Ryan Hanigan
Rockies' Ryan Hanigan: Seizes backup catching duties
Ryan Hanigan, C, COL
1:43 PM
News: Hanigan is 8-for-29 (.276) with one home run and six RBI in eight games for the Rockies this season.

After injuries to both Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy (forearm) forced him into MLB action, Hanigan came out of the gate hot to make his case to remain on the big-league roster. It ultimately worked, and although he's slowed down at the plate a bit, he still has a firm foothold on the backup catching duties. Murphy is still a few weeks away from rejoining the Rockies, so it seems like Hanigan will be in Denver for the foreseeable future, albeit in a reserve role.

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Francisco Cervelli
Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Starting on Thursday
Francisco Cervelli, C, PIT
10:53 AM
News: Cervelli is back in the Pirates' lineup Thursday, sitting behind the plate and batting fifth.

Cervelli received a routine day off Wednesday and replaces Chris Stewart for the Thursday matinee. Cervelli could improve on his .236 clip this year against Colon, who carries a 6.38 ERA in 2017.

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Matt Wieters
Nationals' Matt Wieters: Out of Thursday lineup
Matt Wieters, C, WAS
10:34 AM
News: Wieters is not in the Nationals' lineup Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

The backstop gets a day off during the matinee affair in favor of Jose Lobaton, who's catching Gio Gonzalez. Wieters should return to action Friday to try building on his .283/.359/.433 line with four home runs in 142 plate appearances.

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Kurt Suzuki
Braves' Kurt Suzuki: Occupies lineup spot Thursday
Kurt Suzuki, C, ATL
10:29 AM
News: Suzuki is batting sixth and catching Thursday, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Suzuki continues splitting work with Tyler Flowers and has performed admirably, going .266/.380/.469 with three home runs in 80 plate appearances.

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Tyler Flowers
Braves' Tyler Flowers: Takes seat Thursday
Tyler Flowers, C, ATL
10:25 AM
News: Flowers is not in the Braves' lineup Thursday, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Kurt Suzuki takes his place in the day game. Expect a Friday return for Flowers, who's surprising many fantasy players by hitting .344/.464/.444 in his first 110 plate appearances of 2017.

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Willson Contreras
Cubs' Willson Contreras: Gets another breather Thursday
Willson Contreras, C, CHC
10:19 AM
News: Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Thursday against the Giants.

The backstop also was rested Wednesday after crouching for the four games prior to Tuesday. Miguel Montero takes Contreras' place batting seventh and receiving Eddie Butler's offerings.

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Yadier Molina
Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Extends hitting streak with fourth homer
Yadier Molina, C, STL
7:17 AM
News: Molina went 1-for-4 with two RBI from a sacrifice fly and a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

The veteran backstop extended the Cardinals' lead to 5-0 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and then launched a 381-foot solo blast in his next at-bat in the seventh. Molina now has a 13-game hitting streak and has reached safely in all 17 contests he's played in during May. He's shown some nice pop during the month as well, smacking three homers overall after hitting just one in April.

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Travis d'Arnaud
Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Activated from DL
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
5/24/2017
News: D'Arnaud (wrist) was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

As expected, d'Arnaud will rejoin the Mets ahead of Wednesday's contest against the Padres. He'll be available off the bench, though him and Rene Rivera should split duties behind the dish moving forward.

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Austin Hedges
Padres' Austin Hedges: Receives night off
Austin Hedges, C, SD
5/24/2017
News: Hedges is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

It looks to be a routine night off for Hedges, who had been behind the dish for the last four games and 11 of the last 12 contests. Luis Torrens will receive a rare nod behind the plate, catching for Jarred Cosart.

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Cameron Rupp
Phillies' Cameron Rupp: Sitting for second straight night
Cameron Rupp, C, PHI
5/24/2017
News: Rupp is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Manager Pete Mackanin hinted after Tuesday's game that he planned to use backup catcher Andrew Knapp in a more expanded capacity going forward, and it appears he's sticking true to that goal by calling upon the young backstop for the second game in a row. Knapp is regarded as more of a defensive-minded catcher than Rupp, who has been a useful option in NL-only and two-catcher mixed leagues this season with a .330 on-base percentage, four homers and 13 RBI over 115 plate appearances. With Rupp seemingly on track to cede more duties to Knapp, fantasy owners may not want to grow too attached to him.

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