Austin Barnes
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Clears fences Saturday
Austin Barnes, C, LAD
9/23/2017
News: Barnes went 1-for-3 while hitting a solo home run Saturday, his seventh of the season, during the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Giants.

He provided the only offense for the scuffling yet playoff-cemented Dodgers, lifting a Madison Bumgarner offering over the left-field wall in the eighth inning to break up the shutout. Barnes, who's slashing .284/.407/.471 across 246 plate appearances, appears to be eating into more of the struggling Yasmani Grandal's playing time. He appears well worth a fantasy add in two-catcher fantasy leagues, or even in formats where it pays to stream.

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Tyler Flowers
Braves' Tyler Flowers: Option likely to be exercised
Tyler Flowers, C, ATL
9/23/2017
News: The Braves are "strongly leaning" toward picking up Flowers' 2018 option, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

They're expected to keep their backstop duo together for another season, having already inked a one-year pact with Kurt Suzuki. Flowers' 2018 club option is worth $4 million, and he's an unrestricted free agent after next season. Despite up-and-down fantasy performance, he's posted a solid .283/.377/.444 line with 11 homers in 345 plate appearances heading into Saturday action and should continue to provide value in his age-32 season both in reality and many two-catcher fantasy leagues.

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Yasmani Grandal
Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Not in lineup Saturday
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD
9/23/2017
News: Grandal is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Grandal will get the day off after starting three of the last four games behind the dish for the Dodgers, going 2-for-11 with a homer over that stretch. In his place, Austin Barnes will start at catcher and bat sixth.

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Jorge Alfaro
Phillies' Jorge Alfaro: Sitting out Saturday
Jorge Alfaro, C, PHI
9/23/2017
News: Alfaro is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves.

Alfaro was behind the plate for four of the last five games, but he went just 1-for-14 over that span, so he will be held out Saturday in favor of Cameron Rupp.

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Kurt Suzuki
Braves' Kurt Suzuki: Signs new deal with Braves
Kurt Suzuki, C, ATL
9/23/2017
News: Suzuki agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Braves on Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Suzuki received just $1.5 million from the Braves on a one-year deal for 2017, but he earned himself a healthy raise with a season that will see him finish with career bests in both home runs and OPS despite playing in only half of the available games. Suzuki and Tyler Flowers proved to be a quality pairing behind the plate in 2017, and they figure to share the catching duties again in some fashion next year.

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Travis d'Arnaud
Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Day off Saturday
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
9/23/2017
News: D'Arnaud is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.

D'Arnaud has been on fire of late, hitting three home runs and driving in seven over his last three games, but he is just 4-for-16 with six strikeouts in his career against Saturday's opposing starter Stephen Strasburg, so he will be held out in favor of Kevin Plawecki.

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Jeff Mathis
Diamondbacks' Jeff Mathis: Hopeful to return next weekend
Jeff Mathis, C, ARI
9/23/2017
News: Mathis (hand) said he hopes to return from the 10-day disabled list for the Diamondbacks' final series of the regular season, which will begin Sept. 29 against the Royals, Jarrid Denney of MLB.com reports.

Mathis, who has been out since Aug. 21 with a fractured right hand, was cleared to resume baseball activities earlier this month following a checkup with a specialist. He's been limited to playing catch and taking dry swings thus far, but is hopeful that he'll be able to add batting-practice sessions and simulated games to his regimen in the coming days. If Mathis ends up meeting his targeted return date, he could get the call over Chris Herrmann to serve as the Diamondbacks' No. 2 catcher during the team's National League Divisional Series matchup.

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Manny Pina
Brewers' Manny Pina: Remains day-to-day
Manny Pina, C, MIL
9/23/2017
News: Pina is day-to-day with a sprained left thumb according to the Brewers, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

Pina is getting treatment in an effort to get back on the field, but general manager David Stearns said there's no way to know when he'll return to action, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Stephen Vogt will draw a third straight start behind the dish with Pina sidelined.

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Chris Iannetta
Diamondbacks' Chris Iannetta: Drives in career-high eight Friday
Chris Iannetta, C, ARI
9/23/2017
News: Iannetta went 3-for-4 with a walk, two home runs and eight RBI in Friday's 13-11 win over the Marlins.

The eight RBI were a career high for the catcher. Iannetta's enjoying a big September, slashing .333/.448/.583 in 15 games with three homers and 10 RBI, and he should continue seeing the bulk of the work behind the plate for Arizona over the final days of the season.

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Matt Wieters
Nationals' Matt Wieters: Day off Friday
Matt Wieters, C, WAS
9/22/2017
News: Wieters is not in the lineup against the Mets on Friday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

Wieters retreats to the bench after starting the past four contests, including a 1-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI during Thursday's game. In his place, Pedro Severino will handle the catching duties.

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