A.J. Ellis already catching in full gear
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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis
was catching in full gear
Sunday just 12 days after undergoing knee surgery, according to MLB.com. He could be ahead of the 4-6 week recovery timetable he was given after surgery.
Cubs catcher Welington Castillo
continued his strong play Saturday, in an 8-4 win over the Reds. Castillo went 2 for 4 in the game for his third multi-hit game in the last seven, adding a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the win.
Castillo's average fell to .095 April 8, so he has put in work to get it back to .234. He is hitting .346 with two home run and six RBI over the last seven games.
Matt McBride breaks foot during home run trot
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Rockies utility player Matt McBride
broke the metatarsal bone in his right foot while running the bases
after hitting a home run with Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Denver Post
"It was like I got shot," McBride said.
McBride is hopeful he'll return to action sometime in June.
Buster Posey batting third Saturday vs. Padres
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Giants catcher Buster Posey
is back in the lineup and batting third for Saturday's game against the Padres.
Posey took a foul tip off his shoulder Thursday and was limited to pinch-hitting Friday, but he'll resume his regular role Saturday after giving the injury a little bit of rest. He has hit .255/.339/.436 with three home runs and eight RBI in 55 at-bats.
Tony Cruz plays rare role of hero in St. Louis victory
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Cardinals backup catcher Tony Cruz
certainly took advantage of a rare start Saturday in Washington.
Cruz singled in two runs in the third to give his team the lead and added another single in the ninth to raise his batting average to .444 on the season, albeit in only nine at-bats.
Pirates activate Chris Stewart, demote Tony Sanchez
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The Pirates have activated Chris Stewart
off the disabled list and optioned fellow catcher Tony Sanchez
back to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Stewart has missed the entire regular season after undergoing knee surgery in March.
Cardinals sizzling catcher Yadier Molina
won't get a chance to extend his 10-game hitting streak Saturday unless he pinch-hits. He has been given the day off as Tony Cruz takes over the position for the game against Washington.
Molina has 16 hits in his last 37 at-bats and owns .344/.373/.547 stat line on the season.
Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia
clubbed a home run Friday against the Mariners.
Saltalamacchia walked in the first inning, and added a home run in his second at-bat. Saltalamacchia knocked an 84 mph fastball out to right off pitcher Chris Young in the third inning. He later singled in the fifth.
Saltalamacchia finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.
Wilin Rosario drives in three in blowout win
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Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario
continued his strong run production Friday, in a 12-1 win over the Phillies.
Rosario drove in three runs in the game, giving him eight in his last six games, including at least one in five. He was 2 for 5 with a two-run double, while adding an RBI groundout.
Rosario got off to a slow start, but has raised his batting average from .206 to .268 over the last six games. He has two home runs and 10 RBI in 15 games on the season.
Wilson Ramos increasing work in rehab
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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos
was able to grab a bat and take five dry swings Friday, the first time he has done so since suffering a broken hamate bone in his left hand. He said the hand feels strong, but he needs to build up strength in his wrist now.
"I was swinging easy, swinging the bat," Ramos told MLB.com. "Right now I'm working hard with my hand. My hand feels good. It's a just a matter of getting my wrist strong. That's what I'm working right now."
Ramos had the stitches taken out of his hand earlier in the week, and has been able to begin minor exercises to strengthen it. He is expected back sometime in May.