Jonathan Lucroy
Rangers' Jonathan Lucroy: Limited action in WBC
Jonathan Lucroy, C, TEX
3/22/2017
News: Lucroy has gone 3-for-11 with one RBI and two strikeouts in three WBC games.

His playing time has been somewhat limited for Team USA, with Buster Posey taking on the larger share of the workload behind the plate, but the Rangers have not publicly expressed any concern about Lucroy not being up to speed for the start of the regular season. Lucroy went 5-for-12 in Cactus League play before leaving Rangers camp. The 30-year-old should be viewed as a top-three fantasy catcher for 2017.

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Salvador Perez
Royals' Salvador Perez: Will DH on Wednesday, catch over weekend
Salvador Perez, C, KC
3/22/2017
News: Perez (elbow), who is serving as the team's DH for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Padres, is expected to catch in games Friday and Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Perez hurt his knee during a collision at home plate during the World Baseball Classic, but that injury is no longer concern, and it's instead a hyperextended left elbow that's presenting more trouble at this time. However, it seems he's just about healed up now, and once he gets behind the plate over the weekend, he should be considered ready to go for the start of the season. The Royals are once again preparing to hand Perez one of the heftier workloads at catcher this season, which should help him in racking up counting stats.

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Russell Martin
Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Will determine his own workload
Russell Martin, C, TOR
3/22/2017
News: Manager John Gibbons said Martin's workload this season will largely depend on how much the catcher wants to take on, Corey Long of MLB.com reports.

Gibbons' statement is encouraging for owners who drafted Martin. According to FanGraphs, the veteran has handled more innings than any other American League catcher over the past three seasons, and the addition of Jarred Saltalamacchia was seen as a move made to lessen the load on Martin. Volume is big factor in valuing today's fantasy catchers, and the 34-year-old will apparently have a chance to surpass 440 at-bats for a third straight campaign.

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Blue Jays' Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Playing time in question
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, TOR
3/22/2017
News: Saltalamacchia's workload this season will heavily depend on how much work starter Russell Martin wants to take on, Corey Long of MLB.com reports.

Manager John Gibbons said he isn't far from disclosing the Jays' planned pitching rotation this season. In the process of making that announcement, he will also figure out how he wants to utilize the backup catcher. The skipper added that he'll look to identify which pitcher Saltalamacchia meshes with best early in the campaign before making a set schedule for the catchers. Ultimately, though, the divvying of playing time will be up to Martin. "Really, it's going to revolve around Russ and when he needs a day," Gibbons said. In 2016, Martin logged his heaviest workload in seven season, but the gritty veteran is unlikely to cede any time behind the dish if he can avoid it. For now, Saltalamacchia is nothing more than a handcuff for Martin owners and a punt in daily leagues when he's called upon.

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Robinson Chirinos
Rangers' Robinson Chirinos: Signs contract extension
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX
3/21/2017
News: Chirinos agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Rangers on Tuesday that includes a club-option for 2019, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The specifics of the deal haven't been announced yet, but the sides recently agreed to a one-year, $1.9 million deal to avoid arbitration in the offseason. The 32-year-old slashed .224/.314/.483 in 147 at-bats last season, and will serve as Jonathan Lucroy's backup in the coming season.

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Max Stassi
Astros' Max Stassi: Sent outright to Triple-A
Max Stassi, C, HOU
3/21/2017
News: Stassi cleared waivers on Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Stassi sits behind Brian McCann and Evan Gattis on the depth chart, so he was always an injury away from cracking the big league roster this season. The 26-year-old was out of minor league options, but the Astros were able to successfully pass him through waivers and keep him in the organization, where he'll head to Triple-A Fresno and serve as catching depth.

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Welington Castillo
Orioles' Welington Castillo: Returning to spring games this week
Welington Castillo, C, BAL
3/21/2017
News: Castillo, whose WBC team was eliminated from the tournament over the weekend, is expected to play in a Grapefruit League game in this week, MASN Sports reports.

Castillo did a fine job on the world stage for the Dominican Republic. He played in all six of the team's tournament games and, although he hit just .182, the catcher did hit a home run and tied for the team lead in RBI (5). Castillo will waste little time jumping back into spring training action as his participation in the tournament cost him valuable time at Orioles camp. The 29-year-old veteran has less than two weeks remaining to get acquainted with his new pitching staff before Opening Day.

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Austin Romine
Yankees' Austin Romine: Back in action Monday
Austin Romine, C, NYY
3/20/2017
News: Romine (thumb) went 1-for-4 in his return to Grapefruit League play Monday.

Romine was sidelined for nearly a week after taking a pitch off his right thumb, but he avoided any serious damage and was able to return to action Monday without incident. Despite the strong play this spring by fellow catcher Kyle Higashioka, Romine has all but been assured he'll serve as the backup to Gary Sanchez behind the plate come Opening Day.

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Matt Koch
Diamondbacks' Matt Koch: Sent to Triple-A
Matt Koch, C, MIN
3/20/2017
News: Koch was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Monday.

Koch was hampered by a hamstring injury for much of spring training, allowing him to register only four innings in three appearances during camp. Although he pitched well in his appearances this spring, the extended absence left him destined for Triple-A to start the season, where he'll be one of the Diamondbacks' top options when a spot starter is needed.

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Sandy Leon
Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Low spring average not a concern
Sandy Leon, C, BOS
3/20/2017
News: Leon is hitting just .188 (3-for-16) over seven games, but that's not a concern of manager John Farrell and the catcher remains Boston's presumptive starter Opening Day, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. "We've been in a situation where we have rotated three guys in a starting role, so guys have been getting two at-bats every third day," Farrell said. "The offensive evaluation can be a little unfair."

The eye-test isn't good for Leon, who has struck out or grounded out in 11 of his 16 spring at-bats. And coming after a serious September fade in 2016, all fantasy owners should treat Leon with circumspection. Red Sox hitting coach Victor Rodriguez echoes Farrell's comments about getting regular at-bats and added that Leon tired toward the end of 2016 under what had been career-high usage. He and Christian Vazquez project to start the season in Boston, but that duo is a potential cipher offensively. The Red Sox may eventually call up a better offensive weapon like Blake Swihart.

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