behind the plate.


Braves' Christian Bethancourt doubles twice in win Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt went 3 for 4 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored in his team's 10-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Bethancourt isn't known for his offense, but he helped key a seven-run seventh inning that decided the outcome of the game. He had managed just nine hits on the season before coming through with the big performance on Wednesday. The catcher has hit .190/.215/.286 with five RBI in 63 at-bats.


Padres' Bud Black: Derek Norris has been 'great'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Padres manager Bud Black prased the work of catcher Derek Norris on offense and defense on Thursday, MLB.com reports.

"He's been great. ... Very good on both sides, throwing out runners," Black said. "He's gotten real big hits for us. He's been doing his part."

Norris, who has thrown out a league-leading 14 would-be base-stealers, has hit .291/.329/.475 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 141 at-bats.

"He gives you a tough at-bat, he grinds it out, he fouls pitches off, he swings enough at the first pitch to make the pitcher leery of the first-pitch strike," Black said. "He gives you what you look for in a tough at-bat."

Norris is batting second for the third straight game on Thursday.


Rockies C Michael McKenry launches first home run of the year


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rockies catcher Michael McKenry made the most of a rare start in Thursday's win over the Phillies. McKenry, who drew the start over Nick Hundley, reached base in all five of his plate-appearences. He went 2 for 2, walked three times, scored twice and hit a two-run home run in fifth inning to give his team a 5-0 lead.

The home run was his first of the season, and he doubled his RBI total to four. Hundley had started 10 of the last 11 games for the Rockies, so manager Walt Weiss decided to give him a rest; a move that seemed to work out well.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski, Todd Cunningham out of lineup Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski and left fielder Todd Cunningham are getting a rest and are being held out of the lineup on Thursday against the Brewers. 

Pierzynski had been behind the plate each of the last four games, but has struggled with the bat. He's hitting .185 (5 for 27) over his last seven games. He'll cede Thursday's start to rookie Christian Bethancourt.

Cunningham has been on a tear since being called up last week. In his first five games this season, the 26-year-old rookie is 9 for 19 with a pair of doubles. Nevertheless, he'll sit on Thursday with Jonny Gomes making the start in left while batting fifth.


Brewers sit Maldonado in favor of Centeno for Thursday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) The Brewers held catcher Juan Centeno out of Thursday's game at Atlanta and will start Martin Maldonado instead, the team announced.

"He's caught a lot more than he's used to but I don't think he's wearing down," manager Craig Counsell said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's had some bad luck, almost on a nightly basis but he hasn't swung the bat the way he's capable of."

Maldonado was also held out of Sunday's game in order to rest. He is hitting .149 in 94 at-bats this season, while Centeno is batting .077 in 13 at-bats. Centeno will bat seventh and face Julio Teheran, who he has never faced.

The Brewers are the underdogs (+120) at Atlanta on Thursday


Nationals C Wilson Ramos' hit streak snapped at 19 games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) The streak is over. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos' hitting streak was stopped on Wednesday, ending at 19 games. Ramos went 0 for 4, the first time he did not record a hit since April 22. During the streak, Ramos went 27 for 74, watching his season average go from .231 to .311.

Ramos' streak was the longest in the majors this season. 


With day game after night game, Phillies C Carlos Ruiz gets rest


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is being held out of the starting lineup for Thursday's afternoon game against Rockies. Ruiz has started each of the last three games, but will take a rest with a day game following a night game.

Cameron Rupp will get the start behind the plate for manager Ryne Sandberg on Thursday


Mets C Kevin Plawecki making decisions difficult for manager


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) With Mets starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud getting closer to returning from the disabled list, the Mets' front office is going to have a decision to make about fellow young backstop Kevin Plawecki

Plawecki has been receiving the bulk of the playing time behind the plate since d'Arnaud was placed on the disabled list after suffering a broken finger on April 19. He's performed admirably in his first stint as a Major League catcher. He's batting just .217 with two homers so far, but his work on defense and with the Mets' pitching staff has gotten the attention of his skipper, according to the New York Post.

“He’s done great, he has played very well,” manager Terry Collins said before Wednesday night’s game. “He’s caught the ball very well, he’s blocked the ball very well, he’s actually thrown better. He threw out (speedy Marlins second baseman) Dee Gordon, and that’s a big assignment for anybody."

But with d'Arnaud nearing a rehab assignment, a decision is going to have to be made whether or not to send Plawecki back down to Triple-A when the time comes.

“That is going to be a tough call,” Collins said. “When Travis comes back, you are looking at two guys who both should be playing. That’s hard to do when both have to be out there.”


Cardinals' Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina receive day off Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday and catcher Yadier Molina were held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Mets. Mark Reynolds started in Holliday's absence and Tony Cruz was behind the plate with Molina on the bench.

Holliday, who had three hits Wednesday, is batting .339 (19 for 56) with two home runs, five doubles, nine RBI, five runs, eight walks and seven strikeouts in his last 15 games.

Molina is batting .379 (22 for 58) with four doubles, five RBI, five runs, four walks and six strikeouts in his last 15 games.


Giants' Buster Posey slugs seventh homer Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Giants first baseman Buster Posey went 3 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Posey scored the first run of the game on a sixth-inning single, then came back one inning later to blast a two-run homer to extend his team's lead to four runs. He fell just a triple short of the cycle, having collected his third double of the season in the win.

"I got that one pretty good," Posey said, per MLB.com. "I've hit some balls to that spot before that haven't gone out, but I thought that one would."

Posey has hit .308/.379/.476 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 143 at-bats.


Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis could start rehab stint over the weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis told reporters he expects to begin a minor-league rehab assignment over the weekend, per the Miami Herald. Mathis did not reveal where he'll be headed if he's cleared for a rehab assignment. He has been sidelined since April 12 with a fractured finger. 

Buster Posey third, Hunter Pence cleanup in Giants lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Giants right fielder Hunter Pence has been moved into the cleanup spot for the Wednesday night game against Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson.

Usual cleanup hitter Buster Posey will bat third.

Pence is 4-for-12 since returning from injury.


Brayan Pena out of lineup Wednesday for Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Versatile Brayan Pena usually finds himself somewhere in the Reds lineup, but not Wednesday in Kansas City despite the availability of the designated hitter.

Perhaps that is due to a mini-slump in which he has three hits in his last 17 at-bats covering five games. Pena has otherwise hit this season to the tune of a .322/.398/.367 slash line.

Though his average has soared, his production has been poor. He has no home runs and just four RBI in 90 at-bats.


Pirates' Cervelli returns to lineup after taking a foul ball off mask


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli returned to the starting lineup for Wednesday's clash against Minnesota, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cervelli will be behind the plate and batting seventh on Wednesday, after taking a foul ball off the mask during Tuesday's contest.

"They gave me whole bunch of tests. I'm OK," Cervelli said.

Cervelli is hitting .297 (30 for 101) with no homers and nine RBI over his last 30 games played.

Pittsburgh is favored (-150) at home against Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Nationals C Wilson Ramos brings hitting streak up to 19 games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had one hit in the team's 8-6 win over the Yankees on Tuesday. That one hit was a solo home run that came in the bottom of the sixth inning. The home run was Ramos' second of the year, and first since April 11. 

But perhaps more significantly, the one hit extended his hitting streak to 19 games. During the streak, Ramos is hitting a robust .365 with 12 RBI. 

Ramos will look to keep the streak alive on Wednesday against the Yankees' Adam Warren who toes the rubber. 


Giants catcher Buster Posey batting .339 in May


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Giants catcher Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single in the third inning Tuesday against the Dodgers. He finished 1 for 3 with one walk and one strikeout.

Posey is batting .323 (10 for 31) with two home runs, four runs, eight RBI, two walks and two strikeouts in his last seven games.

Posey has a .339/.418/.508/.926 slash line in 16 May games after producing a .263/.333/.388/.721 slash line in April.


Padres' Derek Norris delivers game-winning hit vs. Cubs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Padres catcher Derek Norris had a two-RBI double in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Cubs, which broke a 2-all tie and eventually stood as the game-winning hit in a 4-3 victory.

Norris is batting just .254 (15 for 59) with 15 strikeouts in 16 May games. However, he has a .492 slugging percentage, one triple, two home runs, six doubles, seven runs and 14 RBI this month.


Rockies C Nick Hundley belts go-ahead HR vs. Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rockies catcher Nick Hundley made his presence felt at the plate with a go-ahead home run in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia.

Hundley ripped a home run to left center off Justin De Fratus in the bottom of the eighth inning to give his club a 6-5 lead and the win. He also singled in a run in the first inning and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI, raising his batting average from .299 to .307 on the year.


Foul ball knocks Francisco Cervelli out of game for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli left Tuesday's game against Minnesota after taking a foul ball off the mask, per the Post Gazette

Cervelli was replaced by Chris Stewart behind the plate to start the sixth inning.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco does catching drills


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was able to do catching drills before Tuesday's game. Mesoraco suffered a left hip impingement in early April and hasn't played catcher since. 

Mesoraco said he was able to get into a catcher's squat about 15 times, per MLB.com. He also simulated throwing to second base, at 20 percent effort, about 15 times. 

At least I know I can get into squat position, which I hadn't done for 30-something days," Mesoraco said. "It's good. Definitely baby steps. We're not going to go crazy because those muscles haven't been used. It's going to be a slow process."

Mesoraco hopes to catch a bullpen session this weekend. 


 
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