Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Earns All-WBC honors
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(2:08 pm ET) Molina, who played for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, was a unanimous choice for All-WBC honors, Manny Randhawa of reports.

The veteran backstop became only the second two-time All-WBC honoree, joining Daisuke Matsuzaka, who accomplished the feat in the 2006 and 2009 editions of the tournament. Molina hit .333 (8-for-24) with two home runs and six RBI over six games. He hopes to bring some of that offensive prowess with him back to Cardinals camp, where he'd hit just .176 (3-for-17) with a double, two RBI, two walks and three runs over seven games before departing for the WBC.

Giants' Buster Posey: Will return to club after WBC win
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(1:45 pm ET) Posey will return to Giants' camp after playing for Team United States in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The All-Star catcher was an integral part of the United State's success in the tournament, batting .267 with a pair of home runs as co-starter with Jonathan Lucroy. Posey has nothing to prove back in Arizona, so the Giants will likely take it easy on their starting catcher after he participated in a high-stakes tournament.

Brewers' Andrew Susac: Undergoing tests in Milwaukee
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(12:10 pm ET) Susac is undergoing medical examinations in Milwaukee on his neck and back stiffness, and the Brewers hope to know more tomorrow, Adam McCalvy of reports.

Manny Pina already has made the club out of camp, and Susac looks to rank behind Jett Bandy as the second option because of this trapezius injury. Susac carries some offensive potential that had been hidden in San Francisco (Buster Posey's there, after all), though his chance to capitalize on this new opportunity may have to wait.

Brewers' Manny Pina: Makes MLB club
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(11:43 am ET) Pina has made the Brewers' Opening Day roster, Adam McCalvy of reports.

The 29-year-old boasts a .405/.421/.757 line through his first 38 spring plate appearances. He might be in the lead for Milwaukee's backstop work, considering he appears to have clinched a spot before Jett Bandy and Andrew Susac. Still, Pina probably be involved in a near split duty with whichever one of the alternatives isn't sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs or elsewhere. Two-catcher fantasy players could get some use out of Pina, especially if his power boost turns out to be real, but likely will find his contributions fleeting.

Pirates' Elias Diaz: Sent to Triple-A
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(8:28 am ET) Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

Diaz finds himself behind Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart on the depth chart heading into the 2017 season, so the Pirates will send him to the minors to see more consistent playing time. The 26-year-old slashed .266/.289/.298 in an injury-plagued 2016, where he was limited to just 25 games at the minor league level.

Brewers' Jett Bandy: Slumping of late
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(3/22/2017) Bandy went 1-for-17 over his last six spring games and now owns just a .519 OPS during the exhibition season.

Bandy got off to a good start this spring, but his recent stretch has done quite a bit of damage to his statistics. His slump is not doing him any favors in the competition for playing time behind the plate with the big league club -- particularly because it coincides with a hot stretch for fellow backstop Manny Pina -- but he is still seemingly the favorite to open the season as the Brewers' top catcher ahead of Pina and Andrew Susac.

Giants' Nick Hundley: Hits two homers Tuesday
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(3/22/2017) Hundley went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

The veteran catcher was signed by the Giants this past offseason to serve as Buster Posey's primary backup. The Giants are known to move their All-Star catcher to first base against southpaws, so Hundley should get a start or two per week, slightly above the usual allotment for backup catchers. Still, it would take an injury to Posey for him to have any sort of fantasy value in standard one-catcher leagues.

Brewers' Manny Pina: Experiencing power surge
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(3/22/2017) Pina went 9-for-17 (.529) with three home runs, two doubles, and eight RBI over his last five spring games and now owns a 1.178 OPS during the exhibition season.

Pina was seemingly a distant third in the competition for the Brewers' starting catcher spot entering spring training, but he has hit the ball far better than either of his counterparts -- Jett Bandy and Andrew Susac -- and has given himself a chance to snag the job. It's still unclear who will open the regular season as the top backstop, but at the least, Pina looks like a good bet to open the season on the major league roster while one of his fellow catchers heads to Triple-A in order to get regular at-bats.

Marlins' A.J. Ellis: Hits during scrimmage Tuesday
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(3/22/2017) Ellis (hamstring) was able to get some at-bats during a backfield scrimmage Tuesday but didn't run the bases, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

With Opening Day less than two weeks away, Ellis is starting to run out of time to fully recover from his hamstring tweak and be ready for the regular season. A DL stint through the early part of April is beginning to look like a possibility for the backup catcher.

Braves' Tyler Flowers: Hits first spring homer Tuesday
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(3/22/2017) Flowers went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his first long ball of the spring, in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.

He's been pretty thoroughly outhit by Kurt Suzuki this spring, but Flowers doesn't seem to have lost his hold on the starting job behind the plate for the Braves despite a .185/.267/.296 slash line in 27 at-bats. Should those struggles continue into the regular season, though, the 31-year-old could start to lose playing time to Suzuki.

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