Jorge Alfaro
Phillies' Jorge Alfaro: To be recalled Friday
Jorge Alfaro, C, PHI
8/25/2016
News: Alfaro is expected to be recalled by the Phillies on Friday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

With Carlos Ruiz being traded to the Dodgers on Thursday, the Phillies have a need at catcher for at least Friday's matchup before A.J. Ellis is added to the active roster. Alfaro, one of the best prospects in Philadelphia's system, is in line to get the call Friday to add catching depth behind Cameron Rupp. Although this will likely be a short stint for Alfaro, it's promising nonetheless that the Phillies feel comfortable calling him up. Alfaro has slashed .279/.322/.444 over 369 at-bats at Double-A Reading this season.

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Tyler Flowers
Braves' Tyler Flowers: Not in lineup Thursday
Tyler Flowers, C, ATL
8/25/2016
News: Flowers is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Anthony Recker will get the nod behind the plate as Flowers sits following three straight starts. Flowers reached base five times in Wednesday's loss to Arizona and has raised his on-base percentage 20 points in six games since his return from a hand injury.

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Martin Maldonado
Brewers' Martin Maldonado: Held out Thursday
Martin Maldonado, C, MIL
8/25/2016
News: Maldonado is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.

Maldonado will get a night off after starting three straight games behind the plate. Manny Pina will get the start at catcher in Maldonado's place.

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A.J. Ellis
Phillies' A.J. Ellis: Traded to Phillies
A.J. Ellis, C, PHI
8/25/2016
News: Ellis was traded to the Phillies on Thursday.

The Phillies and Dodgers swapped back up catchers, as Carlos Ruiz will head to Los Angeles on the other end of the deal. Ellis has struggled mightily at the plate this season, holding a slash line of just .194/.285/.252 with his last hit coming over two weeks ago. He figures to continue serving in a backup capacity, giving Cameron Rupp the occasional day off behind the plate.

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Carlos Ruiz
Dodgers' Carlos Ruiz: Traded to Dodgers
Carlos Ruiz, C, LAD
8/25/2016
News: Ruiz was traded to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Ruiz had been mostly phased out of a regular role behind the plate in favor of Cameron Rupp, but the veteran has still been somewhat productive when given the chance, with a .261 average and .368 OBP. The Dodgers sent their backup catcher A.J. Ellis to Philadelphia as part of the deal, so Ruiz figures to slot into a similar role behind Yasmani Grandal down the stretch run of the season.

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Travis d'Arnaud
Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Not in Thursday's lineup
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
8/25/2016
News: D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com.

As has been the case every few days of late, d'Arnaud will open the game on the bench, and Rene Rivera will get the start behind the plate. D'Aranud went 0-for-3 Wednesday, but he has seen the ball well of late, going 11-for-29 (.379) in eight games since Aug. 12.

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Wilson Ramos
Nationals' Wilson Ramos: Not in Thursday's lineup
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
8/25/2016
News: Ramos is not in Thursday's lineup against the Orioles, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Ramos has started the last six games behind the plate and has been slumping a bit at the plate, going 0-for-12 in his previous three contests, so he'll get a day to rest Thursday. Jose Lobaton will handle the catching duties and bat eighth.

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Welington Castillo
Diamondbacks' Welington Castillo: Drives home three in 11-inning win
Welington Castillo, C, ARI
8/25/2016
News: Castillo went 2-for-6 with three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Braves.

Absences on the paternity and bereavement lists have limited Castillo to only 13 games so far in August, but it's been a terrifically productive span -- he's hitting .354 for the month and averaging an RBI per game. Chris Herrmann is on his way back, which could impact Castillo's playing time down the stretch, but for the time being, he makes for a strong start at catcher most nights.

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Tucker Barnhart
Reds' Tucker Barnhart: Sitting out Wednesday
Tucker Barnhart, C, CIN
8/24/2016
News: Barnhart is not in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup against the Rangers.

Barnhart had a solid showing Tuesday night, going 1-for-3 with a double and RBI. He's started Cincinnati's last three games, so they'll give him the night off and put Ramon Cabrera behind the plate.

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Chris Stewart
Pirates' Chris Stewart: Knee responding well in rehab starts
Chris Stewart, C, PIT
8/24/2016
News: Stewart's knee has been responding well so far in his rehab assignment and he will continue to play nine innings every other day with Double-A Altoona, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.

He began the rehab assignment on Aug. 12, and likely won't rejoin the Pirates until rosters expand in September, at which point he might get one start per week for the big league club. Stewart is 2-for-14 with five walks in six games with Altoona.

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