Royals facing decision on backup catchers Erik Kratz, Drew Butera
by Brandon Wise |
(5/23/2015) The Royals will have to make a decision soon on what they will do with their backup catcher role, according to

Erik Kratz was pegged as the team's second catcher, even after the team acquired Drew Butera from the Angels. With Kratz currently on the DL, Butera has done well in his place, posting a .218 average with four runs scored this season. Manager Ned Yost will answer when he has Kratz available.

"I'm not going to answer those questions until Kratzie comes off the rehab," Yost said. "We'll make a determination then and do it like we always do. We'll get together as an organization and plot it out.

"Right now, we got two really good options and we have to decide the best option."

Yost really likes the defense Kratz brings to the plate.

"Butera's defense is really good. Kratzie's offensive capabilities, mostly his power, is very, very good," Yost said. "Butera's offense is good and he understands situations to do what you want your backup catcher to do -- he can bunt, go the other way, move runners. You got a runner on third base and [Butera] will find a way to get him in."

Report: Indians to DFA catcher Brett Hayes
by Brandon Wise |
(5/23/2015) The Indians are reportedly set to designate catcher Brett Hayes for assignment, according to The Chronicle-Telegram.

Hayes will be moved in order to make room for Yan Gomes, who is expected to be activated on Sunday from the disabled list. Hayes is hitting .156 with three home runs and six RBI in 32 at-bats this season.

Three-hit effort sends streak of Royals C Salvador Perez to eight
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/23/2015) Royals catcher Salvador Perez neither scored a run nor drove one in Friday night against St. Louis. But he had three hits, which is notable because it was his first three-hit game since April 28.

Not that Perez has been cold - quite the contrary. His effort against the Cardinals extended his hitting streak to eight. He is batting .400 during that stretch (10-for-25) with four doubles and a home run. He pushed his average over .300 for the first time in two weeks in the process.

Angels C Chris Iannetta slugs three-run homer against Red Sox
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta belted a three-run home run on Friday in his team's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

Ianetta's home run was just his second long-ball of the season, but it came in a solid 1 for 3 performance with two walks and three RBI.

Ianetta is hitting .172/.263/.276 with two home runs and nine RBI in 87 at-bats this season.

Athletics C Stephen Vogt set to sit Saturday
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/23/2015) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt had not received a day off since May 15. He's getting one Saturday at Tampa Bay as Josh Phegley will squat behind the plate instead.

Vogt broke out of his slump Friday night with two hits, including a home run. It ended a 2-for-17 slide and was his first milti-hit game in two weeks.

A's catcher Stephen Vogt connects for 10th home run
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5/23/2015) The Athletics didn't have many bright spots during a 5-2 loss Friday against the Rays. However, one of the few highlights from Oakland on Friday came from catcher Stephen Vogt, who gave the A's a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with his 10th home run.

Vogt, who leads the team with 31 RBI, has six home runs and 16 RBI in May, which are both career highs for a single month.

"Stephen has had a terrific year to this point. No question. You look at his production numbers [.309 batting average, 10 home runs, 31 RBI] and they're right up there with the league leaders," A's manager Bob Melvin said, per

Orioles C Matt Wieters on return: 'I feel pretty good to play'
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/22/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who has been sidelined since last May after undergoing Tommy John surgery, considers a June 4 return to the team realistic. That is his first day of eligibility to come off the disabled list.

"I feel pretty good to play," he told "The last few games I've gone out there and played, the feelings of being able to get back in a big league game are there. It's not quite back to where it was yet, but it feels good enough to get back playing at this level."

Wieters added that his arm strength is getting better daily.

He is set to begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Tuesday.

Mariners include Mike Zunino, Welington Castillo in Friday's lineup
by Igor Mello |
(5/22/2015) The Mariners are starting both of their catchers Friday night against Toronto. Manager Lloyd McClendon gave Mike Zunino the nod behind the plate. He will hit ninth in the order.

Newly-acquired catcher Welington Castillo will make his second start of the season -- this time as a designated hitter. He remains in the sixth-hole.

Seattle is favored (-149) against Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, per

Royals' Erik Kratz drives in two runs in rehab debut Thursday
by R.J. White |
(5/21/2015) Royals catcher Erik Kratz began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, going 1 for 4 with two RBI in his team's 9-6 win.

Kratz played all nine innings at catcher in the game in addition to driving in two runs. He's working his way back from a foot injury.

White Sox's Tyler Flowers slugs second homer Thursday
by R.J. White |
(5/21/2015) White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Indians on Thursday.

The White Sox were on the precipice of getting shut out before Flowers launched a ninth-inning home run to put his team on the board. Still, it was the third straight loss for the White Sox against their division rivals.

Flowers has hit .207/.253/.329 with two home runs and nine RBI in 82 at-bats.

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