A.J. Ellis gets start for Dodgers, in place of Yasmani Grandal
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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal
isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Grandal has started a team-high 56 games behind the plate, including six of the last seven.
In Grandal's place, A.J. Ellis gets the start at catcher for the 25th time this year. Ellis and Grandal have split the last four starts.
Padres' Tim Federowicz to start month of rehab games soon
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Padres catcher Tim Federowicz
could start a minor league rehab assignment within the next 10 days, manager Pat Murphy said, per U-T San Diego
Federowicz is on the 60-day disabled list after having knee surgery in mid-March. Murphy said Federowicz would use most, if not all, of the month of rehab games he's permitted in order to get into MLB game shape.
Diamondbacks activate C Oscar Hernandez from DL; Dorn optioned
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The Diamondbacks have reinstated
catcher Oscar Hernandez
from the 60-day disabled list, the team announced on Saturday. Hernandez has been out all season due to a broken hand.
Hernandez played in 13 rehab games, going 8 for 38 with three RBI.
As a Rule 5 draft pick, the Diamondbacks must keep a healthy Hernandez on the 25-man roster, or risk losing him back to the Rays.
The D-Backs have optioned outfielder Danny Dorn to Triple-A to clear room on the roster for Hernandez.
Cubs C David Ross placed on 7-day DL; Taylor Teagarden recalled
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The Cubs have placed catcher David Ross
on the 7-day disabled list
due to a mild concussion
. The move is retroactive to Thursday. Ross left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning, though no injury was reported at the time.
Still, Ross will take the minimum seven days to recover from the concussion.
"I had a three-day headache and some nausea," Ross said Saturday, per ESPN.com. "It's nice for the seven-day DL where you can take a step back. I think the main concern is just getting another foul ball. I had that happen a couple of years ago, and it put me out about two months. I don't want to go through that again."
Taylor Teagarden was recalled from Triple-A to be the backup catcher in Ross' absence.
Padres' Derek Norris suffers shoulder sprain, stays in lineup
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Padres catcher Derek Norris
suffered a sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder during Friday's game, per U-T San Diego
Norris will stay in the lineup and off the DL, however. "Doctors say it can't any worse," interim manager Pat Murphy said.
Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy records three hits in win on Friday
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Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy
enjoyed a nice night at the plate in Friday's 12-1 win over the Reds. Lucroy went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in the blowout.
Lucroy is 11 for 20 over his last four games, as he attempts to break from a season-long slump. The recent hot streak has pushed Lucroy's season batting average up to .256.
Giants' Buster Posey goes yard in consecutive games
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Giants catcher and first baseman Buster Posey
hit his 14th home run of the season in Friday night's 2-1 loss to the Nationals.
For Posey, it's the second home run he's hit in the past two games he's played in. He finished Friday's game 1 for 4 and now has 57 RBI this year. Posey's slash line for the season is now .304/.375/.504.
Pirates C Francisco Cervelli blasts solo home run on Thursday
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Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli
got the scoring started on Thursday, as he launched a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to give his club the early 1-0 lead. Cervelli also singled and scored later in the game, as the Pirates defeated the Tigers 8-4.
The home run was Cervelli's fourth of the season, and he now has 10 hits in 40 at-bats over his last 10 games.
Cubs C Miguel Montero belts two-run home run on Thursday
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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero
slugged his 10th home run of the season in the 6-1 win over the Mets on Thursday. Montero's two-run shot came in the ninth inning with his team already up by three runs, so the home run came as little consequence to the outcome of the game.
The home run was Montero's first since June 13, breaking a 13-game drought. His season-high is 18, which came in 2011.
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski collects two RBI Wednesday
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Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski
hit his fifth home run of the season during Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Nationals.
The two-run shot was his only hit in four at-bats during the game. Over his last eight games, Pierzynski is hitting .303 with one home run and two RBI.