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18 Gerald Laird C
Height/Weight: 6-1/230 | Birthdate: 11/13/1979 | Birthplace: Garden Grove, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: Cypress Coll. CA (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $1,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Diamondbacks' Gerald Laird aims to be back after All-Star break


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Gerald Laird (back) will throw Thursday for the first time in eight weeks, according to MLB.com. He will then hit in a few weeks and targets a return to action after the All-Star break.

Laird has been sidelined since early April. He appeared in just one game before undergoing back surgery in late April.


D-Backs C Gerald Laird (back) to throw on Thursday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Gerald Laird will throw for the first time in eight weeks on Thursday, according to MLB.com. 

A few weeks after Thursday's session, the plan is for Laird to begin hitting. His goal is to return after the All-Star Game. Laird underwent back surgery in April and has been sidelined since. He's been on the 60-day disabled list since April 21. 


Diamondbacks recall Danny Dorn, move Gerald Laird to 60-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) The Diamondbacks recalled infielder Danny Dorn from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. They also moved catcher Gerald Laird (back) from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.

Dorn was hitting .474 (18 for 38) with one triple, two home runs, four doubles and eight RBI in 10 games for Reno.


Diamondbacks catcher Gerald Laird to undergo back surgery Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Gerald Laird is scheduled to undergo back surgery Monday, the team announced per MLB.com.

Laird, who is currently on the 15-day DL, was dealing with back spasms dating back to April 9. It is unclear how long Laird will be out of action after the surgery. He has appeared in just one game this season and went 0 for 2 at the plate.


Dodgers place C Laird (back) on DL, recall P Schugel


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) The Diamondbacks announced Sunday that they have placed catcher Gerald Laird on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 9, with lower back spasms, and that they have recalled pitcher A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Reno. 

Laird, who made the team as a non-roster invitee in spring, was scheduled to start Saturday, but was a late scratch from the lineup with back tightness. 

Schugel was 6-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 26 starts for Double-A Mobile last season. 


Diamondbacks C Gerald Laird scratched Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Gerald Laird was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Dodgers and replaced by Tuffy Gosewisch.

Laird was the preferred option to work behind the plate with rookie Archie Bradley slated to make his major-league debut, but he is been dealing with back tightness, the team announced. If the team thinks he'll need more than a few days to recover after re-evaluating him Saturday, he could be placed on the disabled list, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Diamondbacks are heavy underdogs (+185) against the Dodgers Saturday.


Diamondbacks add Gerald Laird, Jordan Pacheco to roster


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Diamondbacks have added pitcher Archie Bradley, catcher Gerald Laird and utility man Jordan Pacheco to the 25-man roster for Opening Day, the team announced Saturday.

Laird was a non-roster invitee and will join Pacheco in backup catcher duties for the team. Laird hit .161 with a double and a triple in 31 plate appearances this spring. Pacheco hit .281 with five doubles.


Diamondbacks postpone decision on Gerald Laird


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Diamondbacks signed Gerald Laird to a five-day contract extension, which keeps him in camp with the team through Sunday. 

Laird is in camp as a non-roster player, and his original contract had an out that he could exercise on Tuesday if he wasn't going to make the team's roster. 

Laird is competing against Blake Lalli and Jordan Pacheco for the D-Backs' backup catcher spot. 


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."


Hale: Gosewisch, Laird leading D-Backs catcher competition


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale spoke about the team's catcher competition Thursday, proclaiming Tuffy Gosewisch and Gerald Laird as the current leaders, MLB.com reports.

"Tuffy, to me, is running with it, and so is Gerald," Hale said. "I would say they're the two guys that are leading the pack. We haven't decided anything yet."

One of the reasons Laird signed with the Diamondbacks was a legitimate chance to win a roster spot, and he's established himself as a viable option for the team.

"He has just come in and done everything we've asked," Hale said. "What's impressed me is his catching. He's done a good job handling our staff, and he's had some really good at-bats. He looks fresh."

Blake Lalli or Jordan Pacheco may also be able to stick on the roster as well as a third catcher, due to their ability to play other positions.


Eight catchers vying for Diamondbacks' job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Eight catchers are in Major League camp with the Diamondbacks, and manager Chip Hale said that any combination of them could make the final roster. 

24-year-old Peter O'Brien is a former second-round draft pick of the Yankees, who was dealt to the D-Backs last season. He's one of the top prospects in the organization and will get extensive playing time, either at the Major League level or in the minors until he's ready to take the starting job on the big club.

35-year-old Gerald Laird is a non-roster invitee. He'll likely serve as a backup if he makes the roster. 

"We know what Gerald can do," Hale told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "We just need to make sure that he's ready. If and when he makes the team, he'll have to catch. How much can he catch for us? We'll have to figure that out."

Tuffy Gosewisch has the most experience with the team and is likely to take one of the roster spots. 

Rule V pick Oscar Hernandez needs to make the big club or be returned to the Rays. Hale praised his defense. ""He's really looked good behind the plate," Hale said. "He kind of makes it hard on the coaches and the manager because every ball he catches looks like a strike. ... He's got great hands back there and he blocks it."

Jordan Pacheco could make the squad based on his versatility at other positions. 

Blake Lalli , Matt Pagnozzi and Mark Thomas will have a tough time beating out the five players ahead of them on the depth chart. 


Report: Catcher Gerald Laird to sign minor-league deal with D-Backs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Catcher Gerald Laird will sign a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks, a source told ESPN.

The 35-year-old Laird is a 12-year MLB veteran. He appeared in 53 games for Atlanta in 2014, batting .204 with no home runs and 10 RBI.


Gerald Laird makes first start since sustaining head injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird was back in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Philadelphia, making his first start since sustaining a head injury Thursday. Laird is batting .324 (11 for 34) with three doubles and five RBI in his last 11 games.

Gerald Laird not ready to return Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Braves catcher Gerald Laird was not in the starting lineup Saturday afternoon against the Angels because of a head injury.

Laird left Thursday's game after being hit with a follow-through on a swing. He has sat out two straight games. He is hitting .243 with five RBI in 70 at-bats.

Gerald Laird sitting Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Braves catcher Gerald Laird was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Laird had to leave Thursday's game after being hit with a follow-through on a swing. Laird also took a hard foul ball off his mask earlier in the game. He'll be replaced by Evan Gattis behind the plate Friday.


Gerald Laird indicates he's fine after taking bat to mask


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird said he never lost consciousness after getting slammed in the mask by a bat in the game Thursday against Colorado. He added that the backswing jarred his jaw, but that he didn't get dizzy.

Laird was removed from the game, but he passed concussion tests afterward.


Gerald Laird leaves game after blast to mask


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird exited the Thursday game against Colorado after taking a shot to the mask on a follow through of a swing by Corey Dickerson.

Laird was replaced by starter Evan Gattis, who had been given the day off.


Gerald Laird ready to play in games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Braves catcher Gerald Laird is ready to play in games, according to MLB.com.

Laird caught a few side sessions Wednesday, and his back held up well. He said he should be ready to play in games within the next few days. Laird hit .281 in 121 at-bats last year.


Gerald Laird hoping to play Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Braves catcher Gerald Laird is hoping to play Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Laird left Thursday game with a back strain, and has been out of action this weekend. He said his back has improved, and he's hoping to return to action Tuesday. Laird hit .281/.367/.372 in 121 at-bats last year.


Gerald Laird leaves Thursday's game with back strain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Braves catcher Gerald Laird left Thursday's game due to a back strain, according to MLB.com.

Laird left after just one inning. He's considered day to day going forward. Laird is expected to back up Evan Gattis behind the plate. Laird hit .281/.367/.372 in 121 at-bats last year.


Braves manager maps out plan for playing time at catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB Network Radio Monday how he plans to handle the workload at catcher this season.

"We're only going to ask Evan Gattis to catch 100, 105 games and let Gerald Laird catch the rest," Gonzalez said.


Braves face uncertainty at catcher


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) With catcher Brian McCann heading into free agency this offseason, the Braves face uncertainty at the catcher position for the first time in eight years. Manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Wednesday that Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird and Christian Bethancourt are all in the mix for playing time behind the plate, MLB.com reports.

"Maybe not knowing what's going on, but you give Bethancourt a little chance and bring him along a little bit," Gonzalez told MLB.com. "Go with Gattis and Laird, and throw Bethancourt a bone every once in a while, put Gattis out in left field because we know that he can do it."

McCann played 92 games behind the plate in 2013, including 91 starts and 84 complete games. Gattis made 42 appearances and 38 starts at catcher while drawing 48 appearances (47 starts) in left field, as well as four appearances at first base. Laird was the only other Brave to draw playing time at catcher, making 40 appearances and 33 starts at the position.


Braves take Gerald Laird off DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) The Braves activated catcher Gerald Laird (kidney) off the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Outfielder Todd Cunningham was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot.

Gerald Laird pushes return back to Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Braves catcher Gerald Laird was hoping to come back from the disabled list Saturday, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports he will stay on his rehab assignment at least one more day. Laird wants to get more at-bats in the minors, and is likely to be activated Sunday instead. 

Gerald Laird begins rehab stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Braves catcher Gerald Laird began his minor-league rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Gwinnett. Laird, who hit second in the lineup, had an uneventful night as he finished 0 for 3 in his first game action since July 25. He is expected to be activated Saturday.