Cubs catcher Welington Castillo
is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
Castillo left Friday's game in the first inning with a rib injury. He has hit .238/.299/.382 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 361 at-bats.
A.J. Ellis adds a pinch of power Friday
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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis
added a pinch of power Friday afternoon against the Cubs, homering twice and plating four runs in a 14-5 victory.
Ellis launched a two-run home run in the opening frame off Eric Jokisch. With two outs in the third inning, Ellis took Jokisch deep again for a two-run shot. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk, three runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .193 with three homers and 23 RBI over 264 at-bats.
Evan Gattis unable to pass kidney stone
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Braves catcher Evan Gattis
is still not ready to return to action. He hasn't been able to pass a kidney stone
, because it's not positioned in a spot that causes what is often "intolerable pain," per MLB.com on Friday.
Gattis, who has only played in 102 games this season, owns a stat line of .270/.325/.507. His status for the final week of the season remains uncertain.
Carlos Ruiz to have shoulder examined after season
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Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz
will have his shoulder examined
after the season, according to CSN.
Ruiz tweaked his shoulder during spring training, and has dealt with nagging pain all season. He said the issue normally gets better with some rest. He added that he wasn't sure whether surgery would be an option.
Wilin Rosario launches walkoff shot vs. D-Backs
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Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario
came up big at the plate Thursday night at home, launching a walkoff home run in the ninth to lift his team past the Diamondbacks.
Down one run, Rosaio took Addison Reed deep for a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth to end the game. Rosario also doubled in the second and added two singles. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI in a 7-6 victory. He is hitting .265 with 12 homers and 51 RBI over 359 at-bats.
Yasmani Grandal bringing good and bad news to the plate
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A 19-for-74 stretch might not seem like much, but it's an encouraging run for Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal
considering he began it batting .202.
Grandal began the comparative hot stretch on Aug. 26. He has three home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games during that period, but remains a windmill at the plate. He has 19 strikeouts in the last 16 games and has fanned 102 times in 345 at-bats this season.
Wilson Ramos enjoying late-season power surge
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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos
had trouble finding his power stroke early in the season, but has re-discovered it en-route to eight home runs over the last 30 games
"I feel good right now," he told the Washington Post. "I feel my power is back. Right now, I feel like I'm hitting better because the last two weeks was a little bit of a struggle. I can't think about my [offense]. I have to go out there and call my game, and if I hit that's extra for a catcher."
Ramos had just three home runs through Aug. 4, a span of 48 games. However, he leads major-league catchers in long balls since, bringing his total to 11 for the season.
Mets preparing to have too much of a good thing at catcher
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The Mets might have an overcrowding problem behind the plate
next season, given the progress Travis d'Arnaud
and prospect Kevin Plawecki
have shown this season.
"If their potential starts to converge at the major league level, and it warrants major league time, then we'll have to make a decision," manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Daily News Tuesday. "But in the meantime, we're happy to have both of them. But Kevin has made a lot of progress, and obviously Travis has done well the second half of this season."
Alderson does not think either player is likely to be used in a backup or reserve role. d'Arnaud is hitting .277/.321/.480 in 177 at-bats since the All-Star break, while Plawecki is hitting .309/.365/.460 in 101 minor-league games while reaching Triple-A.
Clint Coulter may not stay at catcher
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According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
, Brewers catcher prospect Clint Coulter will get a look at third base and the outfield
in the instructional league this fall after playing more games at designated hitter (64) than catcher (61) in 2014. He hit .287 with 22 home runs, a .410 on-base percentage and a .930 OPS for low Class A Wisconsin.
"Right now, I'm a catcher," Coulter said. "I'm comfortable wherever they stick me. I just want to get to the big leagues."
Marlins recall Jacob Realmuto from Double-A
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The Marlins recalled catcher Jacob Realmuto
from Double-A Jacksonville Saturday.
Realmuto is 4 for 20 in seven appearances with the Marlins. He hit .299/.369/.461 with eight home runs, 62 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 375 at-bats.