Yadier Molina resting Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:31 am ET) Cardinals sizzling catcher Yadier Molina won't get a chance to extend his 10-game hitting streak Saturday unless he pinch-hits. He has been given the day off as Tony Cruz takes over the position for the game against Washington.

Molina has 16 hits in his last 37 at-bats and owns .344/.373/.547 stat line on the season.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits home run Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:17 am ET) Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia clubbed a home run Friday against the Mariners.

Saltalamacchia walked in the first inning, and added a home run in his second at-bat. Saltalamacchia knocked an 84 mph fastball out to right off pitcher Chris Young in the third inning. He later singled in the fifth.

Saltalamacchia finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Wilin Rosario drives in three in blowout win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:11 am ET) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario continued his strong run production Friday, in a 12-1 win over the Phillies.

Rosario drove in three runs in the game, giving him eight in his last six games, including at least one in five. He was 2 for 5 with a two-run double, while adding an RBI groundout.

Rosario got off to a slow start, but has raised his batting average from .206 to .268 over the last six games. He has two home runs and 10 RBI in 15 games on the season. 


A.J. Ellis making plenty of progress in recovery
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is making solid progress in his recovery from surgery on his left knee, though he hasn't been cleared for all baseball activities, as he told MLB.com Friday.

"I can do everything, baseball-wise, except run," Ellis said Friday, just 10 days after his procedure. "And that's not a big part of my game."

Ellis did not that his recovery might be faster than expected as this is his second time undergoing this type of procedure. He is recovering from a cleanup of the medial meniscus in his left knee, and is expected to miss around four weeks of action.

"It's a little more accelerated this time, because it was in the offseason [after the 2012 season] the last time," Ellis said. "The biggest thing is, I felt so much better when I woke up the morning after surgery, and it's all been good since."


Wilson Ramos increasing work in rehab
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was able to grab a bat and take five dry swings Friday, the first time he has done so since suffering a broken hamate bone in his left hand. He said the hand feels strong, but he needs to build up strength in his wrist now.

"I was swinging easy, swinging the bat," Ramos told MLB.com. "Right now I'm working hard with my hand. My hand feels good. It's a just a matter of getting my wrist strong. That's what I'm working right now."

Ramos had the stitches taken out of his hand earlier in the week, and has been able to begin minor exercises to strengthen it. He is expected back sometime in May. 


Buster Posey sitting out Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, and that doesn't come as much of a surprise. Posey took a foul tip off his shoulder late Thursday night, and manager Bruce Bochy told reporters he expected to rest Posey Friday. 

Wilson Ramos able to take light swings
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was able to take light swings Friday, according to CSN.

Ramos said there was no discomfort, but admitted his wrist still felt weak. It was the first time he swung a bat since hamate surgery. Wrist weakness is common after this type of injury, so there's no concern about a setback at this time. 


Jonathan Lucroy sitting Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Lucroy will be replaced by Martin Maldonado behind the plate. It's a normal day of rest for Lucroy. He's hitting .321 in 56 at-bats. 


Buster Posey might rest Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey might get the day off Friday against the Padres, after taking a foul ball off his shoulder late in Thursday's game against the Dodgers. He stayed in the game but manager Bruce Bochy told CNSBayArea.com afterwards he might give Posey to day off to rest it. 

Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz out for Thursday game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) A matchup against tough Braves left-hander Alex Wood has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard sitting Thursday. Catcher Carlos Ruiz is merely getting the day off after a Wednesday night game.

Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.


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