Geovany Soto suffers thumb injury in wild-card game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:59 am ET) Athletics catcher Geovany Soto was forced to leave Tuesday's wild-card game against the Royals in the bottom of the third inning due to a left thumb injury. Soto actually hurt his thumb applying a tag with his glove hand on Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer as he attempted to steal home in the first inning, according to MLB.com.

"He kind of pulled his thumb back on the jersey on the play at the plate, and after that it kept getting worse and worse," manager Bob Melvin said. "Certainly as a catcher you need your thumb, especially when Jon Lester is throwing cutters."


Red Sox 'comfortable' with Christian Vasquez as starting catcher in 2015
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) In an end-of-the-year press conference, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters he's "very comfortable" with having Christian Vasquez as the team's everyday catcher next season, according to the Providence Journal.

The rookie catcher appeared in 55 games this season, splitting his duties with David Ross behind the plate. He slashed .240/.308/.309 with one home run and 20 RBI over 175 at-bats.


Rangers GM comfortable with Robinson Chirinos as everyday catcher for 2015
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told FOX Sports Southwest that he's comfortable with having Robinson Chirinos as the team's everyday catcher next season. Chirinos appeared in 93 games this season and owned a .239/.290/.415 slash line with 13 homers and 40 RBI over 306 at-bats.

Josmil Pinto in starting lineup for Sunday's season finale
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto (illness) is in the starting lineupf or Sunday's season finale against the Tigers.

Josmil Pinto departs game with illness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Twins catcher Josmil Pinto left Saturday's game against Detroit because of an illness. Pinto left the game before his catching duties even started in the bottom of the first inning. He is hitting .216 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 167 at-bats. His status for the season finale on Sunday remains uncertain.

Ryan Hanigan ready to roll at Fenway on Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan has returned from a toe injury to nail down a spot in the lineup for the Thursday night game in Boston.

Hanigan has played just once since Saturday. He is hitless in his last 11 at-bats.


Yan Gomes goes deep Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Indians catcher Yan Gomes hit his 21st home run Wednesday against the Royals.

Gomes struck in the first inning. With two men on, Gomes took an 80 mph changeup from Jason Vargas out to center for the three-run shot. He would also walk during the contest. Gomes finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Curt Casali exits game, diagnosed with concussion
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Rays catcher Curt Casali was removed from Wednesday's game after being struck on the mask by a foul ball and was later diagnosed with a concussion, the team announced.

The Rays will monitor Casali's progress over the coming days, but with only a few games left on the schedule, his season is over. The catcher hit .167/.268/.208 in 72 at-bats.


Ryan Hanigan sitting out with toe injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan was scratched from Wedesday's starting lineup.

Hanigan injured himself while trying to block a pitch from Brad Boxberger. He'll be replaced by Curt Casali. 


Brian McCann absent from lineup Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Yankees catcher Brian McCann is on a roll, but he will be slowed by inactivity Wednesday against Baltimore. He is out of the lineup in favor of Francisco Cervelli.

McCann has three home runs and five RBI in the last three games in improving his stat line to .272/.343/.466.


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