Derek Norris batting cleanup Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(5:25 pm ET) Athletics catcher Derek Norris is batting cleanup and serving as the designated hitter in Tuesday's game against the Angels. Norris has been battling a shoulder issue, for which he received a cortisone shot this weekend.

Derek Norris dealing with shoulder issue
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:23 pm ET) reports that Athletics catcher Derek Norris received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Sunday. He had been experiencing discomfort stemming from contact at a play at the plate during Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Norris recovered well enough to serve as the A's designated hitter on Monday against the Angels, though he was removed for a pinch hitter in the fourth inning.

Alex Avila a late add to Monday's lineup
by Igor Mello |
(9/22/2014) Updating a previous item: Tigers catcher Alex Avila was officially cleared from a concussion he suffered in early September, and was inserted into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox, the team announced. Avila is hitting .223/.331/.371 over 372 at-bats.

Alex Avila no longer dealing with concussion, still awaiting clearance
by Igor Mello |
(9/22/2014) Tigers trainer Kevin Rand told reporters that catcher Alex Avila is no longer experiencing  concussion-like symptoms. However, he is still awaiting clearance from Major League Baseball, the Detroit Free Press reports. Avila will not be in the starting lineup Monday night against the White Sox.

John Jaso, Craig Gentry likely done
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Sunday that catcher John Jaso and outfielder Craig Gentry are running out of time to return from their concussions and could miss the rest of the season, according to

"With eight games left," Melvin said, "there's always that possibility."

Craig suffered his concussion Sept. 9 after suffering one previously in 2011. Jaso's came way back in August. He was expected to return as a pinch-hitter and part-time DH at one point, but a visit with a concussion specialist Sept. 10 pushed back his timetable.

Alex Avila could return Monday
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who has missed the last week with renewed symptoms of a concussion he initially suffered in early September, took part in batting practice and a simulated game Sunday and could return to action Monday against the White Sox, according to

"Basically for the last three days, everything was just kind of like a guessing game, kind of just hoping I felt better," Avila said. "Definitely happy that [Saturday] was a good day and I was able to follow that up [Sunday] feeling very well. As soon as they give me the thumbs-up, I'm playing as soon as possible."

Brian McCann maintaining September power surge
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Brian McCann blasted two home runs in the Yankees' 5-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. The homers were McCann's sixth and seventh in September and his 21st and 22nd on the season. It was McCann's 11th multi-homer game of his career.

He finished the afternoon 2 for 3 with three RBI, two runs and a walk. McCann is now batting .235 on the season.

Mike Zunino knocks 21st home run Friday
by R.J. White |
(9/20/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 2 for 5 with a three-run home run in his team's 10-5 win over the Astros Friday.

Zunino broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth-inning blast, putting his team up for good and earning a critical win as the Mariners chase a potential Wild Card berth. Despite displaying quality power numbers this season, Zunino has struggled to consistently deliver hits. He owns a .199/.256/.409 line with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 413 at-bats.

Alex Avila still out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White |
(9/20/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila remains out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Avila reportedly felt "disoriented" after taking some swings in the batting cages recently, and his post-concussion symptoms may end up keeping him sidelined for the rest of the regular season. The Tigers are concerned about the catcher, ESPN reports.

Alex Avila felt 'disoriented' after taking swings
by Chris Cwik |
(9/19/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila felt "disoriented" after taking swings in the batting cages recently, according to mlive.

Avila is dealing with post-concussion symptoms. He is not in the team's starting lineup Friday. Avila is hitting .223/.331/.371 over 372 at-bats.

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