Report: Braves almost certainly won't trade C A.J. Pierzynski
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Surprising catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be sticking around
unless the Braves are overwhelmed with an offer, according to USA Today
, which is claiming that he has become too valuable to the organization on and off the field. He had previously been rumored to be on the trading block.
Pierzynski seemed to be winding down his career as a backup upon his arrival in Atlanta, but he quickly wrested the starting job away from Christian Bethancourt and has been performing well ever since. He has even batted cleanup on occasion.
He has compiled a slash line of .287/.325/.425 on the year and is currently on a six-game hitting streak.
Rockies' Nick Hundley hits game-tying home run in loss Thursday
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Rockies catcher Nick Hundley
went 2 for 5 with a single and two RBI, including a solo home run in Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals. Hundley launched his eighth home run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6.
Hundley has been swinging the bat well over the past two weeks or so. In his last 14 games, the backstop is hitting .358 with two home runs and nine RBI.
Mets C Travis d'Arnaud activated from disabled list
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The Mets have activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud
from the 15-day disabled list
on Thursday, according to ESPN.com. d'Arnaud is expected to be in the lineup on Friday when the Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals.
d'Arnaud had been out since June 20 with a sprained elbow. Before being shut down, d'Arnaud was hitting .267 with two home runs and seven RBI in eight games following an initial stint on the DL.
Padres' Derek Norris crushes grand slam in win on Thursday
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News: Derek Norris
had a fantastic day at the plate for the Padres on Thursday. Norris, who was the starting first baseman on Thursday, went 5 for 5, including a seventh-inning grand slam.
Norris' slam cut the Mets' lead to 7-5, and the Padres would go on to win 8-7. It was the third grand slam of Norris' career, and his second this year.
Norris, who now has 12 homers on the year, had been struggling at the plate coming into Thursday's game. Over his previous 10 games, he was batting just .111 (4 for 36) with no home runs and zero RBI.
Mets option C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday
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Mets catcher Anthony Recker
was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas
following the 8-7 loss to the Padres on Thursday. Recker had been the back-up to Kevin Plawecki, who will likely be the back-up to the returning Travis d'Arnaud.
Recker is batting .123 with a pair of home runs with the Mets in 2015.
Reds recall Holmberg, Sampson; option Skipworth; Adcock to DL
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The Reds optioned catcher Kyle Skipworth
to Double-A Pensacola on Thursday to clear a roster spot
for starting pitcher David Holmberg
, who is joining the rotation in the wake of the Johnny Cueto trade.
They also recalled reliever Keyvius Sampson from Triple-A Louisville to take the roster spot of reliever Nate Adcock, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Cubs C Miguel Montero (thumb) says he's close to returning
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Catcher Miguel Montero
, who has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a sprained left thumb, will see a specialist
on Thursday and travel with the team to Milwaukee in the hopes of playing this weekend, per ESPN.com.
"I can play," Montero said. "It won't be 100 percent until after the season."
Montero's return would give the Cubs some lineup flexibility given that rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber has hit well since being promoted to the majors. Schwarber can play in the outfield, giving Chicago a stronger lineup.
D-backs' Welington Castillo burns former team on Wednesday
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Catcher Welington Castillo
had a nice day at the plate for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Castillo helped his new club defeat his old club, as the D-Backs beat the Mariners 8-2, as they swept the three-game series.
Castillo, who was a Mariner for less than two weeks, went 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs, both of which came off Felix Hernandez. Castillo launched a two-run homer in the first inning, and added a solo shot in the third.
"I've been working on my approach. I'm thinking middle all the way and looking for my pitch and not trying to miss," Castillo said, per MLB.com. "I'm putting my best swing on it and seeing what happens."
The two longballs give Castillo 10 on the year. It was his second career multi-homer game, with the previous one coming back in 2013.
Dodgers C A.J. Ellis caught bullpen session as part of rehab
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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis
caught a bullpen session
on Monday as a part of his rehab to come back from right knee inflammation, according to the Orange County Register.
Cardinals' Yadier Molina, Mark Reynolds back in lineup Tuesday
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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina
and first baseman Mark Reynolds
were back in the lineup
for Tuesday's game against the Reds, the team announced.
Molina will bat fifth with Reynolds batting sixth. Molina left Monday's contest after not feeling well, while Reynolds has been bothered by a hand injury.