Yasmani Grandal
Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Not in starting lineup Thursday
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD
5:02 PM
News: Grandal is not listed in Thursday's starting lineup against the Padres, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

Carlos Ruiz is suiting up in his place as the talented young catcher is likely just receiving a break before the weekend series. Look for him again Friday.

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Pedro Severino
Nationals' Pedro Severino: Homers on Thursday, may earn playoff starts
Pedro Severino, C, WAS
3:52 PM
News: Severino hit his second home run of the season Thursday in a 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. When asked if Severino will platoon against left-handed pitchers in the postseason, manager Dusty Baker said "maybe" and smiled, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Baker said he told Severino to hit another homer against Clayton Kershaw. Severino is not known for his power (just two home runs with Triple-A Syracuse this year), but if you're playing in daily fantasy games for the postseason, Severino could wind up as an intriguing punt play in any starts he may make.

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Welington Castillo
Diamondbacks' Welington Castillo: Out of Thursday's lineup
Welington Castillo, C, ARI
10:10 AM
News: Castillo is out of Thursday's lineup against the Nationals, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

He started the last seven games for the Diamondbacks, but will be replaced behind the dish by Tuffy Gosewisch on Thursday. Castillo mad significant gains in batting average and OBP this season over his 2015 numbers, but his owners likely drafted him with hopes of him replicating the 19 homers he hit last year, so the fact that he only has 14 long balls on the season comes as something of a disappointment.

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Nick Hundley
Rockies' Nick Hundley: Out of lineup Wednesday
Nick Hundley, C, COL
9/28/2016
News: Hundley is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.

The Rockies are using most of their left-handed options Wednesday against San Francisco righty Jeff Samardzija. With that, Tony Wolters will draw in behind the plate while Hundley gets the night off.

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Francisco Cervelli
Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Ailing hand may lead to shutdown
Francisco Cervelli, C, PIT
9/28/2016
News: Cervelli (hand) may be shut down for the remainder of the season, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The veteran catcher has been battling a left hand injury, which led manager Clint Hurdle to say Wednesday that the club intends to "back off" Cervelli for the rest of the season. The Pirates are carrying Eric Fryer and Jacob Stallings on the active roster right now, so it seems that those two will assume the catching duties for the remaining few games with Cervelli ailing.

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J.T. Realmuto
Marlins' J.T. Realmuto: Out of lineup Wednesday
J.T. Realmuto, C, MIA
9/28/2016
News: Realmuto is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

Jeff Mathis will take over behind the plate as Realmuto sits for the first time since Sept. 18. Realmuto's contact rate has dipped this year and that dip has not come with much of an uptick in power, but the 25-year-old has routinely found holes (.360 BABIP) and he runs more than any other player at the position. He's done enough across the board to be a top-5 catcher in terms of earned fantasy value this season.

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Buster Posey
Giants' Buster Posey: Smacks 14th homer Tuesday
Buster Posey, C, SF
9/28/2016
News: Posey went 1-for-3 with two walks, a homer, two RBI and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rockies

Posey is doing his best to salvage what is considered a "down" year for him, collecting seven RBI over his last four games. While his numbers are down across the board; his .288 average, 14 home runs and 75 RBI are more you could hope for from your catcher slot.

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Tony Sanchez
Giants' Tony Sanchez: Promoted to majors
Tony Sanchez, C, SF
9/27/2016
News: Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Sanchez's performance at the Triple-A level this season left much to be desired. Between Triple-A Buffalo and Sacramento, Sanchez posted a .201/.298/.317 line over 61 games and recorded a 21.6 percent strikeout rate.

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Jose Lobaton
Nationals' Jose Lobaton: Starting Tuesday
Jose Lobaton, C, WAS
9/27/2016
News: Lobaton will catch and bat eighth Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

The 31-year-old appears to have taken over primary catcher duties by default, with Wilson Ramos done for the year after suffering a torn ACL. Lobaton provides some value behind, but he's done little of note at the dish in his career and he recently missed time due to ankle issues. Pedro Severino and Spencer Kieboom should also see work over the final week.

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Spencer Kieboom
Nationals' Spencer Kieboom: Called up Tuesday
Spencer Kieboom, C, WAS
9/27/2016
News: The Nationals called up Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Kieboom has never played a game above the Double-A level, but he was the only catcher on the 40-man roster who was not also on the active roster, so the Nationals decided to call him up to add some catching depth after Wilson Ramos left Monday's game with a knee injury and with Jose Lobaton also dealing with an ankle injury.

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