Travis d'Arnaud
Travis d'Arnaud smacks 11th home run Tuesday
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
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News: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud served as the designated hitter Tuesday and went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-2 loss to the A's Tuesday.

d'Arnaud broke a scoreless tie with his shot in the top of the fourth inning, but the A's were able to pick up four runs in the bottom half of the inning and hold the lead over the remainder of the game. He has hit .227/.293/.395 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 286 at-bats.


Evan Gattis
Evan Gattis slugs 19th home run Tuesday
Evan Gattis, C, ATL
News: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 11-3 win over the Pirates Tuesday.

Gattis homered just once in his first 20 games after the All-Star break, but he's collected two home runs in his last four games. He has hit .277/.330/.516 with 19 home runs and 48 RBI in 310 at-bats.


Yadier Molina
Yadier Molina needs to be owned again
Yadier Molina, C, STL
News: With the news he's been cleared to swing a bat and will do so within the next couple days, Yadier Molina needs to be added in virtually all of the 38 percent of leagues where he was dropped in early July, when the world learned he needed thumb surgery.

At the time, he was expected to miss 8-12 weeks, but as I mentioned in my latest Rankings Review, where I touch on several of the changes I made to my-rest-of-season rankings, swinging a bat would seem to the biggest hurdle following surgery on his thumb. The Cardinals are fighting for their lives right now, caught in a tight battle for both the NL Central title and the wild card, so they'd like to have him back as soon as possible.

Besides, the surgery was nearly six weeks ago, so even if his return is still two weeks away, a player of his caliber is worth that sort of wait.

Molina was in a deep funk at the time of his injury and still ranked sixth among catchers in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. He ranked fourth and first in those formats a year ago.


Hector Sanchez
Hector Sanchez diagnosed with second concussion
Hector Sanchez, C, SF
News: Giants catcher Hector Sanchez has been diagnosed with a second concussion, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Sanchez will be out indefinitely following the revelation of a second concussion, and manager Bruce Bochy said there's a chance his season is over. The catcher has hit .196/.237/.301 with three home runs and 28 RBI in 163 at-bats.


Christian Bethancourt
Christian Bethancourt hits Triple-A DL
Christian Bethancourt, C, ATL
News: Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Gwinnett, due to a left hand contusion. Bethancourt is hitting .268/.292/.393 in 313 at-bats at Gwinnett, and shouldn't be out long. 

Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos hits sixth home run Monday
Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
News: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos hit his sixth home run Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Ramos struck in the seventh inning. With his team down a run, Ramos clubbed a two-run shot out to center on an 82 mph slider. He also singled earlier in the game. Ramos finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Welington Castillo
Welington Castillo slugs ninth home run Saturday
Welington Castillo, C, CHC
News: Cubs catcher Welington Castillo went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-3 loss to the Mets Saturday.

Castillo put his team on the board with his fifth-inning shot, which was his second home run in the month. He has hit .240/.305/.389 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 283 at-bats.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Jarrod Saltalamacchia a no-go for Marlins on Saturday
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA
News: Struggling Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is absent from the Saturday night lineup against Arizona. Jeff Mathis is set to start instead.

Saltalamacchia has just six hits in his last 41 at-bats and hasn't homered since July 21. His average has fallen from .232 to .219.


Yasmani Grandal
Yasmani Grandal cranks out pinch-hit homer in Friday loss
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
News: Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal certainly made the most of his one crack at the dish Friday night against St. Louis. He slammed a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning off closer-for-the-game Pat Neshek.

The blast ended a power outage for Grandal that had lasted since July 20 and had sent his slugging percentage tumbling from .388 to .365.


Drew Butera
Drew Butera goes deep in helping Dodgers beat Braves
Drew Butera, C, LAD
News: Dodgers backup catcher Drew Butera had not made a major offensive contribution in nearly a month heading into the Thursday game against the Braves. But with one swing of the bat, he played a major role in a win.

Butera blasted off with a man on base in the second inning to give his team a 3-0 lead. It was his first RBI since June 6. He also singled in the victory.


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