Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Plans to workout Tuesday
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(1:10 pm ET) Cervelli, who felt discomfort in his foot, said he plans to workout Tuesday after switching foot inserts, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Although we are waiting for the team's official release of Cervelli's status, it should be noted that the catcher believes he will be on the field working out Tuesday. He noted that it wasn't blisters, but simply a pain he is feeling on the bottom of his right foot. There is some cause for concern with this, as he missed several games in 2016 due to a similar right foot soreness, so his status will be monitored as he progresses through spring. If he were to miss extended time, Elias Diaz would likely take over behind the plate for the Buccos.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Injury update delayed for several days
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(2/19/2017) The Pirates won't update the prognosis of Cervelli (foot) until Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

He missed several games in 2016 with a sore right foot. At the very least, it's curious that manager Clint Hurdle said the team wouldn't release Cervelli's status until the middle of next week. Pittsburgh's backstop backups include Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart, with Diaz likely getting the nod if Cervelli is forced to miss an extended period of time.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Dealing with foot discomfort
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(2/19/2017) Cervelli was removed from the team's workout on Sunday due to right foot discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Cervelli is currently being listed as day-to-day, so it doesn't appear that the injury is anything too serious. The veteran catcher is slated to open the season as the Pirates' starting backstop.


Cubs' Kyle Schwarber: Catches bullpen session
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(2/18/2017) Schwarber caught a bullpen session from John Lackey on Friday, MLB.com reports.

Schwarber had his left leg extended while in the squat to avoid putting extra stress on the knee, so he's clearly easing back into the position. Still, this is a good sign for Schwarber, who is expected to serve as the team's third catcher this season. Look for him to do more work behind the plate during spring training, but Schwarber's primary position this year will be left field.


Diamondbacks' Hank Conger: Dealing with strained oblique
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(2/18/2017) Conger is dealing with a strained right oblique and will sit out from spring training activities, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

It's an unfortunate break for Conger, who signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks earlier this month. The 29-year-old catcher hit just .194 in 49 games for Tampa Bay last season and is expected to serve as organizational depth for the D-Backs out of spring training.


Rockies' Tony Wolters: Set to share catching duties
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(2/17/2017) Rockies manager Bud Black said that Wolters and Tom Murphy will have "shared duties" behind the plate in 2017, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Although this phrasing seems to suggest a platoon, Black was insistent that it won't be a strict platoon, and that he'll instead evaluate the offensive and defensive performance of both catchers before making a lineup decision. The skipper also added that it's unrealistic to expect either catcher to amass a 130-game season given their inexperience in the big leagues, so fantasy owners should expect fairly even timeshare between Wolters and Murphy throughout the course of the upcoming campaign.


Rockies' Tom Murphy: In line to share catching duties
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(2/17/2017) Rockies manager Bud Black said that Murphy and Tony Wolters will have "shared duties" behind the plate in 2017, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Murphy certainly has more offensive upside than Wolters, but Black was insistent that both offense and defense would play a big role in who would play on a given day. Black also added that it's unrealistic to expect either catcher to put together a 130-game season, so fantasy owners should expect a fairly flexible timeshare behind the plate heading into 2017, which may decrease both backstops' values.


Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: To be everyday catcher
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(2/17/2017) Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Grandal will be the Dodgers' primary starting catcher against both lefties and righties, as opposed to platooning with another player Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

Coming off a season in which he hit a career-high 27 home runs, the Dodgers will be hoping Grandal can continue to establish himself as an all-star-caliber catcher in his third full season with the team. The 28-year-old recently avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $5.5 million deal this offseason. If he can stay healthy, Grandal could be in for a stellar offensive season.


Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Will see playing time at first base this spring
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(2/16/2017) Knapp will see some time at first base this spring in addition to working as a catcher, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Knapp, who was added to the 40-man roster this offseason, has a chance to earn a bench job this spring as the Phillies' backup catcher to Cameron Rupp. If he shows he can also be an option at first base, that could enhance his chances of winning a roster spot. Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday are also in camp as non-roster invitees competing for the backup catching job.


Giants' Trevor Brown: Set to see time at second base
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(2/15/2017) Brown will see some playing time at second base this spring and may also play first or third, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

This is surprising news concerning Brown, but makes sense following the offseason acquisition of Nick Hundley. If the move works out, it could allow the Giants to carry three catchers on the roster and permit manager Bruce Bochy to play them simultaneously by moving Buster Posey to first base. Brown slashed .237/.283/.364 in 75 games last season and could now see a more expansive role if he turns in a strong spring.


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