Despite riding a modest four-game hit streak, Smith will head to the bench for a breather after starting three of the past four games at backstop. In his place, Omar Narvaez will set up behind the dish, batting seventh.
The Astros are hopeful the injection will reduce the swelling above McCann's knee within a few days, at which point the team will determine the next step in the catcher's recovery process. At this point, McCann doesn't look to be at risk of a lengthy stay on the 10-day disabled list, but a more definitive timetable for his return won't be established until he's cleared to resume baseball activities.
Gattis passed his initial ImPACT test and appears set to begin ramping up his activities in preparation for a return, likely at some point during the Astros' current homestand. According to Kaplan, manager A.J. Hinch said that the team plans to send Gattis out on a rehab assignment prior to activating him from the 7-day disabled list, though any stint in the minors would likely be a brief one. In the meantime, the Astros will get by with Juan Centeno and Max Stassi as their catchers while both Gattis and Brian McCann (knee) are sidelined.
An earlier report suggested Ohlman was just being optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Miguel Montero's (groin) return from the disabled list, but the 26-year-old backstop will actually lose out on a 40-man roster spot. Ohlman still seemingly has a good chance at remaining in the Blue Jays organization as catching depth at Triple-A, provided he goes unclaimed off waivers.
Ramos seems to be coming around from a brutal second-half slump with home runs in back-to-back starts, but he'll likely have to wait another contest to extend the streak with manager Kevin Cash opting to give the backstop a breather. Jesus Sucre checks in behind the plate, catching for rookie Jacob Faria.
Ohlman was banished back to the minors to make room for Miguel Montero (groin), who was the first of the Blue Jays' three injured catchers to return from the disabled list. During his brief stay with the big club, Ohlman picked up four at-bats while serving as the primary backup to Raffy Lopez.
The Blue Jays will go with Raffy Lopez behind the plate Wednesday against the Rays, but Montero will be available in a backup capacity after completing his rehab game Tuesday at Triple-A Buffalo without any renewed soreness in his right groin. It's expected that Montero will quickly displace Lopez as the Blue Jays' primary option behind the plate, at least until Russell Martin (oblique) is cleared to return from the DL.
He was thought to be beginning his rehab assignment Tuesday, but it was apparently delayed a day. Look for him to return to the short side of a platoon behind the dish for the A's before the end of August.
The catching platoon continues on in Oakland, with Maxwell starting against opposing right-handers but sitting in favor of Dustin Garneau against lefties. A trendy, cheap second-catcher option in deep leagues coming into the year, Maxwell has failed to impress at the dish, and he's been especially bad lately (.129/.241/.171 since the All-Star break).
With a day game on tap following a night game, Castillo will head to the bench, allowing Caleb Joseph to step in behind the plate. Castillo has been limited to 68 games to this point due to a variety of injuries, but he's fared well when on the field, and the power has ticked back up again recently. The 30-year-old has hit three homers in his last nine games.