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Buster Posey shrugs off injury concern with four-hit game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:39 am ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey shrugged off any injury concerns, reaching base five times Thursday night at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

Posey doubled in the third, homered in the fifth, singled in the seventh and doubled again in the ninth. He finished the game 4 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in a 5-3 victory.He is hitting .284/.345/.438 with 14 homers and 59 RBI over 425 at-bats.

Salvador Perez's MRI comes back clean


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) An MRI on Royals catcher Salvador Perez came back clean, according to MLB.com.

Perez has been dealing with knee issues, but both he and manager Ned Yost have been adamant the injury is not serious. Perez first complained of tightness Monday, but played in Tuesday's game. He was held out Wednesday, though, and the club decided to send him for an MRI. Perez is hitting .268/.304/.417 over 441 at-bats.


Yan Gomes left after being hit with deflected ball


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Indians catcher Yan Gomes left Thursday's game after being hit in the head with a deflected ball, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Gomes was initially taken out with an illness, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The team doctor did not say whether Gomes was dealing with a concussion. He'll continue to be monitored for now. 


Buster Posey able to play Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey will play Thursday against the Cubs, as he told the San Jose Mercury News prior to the start of the doubleheader.

Posey was forced to sit out Wednesday's game, but improved enough to return to the starting lineup. It is not clear if Posey will be in the lineup for both games of the doubleheader, as the teams finish off Tuesday's suspended game. 


Yan Gomes exits with illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Indians catcher Yan Gomes was forced out of Thursday's game against the Twins, due to an illness. He was replaced behind the plate by Roberto Perez.

Gomes is considered day to day at this point, with the Indians beginning a series against the Astros Friday. 


Swollen thumb limited Carlos Corporan


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Astros catcher Carlos Corporan has been limited a bruised right thumb over the last two months, MLB.com reports Thursday.

"It's been hurting," he said before Thursday's game. "Just the fact I don't play every day, it's something you have to keep treating and then take care of. I'm just trying to forget about it and perform the best I can."  

Coporan injured the thumb in mid-June and has been trying to deal with the injury by adding extra padding while catching. The fact that he does not play everyday has helped him avoid the DL, but this might be an injury he has to deal with for the rest of the season.

"I'm trying to do my best and take some medicine and try to get the best treatment I have for my thumb," he said. "The [training staff] has been doing a pretty good job. They've kept me in the lineup, avoiding the DL."


Ryan Hanigan set to start rehab Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan should begin his rehab assignment at Class A Charlotte Friday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hanigan, who is working his way back from an oblique injury, is likely to need 25-30 at-bats at Charlotte before the team considers bringing him back from the DL. He is tentatively scheduled to return around the start of September. Hanigan has been out since early July due to this injury, and has already suffered one setback while on assignment. 


Salvador Perez to have MRI Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Royals catcher Salvador Perez will have an MRI on his injured knee Thursday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Perez missed Wednesday's game due to the issue. He complained of knee tightness Monday, but was able to play through the injury Tuesday. Despite the MRI, manager Ned Yost remains adamant that the injury is not serious. 


Matt McBride slugs grand slam Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Making his first start of the season Wednesday, Rockies first baseman Matt McBride went 2 for 3 with a grand slam in his team's 5-2 win over the Royals.

McBride made his season debut one day earlier, failing to get a hit in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter. McBride hit seven home runs in 187 at-bats with Triple-A Colorado Springs before joining the Rockies this week.


Andrew Susac blasts first career home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Giants catcher Andrew Susac went 1 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 8-3 victory over the Cubs Wednesday.

Susac's third-inning home run was the first of his career, coming in his 11th career game. He has 10 home runs in 213 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno as well. Susac has hit .241/.290/.379 in 29 at-bats with the major-league club.


Salvador Perez scratched with knee soreness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been scratched due to knee soreness, according to the Kansas City Star.

Perez complained of tightness Monday, but said he would be fine. He was able to start Tuesday's game and was slated to play Wednesday until he was scratched. Resting Perez is considered precautionary at this time. 


Buster Posey dealing with hip issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey is dealing with left hip tightness, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Posey is scheduled to receive treatment Wednesday, and though he isn't in the starting lineup, he should be available off the bench. Manager Bruce Bochy hopes he'll be able to catch Thursday.


Yadier Molina takes some hacks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was able to take some light swings Wednesday, according to CBSSports Radio.

Molina is working his way back from a thumb injury. He remains ahead of schedule and could return sooner than expected. Molina hit .287/.341/.409 over 303 at-bats. 


Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasts off in lone at-bat Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia maximized his production Wednesday against the Rangers. He slugged a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning.

Saltalamacchia, who has six hits in his last 13 at-bats, owns a .397 slugging percentage on the season, which is significantly worse than what he achieved in each of the last three seasons with Boston.


Dan Butler optioned to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Red Sox catcher Dan Butler has been optioned to Triple-A Wednesday.

Butler received just 11 at-bats in the majors. He went hitless over those at-bats. He'll likely return when rosters expand in September. 


Dan Butler demoted to Pawtucket


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) After three games with the Red Sox and 11 hitless at-bats, catcher Dan Butler has been dispatched to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Butler fanned four times in his first major league stint.


Kurt Suzuki absent from Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Scuffling Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has been given the night off Wednesday with Cleveland in town. Eric Fryer is set to start instead.

Suzuki is hitless in nine at-bats over the last three games, but he still boasts a strong stat line of .302/.363/.395.


Mike Zunino catching break Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is taking a seat Wednesday in Philadelphia. Jesus Sucre is set to start instead.

Zunino emerged from a slump Tuesday night with two hits and two RBI. The performance ended a five-game hitless streak in which he was 0 for 16.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia absent from Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) A day game following a night game has Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia sidelined Wednesday against Texas. Jeff Mathis is set to crouch behind the plate instead.

Saltlamacchia has emerged from a slump with nine hits in his last seven games and five in the last three. He has not homered, however, since July 21.


Brian McCann goes deep again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann has found his power stroke over the last week, and he homered again in a 7-4 loss to the Astros Tuesday.

McCann got the Yankees on the board first with his fourth-inning home run, his third in five games. He finished the game 1 for 4 overall with two RBI in the loss.

McCann is still hitting just .235 for the season, but he has 14 home runs and 51 RBI in 105 games for the Yankees. 


Travis d'Arnaud smacks 11th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud served as the designated hitter Tuesday and went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-2 loss to the A's Tuesday.

d'Arnaud broke a scoreless tie with his shot in the top of the fourth inning, but the A's were able to pick up four runs in the bottom half of the inning and hold the lead over the remainder of the game. He has hit .227/.293/.395 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 286 at-bats.


Yan Gomes goes yard Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Indians catcher Yan Gomes went yard Tuesday against the Twins.

Gomes struck in the second inning. With the bases empty, Gomes took a 91 mph fastball out to left for the solo shot. He would also single twice during the contest. Gomes finished 3 for 4, with three runs scored and one RBI. 


Evan Gattis slugs 19th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 11-3 win over the Pirates Tuesday.

Gattis homered just once in his first 20 games after the All-Star break, but he's collected two home runs in his last four games. He has hit .277/.330/.516 with 19 home runs and 48 RBI in 310 at-bats.


Rockies bring up Mat McBride, option Yohan Flande


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) The Rockies selected the contract of catcher Matt McBride Tuesday and optioned pitcher Yohan Flande to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the team announced.

McBride has hit .305/.345/.487 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 187 at-bats with Colorado Springs. Flande went 0-5 with a 5.52 ERA and 26:13 K:BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings while with the Rockies.


Yadier Molina needs to be owned again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2014) With the news he's been cleared to swing a bat and will do so within the next couple days, Yadier Molina needs to be added in virtually all of the 38 percent of leagues where he was dropped in early July, when the world learned he needed thumb surgery.

At the time, he was expected to miss 8-12 weeks, but as I mentioned in my latest Rankings Review, where I touch on several of the changes I made to my-rest-of-season rankings, swinging a bat would seem to the biggest hurdle following surgery on his thumb. The Cardinals are fighting for their lives right now, caught in a tight battle for both the NL Central title and the wild card, so they'd like to have him back as soon as possible.

Besides, the surgery was nearly six weeks ago, so even if his return is still two weeks away, a player of his caliber is worth that sort of wait.

Molina was in a deep funk at the time of his injury and still ranked sixth among catchers in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. He ranked fourth and first in those formats a year ago.


 
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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